Stressed? Who me?
More and more we hear the word “stress” in our busy lives. So let’s think about what it means to us.
Stress can be described as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”. Stress can be a response to an inappropriate level of pressure. That response may be positive or negative.
Believe it or not, some stress can be good for us. Think about the feelings you have prior to a rollercoaster ride. You may feel “butterflies”, giddiness or shaky legs. You feel fear but quite enjoy the sensation. Winning athletes in the Olympics would not achieve the great success they do without a degree of stress, as it prepares the mind and body to deal with the pressures of the situation.
However, stress when it is not handled well, can have a very negative effect on your mind, body and life, causing physical and mental problems.
It is widely recognised that certain life events have the potential to raise our stress levels. Moving house, divorce, bereavement, a new job and many other such events may trigger a negative stress response. However, ongoing situations may be just as damaging, for example, problems at work or work/life balance may raise stress hormone levels and affect us at a molecular level causing physical ailments.
Let’s look at some of the signs and symptoms so that as soon as you recognise them, you can nip it in the bud. Should you find any of the following signs and symptoms affecting you, it may be time to do something about it : restlessness, sleep disturbance, poor concentration, irritability, poor memory, nausea, pounding heartbeat, stomach cramps, dizziness, tingling of the extremities.
The good news is there are lots of ways to help: Make sure you look after your body by eating healthily and drinking lots of water. Reduce your caffeine intake (coffee, fizzy drinks, chocolate). Reduce alcohol intake. Take time out regularly from everyday activities to boost your energy levels. Ensure you have regular, good quality sleep. Find some form of exercise you enjoy. Ask for help. Learn to say “no” sometimes. Remember that perfection may not always be necessary and that your welfare is important.
At, Inspire Holistics, I can help.
Reiki treatments and Crystal therapy aim to rebalance energy levels, to relax, revitalise, improve sleep and allow your mind and body to work together to promote wellbeing.
Emotional Freedom Technique (or tapping as it is often known) is a highly effective treatment which works on the meridian lines used in acupuncture, but without the use of needles. It is particularly useful for changing unhelpful habits, overcoming fears and clearing stuck emotions.
You wouldn’t dream of struggling along with a broken leg so don’t struggle on with stress.
Contact me for a chat about how I can help.
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