Imagine being less stressed, or less anxious in your everyday life.
What might that feel like? What would that mean to you?
We all carry stress of some nature, at some level, at some time. To feel stress is to be human and is perfectly normal. However, managing busy lifestyles, ongoing work issues, or our relationships, may leave us experiencing too much stress and can this can often feel frightening and overwhelming. We may notice our breathing to be fast and shallow or feel tension in our body. Continued and unchecked elevated stress levels lead to compromised emotional wellbeing, often resulting in poor physical and mental health. This may affect our sleep, our appetite, our reasoning and our quality of life and living.
Stress may often be accompanied by feelings of anxiety. Living with anxiety is like operating out of a place of fear at all times. Constant anxious thoughts can lead to a busy, questioning, unforgiving mind and often results in tedious and repetitive behaviours. These behaviours can leave us feeling exhausted and isolated.
The continued presence of Stress and Anxiety in our lives can often drive us to forms of self-medication. We over-eat, drink to excess, use drugs or engage in other addictive behaviours. In the short term whilst these coping mechanisms may initially ease some of the symptoms, it will never allow us to successfully manage our lives or free ourselves from the prison that is Stress and Anxiety.