Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Stress is a psychological response to events or circumstances that threaten or challenge an individual’s wellbeing or equilibrium. It is a natural reaction that occurs when we perceive a situation as demanding or overwhelming. Sources of stress encompass a wide spectrum, such as occupational demands, interpersonal dynamics, financial concerns, digital overwhelm, health issues, social isolation, or significant life transitions.

When we encounter “stressors” our bodies release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which trigger the “fight or flight” response system. This response prepares us to either confront danger or the “stressor “or flee from it. Changes associated with stress include increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, heightened alertness and tensed muscles all of which prepare our bodies to deal with immediate threats.

Although stress can serve as a helpful motivator in moderate amounts, aiding us in performing under pressure and navigating challenging situations, its prolonged presence can severely impact both our physical and mental wellbeing. Chronic stress often culminates in anxiety and depression, fostering a perpetual state of fear and worry, even in the absence of clear triggers, which can significantly disrupt our daily lives. Moreover, chronic stress is associated with various health issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorders, and compromised immune function.

Managing stress effectively is crucial to our overall well-being. To cope with stress, it’s beneficial to practice relaxation methods such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating balanced meals, engaging in regular exercise, and ensuring quality sleep also contributes to stress management. Seeking support from friends and family, setting achievable goals, prioritising tasks, and learning to decline further responsibilities are additional strategies that can help alleviate stress.

If your levels of stress become overwhelming or start to interfere with daily functioning, seek help from your GP or give me a call.

Allow me to assist you in addressing these emotions. Together, we can explore the underlying reasons behind any stress, anxiety, or depression you may be experiencing. We’ll explore the triggers that evoke these emotional responses and work to eliminate their causes. Through this process, we’ll replace negative feelings with empowering, positive beliefs and messages.

No two people are the same, so all my treatment programmes are bespoke, designed to meet the requirements and goals of each individual. I usually integrate all three disciplines, which I believe makes me a more effective coach enabling me to greatly enhance your therapeutic programme and accelerate your results.

I want to make appointments as easy as possible for you so offer sessions in person in clinic or online over Zoom.

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