All posts tagged: stress

Stress Part 4- Helping a loved one through difficult times and resources

Welcome to my last post in the series. I really hope it has been of some benefit to you or someone who has needed it. Helping a loved one, no matter how young or old through difficult times is often something as humans we either step up to, or shy away from. Now I say this without judgement as we all have our reasons for stepping in or stepping away from this. But never underestimate the power of a simple act of kindness. I was recently chatting to a close friend, who was sharing with me a wonderful positive experience she shared with her children. Her daughter who has started school this year, has been struggling with some tummy issues due to the anxiety of being separated, not only from her mum during school hours, but she is also not in the same class as her twin brother and her anxiety has been presenting itself as tummy pains. My friend was telling me on the way to school the other day, she played some very …

Stress part 3- My top 10 tools for better management

STRESS SUCKS! There I said it! I thought I never really suffered much with stress, but that’s the thing with some stressors, we can have it as a constant low lying level that just simmers away in the background, then eventually you wake up one day and feel overwhelmingly exhausted and have to force yourself to just stop, breathe and rejuvenate. As an ex-busy rushing woman with a type ‘A’ personality and a ‘doing’ attitude (can you guess this was my big stress driver?), over the years, I have actively put daily practices and strategies in place to keep these levels at bay. Which for the most part has been very successful. But sometimes life throughs you curve balls. These curve balls can throw you for six and leave you reeling, which has been something that I have been dealing with over the last several months. A big life curve ball! The thing that has surprised me the most, is I thought I was keeping everything under control, but then my body and mind went …

Stress Part 2- What’s really going on in your body?

In todays post on stress, I will discuss; What is really going on in your body Stress v’s trauma What is the flight or fight response? What is the freeze or flop response? Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s brief and passes, sometimes it’s low level but constant, sometimes it’s there but you are not aware of it, sometimes it’s chronic and other times it’s intense. Whatever or however it appears in your life, it all plays out the same way in your body and that is by the release of stress hormones, adrenalin and cortisol. The one thing that is very clear is that when experiencing stress for long periods of time or of great intensity, the way it manifests in your body, mind and spirit, it can have a major impact on your health. Let’s consider the impact that the stress can lead to in terms of our health and wellbeing? • Adrenal fatigue • Anxiety • Thyroid issues and sex hormone imbalance (including PMT, debilitating menopause etc) • Digestive …

STRESS…a blog series on the effects it has on your health

STRESS…what does it look like? The subject of ‘stress’ is the most consistent topic that comes up in my coaching practice and let’s be honest, with a lot of people everywhere these days. This series of posts I am writing is not only a deeply personal one but one I hope will bring you or someone you know a level of understanding and guidance in the management of this. We all experience it at some point and for many these days, it is constantly simmering away, under the surface and often, you are not even aware of its insidious existence! For others, you may experience a traumatic event in your life, which you can be acutely aware of the role this stress is placing on you. I am someone who is a HUGE believer in the absolute importance of managing your stress. In fact, I would even goes as far as saying I believe it to be my number 1 health rule! Now this does to mean I am immune to it, and I don’t …

A Very Personal Note

I have been under quite a lot of stress lately. I don’t know really where to begin but to say that there has been an accumulation of things building up in my life and its hit me for six over the last couple of weeks and became one big mind f@#k! (I know, language Kerry). Stress can be funny like that sometimes, you can be cruising along, feeling all ‘jiggy’ with it, then bam! I am unable to share with you the details of what has been going on but what I can share with you that it has had a huge impact on me, in ways that I thought it couldn’t or wouldn’t. So much of what happens in our lives can be things that are out of our control and the only thing we can control is how we react and deal with these issues. And this is what I want to share with you today. I have spent the last 5-6years doing some really deep work on myself in this area and …

6 little reminder for the upcoming festive season!

I don’t know about you, but Christmas can be a crazy time of year. The gift shopping, endless parties and dinners, kid’s activity breakups, Xmas meal planning and tying everything up at your workplace. The build-up can be exhausting and overwhelming and for some, just not fun at all. Below I have listed 6 of my top tips to losing some overwhelm from the build up that can otherwise get a little cray, cray! I personally love this time of year and for me, Christmas has always been a time of year that I have enjoyed and I always look forward to the whole experience except for the part where everything just steps up the pace and you are trying to fit everything in. I did have a panic day, just recently, though. I sat down and looked in my diary and realised that Christmas was fast approaching. I still had things on my years, ‘to do’ list that had not been achieved, I have a full work schedule leading up the big day and the social …