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Feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed? You’re not the only one!

Everyone experiences overwhelm, anxiety, stress and worry from time to time, this is completely normal! These are natural emotions that actually help to keep us alive, an example of which is slamming on the brakes to avoid an accident. However, when we are experiencing these feelings on a daily basis it becomes a major problem.

Unfortunately, with the pressures of work, family life, relationships and finances, women are constantly in a state of high alert where the littlest thing can push them over the edge.

The natural reaction we have to danger is known as the “fight or flight” response. During this response our bodies kick into gear to either help us fight for our lives or take off and get away from the dangerous situation as quickly as possible. Blood is directed away from our digestive system to our muscles and the glands of the body release a flood of stress hormones and chemicals. These chemicals give us the energy needed to protect ourselves in stressful situations, however they can also shut down our body’s ability to repair itself and think, act and feel rationally.

Since our body doesn’t distinguish between daily stressors and life-threatening events, if you’re stressed over a deadline at work, an argument with a partner or a bill that needs paying your body will still react as if you’re facing a life-or-death situation.

When we are constantly stressed our bodies have to work very hard to keep up and eventually they can no longer do it. We start to experience other symptoms such as muscle tension and headache; elevated heart rate and palpitations; insomnia; shortness of breath;  emotional instability, depression and hormonal and digestive upsets.

To help reduce the affects of stress on the body we must change our response and perception to stress. It is not the situation that we are under that is responsible but rather our response to it! Stress management should be a number priority.

Kinesiology and Emotional Freedom Technique can help you to work out what the emotions and issues are that are triggering your stress response, help you to release them and manage them better in the future!

Other excellent ways to help manage your stress include mediation, breathing exercises, yoga and taking time out to relax; this may be chilling out with a good book, catching up with a friend or hitting the beach! Relief from anxiety comes from restoring your body’s natural balance. You can do that through changes to your lifestyle, diet, exercise and sleep.

The information provided in this article is not intended to replace the advice of a medical practitioner and if you are experiencing severe anxiety or stress it is important that you speak to your medical practitioner.


Hiya, I’m Karen, energy therapist and mind body expert for dynamic and ambitious women who are struggling with anxiety. I help them to get to the root cause of their anxiety so they can take back control other thoughts and be the calm and confident woman they want to be.
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