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Hello all you Beautiful Souls and welcome to April’s thoughts from me! 😊

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month?

We talk and hear about stress so much in our daily lives – even my 7 year old will say things like “that’s stressing me out”  – but what actually is stress? What are the symptoms? And what can we do to help reduce stress?

Fight or Flight

Stress is the body’s instinctual reaction to harmful situations — whether they be real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as “fight-or-flight” or the stress response.

During the stress response adrenaline is released which means that amongst other things your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises. You are now ready to react to the perceived threat – it is how you protect yourself.

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Stress means different things to different people. What causes stress in one person may be of little concern to another. Some people are better able to handle stress than others, and not all stress is bad.

In small doses, stress can help you accomplish tasks and prevent you from getting hurt. For example, stress is what gets you to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the car in front of you. That’s a good thing.

Our bodies are designed to handle small doses of stress, but we are not supposed to nor equipped to handle long-term chronic stress without ill consequences.

Long Term Stress

Long term stress will lead to physical symptoms – these may include

  • aches and pains,
  • chest pains or a feeling that your heart is racing,
  • exhaustion,
  • trouble sleeping,
  • headaches,
  • high blood pressure,
  • digestive or stomach problems,
  • problems with fertility …. the list goes on!

So you can see how important it is to reduce the levels of stress we have in our lives as much as possible – because a physical symptom brought on by stress will inevitably lead to us feeling more stressed.

How to help you deal with stress

…its not all doom and gloom though! There are things we can all do to minimise and counteract the effects of stress – here are some suggestions you may like to try:

Reflexology

Top of my list has to be Reflexology! (obviously) – this therapy has such a positive effect on our bodies by helping to rebalance the body’s natural equilibrium. The relaxation you get during a treatment will allow you to switch off from the outside world and enter a deep state of relaxation. This will make you feel instantly calmer and will enable your body to begin to heal any physical symptoms you have been experiencing as a result of the stress.

Holistic Therapies

Other therapies will have a similar effect – Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Massage etc. by allowing our bodies to go into a state of deep relaxation we are giving ourselves permission to leave the rest of the world outside the treatment room door and just focus on ourselves for that period of time, something we can easily neglect or overlook when we have a busy life.

Meditation

Meditation is brilliant at allowing the mind to calm and be still, Yoga can really help with stress relief as the stretching of the muscles helps to release physical tension, whilst the breathing helps to calm the nervous system.

Get Out In Nature

Walks or gardening – anything that can reconnect us with nature is a great stress reliever, and spending time with friends or loved ones can have a positive effect on our stress levels – particularly if there is laughter involved!

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I hope that this blog has given you some useful information – if you have any questions on anything, please do get in touch, I love to hear from you!

Treatment Room Update

Just a quick update on my treatment room in Castle Hedingham – due to unforeseen circumstances with the quirky old building, the works are taking longer than first planned! The joys of old buildings! But I am still working in Sudbury (based at Equilibrium on Station Road) and I do offer mobile treatments too.

Next month I am going to focus on Menopause and share some exciting training I have recently taken around working with women who are experiencing issues with menopause symptoms – I have some new treatments to offer too so can’t wait to share this with you all next time!

Lots of love and light,

Bobby

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