Stress Management in the 21st Century

Stress management today is a whole lot more challenging than it was in your parents’ or grandparents’ lifetimes. Why is that?

Because, in today’s world, in order to be competitive and survive we find ourselves spinning a whole lot more plates. We may not even have a lot more to do than our parents did but we have to do those things under a lot more pressure. There is no doubt among most mental health professionals that conditions like overpopulation, health care insurance issues, political party bickering, immigration and other social issues are adding a ton of new stressors— not to mention autism, diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular disease, adrenal fatigue and traumatic stress disorders are reaching epidemic proportions.

In fact, every year in the United States alone, there are over 5.2 million people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD. This represents 15.4% of our population. Nearly seventy percent of these are women. Many mental health researchers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Marriage, Family and Child Counselors, addiction therapists, psychologists, hypnotherapist, psychiatrists and neuropsychologists are coming to the same conclusion; those numbers are only the tip of the iceberg.
Adrenal fatigue is the accompanying syndrome to post-traumatic stress disorder but can occur even in the absence of PTSD. It’s estimated that adrenal fatigue syndrome will, in the very near future, affect eighty percent of our population. Chronic fear and anxiety are the underlying emotions that keep these disorders in place and drive the behaviors typically associated with them. These are not just mental disorders. Adrenal fatigue and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can cause severe and debilitating physical illness as well. The cure for these disorders begin with understanding how our world with all it’s mania and chaos affect our mind and body. Once our patients have a good understanding of the cause and effects of stress, they then learn how to use the tools we teach so that stress becomes easily manageable as their mind-body returns to a normal healthy state.

Stress management has two main pillars. They are: Control and Prevention

According to the American Psychological Association, there are FIVE Healthy Techniques that psychological research has shown to help reduce stress in the short and the long-term.

  1. Take a break from the stressor. It may seem difficult to get away from a big work project, a crying baby or a growing credit card bill…
  2. Exercise…
  3. Get social support…
  4. Meditate…

We offer and teach a whole lot more tools as well so that you can take control of your stress quickly to restore normal function to your body and regain peace of mind.