Stress Management

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Did you know? More than 50% of adults in the U.S. report high stress on a daily basis and sixty to ninety percent (60-90%) of office visits to health care professionals are for stress-related complaints…

Are you feeling physically and/or emotionally exhausted?
Are you losing interests in the things you usually enjoy?
Are you experiencing stress related physical or health symptoms such as insomnia, headaches, GI problems?
Do you find yourself drinking more than usual or relying on drugs “to feel better”?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions, you may be at risk for burnout, anxiety or even depression…

In this day and age, stress is inevitable. Whether you are working full time, a stay-at-home parent, or trying to meaningfully balance career and family life, anyone is prone to stress, anxiety, burnout and/or depression. Learning some skills to manage stress can help you gain back control of your life.

Mind/body medicine work is based on the inseparable connection between the mind and the body. Physical health is influenced by thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and conversely, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be influenced by physical symptoms. Research shows that untreated stress can seriously affect health, work performance, relationships, and general well-being. Treating your mind as well as your body can make you feel better and help you cope more effectively with your everyday stresses as well as increase your sense of well-being.

Elicitation of the relaxation response is at the heart of mind/body medicine. The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress (e.g., decreases in heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension). If practiced regularly, it can have lasting effects. Other Mind/Body strategies include: mindfulness, nutrition, exercise, cognitive therapy, emotional expression, communication skills, and spiritual practices.

Dr. Lefebvre can teach you to manage more effectively the negative effects stress. She can help you learn some easy mind/body techniques to turn your “relaxation response” on as soon as you feel the “stress response” creeping up on you. The relaxation response is actually the foundation of stress management. Dr. Lefebvre can teach you a variety of relaxation-response based techniques so that you can choose the ones that work best for you. By adding stress management to your daily routine, you will see a noticeable improvement in your mood, ability to sleep, and general well-being.

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