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Stress Management

stress management

What is stress?

Stress is the way that you feel when pressure is placed on you. A little bit of pressure can be quite productive, give you motivation, and help you to perform better at something.

However, too much pressure, or prolonged pressure, can lead to stress, which is unhealthy for both the mind and body. Everyone reacts differently to stress, and some people may have a higher threshold than others. Too much stress often leads to physical, mental, and emotional problems.

In the UK, anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems, and the majority of cases are caused by stress. Research by mental health charities also suggests that a quarter of the population will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives.

Stress chemicals

When faced with a situation that makes you stressed, your body releases chemicals, including cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. These invoke the 'fight or flight' feelings that help us to deal with the situation. However, when you are in a situation that prevents you from fighting, or escaping, such as being on an overcrowded train, these chemicals are not used.

If the chemicals that are released during stressful situations build up from not being used, their effects are felt by the body. A build-up of adrenaline and noradrenaline increases blood pressure, heart rate, and the amount that you sweat. Cortisol prevents your immune system from functioning properly, as well as releasing fat and sugar into your blood stream.

Symptoms

Stress affects different people in different ways, and everyone has a different method of dealing with it.

The chemicals that are released by your body as a result of stress can build up over time and cause various mental and physical symptoms. These are listed below.

Mental symptoms can include: anger, depression, anxiety, changes in behaviour, food cravings, lack of appetite, frequent crying, difficulty sleeping (mental), feeling tired, and difficulty concentrating.

Physical symptoms can include: chest pains, constipation, or diarrhoea, cramps, or muscle spasms, dizziness, fainting spells, nail biting, nervous twitches, pins and needles, feeling restless, a tendency to sweat, sexual difficulties, such as erectile dysfunction, or a loss of sexual desire, breathlessness, muscular aches, and difficulty sleeping (physical).

Experiencing even one, or two, of these symptoms can make you feel frustrated, or anxious. This can be a vicious circle - for example, you want to avoid stress, but symptoms such as frequent crying, or nervous twitching, can make you feel annoyed with yourself, and make you feel even more stressed.

Causes

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and a situation that one person finds stressful may not be stressful to someone else. Therefore, almost anything can cause stress, and it has different triggers. Sometimes, just the thought of something that triggers stress, or several small things that build up.

stress management

Stress is fast becoming a way of life, not only in the UK but throughout the world. We are all subject to stress, regardless of age, social status or intellectual ability. Stress knows no barriers in this increasingly fast-moving world.

How we can help

Coaching and hypnotherapy offers fast effective ways to reduce, manage your stress and take control back in your life starting from your very first session.