The Stress Clinic

zen-rocks.jpgLife is a glorious and complicated affair, filled with opportunities for gratitude (waking up this morning!) and also struggles of daily life – at home, at work, in our bodies, and in our larger world.

The good news is that we possess some measure of control – if not to eliminate the difficult experiences we encounter in daily life, then at least to choose how we respond to them. We can learn to engage more skillfully in our lives. And through healthy lifestyle behaviors, we can minimize the negative impact that stress (including chronic or toxic stress) has upon mind/body health.  An effective stress management plan is built like the stones in this picture: intentionally, one piece at a time.

Individual consultations and sessions: Engage in an evaluation of current sources and symptoms of stress; assess your level of adversity, resiliency and self-compassion; develop an effective stress management plan that incorporates a focus upon sleep hygiene, balanced nutrition, regular movement, and mindful awareness; strengthen skills and strategies; and identify factors that might interfere with long-term success.

Groups and classes: Group settings are a great way to learn stress management skills and strategies, while benefiting from the experiences of others. Participate in an upcoming group or class at a convenient location near you.

Workplace training: Basic stress management courses that draw upon empirically-supported principles and are designed to increase productivity, work/life balance, life satisfaction, and general well-being. Reduced fees available for social service and non-profit organizations. Greater Portland-metropolitan area. 

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Additional resources

From the American Psychological Center: How stress affects your health, Stress effects on the body, Too stressed to sleep, Holiday stress resource center, Managing stress related to political change

From Mindful.org: Nine ways mindfulness reduces stress, Being with stressful moments rather than avoiding them, How to fight stress with empathy

The American Heart Association: Stress Management

Kaiser Permanente: Stress Management (with interactive tool)

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris (TEDMED 2014): How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

From NPR Health News: Take the ACE quiz – and learn what it does and doesn’t mean