Whilst a small amount of stress is natural and necessary, overexposure to high levels of stress can be extremely detrimental to health.
What is stress?
When you encounter a perceived threat your hypothalamus (a region in your brain) sets off an alarm system in your body. This prompts the release of hormones including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones increase your blood pressure and heart rate whilst supressing nonessential functions in that moment, such as the digestive system. This is known as the flight or fight response. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with the brain regions that control mood, motivation and fear.
Usually, once a perceived threat has passed, the body returns to normal.
But when stressors are consistently present the fight or flight reaction remains. The long-term activation of the stress-response system can disrupt almost all of your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of many health problems including anxiety, depression, heart disease, digestive problems and concentration impairment.
This is why it’s so important to learn healthy ways to cope with stress in your life.
How can DeskClinic help?
Our self-assessment questionnaire will show us how stress is affecting your life and how you can learn to deal with stress in a healthier way. Our informed response will provide you with advice, self-help videos and if necessary appointments with a psychologist who can use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Physical Behavioural Therapy, and/or traditional counselling.
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