The World Health Organisation calls stress 'the health epidemic of the twenty-first century.'
This was pre-Covid, Covid has taken centre stage but if anything Covid will have significantly increased stress levels for many even further.
Up to 80 percent of all GP consultations are thought to be somehow related to stress. It's something we can no longer ignore.
Stress can have devastating long term consequences for our health. Too much of it contributes to the development of
type 2 diabetes
high blood pressure
Stress is also a key player in
As well as many mental health disorders such as
There are, however, lots of options for us to help manage the stress in our lives and ultimately take greater responsibility for our health and wellbeing.
I'd come across massage therapy when I going through an emotionally difficult period in my life when my youngest son was diagnosed with autism. I could feel the tensions and discomfort in my body and I went for regular massages to help elleviate those tensions but also to soothe my emotions and calm my mind.
Following this experience, I started my health and wellbeing journey and trained initially as a remedial massage therapist, wanting to help people reduce their aches and pains. But also, over the years, I've been drawn to looking at the ways we can help relieve the impact of stress on our bodies and our minds and how interconnected they are. NO HANDS massage and Reiki can be very effective in treating both the body and mind.
I also encouraged clients to make small changes and improvements in their lives, through so-called "lifestyle medicine", to significantly improve their health and wellbeing.
The good news is - it works!
There is so much we can do to take control of our health and wellbeing. Understanding stress and how it may be impacting on our health and our lives is a great starting point.
What can we do to de-stress our lives? - (available soon)
Where to get further help - (available soon)