Stress Awareness Day

So what is stress?  It means so many things to all of us, work, home, family or friend related,

Stress can be a positive thing, the surge of adrenalin when we have a deadline to work to can help us to focus on the task at hand. However, when we become either reliant on that surge or working in a state of continual deadlines it can lead to health issues.

I wonder how many of you reading this have been exhausted with work and then gone on holiday only to fall ill in the first few days?  That is because the adrenalin is no longer required and your body starts to relax, as it is no longer in a heighten ‘fight or flight’ mode.

How do you tell the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ stress?  Well positive stress is short lived and does not impact upon every other part of your life.  Whereas negative stress will seep into every other section of your life and affect your health and well-being.  Perhaps making you short tempered with those you love, who are not even the cause of your stress?  Or maybe you have trouble sleeping, we all need sleep as this is the time when our body heals itself and sets us up for the next day.

What practical things can you do to help you cope with stress if it is negatively impacting upon your life?  Well firstly it would be to remove the cause of the stress, but that isn’t always possible!  Finding some space and time for yourself is important, if your response is “I can never find 5 minutes to myself” then you seriously need to revaluate your life priorities.  There is always a way to find a few moments, even it is just when you go to the toilet, everyone has to do that!

So what can you do in those few precious moments?  I teach my clients breathing techniques that help to calm their body and mind, bringing them clarity of thought which in turn supports them to find the best way forward through the myriad of deadlines they may be facing.  Another simple but strongly effective technique I teach clients is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique also known as Tapping).

We look at their life priorities, what they want to achieve in the next 6 months, year and longer term.  It helps them to see where they need to put their energy and make the changes that will lead them to a more fulfilling life long term.

For a no obligation chat please either email or phone me, because it is good to remember that nothing has to be the way it has always been.

Melanie

07956 369461

info@LothianTherapy.com