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What is Stress?

Updated: Sep 14, 2020


Stress may have a very different definition depending on who you ask. What one person may find stressful or challenging the next person may not be even slightly bothered by. Stress is largely based on an individual’s perception, it is your life your experience, you do not need anyone else to validate the way you feel or make you feel guilty or like a drama queen for feeling stressed by a particular event or situation.


Now let’s get technical, if you were to complete a google search asking ‘what is stress’ you would get many different answers. Here is one of the definitions of stress that I came across with a little research. ‘Stress is a normal reaction the body has when changes occur which can have a physical, mental or emotional impact’.

We have all experienced stress at one time or another during our lives and that is totally healthy and okay. The difference is whether the stress we are facing is negative or positive stress.


Sometimes stress is positive in small doses as it necessary for survival. It is this kind of stress that keeps us alert and motivated in order for us to avoid danger and survive in life threatening situations. A less drastic example would be deadline stress, this is what gives us the ability to pull an all-nighter to finish a project that is due the next day (many of us have been there done that right? Hello my entire university degree…well maybe not all of it!), if we do this as a once off and don’t make a habit of it, it isn’t necessarily going to have a negative impact on our health.


Where stress becomes negative is when a person is exposed to stress for a prolonged period of time with no sight of a light at the end of the tunnel or a chance to relax, unwind or de-stress, blowing off some steam if you will. Sadly, in the modern Western world a lot of us live in a constant state of stress to one degree or another.


Modern day women are under more pressure than ever before, we want it all and we want it now #girlboss #bossbabe. Unfortunately, this can come at a great cost to our health when we start to burn the candle at both ends, a lot of you are already at the point where you are seeing these negative impacts to your health.


This is because you have not been showing up for yourself and have been putting yourself and your needs behind the needs of those around you for too long. Well, this is your chance to change all that and live a life of balance.


The most common symptoms of stress that may come to mind are predominantly the mental, emotional and spiritual effects of stress, however stress can also have a very physical impact to our bodies, we just aren’t so great at tying all of those symptoms together and identifying stress as the cause of these symptoms.


Do any of these symptoms seem familiar to you? they very well could be related to chronic prolonged stress!


Fatigue- Lack of Energy and Motivation

Anxiety and panic attacks

Irritability

Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep

Migraines and Headaches

Digestive issues- Bloating, acid reflux, stomach pain

Skin issues- Acne, dermatitis, eczema

Aches and Pains

Chronic Inflammation

Hormonal imbalances

High Blood pressure

Teeth Grinding

Compromised immune system- Always getting sick

Inability to focus, forgetting things

Negative mindset

Constant worrying, constantly thinking and unable to switch off


In blog posts to come we will be talking about some ways we can help reduce stress as well as cope with it when we are placed in stressful situations, because after all stress is a part of life! No Rain, no flowers right?






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