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 Don’t wait
With stress and mental health issues now being the top reasons for long-term sickness, PIC Magazine caught up with Susan Lord, a Transformational Health and Life Coach, for tips on how to reduce and manage stress.
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Unfortunately, most people are blasé about stress and only act when they become seriously ill. This needs to change.
o what is stress? Stress is the body and mind’s response to demands or pressure placed upon it that we find difficult to cope with.
“Stress” has been dubbed the “Health Epidemic of the 21st Century” by the
World Health Organization and up to 80% of all GP consultations are thought to be somehow related to stress.
Long term stress can cause digestive issues, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety,
depression. Stress is also a key player in auto-immune disease, insomnia, lowered sex drive and increased risk in osteoporosis, to name but a few!
Some people cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events more quickly than others. Everyone is different and it’s important to remember that. It’s essential to validate your own journey with stress and understand that you are not alone. Being stressed is nothing to feel ashamed about.
I experienced 5 years of severe depression and high anxiety because I didn’t address the years of stress I had been dealing with previously. It was only when I crashed and burned that I had to do something about it. It really shouldn’t have been that way. I’ve since learned that prevention is better than reaction.
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