Stress is a prevalent part of Canadians daily lives with many reporting they experience a consistently high degree of stress every day.  Stressors are the events or conditions that surround you that can trigger stress. There are many sources of stressors, too many to list.  How we interpret the stressors defines our stress.

Stressed businesswoman in the office


  • Credit card debt
  • Unexpected car repair
  • A change or loss in a relationship
  • Being stuck in traffic
  • Health problems
  • Loss of income, unemployment
  • Work issues
  • Arguments and conflict
  • Life transitions

Some Stressors Are Positive Such As:

  • Getting married
  • The birth of a child
  • Doing a hobby or craft
  • A job promotion
  • Buying a home or car
  • Taking a dream vacation
  • Holiday seasons
  • Retiring
  • Life transitions

Types Of Stress

Chronic stress can lead to mental health and physical problems. It can rob both you and those close to you such as family and friends quality in life. 

Signs and symptoms of stress can manifest itself in the way we think (cognitive) and our emotional and physical well-being. Some of these symptoms are as follows:


  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Excessive worrying or rumination
  • Memory recall
  • Negative and unproductive thinking


  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness
  • Feeling of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Feeling overwhelmed, unfocused, unmotivated


  • Increase heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Pain and muscle tightness

Positive & Negative Stress

Stress refers to the physical and psychological reaction that a person experiences when faced with a stressor. It is the body’s response to a real or perceived threat. A threat could mean meeting a deadline, a situation that could put you or others in harm, a divorce or bankruptcy.  Some stressors can start off by being positive but then create negative stress. For example, you have moved into your new home. Along the way you encounter some stressful moments that often come with buying a new house. All is settled and you deal with the everyday stressors of your new home often finding quick solutions. This is positive stress. Job loss precipitating financial burden and related concerns turn the situation into negative stress. 

Positive stress motivates and stimulates us to complete tasks or solve problems. It is exciting and energizes us. It is perceived as within our coping abilities. This type of stress is manageable by ourselves. 

Negative stress causes worry and anxiety. It feels unpleasant. It is perceived as being outside our coping strategies.

Stressed businesswoman in the office

If you feel you are experiencing too much unhealthy stress it is best to be proactive and take control of managing your stress. Controlling your stress is more than learning to relax. Counselling can be an effective way of managing stress. Debra can help you utilize effective stress management techniques.

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About Us

Richmond Counselling Services is owned and operated by Debra. Debra is a Registered Social Worker with over ten years of experience. She graduated from Western University earning both a Bachelor and Master of Social Work degree and additional clinical training. Debra uses an eclectic therapeutic approach. Her goal is to provide a comforting and compassionate space for clients.

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