This is the final post of a weekly blog series offering a collection of diverse and effective coping techniques that can reduce stress, improve mental and emotional well-being, and perhaps make you even more effective in achieving your individual goals. Check out the blog links below to read more about relaxation techniques we recommended to help you live a better life.
Beyond Relaxation: Achieving deep and lasting change
Learning and practicing these relaxation techniques is a wonderful first step on your journey towards a better-regulated Stress Response System. You may also benefit from working with a professional therapist one-on-one to hone these and other skills and learn more ways to manage the stress of life and reach your goals.
Deepening Your Self-Understanding
Often once you begin to practice relaxation techniques, you will notice deepening awareness of your life patterns, elements from your early life that still impact you today, places where you feel “stuck,” and ways you’d like to grow and change. Therapy can offer a powerful opportunity to explore these insights with a warm and supportive collaborator who will help guide you towards your best self.
Healing from Chronic Stress and Trauma
Sometimes due to chronic stress or following an experience of trauma, your Stress Response System can become overactive or can start to shut down and not function properly. This can look like Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Panic, OCD, or hard to treat physical issues like chronic pain, headaches, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and other concerns.
When Relaxation is Not Enough
When your body’s natural Stress Response System has been taxed to the limit, relaxation techniques are typically not enough on their own to reset your system and allow you to regain lasting equilibrium. There are specific kinds of therapy that can help, and are designed to work with your body’s natural systems to regain balance and equilibrium. The Catalyst Center therapists specialize in understanding how the Stress Response System works and knowing ways to help you reduce your reactivity and find equilibrium.
We have specialized expertise in areas designed to treat under and over active Stress Response Systems including:
• EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
• Neurofeedback Brain Training
• Talk Therapy
We can also make recommendations for specialists we know and trust who understand the Stress Responses System and can give you additional support through avenues including nutrition, supplements, acupuncture, or medication. Make self care a part of your lifestyle with the many useful skills linked below! If you find you need more support than what these skills offer, consider reaching out to us for a free thirty minute consultation to see how we can help enhance your life.