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Stress is a universal experience, impacting our mind, bodies and emotions in numerous ways.

While a certain level of stress can be motivating, chronic or overwhelming stress can significantly hinder our well-being!

Mastering stress Nora Counselling Gerrards Cross

Identifying stressors:

  •   Awareness is key – recognising your stress triggers; Are there specifie situations, people or tasks that constantly elevate your tension? Can you pinpoint who, where, how is all happening?
  •   Self-awareness – looking into your values, beliefs…
    What is an alignment with you? What are your priorities?

What is stressful for one person may not be stressful for another.

Some of the most common causes of stress includes:

  •   Work: demanding job, long hours difficult boss
  •   Financial problems: debt, job loss, unexpected expenses
  •   Relationships: problem with spouse, family, friends
  •   Health: if you or someone you love is sick
  •   Major life events: moving, getting married, divorce, loss
  •   Uncertainty: not knowing what the future holds
  •   Negative thinking: negative thinking tend to cause stress
  •   Lack of social support: having strong social support can help cope with stress

Managing stress response:

* Set boundaries: don’t be afraid to say “no’ when your plate is full

  •   Learn to delegate, prioritise tasks and manage time effectively to avoid feeling overwhelmed
  •   Work on reframing your inner dialogue by noticing and questioning pessimistic thoughts, and consciously replace them with more positive viewpoints
  •   Social support: talking to friends, family members, or a therapist can provide emotional support

Building healthy habits:

• Move your body

• Relaxation techniques

• Nourish your body with nutritious food

Deep breathing, meditation, vaga

• Prioritise sleep

– Engage in activities you enjoy – self-care

REMEMBER: Stress management is an ongoing journey, not a one time fix. Experiment with difference techniques, find what works best for you, and be kind to yourself throughout the process.