Stress Management

Long term stress has a major impact on our physical and psychological health. It diminishes our happiness, wellbeing and our relationships. Long term stress response in the body suppresses the immune system and increases risk of cardiovascular disease. The American Institute of Stress issued this statement about the long-term effects of stress:
” Certain types of chronic and more insidious stress due to loneliness, poverty, bereavement, depression and frustration due to discrimination are associated with impaired immune system resistance to viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and cancer. Stress can have effects on other hormones, brain neurotransmitters, additional small chemical messengers elsewhere, prostaglandins, as well as crucial enzyme systems, and metabolic activities that are still unknown. Research in these areas may help to explain how stress can contribute to depression, anxiety, and its diverse effects on the gastrointestinal tract, skin and other organs. (Why is there more stress today? Accessed on 6.12.10 at

Some common signals of long term stress:

Physical signs of stress
• Increased heart rate.
• sweaty palms
• Headache,
• Muscular tightness,
• Diarrhoea/constipation
• Nausea
• Sleep disturbances
• Fatigue
• Shallow breathing and dryness of mouth
• Recurrent viral illnesses/infections
• Stomach ulcers
• High blood pressure
• Chest pain
• Loss of/increased appetite.

Emotional signs of stress:
• Irritability and angry outbursts.
• Depression
• Feelings of unreality
• Narrowed focus
• Reduced self-esteem
• Negative bias and anxiety.

Cognitive signs of stress:
• Forgetfulness
• Reduced creativity
• Lack of concentration
• Disorganization of thought
• Diminished sense of meaning in life
• Negative self-talk.

Behavioural signs of stress:

• Increased smoking/alcohol/drug use
• Withdrawal
• Listlessness
• Nailbiting
• Grinding teeth
• Agression

The solution
We work together to identify the root cause of your stress. This may involve goal setting around making life changes, cognitive work around your thoughts and feelings and implementing stress management tools that will serve to calm you during life’s inevitable stressors. Our sessions last for 1 hour and the pace is dictated by you. I may draw upon many different disciplines to tailor a fast and effective solution that diffuses your stress symptoms. I am happy to come to your premises or can schedule a session on our premises. We can also hold sessions over the telephone or via skype.

To book a consultation or ask any questions email: or call 01767 627595 (during 9am – 5pm) Please do leave a message as I may be delivering workshops or running private practise.