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Your Stress

how stress affects us

Feeling stressed? We often use the term “stress” in our culture, but what exactly IS stress? While sometimes difficult to explain, we all know how it feels. You lie down for bed, completely exhausted from the day, and while you want nothing more than to go to sleep, your mind begins to race with anxiety, thinking about that day, beginning to think about tomorrow and what you need to do, analyzing what you could have done better today and what you need to do better tomorrow. You begin to anticipate another stressful day. And all the while the clock keeps ticking towards tomorrow morning. You finally fall to sleep, but you wake periodically during the middle of the night, checking the clock frantically, hoping that it’s not time to get up, hoping for more time to sleep, and becoming more anxious about how tired you already are.

what does stress feel like?

Muscle tension in your body is a common sign of stress, as is fatigue and muscle aches. Mood changes such as being irritable with your partner or kids, or even with your coworkers, is common when you are stressed out. Feelings of resentfulness towards others, and daily overwhelm, not to mention your emotional exhaustion, also signify stress or work-related stress.

Is Your Stress Work-Related?

We often use the term “work-life balance”, although it can be a bit deceiving. This term implies that we can always balance our work and life equally. In reality, however, work-life balance for most of us means an acceptable way to give our best with both our career and our personal, or family, life. This “balance” may change on a daily basis and will likely continue to evolve.

Work-life balance issues may present themselves as increased anxiety, depression, stress, or possibly even problems with alcohol or drugs. There is no one way that work-life balance issues presents in people. One person may have a mood change, being much more irritable than normal, and another may simply isolate and withdraw. When others around you notice that you are “off” or “seem stressed” or even encourage you to take a mental health day off from work, you may be experiencing work-life balance issues.

Do any of these stress symptoms describe you?
  • You are having trouble with sleep, either getting to sleep or waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about your stressors or about work

  • You have more difficulty motivating yourself

  • You are more fatigued or tired than normal

  • You feel bad about yourself

  • You find yourself crying more often

  • You begin to avoid being around people

  • You are more irritable

  • You anticipate bad things happening

  • You have become more resentful of others

  • You don’t feel well physically

  • You are worrying excessively about work

  • You have difficulty concentrating on just one task, or constantly multi-tasking

  • You feel worthless, like you can never measure up to everyone’s expectations

  • Your work hours are increasing as is your stress level

  • You are spending less time with family/partner/spouse

  • You are feeling hopeless about how you’re going to manage everything

  • You are starting to resent your job due to its high demands

  • You are unable to focus/be present with your family when not at work

  • You have increased arguments with your partner/spouse/significant other about work

What does this mean? The term “stress” has been defined as “physical, mental or emotional strain or tension” caused by “perceived demands and expectations that exceed” one’s abilities or resources available at a given time.

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stress and work stress facts

Did you know that:

  • 48% of American report that they experience stress that negatively impacts their personal or professional lives

  • 33% report that they feel they are living with extreme stress

  • The leading causes of stress include work pressures, financial issues, political concerns, relationships, overstimulation from the media, and violence or crime.

  • Stress can have negative impacts on one’s psychological and physical health, with 77% of adults reporting physical complaints and 73% reporting psychological symptoms.

While you may feel out of control with trying to manage your stress or work-related stress, therapy for stress management can help you regain your life back. You can feel better and get back to being yourself. You can enjoy the things that are important to you in your life, and make the most out of your work, relationships, and family once more. By examining and redefining your values and how you achieve them, the therapists at Catalyss Counseling help you find both achievement and connection in your job and your personal life. Stress and work-related stress are very treatable, and at Catalyss Counseling we can help you Conquer Your Stress.

stress management treatment at catalyss counseling

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We treat stress and work-related stress by identifying the sources that are causing your negative thoughts and feelings, and then figuring out how those symptoms impact your daily life. At Catalyss Counseling, our licensed therapists work from a holistic approach, working with you to identify the sources of stress in all domains of your life, including health and wellness, family, social, work and spiritual. We offer immediate tools to relieve your daily stress and work towards a more healthy and satisfying lifestyle, while at the same time working towards identifying deeper issues that can be addressed over time. We believe that the ultimate goal in therapy is to treat the underlying source of stress, so that you may live more long-lasting, satisfying life.

Coordination of Care: 

Many people experiencing stress may also have a co-occurring medical issue, alcohol or drug abuse/addiction, depression, or anxiety at the same time. Because it is difficult to treat these issues separately, at Catalyss Counseling we specialize in treating the whole person at one time. We coordinate closely with other medical professionals in the community and work together as a treatment team. We use evidence-based treatments to assess your symptoms, identify the impact they are having on your life, give you coping skills to manage your stress, and guide you in changing your life.


You end up with better social and family relationships, less work-related stress, and more self-care. The process of therapy can be difficult at times, but we strive to make it as easy on you as possible by connecting with you and identifying your needs, wants and goals to make lasting change in your life. We empower you to make the changes in your life that you want to see. Through therapy for stress management at Catalyss Counseling, you will Conquer Your Stress.

how online Therapy can help with stress management

If you are too stressed to find time to come into the office, Catalyss Counseling offers online therapy for stress management. The option of doing regular therapy sessions virtually from a secure video platform may fit your busy schedule and already filled days. The convenience of online counseling is attractive to many, and stress management is particularly effective when done online. Our trained therapists will help make you feel comfortable while doing online sessions, and your stress levels will again get under control.

begin therapy for stress management in englewood, co

Counseling and stress management treatment at our Denver, CO area therapy clinic can help you with Conquer Your Stress. Specializing in treating stress, our therapists know that therapy and lasting change takes time and commitment. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat stress, follow these simple steps:  

  1. Contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation

  2. Or, you can book directly online with the therapist of your choice

  3. Start your journey toward a more balanced life

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Check out our recent blog on 4 Ways to Balance Work and Family.

other therapy services available at catalyss counseling

Trying to manage your stress during everything is difficult. But, we know that you may have some other needs. So, we want to meet all of your counseling needs in the Denver area. Our supportive therapists provide anxiety treatment, depression counseling, therapy for caregiver stress, grief and loss therapy, couples counseling, and more. We also have specialists in trauma and PTSD, women's issues, pregnancy and postpartum anxiety or depression, miscarriage and pregnancy loss, and birth trauma. For other therapists, we also provide clinical supervision! We look forward to connecting with you to help support your journey today.

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