A little stress now and again is normal and part of our human experience- but stress was only ever designed to be short term. In our prehistoric days and we needed it to fight or to run away from predatory animals. Today’s sabre tooth tigers come in the form of line managers, traffic jams, financial worry, redundancy, relationship issues or illness to name a few.
Scientific research studies have shown that excessive stress over a prolonged time period can lead to mental and physical illness, including depression, nervous breakdown, hypertension, and heart disease. Our lives can be supercharged and high pressured. With technology intruding into our downtime with greater determination it is little wonder that we are now seeing the damaging results.
We all know by now that smoking kills you, but habit is hard to change even though we know that we are poisoning our bodies with a chemical combo of Ammonia, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Pesticide and Arsenic. Smoking increases the risk of developing a wide range of health ailments and diseases – but the habit does not only harm the smoker’s health, it can also have a negative impact on the people around them. Children and babies living with people who smoke are vulnerable to many health problems via passive smoking.
A panic attack is your body responding to fear – a ‘fight or flight’ response to a perceived threat. Generally, panic attacks will occur when your body experiences a sudden onset of intense symptoms. In short, they are an exaggeration of your body’s natural response to excitement, stress or danger.
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Exam and Test Anxiety
Many people will suffer moments of stress and often feel overwhelmed when having to sit an exam or driving test. Many of us will also be able to recall how nerve-racking it can be to take a test. Weeks before the exam/test, we can experience the sensation of butterflies in our stomach. Our palms get sweaty, our hearts race and we fear our memory will let us down.
Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking. Did you know that the number one global phobia is the fear of public speaking? Just giving a presentation to a handful of people can be enough to bring a lot of people out into a cold sweat – enduring several sleepless nights running up to the day of the presentation – with 75% of people feeling something between mild resistance and full-blown terror.