Stress may not be bad for your health – it depends on how you interpret it

Kelly McGonigal, in her 2019 TED Talk Kelly McGonigal: Can We Reframe The Way We Think About Stress, reveals that stress may not be as harmful as we have been led to believe. In her talk, McGonigal references a Harvard study that showed that re-framing our interpretation of our stress response as our body preparing us for action actually prevented any harmful health impact from stress. She further described how dopamine, released during the body’s stress response, encourages us to seek support, further mitigating any harmful impact of stress on our bodies. Choosing to view stress as helpful preparation, rather than Anxiety, gives us the ability to make the most of stressful situations by seeing ourselves as Courageous and strengthening our social support networks.

Next time you’re feeling stressed, take a moment to think about this amazing body, and take comfort.

Original Blog October 1, 2019 on Counseling For Resilience: Stress may not be bad for your health – it depends on how you interpret it. Check out more of my Blogs on my website.

Lina Lewis-Arévalo MA, LPC, LCADC, NCC and is a Board-Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor. She encourages her clients to think of therapy as part of a journey of Wellbeing, which includes attention to sleep, nutrition, self-expression, connectedness, and bodywork. She is passionate about putting people at ease and helping them to reclaim their Best Selves. Whether your issues stem from early life trauma, ineffective communication skills, poor coping, low self-esteem, etc., she can help you recover that essential you and find joy in your life again. Call (609) 414-7978 or email LinaTherapistLPC@itherapymail.com to set up a session. Visit Lina Lewis-Arévalo’s Profile.

Why online? What’s that about?

“I’m too busy!”
“I can’t find anyone in my area.”
“I’m a caregiver.”
“I can’t leave my kids…patient…parents alone.”
“I don’t get home until late.”
“I’ve got to take the kids to sports practice.”
“I can’t leave the house because of my social anxiety…mobility issues…chronic illness.”

There are a host of issues getting in the way of your going to a therapist’s office. What if you didn’t have to?

With the advent of confidential, HIPAA-compliant phone, email, and video, online therapy is a growing industry with many advantages. You can see your individual therapist from the comfort of your own home. Appointments can be made for before work, after work, even weekends. Imagine being at your child’s sports practice or music lesson, or your parent’s medical visit, and using the waiting time to visit your therapist from the privacy of your laptop or phone.

Online therapists are licensed professionals with extensive training and at least a Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or a related field. These professionals are required to continually educate themselves in their chosen field, and are bound to ethics regulations to protect your privacy and confidentiality. Why not give online counseling a try?

Original Blog September 28, 2019 on Counseling For Resilience: Why online? What’s that about?. Check out more of my Blogs on my website.

Lina Lewis-Arévalo MA, LPC, LCADC, NCC and is a Board-Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor. She encourages her clients to think of therapy as part of a journey of Wellbeing, which includes attention to sleep, nutrition, self-expression, connectedness, and bodywork. She is passionate about putting people at ease and helping them to reclaim their Best Selves. Whether your issues stem from early life trauma, ineffective communication skills, poor coping, low self-esteem, etc., she can help you recover that essential you and find joy in your life again. Call (609) 414-7978 or email LinaTherapistLPC@itherapymail.com to set up a session. Visit Lina Lewis-Arévalo’s Profile.