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Everyone at some point in their life will experience stress. There are different types of stress, some is productive, some is less productive and some harmful to your overall well-being. What is important is to learn how to manage and respond to stress. Developing a clear understanding of how stress impacts your physical and mental health and vica versa is essential to a stress-free lifestyle.
Stress triggers a body’s response known as the fight or flight response which the body secretes adrenaline and prepares the individual to perform in the given situation. This speeds up heart rate, breathing rate and increases blood flow to the brain and muscles and away from the digestive tract, slowing digestion. When the stress is reduced or gone the body enters into a relaxation phase response to reverse the effects of adrenaline. In cases of chronic stress, adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones) are increased and the relaxation phase does not occur effectively and damages the body.
Good Stress:This is the type of stress that gets you ready mentally and physically for a situation and that is fun and exciting. For example: a sporting competition or a work deadline. The fight or flight response occurs for the period of time needed and then the relaxation phase response kicks in and you calm down. It is short lived and your body deals with it well.
Bad Stress:This is the type of stress that can be short lived (acute) or more prolonged (chronic). Acute stress can be either positive or negative for example moving house stress is short lived situation which is positive in that it provides you with the energy to do all the things you need but can also be negative in that it can prevent you from being organised further adding to the stressful situation. Exam stress is also another example. Chronic stress is predominately detrimental for example a marriage breakdown, extremely taxing job or one that you are unhappy in. Chronic stress can also be born from bad childhood experience such as abuse or from trauma such as a car crash.
The Impact: The mind and body are inter-related and so stress affects you emotionally and as well as physically. Physical health related problems can also cause you stress. Therefore, it is important to address both when seeking help.
Stress symptoms are varied as shown below:
The Answer: Learn to read your body and understand how stress impacts your mind and body and take action to reduce the impact. You may require help to identify stressors in order to find the underlying issues that are causing you upset and to talk with someone to identify strategies to enable you to manage and reduce the effects of stress. Remember to look at the physical and mental aspects. Carol Baker who is a registered osteopath and trained counsellor and help guide you through a journey to combat stress.
To book an appointment with Carol call reception on 0118 9762253 or book online at https://online.tm2app.com/theharrisonclinic