Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. We react to these changes with physical, mental and emotional responses. It is a normal part of life and we experience stress from the environment, our body and our thoughts.

Stress isn’t always a bad thing as it keeps us alert and ready in order to avoid danger. It also helps for a burst of extra energy and focus - when you’re playing a competitive sport or speaking in public.

Stress becomes negative when it is continuous, without relief or relaxation. As a result, we become overworked, and stress-related tension builds. Sound familiar? Continous Stress also begins to change your brain..

This TED Talk by Madhumita Murgia explains how your brain is affected

Symptons of Stress

Emotional:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control / need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), worthless and depressed
  • Avoiding others.

Physical:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches, aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhoea, constipation and nausea
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear
  • Cold or sweaty hands and feet and/or excess sweating
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth.