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National Stress Awareness Day

| Becca Clayton

What is stress?

There are many definitions of stress but essentially it is about a feeling you experience when you perceive that demands exceed your ability to cope.

Stress is the feeling of being under too much pressure.

Pressure turns into stress when we feel unable to cope.

We all have different ways of reacting to excess pressure so a situation that feels stressful to one person may actually be motivating to someone else.

So that means what is stressful to me may not be stressful to you? So what matters – is what YOU feel! What stresses you out? What are your triggers? You need to know.

Remember equally though that stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever increasing demands placed upon us in everyday life.

So it is important to be aware of what events / demands cause you stress and what activities / interventions can help you manage stress.

Why because awareness is the first step to change!

In looking at what causes you stress, remember that your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response. This is what is commonly referred to as “fight-or-flight” response. Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal relaxed state. Unfortunately, the around-the-clock stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off. Once again this is telling us that stress management is vital to leading a happy, energetic, healthy and balanced life.

Whatever definition you look at or book you read – they will all signpost you towards stress management because stress management equips you with tools to reset your alarm system. Without stress management, all too often your body is frequently on red alert. Long term this will translate in to real problems – behavioral, physical, emotional and spiritual. To conclude: FACT…..over time, high levels of stress increase your risk of serious physical and mental health problems.

So don’t wait until stress has a significant negative impact on your life – how you feel, look, communicate, behave – start understand what stress management techniques work for you and build them into your daily life. And remember with our programmes it’s all about small steps for BIG change….

For more information of our courses, programmes, clinics, coaching and relaxation sessions. Visit our brand new website – launched TODAY on NSAD at:

Tonic – Health & Wellbeing Experts

Or as a full member of ISMA (International Stress Management Association) see more about Becca (Tonic’s founder) on www.isma.org.uk/business-directory/4398/becca-clayton/

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