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Should I see a therapist to help me manage my stress?

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Many of us feel like we have to handle stress on our own. But there’s no shame in getting professional help when stress starts to take a toll on your mental and physical health.

Beyond being a friendly and knowledgeable person to talk to, a therapist can assist you in making the big changes you may need. A psychologist or counselor can coach you through a career switch, advise you on how to handle toxic people, motivate you to start that exercise routine, and even teach you how to meditate.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior.”

American Institute of Stress: “Workplace Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Exercise and stress: Get moving to reduce stress.”

National Sleep Foundation: “National Sleep Foundation Recommends New Sleep Times.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 6, 2016

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior.”

American Institute of Stress: “Workplace Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Exercise and stress: Get moving to reduce stress.”

National Sleep Foundation: “National Sleep Foundation Recommends New Sleep Times.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 6, 2016

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