“Accept what you cannot change, change what you cannot accept”

What is Stress?

In small doses, stress or rather pressure can be helpful to the body, and over time, a resilience can be developed. Different people will experience and perceive the same stressors in different ways.

Pressure differs from stress. Under pressure you have the tools to cope, under stress, you do not.

Stress is not an illness. Stress is the response/reaction to prolonged pressure and challenges and these responses can cause mental and/or physical ill health.

Stress is the overwhelming negative response to a set of inputs. These negative responses can be physical, psychological, emotional and/or behavioural. Fight or flight is only part of the story.

The signs and symptoms of stress are many and varied and may not always be associated with stress as a cause. For this reason stress often goes unnoticed.

Treating Stress

Treating stress depends on a number of criteria which will be particular to the individual. Depending on the nature of stress, for example is it as a result of an intense period of stress which is now over but you still don’t feel ‘right’? Or is it something that is still ongoing in your life and likely to continue for a while yet? The answers to these questions then help to formulate a way forward.

If the stress is ongoing then a management and coping program is a most likely approach which may include teaching some relaxation methods as well as improving skills in the direct management of the things that are causing the stress. If these stressors can’t be identified or seem to overwhelming then there are many methods for coaching through this process.

Stress levels can be reduced and symptoms reversed with a selection of the methods and techniques that I use. It is a very personal journey as each of us regards stress in different ways in the human jungle.

Please call to discuss your particular stress causes and symptoms.

Some symptoms and signs of stress

Burnout and overwhelm are some of the most common signs of too much stress.  Things get easily on top of you, your energy levels are depleted and the idea of dong it all again brings feelings of not being able to cope.  Broadly the signs and symptoms of stress fall into four categories: emotional, physical, behavioural and psychological.  Someone under stress may experience symptoms from one, a selection or all of the categories at different times.

My Blog on The Signs and Symptoms of Stress includes a comprehensive list as I have included just a few here.

Physical Signs

  • Aches/pains & muscle tension/grinding teeth
  • Frequent colds / infections
  • Allergies / rashes / skin irritations
  • Constipation / diarrhoea / IBS
  • Weight loss or gain

Emotional Signs

  • Angry
  • Frustrated
  • Tearful
  • Mood swings

Behavioural Signs

  • Insomnia
  • No time for relaxation
  • Forgetful
  • Self neglect

Psychological Signs

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory lapses
  • Inability to make simple decisions