Stress is a normal part of modern life, you may feel it when the demands in your life are higher than you feel you are able to manage- it is usually related to situations when the pressure felt becomes extreme.

Stress is not an illness rather it’s a state, if not dealt with it will inevitably affect your mental and physical health.

If you reach the point where you feel unable to cope, then it’s time to do something about how you feel. Left untreated, stress can lead to anxiety and depression and contribute to other conditions such as IBS or OCD.

Symptoms of stress include fatigue, headaches, insomnia, tense muscles, chest pain, rapid heart rate, stomach upsets or constipation, loss of libido, aggression, a lack of concentration, feeling out of control, crying uncontrollably, nail-biting or an increased reliance on nicotine or caffeine. You're maybe indecisive, or constantly consumed with work and may not realise that stress can amplify or suppress your anger. Men; particularly those working in an all-male environment may experience a build-up of stress as they feel the pressure to be constantly at the top of their game. Stress at work is a response to events. If you are unable to take time out or relax then stress builds until you feel unwell, the above symptoms are all signals that your brain and your body are struggling to cope.

How therapy helps

You will learn how to implement relaxation techniques and recognise what needs to change, it will also offer you the space to explore and furnish yourself with the necessary tools so you can learn to cope and balance the demands you may be experiencing. This reduces the production of stress hormones in your system called Adrenaline and Cortisol. There are other mediums that you can build into your daily routine like exercise, positive interaction and thinking and once you learn how to implement these then you will be able to keep your stress levels under control and enjoy life again.

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