What is stress?

This may seem like a silly question, however, it is often overlooked.  Simply put stress is a 'reaction to', or a 'symptom of' of something else that's going on, it's not actually the root cause. So if you've been diagnosed with stress, you may actually need to carry on looking to find out what the actual problem is.

Sometimes the right amount of stress can be beneficial

As mentioned above stress is a reaction to another stimulus. If that reaction subsequently allows you to escape danger, or perform better, then in the short term it has to be a good thing.  It is know as the 'fight or flight' response.

When the wrong amount of stress is a problem

Being constantly in (or spending long periods in) a difficult situation, or perceiving that you are in a difficult situation is when it's no good for you.  Your body ends up in a constant state of alert, waiting for and trying to anticipate the next problem.  If you are not careful this can lead to other problems such as Anxiety and Depression.

Common stress symptoms

  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia (inability to sleep)
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle pain
  • Drinking too much alcohol

What to do about stress?

There are many things you can do to help you cope with stressful situations (in the short term), such as exercise, meditation, and mindfulness. You may even find a relaxing massage beneficial to your wellbeing as well.  However, if the stressful situation you find yourself in doesn't appear to have an end then it is best to seek professional help sooner, rather than later.  Talk to your doctor and/or a professional counsellor, they can advise you further.

Suitable Therapies

Here at The Centre we have a number of practitioners, therapies and classes who can help to support you:


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