Guest Column by Pacific Rim Consulting
During these trying and chaotic times, it is good to take a moment to breathe and learn about the effects of stress on the body and how talk therapy can help you.
On your mental wellness, overstressing can exacerbate anxiety, depression, and memory issues (2,3). Some signs of these are feeling overwhelmed, agitated, and overall feeling bad (2,3).
Stress affects not only your mental wellness but also your physical wellness. Stress, if not coped with in a healthy, effective way, can affect your sleep, your digestive and cardiovascular (stomach and heart) systems, and immune system among other necessary bodily functions (2,3). All of these– especially your immune system– need to be in tip-top shape in this current time.
There are steps and actions you can take to make sure that your health, both mental and physical, don’t reach these declines. One of the best actions one can take in these times is to start talk therapy. However, there has been a stigma against therapy which is starting to be turned around due to a lot of work from the mental wellness communities (1). Talk therapy is a great way to relieve stress as the therapists are trained for years on how to relieve your stress, help you see the signs of stress affecting your life, and help to encourage new and better ways for you to deal with those stressors (1).
With our current technology and with our stressful time being under mandated social distancing, counseling offices, such as Pacific Rim Consulting, are offering telehealth. Telehealth is a form of healthcare which is primarily done over the phone through authorized applications or through authorized video calling to ensure yours and the counselors’ safety during the social isolation or for times when getting to a place physically is not possible.
Pacific Rim has multiple counselors trained to offer mental health counseling and can be contacted at 208-232-8840.
Pacific Rim Consulting, LLC, is located at 101 S. Main Street, Pocatello, ID 83204.
1 Bourassa, T. (2018, October 8). Therapy and Stress. Retrieved from
2 Casarella, J. (Ed.). (2019, August 1). Stress Symptoms: Physical Effects of Stress on the Body. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body#1
3 Yaribeygi, H., Panahi, Y., Sahraei, H., Johnston, T. P., & Sahebkar, A. (2017, July 21). The impact of stress on body function: A review. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579396/