is Stress?

Stress is an evolutionary, biological mechanism to protect you continually. We have grown and developed, from living in the Caves to running our own business today.  I want to share with you, briefly my interpretation of stress.

Do you remember when you first sat in the driving seat of a car and learnt about controlling the clutch? Did you become aware of:-

  • Your heart beating faster
  • A sinking feeling in your stomach
  • Mouth becoming dry

Your stress response activated to protect you.   It comes from a place of fear which subconsciously tells you that you are in danger.  A consequence of your stress response because you are sitting a hazardous piece of metal which can be harmful.  You may have had associated thoughts.

  • I’m clumsy
  • I’ll never get this

If you drive your car today, do you feel awkward or do you drive without thinking?  You are no longer stressed driving a car because you feel confident and competent.  Chronic stress is different.

What is Chronic Stress?

  • Always being switched on
  • Difficulty in relaxing

Symptoms of Chronic Stress

  • Sleeping poorly (wakening during the night)
  • Always doing
  • Finding it difficult to switch off
  • Always tell yourself you should do this

How do you know when you are chronically stressed?

  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Your sense of humour has disappeared
  • You say yes, even when you want to say no.
  • A small mistake feels like an enormous mistake.

The above is not an exhaustive list you might find the following tips useful:

Spend time with friends or loved ones, we are social creatures and need time with others

Take time for you this could include a walk in nature, listening to favourite music

Take time for you doing what you want to do.

When we have reacted to a stressful event, our body will return to normal.  When we are chronically stressed we are in a perpetual cycle, the result you are always preparing for an attack.  In this state, we are rushing around, not thinking clearly and being creative.  Counselling helps you to recognise chronic stress and understand yourself and find new ways to increase your ability to reduce your stress levels.  The result a happier, creative you taking life one day at a time.

Contact me if you require further information or tips.

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Gráinne has worked directly with people all her life, from a health care assistant to senior staff nurse. The cost of caring as a nurse had an impact and this resulted in shifting focus from working with others and caring for others to working on an individual level in a therapeutic relationship. Grainne works with you in an individual way. You may not understand, the reasons for feeling like you are outside looking in, not feeling comfortable being you. You may be unsure that counselling is for you? Grainne has a Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, this means she has studied different types of counselling. These include a person-centred approach and a cognitive behavioural approach (CBT). Grainne also brings in positive psychology to gently transform your life. Grainne believes that the answers are within you and she will assist you by listening to you, without judgment, and with acceptance. She will give you the tools appropriate to you to assist you in your journey.

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