What Is Stress?
Stress is a reaction to an event or threat resulting in a sense of a lack of control and uncertainty. This can be a real or perceived threat differing in its intensity with each individual.
When a stressful event (stressor) occurs, either externally or from within (emotionally), we will adjust or respond to it in either a positive or negative way.
“It isn’t the situation itself which determines how we feel, but the meaning we attach to the situation!”
At the highest level, stress is the sensation that arises when our psychological (anxiety/fear/anger/sadness etc), physiological (symptoms resulting from physical and/or psychological), or physical (ie: demands because of a broken leg) demands exceed our resources within any given time frame, outweighing our resources and upsetting us on every level.
We cannot escape stress, but having the capability strategies and knowledge to learn how to deal with it is of paramount importance. If indulged can change from being acute, to chronic, possibly resulting in the onset of dis-ease.
The Stress Response
The Stress response is designed to create appropriate action to protect life, and also to free up resources to meet demands which may stop the haemorrahging from the reserve account!
It is a reaction to ‘stress’ in an attempt to restore equilibrium to psychological, physical or physiological stresses. Stress is the stimulus that creates the stress response.
It is the body’s way of protecting us and can help us to stay focused, alert and energetic. It can help in an emergency or dangerous situation, for instance manifesting as a burst of energy or fast reaction intended to provide protection from harm. Beyond a certain point stress stops being helpful and can cause damage to our health, mood, energy levels, relationships and quality of life. Short term or temporary stress goes away once a specific problem is resolved. Long term stress does not go away and can worsen as time goes on, causing dis-ease.
There is a perceived stigma with stress and sufferers are often embarrassed and ashamed to admit they are suffering as they (mistakenly) believe it is a sign of failure or weakness, in fact it is a very common condition which can be helped and treated.
Presenting for treatment with stress related dis-ease
Chronic: Energy would be depleted, may feel disinterested.
Acute: May seem highly overstrung, nervous, agitated, argumentative, sweating, flushed.
Low-grade: Feeling ‘low’ in spirits, emotionally drained, depressed.
High-grade: Probably showing signs of arousal, hyperventilating, crying, fidgeting.
Ongoing vs Intermittent:
Ongoing: May show signs of resigning to their situation, ‘giving up’, being ‘at effect’ – feeling victimized.
Intermittent: Could present signs of burnout, with ‘pendulum swinging’
How to relieve stress related dis-ease?
Our THOUGHTS create the way we FEEL which in turn create our BEHAVIOURS.
Using a broad range of powerful, gentle and extremely effective methods, to include: CBT, EFT, NLP, Transformational Life Coaching, Strategic Intervention Coaching, I am based in Brighton in the UK and for the past +20 years I have successfully been helping people to lead fulfilling lives working together either face to face, phone or Zoom etc.
I will help you to:
- Find the cause of your problem
- Break the negative patterns causing you to feel trapped
- Find ways to decrease demands
- Find ways to increase resources as quickly as possible by using all the tools that are relevant to each individual person according to their symptoms to effect a satisfactory resolution!
Important Note: Whilst therapies and coaching can help to resolve a variety of problems, if you are concerned or in doubt, please seek appropriate medical advice from your doctor.