Stress & Anxiety
There’s a fine line between being ‘stretched’ and ‘stressed’ – being ‘stretched’ is nature’s way of helping us learn, solve problems and feel energised, in a healthy way. Being ‘stressed’ can be overwhelming, leading to an inability to think straight, poor sleep and low mood.
In very simple terms we feel ‘stressed’ when pressures and demands on us prevent us from getting our emotional needs met and we feel incapable of doing anything about it. It might be one big thing that is causing stress, or a build-up of small pressures and often it's just one little thing that tips us over the edge (the proverbial 'straw that broke the camels back'!).
We are all unique, so how we perceive and manage stress depends on our experiences and personal resilience - what is stressful for one person may not be perceived in the same way by another.
What can it look like?
Signs that you may be suffering from an overload of stress and anxiety can include irritability, feelings of being over-burdened, being anxious, depressed or neglected, or perhaps feel that you have lost interest in life. You may find it hard to make simple decisions or to concentrate, or feel tearful all the time.
There are also physical indicators of stress; when we’re stressed or feel anxious our bodies release hormones called cortisol and adrenaline – our body’s way of responding to a perceived threat (also called the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response). High levels of these hormones can make you feel physically unwell, for example aches, pains, migraines or gut problems which could affect your health over the longer term. I've worked with many clients suffering from neck-ache, tummy problems or headaches who realise by working together that their physical pain originates from stress.
Working with the right therapist for you is one way to take a positive step forward. Talking your problems through can reduce the negative impact that stress is having on your life, help you manage your emotions with tools and techniques that work for you, and develop your emotional resilience so you can adapt to your challenges, both now and in the future.
For an informal chat to discuss how I can help you please get in touch.