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The body's reaction to Stress is called the "flight or fight" response, a physiological mechanism designed to help a person confront difficult, fearful or dangerous situations. When the body is faced with a stressor it prepares to either "stay and fight" or "take flight" by pumping out chemicals into the system.

The problem is that in the modern world, stressors, far from disappearing, are often persistent and carry on putting demands on the body and mind (eg. money worries, Stress at work, relationship difficulties), outstripping the person's ability to deal with them, and ultimately, potentially, leading to a state of exhaustion. In these instances Stress is experienced, and eventually burnout if it is not dealt with appropriately.

The symptoms of Stress include: aching and tense muscles, diarrhoea, constipation, asthma, headaches, skin problems, migraines, insomnia, frequent colds, anxiety, fear, depression, anger, irritability, hostility, lack of concentration, impatience, mood swings and tearfulness.

There are many ways of dealing with Stress, and many of them work by initiating the Relaxation Response, which counteracts or decreases the Stress chemicals circulating around the body, eg. breathing and relaxation techniques, meditation, and physical exercise, or try to get to the root of the problem and discharge it through the talking therapies.

Tip: 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise 2-3 times a week is a powerful antidote to Stress. Endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released and the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol are decreased.

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You are recommended to seek advice of a qualified health practitioner. To find a qualified practitioner in your area look in the Practitioner Directory.

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