Situational Stress and Depression
Happiness stems from loving ourselves and our lives exactly as they are, knowing that joy and pain, strength and weakness, glory and failure are all essential to the human experience.
— Kristin Neff
Unexpected things happen.
You are a warrior, even when the unexpected thing shows up, masking it all under pressure, until the thick layers weaken, soften, and before you know it you can’t even recognize the person standing before you.
You get to the point where you are inundated with feeling sad, hopeless, lonely, and unable to recall joy. You feel exhausted 24/7 – no matter how much you sleep you get, you look for an escape any way you can so you don’t have to face reality. All while feeling like you are held hostage, no way out, feeling controlled by your negative thoughts and thoughts on repeat that you will never be yourself again.
It can be the hardest thing to do, stand up, and telling yourself that you deserve better. There’s no shame in taking steps that you don’t want this kind of life anymore. Finding a way to reclaim what is yours and take the steps to move forward.
It’s time to let go of the terminal numbness, unable to cry, laugh, or think clearly, your biggest dread is waking up feeling like you have to count time before you can sleep again.
It’s time to reconnect with the people around you that matter to you and that you matter to.
It’s time to unleash yourself from being encased in a glass table in the middle of your home – you can see and hear everything going on, feeling like it’s all closing in on you and no matter how desperate you are to get out, you are locked in.
It’s time to come up for air now, it’s time to take that refreshing deep breath in, time to understand the physical reactions of your body and the emotional ones too.
I am here to help.
Whether your trouble is situation specific stress or chronic challenges of depression, join me on a journey to healing and happiness by exploring how your stressors impact your overall physical and mental well-being.
Learn how to increase your self-awareness, acquire conflict resolution skills and emotion management.
Together, we will overcome your sense of isolation by shining light on your strengths and take back control of your life and by fostering a sense of hope towards happiness and life satisfaction. If you dare to heal…let’s talk!
What I have seen in my practice is that everyone reacts to situational stress differently, it comes with both physical and emotional symptoms, and once these are understood, they can be managed appropriately and put to rest.
One thing that becomes clear to my clients as they start to process what they are working through, it becomes clear that Situational Stress is seen as TEMPORARY, short in duration, and simple measures can be taken to work through acute pain and minimize long-term impact.
I also think it is important for people looking for help to incorporate an understanding that Situational Stress is typically prompted by a particular incident or situation and not necessarily an accumulation of difficulties which can escalate to depression.
On that note, I think it is critical to differentiate all of this with Clinical Depression which is a medical illness that negatively impacts how you think, feel and act. It can cause feelings of sadness or loss of interest in activities that you once enjoyed; can lead you to emotional and physical problems; and decreased overall functional abilities.