Can you please help me with advice on how to deal with stress in a client’s life?
Sometimes in our lives the balance shifts, causing stress. The best way to deal with these stressors is to be flexible in mind and body.
Perhaps your client has increased responsibilities at home or work. Those responsibilities may require more time, resulting in less time devoted to fitness. Try reducing the amount of resistance training and increasing cardiovascular exercise (30 minutes minimum) and flexibility exercises. Take advantage of weekends as exercise potential.
Unfortunately, there is no magical way to deal with stress in your clients' lives. By creating a fun and positive atmosphere, you can help their fitness program remain a therapeutic aid to stress. The following references may not adequately refer to your particular client’s issues. These references directly pertain to the effects of exercise on depression, although many of the principles can be applied to all clients with stress.
- Martinsen EW: Physical activity and depression: clinical experience. Acta Psychiatr Scand 1994;377(suppl):23-27
- Matinsen EW, Medhus A: Adherence to exercise and patients' evaluation of exercise in a comprehensive treatment programme for depression. Nord Psykiatr Tidsk 1989;43(5):411-415
- North TC, McCullagh P, Tran ZV: Effect of exercise on depression. Exerc Sport Sci Rev 1990;18:379-415
- Depression in Primary Care: Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment. Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians, No. 5. Rockville, MD, US Dept of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research; April 1993. AHCPR Publication No. 93-0552
- Michal A and Sherman C: Exercise against depression. Phys SportsMed Online. 26(10):Oct.1998