Whether it’s relationship conflicts, parenting demands, work pressures, or unexpected setbacks, stress doesn’t discriminate. Our shoulders tense, our minds race, and that knot starts to tighten in our stomach. Our heart races, our palms sweat, we lie awake at night, restless as our thoughts ruminate and our frustrations fester. Whatever signs of stress our bodies show us, we tend to soldier on regardless.
Stress gives us plenty of signs to show us there’s a problem, that something needs attending to, but we tend only to listen to them as they become unbearable – when that tense shoulder freezes, when our minds race to the point of a panic attack, when that knot in our stomach is so tight that we start losing weight, when our heart is racing so hard we get palpitations, when frustration boils into conflict, or when those sleepless nights turn into insomnia as burnout beckons.
Only then do we change or step up our exercise regime and take up yoga, go to the gym more often or make an effort to do our 10k steps per day. Maybe we decide to eat more healthily and watch our sugar intake, cut down on caffeine or eat more greens. Perhaps we make an effort to go to bed earlier or change our bedtime routine to induce sleep. If our symptoms persist, we may end up paying a visit to the physio, GP or cardiologist for more in depth investigations.
All these actions help us deal with the symptoms of stress and we invariably start to feel better, but none tackle the source of stress, i.e., the stressor itself. So, as we relieve the symptoms of stress, the stressors in our lives trundle on. That toxic behaviour in the workplace, the promise of a raise or promotion that still hasn’t happened, the threat of redundancy, the ever decreasing time between leaving work and picking the kids up from school as you crawl through traffic, the clash in parenting styles, the child we don’t know how to handle, the ongoing corrosion of our relationship, the persistent burden of credit card debt, the disapproval of in-laws, the declining health of aging parents, the emptiness of the gaping hole left by loss and grief ….the list goes on.
As stressors collide with our lives, our frustrations, fears, and insecurities surface. Anxieties, anger, disappointments and hurt seep into our relationships as our stress levels grow and our energy drains away alongside our tolerance. Harsh words and criticisms eventually spill out creating more stress and tension as the cycle continues. Amidst this turmoil however, there lies an opportunity for change.
Stressors come and go during the course of our lives, and our circumstances change with them. Sometimes things get better, sometimes worse, and sometimes they just stay the same and we get used to it. What we don’t realise is that we all have the potential to benefit from these stressors even though that may seem unthinkable at the time.
Imagine a safe space where you can unpack your stress, explore its roots, and see it differently, from a new perspective. This new perspective shows you how to harness the energy that stressors take from us and use it to our own advantage.
This is where New Dawn Psychology steps in. Dr Dawn understands the weight of stress and its impact on our lives. Her mission is simple: to help you be a better version of yourself amidst the challenges in your life. With almost three decades of experience, her unique psycho-educational programme is tailor-made to guide you through this journey of transformation.
Consider these scenarios:
This change in approach means that you feel in control of your workload. By not putting yourself under undue stress, you avoid potential burnout and manage your workload with realistic expectations.
This change in approach means that you manage the situation without compounding your stress and you come out of it with increased self-awareness.
This change in approach creates an environment in which your child feels safe to express their thoughts and emotions. Not only do you gain a better understanding of your child, but you also encourage them to reflect on their own behaviour.