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Are you stressed and unhappy? How to feel better quick

Difficult emotions like stress, sadness and anxiety are not uncommon. An alarming study has shown that 1 in 5 European workers experience work related stress and according to The World Health Organisation, 25% of Europeans are anxious or depressed.

I hold the view that difficult emotions can be good for us.

They help us to learn more about our boundaries, desires, fears and motivators. But when these emotions occur regularly, they can begin to take their toll on our mental, social and physical wellbeing.

Let me ask you a question. When you experience repetitive episodes of negative emotions, are there also some repetitive themes as to their cause? For example, do you find yourself frequently panicked about your job, or in states of deep sadness about relationships? Is there a common trigger that sets you off time and time again?

If the answer is yes, I’d like to explore this with you to break the negative pattern and inevitable build-up.

Proactive steps to feel better quickly

Let’s pretend you have a physical injury such as a repetitive stress injury in your wrist. You may begin to notice some mild symptoms, such as a slight ache when performing certain tasks. But you take no notice and carry on with your usual tasks. Over time, the injury to your wrist worsens because you have not changed any of your behaviours, and ultimately, it becomes so bad that you can no longer ignore it. You end up in agony, off work sick, taking painkillers and in physical therapy.

Your mental health can decline in a similar way. It could be that you do not seek help until the same problem has occurred over and over again. And only when you experience something like a nervous breakdown do you seek help – by which point, substantial damage has been done.

Now, let’s imagine you handle this differently. In the case of the hurt wrist, you could take measures to ensure the environment is altered to minimise the impact on your emerging injury (buy a wrist guard, get a wrist support for your computer etc). This prevents the injury from worsening and helps you avoid disaster. In the case of your mental health, if you seek some input when symptoms are mild – such as through therapy – you can resolve the core of the issue before your mental health escalates.

For example, one step might be to book a free 15 minute conversation to have a conversation with me. This step alone is a positive way to handle tricky emotions before they get the better of you.

Can therapy help with your problem?

It could be that you have no clue what’s causing your challenging emotions. Or, you may have a very good idea and aren’t sure how to change the circumstances. Either way, we can explore it together. During our 15 minute conversation, we can discuss your feelings and experiences and decide if therapy is the best course of action for you. It’s also a chance for you to ask questions, get to know me and explore whether you’d like per-session therapy or therapy on subscription. The key is to ensure you feel better quickly, without experiencing the potential downward spiral that can occur when emotions are left undealt with.

Getting the support you need

I offer you acute couples counselling, couples therapy and individual psychotherapy based on your preferences, either online, at your place, or at my clinics in Østerbro or Svendborg.

We can also go for a walk.

My pledge

Whichever help and support you need, my pledge to you is consistent.

Next step

Book a free 15 minute conversation, which is all you need to begin your journey. We will talk about where you are now, where you want to be, and how I can help you get there.