Stress is simply our reaction to events now and in the past; anxiety is the projection into the future. Our bodies react to any change that requires an adjustment with physical mental, and emotional responses. Sometimes stress (in short doses) it is useful . It produces adrenaline and can improve performance. But too much pressure and stress is damaging. It can interrupt sleep, produce headaches, stomach and bowel discomfort, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and make it extremely difficult to settle down and remain clear and focused.
Consider the following:
43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress ; 75-90 % of all doctors’ office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints; stress has been declared as a hazard in the workplace and costs industry millions annually; the lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, and often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.
Two people can be faced with exactly the same situation and they may react in entirely different ways. One person may feel calm, confident and assured, while the other may feel worried, anxious and vulnerable. The anxious response results from negative and inappropriate emotions that are not only self defeating, but also detrimental to mental and physical well-being. Stress management teaches people to identify their irrational , debilitating thoughts, understand their negative effect, and modify and cope with them. If we walked around a room holding a raised glass of water for several hours, this glass, light as it is, will feel heavier and heavier. It has nothing to do with the weight of the glass, but with how long we hold it for. Sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on. We need to learn how to rest and refresh ourselves, so we can put down the burdens we do not need, and pick up any others easily.
- Address and resolve sources of tension
- Improve coping strategies
- Enhance focus and concentration
- Eliminate anxiety, nerves and panic
- Restore self-belief and confidence
“Practising what you taught me has helped dramaticlly. I am happier, more outgoing and confident. My family has really noticed and we are all enjoying the new me.” G.E. Basingstoke