What is Chronic Stress
It is perfectly normal for all human beings to experience stress at various times in their life. A certain amount of stress is healthy and performs a valuable function; enabling us to develop life skills and learn how to stay safe, grow and build resilience in life. How we manage and ‘grow’ from stress is dependent upon our ability to ‘recover’ from what we perceive as a threat, challenge, loss, crisis, change or fear in our life. Our ability to manage and cope with stressful situations is developed and ‘hot-wired’ in the central nervous system, and is influenced by our early childhood experience and development. How we manage stress is predominantly modelled (and learnt) through our primary care givers (most commonly our parents). If stress is not managed in a ‘good enough’ way or coping with stress is experienced in a harmful or damaging way, it leaves us entering the world with a distorted version of life and we are left with inadequate emotional and life skills which are needed to be able to overcome life’s problems.
If we do not learn healthy life skills and learn how to ‘be comfortable with’ and manage stress in a healthy way, then eventually the stress compromises our immune system’s ability to function, leaving us vulnerable to illness and exhaustion. As we encounter more stress we may experience bouts of depression, anger, and panic. Modern-day stress are reflective of the modern world we live in and often are related to us not feeling ‘good enough’ or not feeling successful, feeling ‘a failure’, always feeling unsatisfied, unable to maintain relationships. We strive for perfection and the stress ‘merry go round’ continues.
Due to the uncomfortable feelings associated with high levels of stress and anxiety, we develop our own strategies and behaviour patterns to deal with (deny or numb out) these feelings, for example; self-medicating to dull emotional pain, drinking alcohol to relax or shut out feeling anxiety, working excessively to distract from the pressures and anxieties of life, over or under eating for comfort or to fill the frightening feeling of anxiety. All these maladaptive behaviours are efforts to feel in control or discard uncomfortable feelings.
Stress related illnesses, kill more people on the planet than any other condition, stress is linked to cancer, heart disease, many other life-threatening diseases, depression, addiction and results in high rates of suicide (especially in men).
How do we treat chronic stress
At RECORE we use a holistic and person-centred treatment approach to help you manage stress in a more valuable and productive way. Our Programmes incorporate a combination of talking therapies, complimentary therapies and medical treatments. These treatments help you to identify where and how stress manifests and impacts on your life and explores how it relates to your health wellbeing and life style.
By exploring the unhealthy behaviour that stress triggers, the treatment at RECORE teaches you the necessary skills required to change unhealthy or harmful behaviour that has developed over time. We call this method of treatment a ‘prescription for life’. RECORE programmes work at empowering you and teach you new life changing skills that help to build resilience, thus enable you to better ‘manage stress’; face into life and no longer feel that stress controls or has a negative hold over you. This is known being ‘self-empowered’.
“The avoidance of suffering, causes suffering”
Why Choose Us
- Luxury, exclusive facilities in Kusnacht and Braunwald, Switzerland
- Respect for your confidentiality and privacy
- A bespoke, holistic approach encompassing mind, body and life
- Treatment not only of your symptoms but the root causes of your issues
- A combination of 1-to-1 and intimate group therapies
- The most effective aspects of general and alternative medicines
- Specialist health professionals in medicine, psychotherapy and psychiatry
- Resident expert trauma psychotherapist Dr. Peter Levine