What Is Stress?
Stress is anything that can be perceived as stressful!
-life & world events
-work and finances
-time and schedule
-difficult relationships at home and work
-illness and death
Your Stress Response is Automatic. You Can't Control It!
When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones.
These include adrenaline and cortisol, which arouse the body for emergency action.
- Your heart pounds faster
- muscles tighten
- blood pressure rises
- breath quickens
and your senses become sharper.
These automatic physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed up your reaction time, and enhance your focus...
They prepare you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand.
What Happens When You Don't Address Your Stress?
The chronic stress response wears the body down, predisposes it to illness and accelerates aging.
It disrupts nearly every system in your body.
- suppress your immune system
- upset your digestive and reproductive systems
- increase the risk of heart attack and stroke
- deplete your energy
- speed up the aging process
It can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Burnout is exhaustion!
You feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to keep up with life.
Signs of burnout can include:
- Physical and mental overwhelm and fatigue
- Moodiness and irritability
- Inability to make decisions
- Loss of motivation
- Suicidal thoughts
- Withdrawing from support systems
- Use of substances to medicate, including alcohol, drugs, and prescription drugs
Steps to Manage Your Stress
You must stop and identify what's happening and where the stress is coming from!
Get to the root!
Ask for help and talk about it!
Get Support for Your Stress
I work with clients who have chronic stress and don't know how to manage it or heal from it.
I can help you recognize the signs and symptoms and recommend the course of treatments.
I can teach you appropriate tools you can use to improve your health and start feeling better.