Stress, Mental Health Functioning, and Stress Management Interventions
Stress is a major component of most people’s lives. The handling of stress is where people are different from each other’s. Different people can handle different stress levels. When stress gets to the point in your life that you are impacted in a negative way, then you need stress management interventions. Interventions can be self-taught, obtained through a professional therapist or counselor, and can be simple tricks used to bring relief.
If stress is an occasional part of your life, you can use self-taught programs or tools to help the minor situations. Soothing music, a mantra, or a quick walk can all bring your down from a stressful situation. There are thousands of books offering tools for immediate distressing. However, if these tools do not work, you may need to turn to a professional to help with your problem.
The last result for stress management intervention would be a prescribed medication to alleviate the problem, so the therapist or counselor will try different techniques before getting to that point. A series of sessions in which the doctor speaks to the client about the stress in his or her life will first take place. As the patient works his or her way through these sessions, devices and tricks will be given for relieving stress. In some extreme cases, a medication will be needed and the counseling appointments may be an on-going tool needed for stress maintenance.
Tricks or clever tools can be used as a stress intervention whether the person is self-taught or using a professional. What works for one person to relieve stress may not necessarily work for another person. There will be a period of trail and error to find what works. It is important to evaluate the situation and determine if you can change it, if it is important to you, and if walking away from it is a possibility. Learning to know what causes stress and why you get stressed is just as important as learning what works to relieve the stress in your life.
If stress is happening too much in your life, you may want to visit a counselor or therapist, explore written materials on the subject, and implement simples tricks to bring your blood pressure down and put a smile on your face. These tools can be just the interventions you need for a stress-free life.