There are many reasons and degrees of stress.
Stress is a natural reaction of people to various situations and stimuluses. People have many conditions of life with which they feel comfortable, familiar, calm and confident. However, when a person is 'stressed' they are living or working outside the boundaries of their 'comfort zone'; often however, they will not realise this.
Natural stress is intended for infrequent, short time periods. It provides extra energy, awareness and fight, flight or freeze capabilities for dangerous situations. It is one of the survival tools of the human animal. It works well, usually.
Unnatural stress is a result of the modern development of mankind. Modern situations often cause stress to continue for prolonged periods, sometimes over many hours of many days of most weeks. It is these unnatural stress situations which are unhealthy. Modern stress is often without physical danger, which is another apparent conflict for the mind to deal with.
Natural stress is a normal, essential, attribute of animals, including humans. It increases the chances or survival and wellbeing as a species. It works in the following manner.
In modern days those reactions may be useless, inappropriate and harmful when they repeatedly 'kick in' during most home or workday stress situations.
In modern life humans are often subjected to stimuluses which are not 'natural'. Unnatural stress examples might include:
Unfortunately, the unnatural stimulus of modern life often alerts the natural stress reactions and emotions. The modern human brain cannot recognise any difference.
Stress Counselling in Exeter can help bring healthy awareness of stress problems and solutions, leading to a healthier state of well-being. We will do this in a number of co-ordinated and interacting ways:
The best method is probably not to encounter unnatural stress at all. For most people that is unrealistic. Recognising and understanding your stress is a first step of improvement. Why, when, and where does it occur? What are the symptoms? Counselling helps clarify your stress, assisting in methods for you to improve your situation.
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