Stress arises when the pressure placed upon an individual exceeds the capacity of that individual to cope.  Stress manifests itself differently in individuals and symptoms are often accumulative.  Symptoms include emotional, physical, behavioural and psychological changes.  It is often behavioural symptoms that are noticed, as they are more obvious, but by this time stress may have been going on for many months, maybe even a year, or more.  Do not ignore or rationalise the symptoms away.  If you are not sure – always consult your GP (International Stress Management Association UK).

Read our ‘Stress or Relaxation; It’s Your Choice’ newsletter for tips and advice on how relax and reduce stress.

Newsletter 4 – ‘Stress or Relaxation; It’s Your Choice’


Hypnotherapist Paul Barratt explores this further and asks What do you do to Relax?

To find out if exercise could help with your stress read Pilates Coach Anna Ryan’s blog article Stress & Exercise

Read more about the role of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in the management of stress by Nicola Rycroft

Yoga Instructor Julie Burrows gives her Top 10 Reasons for trying Yoga here, many of which are related to stress.