Stress, relaxation, calmness

Stress

Relax and rebalance your life

The online Oxford dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”.


Stress is generally seen as a natural reaction to fear or change that can either have an identifiable source such as illness or from a medical procedure or be a more generalised feeling perhaps due to the environment or social situations.  


Some types of stress viewed positively, but as it can initiate the fight or flight response within us, prolonged exposure can contribute to many medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome and poor control of diabetes.


The effects of stress can also be demonstrated by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development’s (CIPD) 2017 comment … "stress places immense demands on employee's physical and mental health and well -being, impacting their behaviour, performance and relationships with colleagues."


Other effects of stress include:

  • psychological changes such as depression, inability to concentrate, confusion, acute anxiety, difficulty with time management or learning new skills
  • sleep disturbances such as insomnia, dreaming, waking up, inability to get back to sleep
  • sexual dysfunction such as lack of libido, impotence, inorgasmia


Stress shows itself in various ways, from an easily identifiable trigger such as a job interview, through more constantly evident generalised symptoms like low self-esteem, to deeper issues such as panic syndrome, phobic responses and depression. 


A good understanding of how the stress manifests itself for you will inform the tools and techniques I use to aid stress management, but may include:

  • learning to relax
  • mindfulness practice
  • understanding yourself and others better
  • hypnotherapy
  • elements of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • elements of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)

Discover how to:

  • become calmer, more effective and healthier
  • develop positive responses to stressful situations
  • feel protected from outside pressures and stresses

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