Stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure.
Stress is our body’s response to pressure. Many different situations or life events can cause stress. It is often triggered when we experience something new, unexpected or that threatens our sense of self, or when we feel we have little control over a situation.
Sometimes, this stress response can be useful: it can help us push through fear or pain so we can run a marathon or deliver a speech, for example. Our stress hormones will usually go back to normal quickly once the stressful event is over, and there won’t be any lasting effects.
However, too much stress can cause negative effects. It can leave us in a permanent stage of fight or flight, leaving us overwhelmed or unable to cope. Long term, this can affect our physical and mental health, affecting our work, relationship and health.
Successful stress management requires knowing how to control the stress factors, in your life. At KlearMinds, we can help you develop the tools you need, to feel confident and in control, no matter what stress you face.
When stresed, you might feel:–
And physically you might experience:-
headaches, nausea, indigestion, shallow breathing or hyperventilation, sweating, palpitations, aches and pains
As a result, behaviourally you might then:-
withdraw from others or snap at them, be indecisive or inflexible, be tearful, experience sleep difficulties, experience sexual problems, and possibly smoke, increase alcohol or drug use.
Many things can lead to stress: bereavement, divorce or separation, losing a job or unexpected money problems. Work-related stress can also have a negative impact on your mental health. People affected by work-related stress lose an average of 24 days of work due to ill health.
Even positive life changes, such as moving to a bigger house, gaining a job promotion or going on holiday can be sources of stress.
We all deal with stress differently. Our ability to cope can depend on our genetics, early life events, personality and social and economic circumstances.
Whilst stress cannot be removed from our lives completely, it is possible to learn techniques that reduce the impact of stress in our day to day life, and to develop essentials skills, to prevent excessive stress recurring in the future. Our stress counsellors and stress coaches use a powerful combination of CBT, counselling and coaching techniques to help you:
“Not only provided a number of practical day-to-day techniques for managing stress, but also offered new ways of looking at things that fundamentally shifted my perspective …”
“I now have the tools necessary to deal with the various stresses in my life and that I can adapt these tools to suit any situation I am presented with in the future…”
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At KlearMinds we use a powerful combination of counselling techniques, mixed with psychotherapy and CBT strategies to help you achieve results, fast.
If you feel ready to stop stress from ruling your life, our stress counsellors can help. Our stress management centres are located in the London City, near Old Street, Liverpool Street. We also have a stress therapist in Victoria and Kensington.
Located within easy reach of Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Old Street, Barbican and Shoreditch.
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This page was written by Maggie Morrow (MSc, BSc, Adv Dip, UKCP) and medically reviewed in August 2021.