Humans experience stress as a natural reaction to meet a demand or challenge. This “fight or flight” survival mechanism slows normal bodily functions like immunity and digestion to focus on breath, alertness, blood circulation, and muscle movement. The degree to which we react can be motivating or detrimental. To rise to the occasion and benefit from stress requires extra effort or adaptation. If your stressors occur too frequently or often, your body and mind may wear down from excessive tension. With any doubt that you don’t have the necessary resources to meet the challenge ahead, your response will feel tenser. Awareness of your reactions can reduce the severity of the effects and help you manage them more effectively. We can show you healthy ways to cope with stress. We will work together to practice acceptance and self-care, gain perspective into past repetitive self-sabotaging habits, and develop goal-setting.