Are you feeling the stress? It’s not surprising really in this day and age, there’s always so much to do. There are thousands of situations which we encounter in everyday life, that have the potential to generate stress. However, it’s not the pressures themselves that create stress: it is how we react to them and deal with them that matters.
Does the following scenario feel familiar to you?
The train is cancelled. You’re worried that you will be late for work. So you run to catch the bus. It seems like everyone else has had the same idea. On board, there’s a mum with a crying baby and a demanding toddler. It’s standing room only for you now as you give up your seat for an elderly lady, (who doesn’t say thank you). You’re only using public transport because your car is in for its service. You’re thinking about how much the car is going to cost.
You barely slept a wink last night as your neighbour’s dog was barking, and you were worried about the meeting that you have today. The bus is now stuck in traffic and you doubt you’re going to make it on time. You know you should go to the hospital later on to visit your elderly relative, but you also have to collect one of your children from a gymnastics club. You are about to call work to explain you are going to be late, but you realise you’ve left your phone at home.
Some days the fact that the train was cancelled or that there was a screaming child was on the bus wouldn’t bother you, but this could have been the changing factor today after the lack of sleep. Our individual reactions to stress can be just as varied as what each of us perceives to be stressful.
What are the common reactions to stress?
Some of the most common reactions to stress are resentment, anxiety, low self-esteem, inability to cope, lack of concentration, and feelings of isolation. Physical symptoms could include the loss of appetite (or overeating), indigestion, heartburn, sweaty palms, and muscle cramps. As uncomfortable as these symptoms are, they usually disappear once the stressful situation has passed.
However, this is not the case if the situation is chronic. Research shows that continued exposure to stress can depress your immune system, lowering your resistance to illness. In extreme cases, stress is a factor in the development or aggravation of problems as wide-ranging as depression, impotence, eczema, migraine, asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. An awareness in which stress can affect our health is vital. Taking too long to recognise the signs may result in serious mental or physical harm.
How can stress be treated?
Natural therapies can be used to support patients in the management of both acute and chronic conditions caused by stress. We have a team of highly qualified practitioners at the clinic who aim to address the root of the problem rather than just the symptoms. We offer a range of therapies available to both children and adults at Chichester Natural Health Centre.
- Allergy Testing
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Health Kinesiology
- Herbal Medicine
- Indian Head Massage
- Sports Massage
- Swedish Massage
If you are interested in booking in, there is always a warm welcome for you at Chichester Natural Health Centre – so why not call in or telephone to find out more. Our reception is covered six days a week. We’d love to hear from you. 01243 786946