The sad thing about stress is often not so much the stress itself, though this is very unpleasant for the person who is stressed, but rather the fear of other people's reactions if the person wishes to confide in a friend, family or work colleague - even stress management specialists. Another sad fact about stress management, and being a stress and anger management professional myself I know this all too well, is the widespread opinion that stress management does not matter; that it is a 'fluffy' concept that is not needed, or is only for weak minded people. We all know the effects that stress can bring about and if you are reading this in search of a cure, or at least some relief, from personal stress or that of a loved one, the effects of stress need no further explanation.
STRESS MANAGEMENT CAN STOP THE STRESS GETTING WORSE - An old saying comes to mind here that 'a problem shared is a problem halved'. By addressing the stress head-on can immediately stop this stress getting any worse - before stress reduction can begin.
STRESS MANAGEMENT CAN GET TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE STRESS - This is often not as easy as it sounds. Stress from the journey to work every morning for example may not actually be the root cause of our stress. Speaking to a stress management professional can actually allow us to get to the root cause of stress - helped by speaking to somebody with wide experience of these matters, but also somebody outside friends or family - something I will discuss shortly.
STRESS MANAGEMENT CAN PROVIDE COPING TECHNIQUES FOR THE FUTURE - Getting to the bottom of the stress is one part of stress management but the other and equally important part of the process is gaining techniques for managing future stress. It is often the case that speaking to a stress management professional, while being a great help and initially relieving the present stress; is of little use if the person is going to get stressed again in the near future.
ENABLES US TO TALK TO AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL WHO IS COMPLETELY NEUTRAL - It can be difficult discussing anything with family and close friends, especially stress.