stressStress affects people all across the country and the Four Corners is no exception. As many things like changing weather, housing prices, economic crisis and other external forces bear down, we all deal with that ever-present feeling we call “stress.” From that nagging voice of irritation in your head to debilitating depression and anxiety, we all feel it. Some studies suggest that 75% of people get “stressed out” at least 2 times per month and that over 25% of the drugs prescribed in our country are sold to treat it. Alternatively, stress is a condition that can be very effectively treated in various other ways including massage, acupuncture, and counseling/therapy.

You don’t have to look far to identify the causes of stress in our lives. We all know some of the external stressors such as work, family, health, the holidays, the economy and other things we cannot control. Often, however, we are quick to dismiss the internal stressors in our lives like they way that we talk to ourselves and the exhausting futility of worry.

The signs and symptoms of stress can be as varied as the causes. Some symptoms are hard to notice or put a finger on such as irritability, overeating, sleeplessness, body aches, tension, fatigue, and trouble concentrating. Other symptoms can profoundly change your quality of life such as alcohol abuse, addiction, loss of sex drive, physical pain, anger and depression. Additionally, while adults are often able to identify stress in their lives, children can also be afflicted and may not be able to put a name to it. Signs in children can look similar, but can also manifest in ways such as acting out, stomach aches, headaches, and behavioral changes.

Depending on the kind of stress that you or a loved one is experiencing, there are a variety of viable and effective treatments that can help you defeat stress. Prescription drugs are common and can have a variety of pros and cons that must be covered in a personal discussion with your doctor or healthcare professional. As an alternative, Durango Counseling and Touch Therapies offers a wide variety of modalities, allowing you to personalize treatment options that are right for the stress from which you suffer. Stress can be treated through bodywork, relaxation practices and massage as well as group, family, and individual therapy.

While we may not be able to avoid all of the stresses that we encounter from day to day, you can effectively overcome stress by learning skills and valuing yourself enough to get help when you need it. Durango Counseling and Touch Therapies is proud to provide an additional resource in our community to help by offering a wide variety of modalities and treatments that can help manage your stress.