Stress can be totally debilitating...
The human body responds to events that provoke stress (stressors) by
activating the nervous system and specific hormones. The hypothalamus signals
the adrenal glands to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol and
release them into the bloodstream. These hormones speed up heart rate, breathing
rate, blood pressure and metabolism. The physical changes prepare you to react
quickly and effectively to handle the pressure of the moment.
This natural reaction is known as the stress response. Working properly, the
body's stress response improves your ability to perform well under pressure.
Some common symptoms of stress are:
•Can’t switch off – feeling alert and anxious even when we want to be resting.
•Can’t cope – even small things get us down, leave us exhausted.
•Withdraw from relationships, work or fun activities or become irritable.
•Have difficulty concentrating.
•Have aches and pains unrelated to exercise or any medical condition.
•Have difficulty eating or sleeping properly.
Sometimes stress builds up and takes on a life of its own – so that we feel
anxious, even when not facing difficult situations.
Causes of stress?
Stress affects everybody in a different way. What causes one person to become over-stressed may not
have the same affect on someone else.
Many things may cause people to become over-stressed, including:
•problems at school or work
•sexual, physical or
•moving to a new place
•a traumatic event - such as the death of a loved one
•new or chronic illness or disability
•peer pressure, being bullied
•unrealistic expectations placed on you by yourself, friend, family or culture
It may not be possible to remove the stress from your life, however managing
your stress may help you to get things done. Below are some ideas for managing
Be aware – monitor your levels of stress and ask whether they are helpful or
getting you down.
Hypnotherapy works extremely well for stress and quickly.
Take stock – think about things in your life or pressures you place on
yourself that may be increasing your stress.
Take charge – deal with unhelpful sources of stress before they build up and
become a bigger problem.
Make choices – look at areas in your life where you could manage your
situation better or change the way you respond.
Some examples of good ways to deal with stress:
•Take some deep breaths (sounds cheesy but done right it works!)
•Talk to someone you trust
•Create a stress diary, note down when you feel stressed and why
•Have a health check with your GP
•Eat a healthy, balanced diet
•Try to avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeine
•Make time for things you enjoy.
These are some ways to help you bounce back and become more resilient to stress.