Coping with Stress 

coping with daily stress

Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response.  We react to these changes with physical, mental and emotional responses.  It is a normal part of life and we experience stress from the environment, our body and our thoughts.

Stress isn’t always a bad thing as it keeps us alert and ready to avoid danger.  It also helps for a burst of extra energy and focuses – when you’re playing a competitive sport or speaking in public.

Stress becomes negative when it is continuous, without relief or relaxation.  As a result, we become overworked, and stress-related tension builds.  It may then lead to anxiety and depression or other illness’ such as high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches…

Daily stressors like disagreements with others, being stuck in traffic, or losing your keys can negatively impact your health and well-being.

Your body produces cortisol to allow you to cope with stress. However, consistently high levels of cortisol can be damaging to your body. This is why prolonged stress is not good for your health.

The hormone oestrogen helps maintain the level of cortisol in the body. But as you go through menopause, the levels of oestrogen begin to drop. This means you are unable to regulate cortisol levels in your body as effectively as before, causing you to experience stress more readily.

Can stress bring on an early menopause?

There is ongoing research around this topic. Generally it is thought that continual high levels of stress can cause you to experience menopause-like symptoms but this does not actually induce menopause.The reason for this is, if the level of cortisol is continually high, this echoes the effect of having little oestrogen in the body to regulate it.

How we cope with stressors can also determine their impact. Strategies like ignoring or denying them (what experts call avoidance coping), or distracting ourselves, which may be effective short-term, can also undermine our health and happiness in the long run.

Mindfulness helps us to recognize and observe our thought patterns.  With practice, we can develop the ability to recognize when thoughts arise, and observe them in a detached manner, without the need to become involved in them (thus not triggering an emotional or “automatic” reaction).

I have created a series of ways to suit your needs enabling you to better cope with stress in your daily life.

  1. For organizations I deliver in person workshops I offer an exciting group learning experience for your fmale employess who maybe perimenopausal or menopausal. In these workhops you are guided through an understanding of stress in the menopause and the essential tools to help manage stress at work. These workshops last for 1 to 1.5 hours we always leave your team with practical exercises that they can use during the working day.
  2. I provide private coaching sessions face facing or online which are a highly bespoke experience whereby you get to work on a 1-2-1 level with me over optimally eight The sessions are tailored exactly to your needs, and you leave with a personalized plan of action for you to follow

Whether you are a private individual or a company want to help your female emplotyess going through menopause working with me will help to develop better cope skills, improve stress resilience and give you back control over your life.

Working with me you will:

  • Build awareness of how your stress manifests itself.
  • Develop a new way to relate to stress so that you do not become overwhelmed.
  • Be encouraged to explore a variety of simple practices that will help you to build awareness of how stress manifests itself in your body.
  • Be shown practices that will help you respond not react to situations and thoughts.
  • Develop a new way to relate to stress triggers so that they do not become overwhelming.

As with any new set of skills, practice is essential.  To gain the full benefits of mindfulness I recommend the regular daily practice. Therefore I will ask you to do two 10-20 minute exercise/meditations each day that is provided via dropbox.

Please note this support is not designed for people who are acutely ill nor is it a substitute for professional therapy. 

“Clarissa is a great speaker, she creates an atmosphere of calm while still allowing her passion to shine through. All of us learnt something new and can take away practical tools from our workshop on stress”

~ Anna, Regional Director, Jönköping Kommun

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