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In my early 40’s, I bowed out of a 20 year legal career. My reason to anyone that asked was “to spend more time with the kids”. However it was more than that. I could not contemplate stepping foot into the office one more time. Decades of running on high anxiety and drinking to cope had had its toll on my nervous system and I was burnt out.  I didn’t know it at the time, but from there,I started years of recovery, soul searching and ultimately stepping into a new way of living. I now support men and women facing similar resistance to manage their stress, to change their mindset around work and life balance, to find a workable equilibrium before burnout hits.

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Physiological responses to stress are the body’s automatic reactions to perceived threats or challenges. When you encounter a stressful situation, your body activates a complex set of responses that are designed to help you deal with the situation, whether by confronting it (fight) or avoiding it (flight). This response is often referred to as the “fight or flight” response.

Signals are sent to the sympathetic nervous system, which triggers a rapid series of physiological changes, including the release of stress hormones, primarily adrenaline (epinephrine), into the bloodstream. Adrenaline causes the heart rate to increase, which pumps more blood to the muscles and vital organs. This prepares the body for quick physical action.

Alongside adrenaline, the body also releases cortisol, another stress hormone. Cortisol helps maintain the body’s energy supply by increasing glucose in the bloodstream. It also modulates the immune response and has various effects on metabolism.

These reactions are understandable if you are being chased by a tiger!

However your body can react this way in the corporate environment too such as when you have a combative conversation with a client on the phone or you need to go to Court leaving you feel overwhelmed and potentially contributing to health problems over time.

Understanding these responses is key to managing stress effectively and adopting strategies that help balance the body’s stress reactions with relaxation and recovery techniques.

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If you would like some support to help you manage your stress level and find a more enjoyable life, book in for a 30 minute free confidential chat and you can see if I am the right fit for you.

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