Stress can be defined as the degree to which you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope as a result of pressures that are unmanageable.

At the most basic level, stress is our body’s response to pressures from a situation or life event. What contributes to stress can be hugely different from person to person and our social and economic circumstances, the environment we live in and our genetic makeup, can influence this.

Some common features of things that can make us feel stress include experiencing something new or unexpected, something that threatens your feeling of self, or the feeling that you have little control over a situation.

When we encounter stress, our body is stimulated to produce stress hormones that trigger a ‘flight or fight’ response and activate our immune system. This response helps us to respond quickly to dangerous situations.

Sometimes, this stress response can be an appropriate, or even a beneficial reaction. The resulting feeling of ‘pressure’ can help us to push through situations that can be nerve-wracking or intense, like running a marathon, or giving a speech to a large crowd. We can quickly return to a resting state without any negative effects on our health if what is stressing us is short-lived, and many people are able to deal with a certain level of stress without any lasting effects.

However, there can be times when stress becomes excessive and too much to deal with. If our stress response is activated repeatedly, or it persists over time, the effects can result in wear and tear on the body and can cause us to feel permanently in a state of ‘fight or flight’. Rather than helping us push through, this pressure can make us feel overwhelmed or unable to cope.

Feeling this overwhelming stress for a long period of time is often called chronic, or long-term stress, and it can impact on both physical and mental health.

Stress is a response to a threat in a situation, whereas anxiety is a reaction to the stress. There are many things that can lead to stress. The death of a loved one, divorce/separation, losing a job and unexpected money problems are among the top ten causes of stress according to one recent survey.  But not all life events are negative and even positive life changes, such as moving to a bigger house, gaining a job promotion or going on holiday can be sources of stress.

Common Signs Of Being Stressed

Emotional changes.

When you are stressed you may experience many different feelings, including anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, or frustration. These feelings can sometimes feed on each other and produce physical symptoms, making you feel even worse. For some people, stressful life events can contribute to symptoms of depression. Work-related stress can also have negative impacts on mental health.  Work-related stress accounts for an average of 23.9 days of work lost for every person affected.

Behavioral changes.

When you are stressed you may:

behave differently. For example, you may become withdrawn, indecisive or inflexible. You may not be able to sleep properly. You may be irritable or tearful. There may be a change in your sexual habits or abilities. Some people may resort to smoking, consuming more alcohol, or taking drugs.  Stress can make you feel angrier or more aggressive than normal. Stress may also affect the way we interact with our close family and friends.

Bodily Changes

When stressed, some people start to experience headaches, nausea and indigestion. You may breathe more quickly, perspire more, have palpitations or suffer from various aches and pains. You will quickly return to normal without any negative effects if what is stressing you is short-lived, and many people are able to deal with a certain level of stress without any lasting adverse effects.

If you experience stress repeatedly over a prolonged period, you may notice your sleep and memory are affected, you’re eating habits may change, or you may feel less inclined to exercise.Some research has also linked long-term stress to gastrointestinal conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I.B.S), or stomach ulcers as well as conditions like cardiovascular disease.

Stress transformation coaching enables you to transform your current negative stress and emotion into positive energy.

The transformation coaching focuses upon:

  • Getting to know and understand the negative or conflicting beliefs and emotion in your life more deeply and intimately, seeing and correctly directing its potential value.
  • Developing the capacity to recycle, transform and redirect these difficult emotions into a positive force that works for you rather than against you.
  • Find yourself thriving in situations and circumstances that would previously make you unhappy, fearful, inhibited and so on.
  • Open to a whole new more enlightened level of mental resilience, inner well-being and wisdom.
  • Enabling you to make contributions of greater value not just to yourself, but also to your family, your relationships and at work.

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