STRESS!! Our body’s natural reaction to help us deal with pressure or threats. As our body perceives stress, the adrenal glands make and release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream, causing an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Known as our “flight or fight” response, it has kept us humans ALIVE! Triggering a flood of glucose that supplies an immediate energy source to our large muscles so we can FLEE FROM DANGER!

Our stress hormone levels usually return to normal once the pressure or threat has passed…

A small amount of stress can be useful, not only in helping us escape from danger, it can help motivate us to take action and get things done. It can make us feel alive and excited, for example when we try something new!! Stress is a natural reaction to difficult situations in life, such as work, family, relationships, and money problems.

But too much stress can cause negative effects. If we are under constant pressure on a regular basis, we can begin to feel overloaded, overwhelmed, and unable to cope. And in today’s world it’s no wonder that many of us are constantly in high-stress mode.

A UK-wide stress survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that almost three quarters of adults (74%) have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

This long-term activation of our “fight or flight” response and the overexposure to stress hormones that follows can disrupt almost all of our body's processes, leading to an increased risk of heart disease, digestive problems, a suppressed immune system, and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Stress is also linked to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Not good!! So, what can we do reduce stress and prevent burn out?

The most important step is to realise when it is causing you a problem. KNOW WHEN TO STOP!! Listen to your body.....

Are you...

⚡️Having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much?

⚡️Struggling to concentrate?

⚡️Feeling overwhelmed or unmotivated?

⚡️Snappy, irritable, anxious, tearful, fatigued?

⚡️Feeling increasingly withdrawn?

⚡️Suffering with headaches that won't shift, digestive problems, a change in appetite?

Try to identify any underlying causes of added stress. Review your lifestyle. Are you taking on too much?

Take time out. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You are not superhuman, we all need a break. Let yourself rest. Ask for help if you need it. Nourish your body with healthy foods. Be aware of your smoking and drinking. Get outdoors, move your body. Everybody is different and what works for one person might not work for another. Above all else be kind and compassionate with yourself and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!!

For more ideas on ways to help reduce stress and overwhelm check out my blog “find your happy”😊

AND...It is absolutely OK to ask for professional help if you feel that you are struggling to manage on your own. It is important to get help as soon as possible so you can begin to get better 💖

If you would like support to feel calmer, happier, and more in control of your emotional wellbeing, please do get in touch. I would genuinely love to help you.

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