What To Do When Stress Feels Overwhelming

Written by Joe Dabbs, Director of Therapist Practices


When deciding how to manage stress, it is very important to make sure your method is healthy and will work long term. Many people will choose a coping skill that may be helpful for their stress, but in the end can cause other issues that become stressful. (Examples: comfort eating, binge watching TV, stopping social activities).

It is important to learn the best ways to handle stress without using a coping skill that only gives a temporary fix or leads to other stressors. Working with a trained Recovery Club America therapist about feeling stressed can be a key part of addressing and reducing stress long term. Once a Recovery Club America therapist gets to know you, the therapist will recommend healthy strategies and skills to deal with the stress.

Then you and your therapist form an individualized treatment plan that fits your specific needs. Every treatment plan is prepared by the therapist with the client and is based on the client’s specific needs and input. Recovery Club America therapists and support staff always work hand in hand with a client to achieve their goals. Talking with a well-trained and licensed therapist from Recovery Club America about feeling stressed can be the key part of understanding how to address and manage stress and what will help you reduce stress long term. When you work with a Recovery Club America therapist, you will find a person who understands the importance of the relationship between client and clinician. And that is key to finding healthy strategies to deal with stress.

Over 75% of people in the U.S. report having physical symptoms of stress, according to research studies. So, if you are feeling stressed you are not alone. Some of the most common symptoms include: tiredness, lack of motivation, headaches, upset stomachs, tension, sleep issues, and mood swings. It was also reported that 45% of people suffering from stress eat unhealthy foods or eat too much food. A Recovery Club America therapist can help you get to the root causes of your stress and how to help manage stress effectively. This not only helps for the here and now but for the future. Your Recovery Club America therapist understands the importance of not only helping you find the cause and management of current stress but how to build a long-term strategy to deal with stress in the future.

Helping every client learn the effective coping skills that work for them specifically is a vital part of treatment at Recovery Club America. Recovery Club America therapists know the importance of designing a treatment plan that is specific to each client.

Every person deals with stress because of life events. Using a therapist can help address the concerns or issues because of life events. (Examples: loss of a loved ones, divorce, medical issues, job related stressors, family issues and couple’s issues.) Recovery Club America therapists address the concerns/issues and the effects they have on a client’s life.

Recovery Club America professionals use evidence-based treatment modalities to help a client find the appropriate skills needed to improve their overall mental, emotional, and physical well-being/fitness. There are several evidence-based interventions that can help reduce, manage, and alleviate stress for a client. One of the most common interventions used is Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT). CBT can help change negative thought patterns that develop because of stress. Negative or difficult life events/situations can cause someone to have re-occurring negative thoughts that can lead to many mental and physical health issues. CBT can help change the negative thought patterns that cause stress by finding new ways of thinking that not only reduce current stress but form a better way of thinking to help with future stressors. CBT can also help by changing behaviors that lead to stress. Learning the behavior skills that not only lead to stress but learning new behavior skills that help deal with stress is a key part of CBT.

Recovery Club America therapists are trained in other evidence-based interventions that in to help in dealing with stress. [Examples: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Exposure Therapy.]

When stress is caused by a mental health condition such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, mood swings and addictions, and working with a trained licensed therapist is a crucial part in learning how to reduce the stress and how to manage your mental health condition. Mental health conditions can impact anyone and learning how to handle them is extremely important. Stress impacts the body, mind, and emotions and can lead to mental health and physical health issues. Recovery Club America therapists provide strategies and coping skills to reduce and manage stress.

Mental fitness is important to everyone and learning the most effective skills to achieve and maintain mental fitness and our Recovery Club America therapists are trained to do this work. The skills learned will be lifelong skills to help a client throughout their life. This is because Recovery Club America therapists help someone target the causes of the stress and how to effectively reduce the stress in the mind, body, and emotions.

Recovery Club America is based on providing confidential, client-centered, evidence-based, and non-judgmental treatment options for individuals.

The relationship between client and therapist is the very heart of Recovery Club America. Call us at (833) 833-9655 and begin the trusting client-centered relationship our Recovery Club America team offers and let us help you manage your stress and improve your emotional health.

Joe Dabbs

Joe Dabbs


Director of Therapist Practices