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Do You Feel Stressed Often?

 

What is stress?

Modern research shows us that stress is a ‘burst of energy’ or a vital warning sign that basically advises you on what to do. In small doses, stress has many advantages.  For instance, you may find that being stressed-out motivates you to focus on your work, helps you meet daily challenges and motivates you to reach your goals.  It can even help boost your memory and help you accomplish tasks more efficiently.  This is because when our brain perceives some kind of stress, it starts flooding the body with chemicals like epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol.  This creates a variety of reactions such as an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, which are all helpful responses when extra energy is required to meet the perceived situational demand (eg. Taking an exam, making an important presentation etc). 

While stress is key for our survival, the downside to stress is that too much of it can be detrimental to our health.  For example, emotional stress that stays around for weeks or months can weaken the immune system and lead to high blood pressure, fatiguedepressionanxiety and even heart disease. Too much epinephrine can be harmful to your heart, and this kind of long term stress can change the arteries and how their cells are able to regenerate. 

 

When does stress become a problem?

It may be tough to tell when you’re experiencing “good” or “bad” stress, but there are important ways that your body lets you know that you’re struggling with too much stress. Watch out for the following warning signs:

  • Inability to concentrate or complete tasks
  • Getting sick more often with colds
  • Body aches and pains (eg. Neck, shoulders and low back pain)
  • Other illnesses or autoimmune diseases flare up (eg. Hashimotos, Rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia)
  • Headaches and/or migraines
  • Irritability
  • Trouble falling sleeping or staying awake
  • Changes in appetite
  • More angry or anxious than usual 

 

What can I do about my stress?

For tips on managing everyday stress more effectively, read our blog HERE 

 

When should I seek professional help?

If high levels of stress continue for a long period of time or are interfering with you enjoying a healthy life, it is worth seeking professional help. A mental health professional, like a psychologist, can help you identify behaviors and situations that are contributing to high stress, and help you to make changes to the things that are within your control.  Seeking help can be one way to manage your stress effectively.

  • Do you feel ‘burnt-out’, fatigued or tired?
  • Do you feel ‘on-edge’, ‘wired’ or anxious?
  • Tight neck & shoulder muscles?
  • Sleep difficulties?
  • Digestive and/or hormonal issues?
  • Regular headaches that worsen as the day progresses?
  • Dry skin, brittle nails, hair falling out?
  • Sensitivity to light or sound?
  • Feeling cold?

Our MindFlo program may be just what you need.  MindFlo was especially developed by our psychologist and qualified yoga instructor, Arissa Brunelli, to help you learn how to use simple strategies to balance the body’s physical, chemical and emotional stress for improved health, wellbeing, and quality of life.  

 

Call our friendly team today and ask about our MindFlo program (07) 5679 5593.  We’re here to partner you on your journey towards optimal health.

 

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