‘Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.’ – Eckhart Tolle

Definition of stress: ‘A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.’

Stress is a normal part of lives and at certain levels stress is healthy for short periods of time. The natural adrenaline can help to motivate us, to help us think and act more quickly and to drive us to get things done.

When experienced over long periods of time, stress can be quite damaging to health. The adrenaline created by the stress is no longer useful and can have several different adverse effects which can include: disrupted sleep, becoming disorganised or unproductive, irritability, tearfulness, feelings tension, anger, changes to appetite, minor ailments and colds, upset digestive system, stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation.

Over the longer term, constant states of stress can contribute to: problems with the heart and blood vessels, mental health issues, adverse impacts on personal and professional life, depression, weakened immune system, reduced sex drive, erectile dysfunction and disruption to the menstrual cycle.

Doctors may prescribe medication to relieve the symptoms of stress. Coaching, hypnotherapy and NLP helps by changing the behaviours, helping you to start to think feel more relaxed and more confident in circumstances which would have caused you feelings of stress in the past.