Stress is the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed on them. There is a clear distinction between pressure, which can create a ‘buzz’ and be a motivating factor, and stress which can occur when this pressure becomes excessive” (Health and Safety Executive).
Stress is naturally occurring and without it we would have no motivation. Problems show up when we have too much stress and we become unable to cope with the demands placed on us. These stressors can be caused by illness, bereavement, relationships, school, work etc. and can, and often does, lead to anxiety. The effects of stress include insomnia, poor concentration, palpitations and can contribute to excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and excessive caffeine intake.
Too much stress over a long period of time can lead to serious long term health effects including hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, ulcers and skin conditions.
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The impact of too much stress can affect every area of your life. A worrying trend in the UK is the number of people experiencing the negative effects of stress at work. The Health and Safety Executive estimates that 0.5 million workers suffer from work related stress and depression. Employers are under greater pressure to get things done quicker, with less resources and the knock on effect of that is that the employee gets more stress. This can have a negative effect on their health , their relationships, their sleep patterns etc. Hypnotherapy has been proven effective in helping people manage stress. I am a trained Stress Management Specialist and if you are interested in booking a one to one or group sessions on how to manage stress, please click on Contact above.