What does ‘Stress’ feel like?

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If I asked you the question what does ‘stress’ feel like? What would you say?

Stress means many different things to different people.

By definition stress is:

‘A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.’ Oxford Dictionary

Stress can present in many different ways and it’s important to be able to recognise these signs, particularly because the way that stress presented itself in your 20s maybe different to how it presents itself in your 40s.

By being aware and recognising these common stress symptoms in your own body, you can search for answers or treatment so that you can feel energised, well rested and calm in life.

Symptoms of stress

Emotional or cognitive symptoms:

  • Feeling frustrated, moody, angry or overwhelmed
  • Overactive mind or constant worrying
  • Forgetting things frequently
  • Disorganised
  • Trouble focusing on tasks
  • Poor self-image or negative self-talk
  • Isolating yourself from others

Physical symptoms:

  • Low energy
  • Digestive problems including bloating, constipation, diarrhoea or nausea
  • Aches, pains and sore muscles
  • Frequent colds, flu or mouth ulcers
  • Loss of sexual drive/libido
  • Problems with sleep including falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Wired in the evenings and tired in the mornings
  • Sore jaw from clenching
  • Headaches
  • Period pain

We often have clients who tell us, “I am stressed, but it’s not like I can remove all the stress in my life – I still need to work, my family keeps me busy and I have lots of things that I need to do each day!”

We look at nutrition and ways that you can support your nervous system to live a busy, but balanced life so you become better at coping with stress. Meditation is also helpful in assisting the mind to focus and relax.

If you are feeling any of the above or a combination of these symptoms, please get in touch with us so we can work out an individualised stress reduction plan for you and get you back on track.

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