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Applying CBT to Manage Stress and Build Resilience

Stress – we have all felt it, and it’s so prevalent, there is an annual study called the Stress in America Survey that’s tracking the dramatic increase in stress levels among Americans. If you’re dealing with chronic stress and its many adverse effects, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be a great solution. In this blog, we’ll break down the way stress negatively impacts us and the potential benefits of relying on CBT to alleviate the adverse effects of stress in our daily life. Why Seek Therapy for Stress?

Stress is such a common occurrence that many people never even consider seeking therapy to reduce the impact it has on their daily lives. While stress is a common occurrence, that doesn’t mean we should all just accept that we are going to be stressed and have to live with it. Instead, there are ways to alleviate stress and experience a greater sense of stability, resilience, and enjoyment every day. Seeking therapy for stress may be especially important if you notice adverse effects of stress like:

  • Physical effects – headaches, upset stomach, high blood pressure, and chronic pain.
  • Behavioral effects – changes in diet, exercise, sleep, and sexual performance.
  • Emotional effects – anxiety, depression, loss of motivation, and mood swings.
  • Cognitive effects – difficulty concentrating, fidgeting, and restlessness.
What is CBT?

CBT is one of the most commonly used and versatile approaches to traditional talk therapy. It’s often recommended to help individuals improve their mood and cognition by increasing the individual’s self-awareness and sense of control. CBT works by helping people create connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When we understand how these areas interact and impact each other, we can work to change one area, which will ripple out and impact all three. For example, when struggling with stress, we can change the emotional effects of stress like increased anxiety by practicing mediation and mindfulness. When anxiety decreases, the negative thoughts, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, and other changes in behavior and cognition improve as well.

Is CBT a Good Therapy Approach for Stress?

Counseling sessions that utilize CBT begin with self-awareness. In many cases, simply recognizing the adverse effect stress has on our daily life will improve the way we manage it. By looking for and acknowledging the way that stress impacts our mood, thinking, and actions, we can then determine ways to change these negative effects and create a plan of action to alleviate stress and its symptoms.

How Do I Get Started?

Like any therapy approach, CBT isn’t right for everyone. However, this versatile therapy technique has proven beneficial for countless people, including those who are struggling with the ill effects of chronic stress. If you’re ready to start alleviating stress and finding greater joy in your daily life again, we hope you’ll reach out to us at The Center for CBT in New York City. We do our utmost to make getting started quick and easy. You can call us at (917) 596-8955 or fill out our online scheduling request form.

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What Should I Do Next?

When you’re ready to begin therapy, we hope you’ll consider contacting The Center for CBT in New York City. We offer a safe space where you are free to be who you really are and express yourself and your values authentically. We embrace, value, and welcome people of all sexual orientations, genders, and racial identities. The Center for CBT in New York City makes beginning your therapy journey simple. You can get started any time by completing our online consultation request form. One of our team members will be in touch within 24 business hours to answer your questions.

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