Stress Management in Largo, FL
We derive stress from a variety of sources. It can spring from school or the workplace, worrying about finances or relationships, and it may even come from our general outlook on life.
Stress itself is not a medical condition, but it can have a very real effect on our health. Excessive anxiety can lead to a range of ailments, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. It can also affect sleeping and eating habits, leading to weight gain or a general feeling of being burned out.
One of the best ways to combat stress is a combination of diet, stress reduction techniques and replacing the nutrients the body requires to handle stress. We check the cortisol levels ("stress hormone") to see how the adrenal glands are handling the stress.
Proper sleep, diet, and nutrition play an integral role in how your body repairs and deals with stress. A lifestyle coach is another option that can be the positive influence you need to turn around a life consumed by stress. They'll be there every step of the way to inspire you, help you set goals, and encourage you to achieve them.
All of our treatment plans are individually tailored to the individual needs of clients, and include a system of behavior modifying techniques, exercise, and dietary considerations. Here is just a general overview of some the stress reducing techniques we employ.
Focused Breathing Exercises
If you've ever been frustrated (and who hasn't), someone may have told you to take a deep breath. It turns out that it wasn't just a figure of speech. When we are relaxed we naturally take deeper breathes, so forcing yourself to slow your breathing during a stressful situation will coax your body into remembering how it feels when it is at rest. Studies have shown that taking slow deep breaths will immediately lower ones cortisol levels and their bodies response to the stress.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Have you ever felt the need to "unwind"? Often times, the body's natural response to a stressful situation is to tighten the muscles. The process of progressive muscle relaxation involves consciously tensing, and then relaxing targeted muscle groups to train them to unwind on command.
Visualization can be done in conjunction with breathing exercises, and works by picturing tension as a physical item. As you breathe out, picture the tension leaving your body and being replaced by calmness.
Cognitive Restructuring is at the root of all of our treatment programs, and requires the most dedication and support. With the help of a medical professional, you'll learn to identify negative thought patterns as they occur. Over time we'll show you how to retrain your brain to approach potentially stressful situations with a calm and optimistic outlook.
Peaks of Health Metabolic Medical Center
Address1120 Belcher Road S
Largo, FL 33771
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm