NYC Therapist Talks: Stress Management and Physical Health
Not being great at stress management not only affects our mental health, but it also affects our physical health. There is a strong relationship between poor stress management and medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and depression. Stress can also worsen some existing medical conditions. It can also decrease the ability of the immune system to function well enough to protect you.
The health care system does not focus on stress management in treating medical conditions and as a result is addressing the problems only through medical interventions such as medications. We might need to see a medical provider like a psychiatrist for the medical condition, but seeing a psychotherapist for learning better stress management is just as important. This becomes a vicious cycle in which the patient or client tries to get help with a problem which has more than one cause. It is unfortunate that all problems cannot be dealt with in one system. But, since it cannot, we must be assertive and seek out more help for our problems.
A mental health therapist can help you to overcome the stress which is causing you so many emotional and physical problems by using stress management techniques. This can be done individually or in a group setting. The mental health therapist will teach you how to think in new ways and develop skills you can use to keep stress levels low. As a result you may have less visits to the health care provider. It makes sense to address stress management before it does damage to our health. This contributes to our personal well-being which is an important part of our mental and physical health. We need our physical health to allow us to do the things we want to do. We also need our mental health to help us enjoy those things.
Please join us for the NYC Stress Management Therapy Group on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m.