Stress is not only one of the most common things that we deal with, it’s at the heart of so, so many issues that you might think are unrelated. Headaches, relationship issues, digestive problems…almost every physical (and many emotional) issue you can think of has stress causing or contributing to it. That’s why stress treatment is one of the most common things that we’re asked about and work with.
If you’re not sure if what you’re feeling is stress or anxiety, here’s a quick cheat method to figure it out: if you’re sitting in a coffee shop and suddenly realize there’s a tiger walking in the door and you have to figure out how to get out without getting tiger-attacked, and how to help the person next to you who happens to have an 8 year old, 3 year old, and a newborn – that’s stress.
If you’re sitting in a coffee shop and thinking about reading a story about a tiger found roaming a neighbourhood and wondering how you’d react if the tiger walked in to where you were sitting, and how would you get out safely, and how would you help that person next to you with the 3 kids and oh, holy crap, would you even help them, or are you the person who would just help themselves, and is that self-serving or just survival….that’s anxiety (especially if you just read that to yourself all in one breath, getting increasingly freaked out about it as you read).
If you’re interested in how we deal with anxiety treatment, click here.
You’ll go into your first session with Dana thinking “What the heck am I going to talk about for 2 hours?”. By the end of it, you’ll be wishing you had another two hours. He sees the parts of you you think are the worst and lets you know they’re actually ok. Even better, he gets you to understand you’re actually ok. I wish I’d met him years ago.
Stress treatment is different for everyone. You might talk with Dana and get to the root of what’s making you react with stress rather than respond with calmness. You might work with Colleen and get a TCM formula to help your body deal with the stress, or do some Integral Medicine or acupuncture to reset the stress responses. You might take some Black Belt Mind training to give yourself a new way to deal with stress so that it doesn’t keep building up in the background and threatening to topple over and bury you.
What’s important to know, though, is that you can deal with stress. Stress isn’t good or bad: it means we have things to deal with. Welcome to humaning – we will always have things to deal with. What matters is how you deal with it. You might not have been taught how to handle stress. You might have been taught to ignore it, pretend it isn’t there, fake it ’til you make it. You might have been raised to believe that the most important person is the most stressed, so some part of you secretly wants to keep it. You might hate it but not know how to get out from under it.
But stress is just tension, pressure, stagnation. You can learn how to work through it. You can find a stress treatment that works for you, not a one-size-fits-all version. You can learn how to not have it drive the bus for you. You can even learn to enjoy it (but not get hooked on it). Yoga, meditation, eating well, sleeping well, going outside, acupuncture, integral medicine, herbal prescriptions, talk therapy, tapping, massage, re-templating, dealing with childhood trauma, re-writing your stress responses; there are myriad ways to deal with stress. Some will suit you. Some won’t. If you’d like to work with us in finding ways that will, we’d love to help. But no matter what you choose (or who you choose to do it with), please know and remember that you DO deserve to shift this…and you CAN. And you just took another step in figuring out how.