Category: Stress-relief

Stress & Anger Facts

How are anger and stress related?  Does one affect the other?

Anger is actually attempting to protect us from painful feelings that oftentimes makes us feel vulnerable and not in control.  e.g. shame, humiliation, perceived wrong doing, being forced to do something, trapped, pressured.  It can also be a learned habit being triggered from frustration, impatience or intolerance.

It is a very common to cover up fear, hurt and sadness with anger.  Interestingly pain alone is not enough to cause anger.  Anger occurs when pain is combined with an anger triggering thought.  Depression is anger directed inwards.  Aggression is anger directed outwards.  It’s good to stick up for yourself, but is aggression going to win you friends and influence people?   

Stress is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event or threat to survival.  Stress is a survival mechanism to mobilise us into action and keep us safe in an emergency.  Unfortunately unmanaged stress can spoil our long term health and relationships.

Stressors:  Fear, anxiety, pressure of exams, expectations, indecision, relationship conflict or loss, moving house, humiliation, rejection, perceived injustice, overwhelm, striving to be perfect, physical pain, low from an addiction, emotions of shame, helplessness and hopelessness, feeling out of control, offended, forced, trapped, personal boundaries violated, anger.

Is stress harmful, or does it have some benefits?  You may have heard that a little bit of stress is actually good for you.  In the right amount adrenaline can power you through a long day at work, boost your workouts and focus the mind.  Stress chemicals that include adrenaline and cortisol prepare you for a perceived threat.   When the perceived ‘threat’ is over, the body will do everything it can to re-establish balance.   However, if the threat is workload, perfectionism, a difficult relationship, hatred of another or self loathing, these will compound over time and threaten your quality of life.    What feels good to conquer the day, will eventually turn nasty.   So when does stress turn nasty…

Harmful effects of stress: fatigue, depression, anxiety, more prone to colds and flu, hormonal imbalances, Thyroid dysfunction, immune disorders, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, ME, MS and IBS.   If the thyroid system becomes over strained…it is irreversible.  Stress has been linked to high blood pressure, strokes, acne, impaired memory and dementia.  Headaches and weight gain are worstened by too much stress.

Do we have a warning flag that indicates too much stress?  If you are feeling fatigued/exhausted, moody, irritable, frustrated, easy to anger or more intolerant than usual.

If you are struggling with stress, get in touch with Suzi 07836 635233 to learn how to create reserves of vibrant energy to enjoy the quality lifestyle you deserve.   Appointments are available in Birchington and Whitstable Kent and Harley Street, London W1.  Also Video Skype.

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Are you addicted to stress or sugar?

Sugar and spice might create little girls that are nice, but sugar and stress creates distress in the form of weight gain.  

Are you addicted to stress or sugar?  Sugar is added to so many foods that you may have been consuming more than you realised.  In addition, for many stress has become a ‘normal’ state which contributes to extra sugar being dumped into the blood stream and converted back into fat around the middle.

Stress and sugar levels are in a state of constant rebalancing.  Too much of any results in hormone imbalance – cravings – more weight gain (especially round the middle) and more stress!

How can stress spike sugar levels in the blood? ~  Feeling pressured or overwhelmed would do it.  Sleep deprivation is another serious stress affecting most parents!    Stress linked to  work pressures, not enough time, dissatisfaction with self,  body image, money worries, comparing self to others, feelings of ‘not enough’, unhappiness, anger,  frustration, guilt, blame….  consider now, what are your current stressors?

Rate yourself out of 10, with 10 feeling very stressed and 0 feeling neutral – how stressed have you felt over the last month?
Anything over 5 is too high.  Can you find one thing to relax that doesn’t contain sugar?

Do you have  fat around your middle but don’t know why?
This is another symptom of stress and food sensitivity, often caused by eating whilst stressed.  Stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline spike sugar levels and increase sugar sensitivity.  An explosive argument can be an approximate equivalent of about 5 bars of chocolate.

Stress – Sugar Sensitivity – Weight gain ~   The resulting crash in sugar causes sugar cravings, having you reach for the chocolate, carbs, sweets…

What can you do?  Suzi’s Natural Weight Loss programme tackles all the above.  Get in touch to find out if hypnosis is suitable for YOU?

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Why Stress Less?

5 Reasons to Stress Less

Mindfulness is the latest skill to combat stress, that helps you to become more aware, to make sure you don’t let stressful thoughts run away with you.

1. Relaxing boosts your memory and helps you to make better decisions.  Studies have shown that prolonged stress kills brain cells in the hippocampus, impairing memory and decisions. Stress is now found to increase proteins in the brain linked to Alzheimers.

2. Relaxing eases acne.  It’s a vicious cycle: You’re stressed about that presentation at work, so you break out, and then you’re stressed about the breakout!  Stress increases sebum that can clog the pores in acne prone skin.

3. Relaxing keeps you safe from depression. The prolonged presence of the stress hormone cortisol can reduce levels of serotonin and dopamine triggering depression.

For tuition on Stress relief and Stress Management, book a private session to begin a relaxation practice that suits your personality and lifestyle: EFTMeditation, Mindfulness activities and  Relaxation recordings.

4. Relaxation improves your mood and relationship happiness.  You will feel less snappy, more chilled and in control of your choices with greater ease.

5. Stress makes you fat around your tummy.  Stress causes your body to produce cortisol which gets converted into fat if you do not exercise it off.

If you are needing some stress relief and stress management help, get in touch.  Suzi sees private clients one-to-one in Kent and London W1.  

Call Suzi on 07836 635233 or email:  suzi@rapid-health.co.uk 

 

 

 

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Does stress cause weight gain?

Does stress cause weight gain?  Are you noticing more weight around your middle? After you have ruled out pregnancy or a huge dinner, a significant reason people gain weight is because stress releases cortisol which also increases blood sugar. When the stressful event is over, you still have a high level of blood sugar and the excess glucose becomes stored as fat.

Stress is a natural response to a threat, ‘perceived’ or imagined fear. But constant ‘stressing’ is a habit behaviour that harms your health, energy and beautiful body. Like any habit, it can be retrained into something more preferable.

So, if you are needing some stress relief and stress management help, get in touch.  Suzi sees private clients one-to-one in Kent and London W1.  

Call Suzi on 07836 635233 or email:  suzi@rapid-health.co.uk 

60 Seconds to Stop Stress

60 Second Stop Stress Reboot 

Has stress, anxiety or worry become the new ‘normal’?   Have you inadventently allowed the habit of worrying to poison your health and happiness?  Are you at the mercy of an agitating anxiety disorder and didn’t see it coming?

An anxious mind isn’t just unable to feel happy, it is less effective with solutions as the Creative brain becomes foggy and disengaged.    If we keep stressing ….and worrying….it becomes a familiar habit…..that we feel unable to change.

Just STOP and find a safe place to take a 60 second break!   Cup your eyes with the palms of your hands.  With a full deep breath into the lower part of your lungs, breath out as you close your eyes and enjoy 60 seconds of freedom from cares.  The computer screen that you are REBOOTING for just 60 seconds is your mind.  This will RE-BOOT your MIND for a full 90 minutes or sooner if you are lacking sleep.

Plan ahead to create balance:  If you discipline yourself with 6 or more 60 second reboots, your body, mind and spirit will thank you.

If you wish to learn more stress-relief self-help skills, get in touch with Suzi on 07836 635233.  

 

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