Stress comes from a feeling of being threatened or overwhelmed by life's challenges, we feel stressed when we feel unable to cope or we have a feeling of being out of control. What one person may feel stressed about another person may not; it is very dependent on the individual and their coping strategies.


Refined over thousands of years our bodies have created mechanisms to protect us in stressful, life threatening situations, stress causes a surge of hormones in your body. Stress hormones are released to enable you to deal with pressures or threats, also known as the fight or flight response. Adrenaline and Cortisol are released which increase your heart rate, raises your blood pressure, suppresses your digestive and immune systems.


Once the pressure or threat has passed, your stress hormone levels will usually return to normal. However, if you're constantly under stress, these hormones will remain in your body, leading to the symptoms of stress.


Everyone is different, but stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. Signs and symptoms of stress can include anxiety, excessive worrying, sleep disturbance, IBS, loss or gaining of weight, sweating and difficulty concentrating. You may also experience headaches, muscle tension or pain, or dizziness. This may lead to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, worsening of skin conditions such as eczema and depression.


Using tried and tested techniques we can help you to reduce your feelings of stress and learn new ways of dealing with stressful situations, improving your self-esteem and confidence.

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