It’s National Stress Awareness Day today Wednesday 7th November – run by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA). www.isma.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-day
Stress is a response to the demands of everyday life, both physical and mental. If you’re in good mental health, and you can cope with life and are mostly ‘stress free’ then you can, make the most of your potential, and play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.
If stress gets overwhelming it can cause mental health problems, and emotional and physical exhaustion and illness. Stress can have a huge impact on work, relationships, families, and every single aspect of life and it doesn’t always happen instantly, it’s more likely to happen at a low level day in and day out and then the consequences can be disastrous.
We live in a time when society itself seems to be suffering so much stress and burnout. As the winter looms and Christmas approaches there can be added stress this season and psychological breakdown can creep up without warning. Even though burnout and stress are not considered to be mental illness, they certainly manifest into mental symptoms and have huge implications for both mental and physical health.
The signs that you are suffering from burnout and stress can be:
- No energy to do anything and disturbed sleep
- Constant headaches and feelings of anxiety
- Flu like symptoms, physical aches
- Difficulty concentrating, zoning out, going into a daze
- Feeling angry, often irritated, negative and self-critical
- Life feels overwhelming, even doing the smallest task
- Losing interest in life and feeling ‘detached’
Without doubt when it comes to mental health, stress and axiety there will be times when medication is critical, but in addition we need to be aware of the importance of self-care. Literally taking care of ourselves, many of us are notoriously bad at it.
I’d like to introduce you to a #changemaker Alison T Smith, author of ‘My Reason & ME’, who understands the feeling of overwhelm and finding it hard to function. Alison, Wellness Coach and creator of the Energy Booster System is a trained Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Hypnotherapist, a Practitioner of EFT (Tapping) and a second-degree Reiki Practitioner – she also suffered from burnout for many years which turned into ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which is when she turned to natural treatments and natural nutrition to heal herself.
Researchers estimate that there are over ¼ million people, who have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the UK, and only about 20% have actually been formally diagnosed. Worse still, children and young adults are being diagnosed with it – it’s becoming a 21st Century epidemic.
‘My Reason & ME’ chronicles Alison’s journey, leading up to diagnosis, the struggle with brain fog, managing symptoms, and her determination to seek a cure despite having been told there was ‘no cure’ by the medical profession.
Find out more about Alison here: