Stress

 

All of us have experienced stress and anxiety at some time or another. Under certain circumstances they are perfectly natural and healthy states- for example in a competitive situation or if an emergency arises. Stress produces increased heart rate and adrenaline which result in a hyper arousal that gives us that extra edge to react.

However, sustained stress and anxiety can be dangerous to our physical and emotional well being and in some cases can be fatal. There are many benefits we have gained from a post modern western society but for most of us, we are all too aware of the pace and expectation that creates stress and anxiety. The good news is that you do not have to suffer from abnormal stress and anxiety levels; yet most of us plod on in our mire of stuff believing it's, ‘Just the way it is' , and that  circumstances dictate where we are, "Unless a miracle comes along". If you have any of the following persistent symptoms or any concerns to your emotional or physical well-being then see your doctor and seek out the services of a counsellor

 

  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Body sweats
  • Disruptive sleep
  • Heartburn /acid
  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Excessive worry
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Lack of concentration.
  • Fear for the future
  • Loss of sex drive

 

Mostly these symptoms can be resolved without medication if caught in the early stages but excessive periods of stress and anxiety can lead to more serious conditions such a Clinical Depression and disease. If in any doubt please consult your Doctor. The list above is not exhaustive.