Stress Management

Manage your stress
Think of one person who has never been stressed at least once. Can’t think of anyone? That’s no surprise. Stress is a natural response we experience when we feel threatened, either mentally or physically, and dates back to the Stone Age as a survival mechanism. Ironically in today’s Digital Age, stress has been linked to many health conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental disorders. So what has changed?

Why don’t I feel like I’m getting enough sleep?

What is it we actually feel when we tear out our hair out and scream, “I’m so stressed!”? Below are just a few emotions we feel that can lead to this response.

Who feels stressed?

Anyone and everyone feels stressed. Below is a great summary of what different generations feel are the top 3 stressors in their lives with family and friends with illnesses being a common cause of stress across all generations.

Are Men or Women better at handling stress?

Generally speaking, men and women handle stress differently. The difference comes down to our biology, with the hormone known as oxytocin playing the major role. Oxytocin is found in higher amounts in women than in men, and its effects are further enhanced by oestrogen. The release of oxytocin is believed to override the flood of stress hormones, allowing women to release their stress through talking rather than fighting or fleeing. But this doesn’t mean that women handle stress better than men – it is just men and women handle stress differently. Men like to think their way through a problem for a solution whilst women like to talk about their problems. However, in both cases if a solution is not found quickly, anxiety and stress can be perpetuated. The upside for women – you may have made some new best friends by sharing confidences.

What symptoms may result from being stressed?

Different people experience the effects of stress differently. Below are just 10 of the most common health impacts stress can cause on your body.



  • Increased number of Headaches
  • Impaired Memory
  • Sleeplessness and risk of developing Insomnia

GI tract

  • Increase risk of Digestive disturbances


  • Higher Blood Pressure, increasing risk of heart disease

Hair & Skin

  • Hair thinning and hair loss
  • Increase in Acne/Psoriasis
  • May play a role in Premature Aging


  • Stress interferes with sexual function

Immune System

  • Weakened Immune System

Does this mean stress is bad for me?

As with everything in life, stress in moderation can be beneficial. The difficulty is finding the balance between calm and stimulation. When stress provides a positive motivation, it is considered beneficial. However, beyond this point, stress becomes counter-productive and can have some long-term impacts on health. Below is a summary of the different types of stress.

What can I do to manage my stress?

There are some basic things you can do to help manage your stress such as exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and doing fun and relaxing activities. There are also some vitamins which can help support your body’s increased demands during stressful periods. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about what options may suit you. They can also provide you with the support you need to work through your stressful times.

Important tips

In today’s fast paced Digital Age, it is even more important to learn and practice effective stress management techniques to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.


Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for health and Well-Being by Brian Luke Seaward (2011)
17 Reasons to Avoid Stress: An Infographic by Fawne Hansen)

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