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Everything You Need To Know About Stress (Part One)

What Causes Stress?

What is stress and what can you do about yours? Stress is a term that is used in all aspects of our lives. Work, relationships, family life and illness are known to cause stress symptoms. But what does this actually mean and what is the best way to treat it? Do you need to deal with it or is it something that will eventually go away? In my 3 part series I discuss the causes of stress, the symptoms of stress and finally effective stress management. As an experienced Stress Specialist, I have spent a lot of time with my clients, hearing their experiences and getting an inside view of what stress can do to individual and how it ripples out in to the different parts of their lives. I have also spent many hours researching the latest developments on stress.
The causes of stress are varied and can rear its head at many different stages of your life.

In The Womb

Stress can start to have an impact on us from conception. The environment the mother is living in can have a direct influence on how the unborn child responds to stress and the lessons the child starts to learn whilst still inside its mother’s body. If the mother is in a highly stressed environment, she will be teaching the child to keep on high alert; keep active and don’t keep still for long. This can create anxiety and low concentration in the child as it grows from child to teenager. It can also have a direct influence on how this person’s stress response effects them through life. It can mean that the baby in the womb grows to be someone who is more susceptible to illness and psychological problems created from stress.

Childhood Challenges

Friendships, teachers and family life can create a heightened stress response if the child doesn’t feel safe or connected. Connection and love are the most important things for children to grow resilience. When that feeling of connection goes, stress can increase dramatically. Teaching the child stress management tools and allowing the child to speak freely about their experiences can help them become calmer and happier again.

Teenage Years

Teenage years are very complicated for the teenager and the adults they share their lives with. At the time the child is turning into an adult, they are exploring their identities away from the direct family influence. Friendship and romantic connections start to become everything. Mixed in with the storm of hormones stress and new brain activity stress can rise for all concerned. As mentioned above, the same advice for children stands for teenagers to enable them to cope with these times. And keeping on communicating with your teenager is so important. Today, there are the added problems of social media and 24 hour connection through phones and online. Comparing to others and possible unhealthy relationships can increase their stress response greatly.

Trauma and Significant Changes

With any big change in life, stress will be present. Moving house, divorce, a death of a significant person or a new baby can bring stress into your life in the most unexpected ways. Stress management techniques, speaking it through and getting the right help will ensure you can come out the other side. Often, if you can recognise that a crisis can be a great time of growth, you can emerge a stronger, wiser and happier you.

Midlife Crisis

Midlife is a time that you can experience heightened stress. This is a time when you start to assess your life and work out what you want in your life to be fulfilled and to live with more meaning. Often, this inner reflection is unleashed through a significant event such as illness, divorce, long term discontent coming to head or having a strong realisation. As life starts to pass more quickly, a recognition that the areas in your life that are making you unhappy need to alter. To make these big changes can be very stressful.

Old Age

It is becoming a wide concern about the loneliness and despair people in the winter of their lives are experiencing. With health worries, loss of partners and life long friends, stress can be close under the surface. Money can be tight, connection minimal and fear of what lies ahead can cause a lot of worries.

Stress can effect any of us at anytime. So how do you know you have stress? Is it ever good for you and what are the symptoms of stress. Read part 2 of this Everything you Need to Know About Stress series.

If you are struggling with your stress levels, start listening to my Overcome Stress audio meditation.  For just 15 minutes before sleep, start to notice how revitalised you feel and how much calmer you respond to life.



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