What is stress?

This is The Stress Management Society: description of stress

Stress is primarily a physical response. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action.

The Stress Management Society also have a quick Individual Stress Test quiz you can do ton identify how stressed you are, and if it is affecting your health. Click here to take the test 

The Scottish Association on Mental Health (SAMH) describe stress as a trigger to mental health issues. They have a free booklet to download on the subject of mental health. To download a copy Click HERE

NHS website gives a description of how you may feel when stressed. Headaches, anxious, low self esteem, are a few of the symptoms of stress. Click the link HERE to find our more


Symptoms of stress

Stress can affect how you feel emotionally, mentally and physically, and also how you behave. 

Furthermore, the NHS site also states: 

Big life changes often create stress, even happy events like having a baby or planning a wedding. Feeling like you aren’t in control of events in your life – for example, if you’re diagnosed with a serious illness or you get made redundant – can also cause stress.

Stress has an impact on your heart health, as well as mental health. As previously discussed in our Heart Health Blogs, click here to recap on our blogs, Healthy Heart and Activity, stress will affect the function of the heart. Stress also plays a large role in weight gain during menopause.

Stress is not all bad. Stress helps us get though more challenging times. Such as presentations in work. Using de-stressing techniques is also appropriate, for all of us, in staying physically and mentally healthy.

Taking steps to reduce stress is constant, using any form of relaxing that is right for you to feel good and enjoy what you do. This essential to feeling good and keeping your heart healthy.


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