Stress is often defined as a bodily response to the demands of life. But there are also emotional and mental aspects of stress. Stress occurs when we perceive that life demands exceed our ability to cope. Some stress can be beneficial, producing a boost of energy to help us get through challenging situations. However, an extreme amount of stress can have detrimental consequences to our physical and emotional wellbeing. Some coping mechanisms work as healthy tools for managing stress. Others are unhealthy and can magnify the negative effects of stress instead of reducing them.

A few examples of potentially harmful coping mechanisms for stress include:

•   Drinking alcohol to excess

•   Smoking

•   Emotional eating

•   Illicit drug use

•   Gambling

•   Shopping

Therapy can help you identify any unhealthy coping mechanism for stress and help you develop a healthy one instead. We can work at finding positive ways to cope in order to drastically reduce your stress and help you build resilience for future demands.

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