Stress and Stress Management
Stress is a term readily used these days and often out of context. Pressure is a generally an aspect of daily life as we are driven to meet deadlines, support family and friends alongside maintaining specific commitments unique to our personal life. Stress is an accumulative amount of pressure within our body and mind which may lead to dysfunction left un expressed.
The perception of ‘stress’ is totally subjective, as one person’s motivation is another person’s intolerable overwhelm. Our personal attitudes and expectations can cause us to feel stressed by things happening around us, even the lack of control we sometimes experience can cause the body’s autonomic nervous system to be triggered into ‘Fight or Flight’ mode. This means that our system may then become over stimulated and the body manifests symptoms such as increased blood pressure, IBS, tension headaches and insomnia in order to communicate distress to us when we have not noticed earlier signals of discomfort in order for us to notice and have the opportuninty to respond to the need for us to redresss the balance within.
The body is always striving to maintain Homeostasis, this being our innate regulatory system, which is striving to keep us well and balanced physiologically and emotionally.
We have such a capacity to ‘cope’ which makes us incredible in my opinion. However, we are all susceptible to the accumulative impact of stress. Unfortunately this is likely to become problematic to us over time, as the body and our mind will unlikely to be able to rest or release.
We are generally encouraged to function with an accumulative load – it seems as a society, that ‘being busy’ has almost become a badge of honour. It seems that life is generally busy, noisy and fast – our senses are increasingly stimulated and our body can become accustomed to the lack of quiet time or down time where we are able to rest and recuperate.
In actual fact, I would say that it is reasonable to be aware of many of us becoming addicted to stimulation by the increasing use of technology and the potential of immediate gratification in many areas of life.
I enjoy the buzz of the life which we have available to us with all these means of communication and almost immediate access and availability to most things.
I am also aware of the ‘need’ for us to release in order for us to create space within us. This may be releasing tight muscles, off loading some of the pressure we are experiencing by talking or rebalancing our energy to maintain a healthy body and mind.
We are often conditioned at an early age to ‘pull ourselves together’ or to disregard any physical discomfort and ‘keep going’ with a ‘mind over matter’ style of thinking.
Children may be told that ‘boys don’t cry’ or ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ – I wonder if any of this resonates or sounds familiar to you?
It is indeed important to have an inner strength and resilience, combined with the awareness that life tends to be accumulative and sometimes we need to rise up. Yet we also need to notice that his may often lead to physical symptoms arising such as tensions in the body or mind, headaches and other physical manifestations or discomfort.
I believe it is important for us to recognise what the body is striving to communicate through the means of symptoms in order for us to respond accordingly. In order to support and enhance our well-being, physically and emotionally.
I undoubtedly believe that our body is continually communicating with us and we simply need to de-code the messages we receive in the form of physical symptoms and discomfort in order to take the appropriate steps to optimise our well-being.
I believe that balance is the key for us to live well and feel good.
Stress Management is Possible
I can help you to develop coping strategies to ‘manage’ the stress you are experiencing – even if you feel powerless to eliminate it at this time.
Stress management is also subjective, we all develop our own ways of managing stress.
It is often a process for us to develop ways to manage our stress levels and quite naturally the initial stage is to recognise our personal symptoms or indicators of overload.
We may keep ourselves well physically and otherwise by receiving a treatment. The body responds well to having tension released from the muscles or mobilisation of the joints or simply time to remember to breathe and be present developing or enhancing a personal connection with yourself in order to connect with others in our daily life.
I work as an integrative therapist, which means I draw upon several different theoretical approaches simultaneously in order to best serve you in a meaningful and helpful manner. Each session will differ in accordance with your changing needs, physically and emotionally.
I incorporate a holistic approach into all therapeutic sessions, which means I treat you as a whole person and not just a series of symptoms.
We are all made up of a collection of energies; the psychological and emotional self, the physical body and the mind or spiritual self.
When the body is relaxed it is more likely to enjoy its innate state of natural healing, this is called Homeostasis.
Time spent in my purposefully created treatment room serves as an opportunity for you to enjoy invaluable quiet time; ensuring ‘time out’ from the inevitable expectations or pressures of day to day living.
It is time for you to rest, relax and rejuvenate in a peaceful environment and rest for a while; whilst receiving a therapeutic treatment to re-energise and rejuvenate each aspect of you.
The initial session will begin with a free and confidential consultation to ascertain any relevant information to the treatment.
Each session will commence with a brief consultation, to learn about any physical discomfort or pain you may be experiencing and to enable me to get a sense of how you would like to benefit from each session – this information will then inform my intention whilst working with you.
If you would like to book a treatment at my private practice in Harborne, Birmingham please contact me. My clinic is situated in the West Midlands, South Birmingham area, easily acessible from Kings Heath, Kings Norton, Bournville, Shirley and Edgbaston.
A Typical Session May Include:
- Talking to relieve emotional stress
- A Holistic Massage to soothe physical symptoms
- Space for you to ‘be’ and breathe
- Reiki to rebalance and re-energise
- Life-Coaching to formulate a helpful plan
- Raise awareness to unhelpful patterns of thoughts or behaviour
- Workplace workshops
- Well-being events
Please contact me if you would like to learn more about stress or how to manage stress.
There are also options for me attending your place of work or organisation as you will see by clicking the Workplace tab in the menu bar