Understanding stress

Stress is often misunderstood. When we talk about stress we often mean pressure. A little pressure actually makes the world go round – pressure can motivate and inspire us. However, too much pressure becomes stress.

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The pressure-performance curve

When we tip over the crest of the pressure-performance curve we sink into the negative effects of too much pressure: anxiety, worry, tension, overwhelm, burnout, breakdown.

For some of us those scales are more easily tipped. This is especially true if we have had recent or past trauma, illness, other stressful events or situations.

The negative effects of stress, if experienced over a longer period of time, can be very damaging. Counselling and psychotherapy can help us to resolve the underlying causes of stress and increase our resilience for wellbeing.

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