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Stress can affect us, no matter what our age and, sadly, it is now experienced by a growing number of young people.  It can take on many different guises and does not discriminate against personal background. Our stress levels are higher than they were a century ago and that's not because life is 'harder' now, but because of the type of stressors we have to cope with. Our level of ability to cope and adapt to those stressors can consequently affect our emotional and/or physical wellbeing. 

Today, so much of what we rely on is in the hands of other people, like job security (our employer), food for our family (our employer), our security (the police) and so on. Added to a decrease in the feeling of community and extended family support and you have a great recipe for stress.

With increased stress and the accompanying decrease in relaxation time, comes raised levels of stress hormones within your body - hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Blood pressure rises.

Some moderate stress or anxiety isn’t all bad.  It can actually motivate us to do something we need to do, such as revise for an exam, do our taxes or to go and see the G.P. But they are toxic in the long-term and that’s when problems begin to arise. Over a long period of time, stress hormones begin to suppress your immune system function and interfere with sleep quality.

Stress Related Issues

Long term stress can result in some of the following common issues;

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Insomnia

  • Depression

  • Skin complaints

  • High blood pressure

  • Increased risk of developing major illness

  • Bowel disorders (IBS)

  • Heart disease