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What is Stress?

Stress is a normal part of life.  We all experience stress.  Stress can be defined as the body’s response to a change that requires an adjustment or response.  Dictionaries define stress as a “physical, mental or emotional strain or tension” or “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”.

These circumstances can include:

  • stress in the workplace
  • reaction to a major life event
  • build up of negative thinking
  • feeling guilty/shameful about past events

Good Stress v Bad Stress:

Human beings are good at problem solving.  It is something we engage in daily, often without realising it.  "Stress" in the short term can be good.  It allows us to meet daily challenges and can help us achieve our goals.  In the short term it can be beneficial for us when we see it as an inevitable part of daily life. 

Stress becomes "bad" when we feel overwhelmed with the challenges of daily life, when we are in a continuous cycle of stress.  We may worry endlessly, which may be out of proportion to the actual event itself.  This continuous cycle of stress can then lead to physical and emotional symptoms.

Women and Stress:

Women are twice as likely to suffer anxiety disorders and stress, suggested a recent study by the Health & Safety (HSE).

In a generation where women's roles have changed from housewife to holding down a demanding job, looking after kids and elderly parents, perhaps being the main breadwinner, our roles have changed hugely.

While there may be more opportunities for us to "have it all", this has brought about its own challenges.  

Trying to live up to an ideal of the "perfect" woman, an ideal that doesn't exist.  Trying to seek perfectionism in all areas of our lives, we get overwhelmed and that's when self doubt and self criticism starts to creep in.

We need an escape, room to breath, a way to manage the stress.

The guided meditation for stress classes over 6 weeks will give you the tools and techniques that you can use to reduce the stress in your daily lives.

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