Stress is a Big Deal Master it or Get Sick
"If you think it's about eliminating stress, you're mistaken, it's about regaining control of your life."
We all need stress in our lives
Too much though, is dangerous for our health and wellbeing
Our response to stress activates a sequence of physiological responses to deal with what our brain perceived as a threat, more commonly known as our flight or fight response.
As humans we have a hard wired stress response, which is designed to protect ourselves from anything an immediate threat. This was our inbuilt survival mechanism thousands of years ago, to protect us from danger, like being chased by a lion.
In today's world our fight or flight response has not changed. Instead it gets triggered to deal with anything we perceive as a threat in our daily lives.
For some it's being stuck in traffic, or being late for an important appointment, whilst for others it could be losing their job.
Once our brain decides the event is a threat the physiological response will be the same. Our stress hormone, cortisol gets activated, preparing the body to deal with the event.
Our body is so intelligent, it knows how to restore the body back into balance once the perceived threat is over.
However, each time we are exposed to a stressful event, our stress response gets triggered releasing more cortisol, which accumulates in our body and becomes. Harder to manage, taking us into a downward spiral of stress.
The signs of feeling stressed are experienced differently by different people. Some will have more obvious signs like mood swings, increased heart rate and irritability.
There are less obvious signs and symptoms of stress, which many people experience but do not make the realise it's because they are stressed or anxious. These range from physical symptoms like headaches and stomach aches to sleep disturbance, change of eating habits, the need for constant reassurance.
I use a range of simple yet powerful stress management techniques which help my clients to feel calm and balanced, enabling them to respond to daily stressors and difficult situations more effectively.