What is stress? ''A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances resulting in a non - specific response of the body to a demand made upon it''
Stress affects us all. You may notice symptoms of stress when disciplining your kids, during busy times at work, when managing your finances, or when coping with a challenging relationship. Stress is everywhere. And while a little stress is OK - too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically. Generally when we experience pain its our bodies way of telling us we need to stop or we've experienced some sort of trauma. Its important to listen to these signs because if we don't our mental and emotional strain will manifest in the body in some form of desease or illness.
The first step to controlling stress is to know the symptoms. But recognising stress symptoms may be harder than you think. Most of us are so used to being stressed, we often don't know we are stressed until we are at the breaking point.
Using different coping strategies, stress management, coaching, relaxation techniques complementary therapies and incorporating necessary lifestyle changes I can help you to manage your stress more effectively and become calm, healthy and happy.
Prolonged Stress can result in any of the following:
Challenges to the heart and cardiovascular system
The burning of excess energy unnecessarily – adrenaline / metabolism
Weakened immune system
Loss of Direction and Purpose
If you are experiencing any of the following because of stress I may be able to help;
Psychological Symptoms can be:
Inability to concentrate
Fear of failure
Pessimistic approach or thoughts
Anxious or racing thoughts
Irritability or short temper
Agitation, inability to relax
Sense of loneliness and isolation
Physiological Symptoms can be:
Aches and pains
Nausea / dizziness
Dryness in throat / mouth
Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
Loss of sex drive
Butterflies in stomach
Low immune system
Susceptible to colds and illness
Behavioural Symptoms can be:
Sleeping too much
Isolating oneself from others
Easily frightened / jumpy
Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
Are there any other symptoms you suffer from, not listed above?
Together and if you are in agreement we can look at the following positive interventions to correct the balance;
Establishing a positive mindset/re-wiring the brain/overcoming negative thought patterns
How to accept that there are events that you cannot control.
How to be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive. (empowered vs disempowered)
How to learn and practice relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, or tai-chi.
How to exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
How to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
How to learn to manage your time more effectively.
How to set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
How to take time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation.
How to get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
How not to rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.
How to seek out social support and connect. Spend enough time with those you enjoy.
You dont have to suffer in silence - there is plenty you can do, and small changes to thought patterns and lifestyle can make a big impact on your life, get in touch today and we can make a start.......