understanding stress


Stress is something we all experience. It can range from simple things like completing a homework assignment, to major life events, such as moving or going through a divorce. 

Stress is our body's way of responding to a challenge or demand. Both positive and negative events can cause stress, and feelings of stress may be short or long term. Stress can be good in the short term, as your body claims the resources needed to rise to the immediate challenge. However, chronic stress can significantly impact your emotional and physical health. 

people respond to stress differently

We all respond to stress differently. Some people are more vulnerable to stress than others — what is stressful for one person may not be stressful for another. While some people may experience difficulty falling asleep when under stress, others people may feel tension in their muscles or stomach pain.

Symptoms of stress may include: 

  • feeling restles
  • irritable
  • difficulty falling asleep
  • waking up in the middle of the night
  • fatigued
  • low energy
  • often discouraged
  • drained

Stress and Life Transitions

Stress can sneak up on us. The stress of change often occurs during periods of life transition or major life events, in turn contributing to feelings of greater anxiety and depression.

Though the nature of life events may be different, stress is experienced across all ages. For example, children may experience stress when attending a new school or undertaking higher academic demands. Adults often struggle through periods of life involving stressful life events such as a divorce, job change, or the loss of a friend or family member. 



Therapeutic approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, problem solving, and relaxation training. At hope+wellness, we can help you during periods of life transition and major life events to identify effective ways to manage stress and provide strategies to restore a sense of peace. You are not alone. We are here to help you find hope and new possibilities. 

In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.
— Albert Camus

you're not alone. we're here to help. 

At hope+wellness, we provide exceptional psychotherapy services to empower people to live happier, healthier lives. Our services are grounded in evidence-based treatments that suggest an important interconnectedness between mind, body, life experience, and wellness, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based therapies. We will work together to help you heal and develop the skills to live fully aware, fully resilient, fully peaceful, mindful, and alive.