Are you feeling stressed? If so a great way to eliminate feelings of stress is by incorporating relaxation techniques in your daily life. To help understand where feelings of stress stem from, what type of impact stress can have on your overall life and relaxation techniques you can use to reduce stress, I have interviewed intern therapist Halyee Heyn.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“I am a Master student in Marriage and Family Therapy working as an intern for a private practice called Wasatch Family Therapy in Salt Lake City, Utah.”
“I have found that, for most of my clients, stress is the underlying factor for the presenting issues. In working with them, I have gained insight and experience in how different people cope with their stress and techniques that work for them.”
Where does stress commonly stem from?
“Stress can come from a number of different sources, mostly related to a person’s relationships and environment. Often times a person’s greatest source of stress comes from unresolved conflict in their lives, causing them anxiety. Change is another common factor. Humans are creatures of habit and therefore leaving a comfort zone or confronting something new and different can be a great source of stress for an individual. Changes in occupation, relationship status, family crises, conflict with morals and behaviors, and many more also contribute to anxiety. Stress will look differently to everyone. Individual personalities and reactions to stressful situations are more an indicator of a person’s stress level than the actual cause of the stress.”
What type of impact can stress have on a person’s overall life?
“Depending on the severity of the stress, it can affect a person’s overall life on many levels: from minimal anxiety and worry to actual impairment in occupation, relationships, and sense of self-worth. At times, stress can seem so overwhelming that a person may feel unable to complete any tasks and cause them to give up. Others can react to stress as a motivator and, at times, actually need the stress in order to get things done (deadlines are a good example of this). Everyone has to deal with stress and it is up to the person how that stress can affect his or her life. Do they let the stress take over, or do they take control of the stress and push forward?”
What are some relaxation techniques that can help someone reduce stress?
“One of the most basic and helpful techniques for reducing stress is breathing exercises. In a very stressful situation when the heart rate is rising, taking a deep breath, in the nose and out the mouth, will have a physiological effect on the body causing muscles and heart rate to calm. This is why meditation, yoga, or other forms of focusing on breathing and clearing the mind are very useful techniques in coping with stress. Take 5 minutes a day to do nothing but listen, focus, and concentrate only on breathing.”
“Individuals who are stressed because they feel overwhelmed with daunting tasks may write check lists to help them organize and feel a sense of more control over the situation and the stress. Exercising has been a really popular technique with many of my clients where they feel they are able to release their stress from their day with physical activity. It is also important to find time for the self or to do enjoyable hobbies for a small time each day. Being able to find balance in life helps to reduce that stress level.”
“Everyone will have different ways of how they cope with stress, which may not work for someone else, but works for them. The important thing is to find out what works for you and practice it and make it a habit.”
Thank you Haylee for doing the interview on relaxation tips for the stressed. If you would like more information about Haylee Heyn or her work you can check out her website on www.wasatchfamilytherapy.com.
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