How can relaxation massage help with anxiety and stress?
I’m sure we all know the flight or fight response – (technically it's a sympathetic nervous system that jumps into action). Your body provides a bit (or a lot) of adrenaline which gets your heart rate going a bit faster; sometimes we may sweat, and we become more alert and at the ready. This inbuilt protection mechanism is valid for reacting to dangerous situations such as getting out of the way of an oncoming bus quick smart. But we sometimes keep in this state - this dis-ease of being busy – is it becoming the 'norm’?
Continuous circles of stress to situations such as; I must have this in by this deadline; I have emails I have yet to respond to; whoops there goes the phone; arrghhh I am late for the school run/doctors/work; the baby keeps crying and I can’t do anything to help; or my mind can’t slow down and I am constantly onto the next thing. What if your doing too much training and your performance is beginning to decline?
When do YOU get time to REST?….so you can repair and rejuvenate.
What are your early warning signs? Do you know that tipping point that you maybe approaching OVERLOAD into fatigue? They can be different for all of us and so subtle they can be often overlooked until it’s too late.
Stress and having too much going on can make anyone anxious. Having a bit of anxiety is a normal when faced with a stressful event or when things turn upside down. It's when the worry or anxiety start to become more frequent that these feelings start to interfere with daily life. 1 in 4 people (15% of New Zealanders*) suffer from anxiety which can lead to not wanting to interact with your friends (social impact) and you can also become susceptible to getting sick more often.
Can you see a pattern? - A little bit of stress or anxiousness now and then is completely normal, however when the stress or the feelings of anxiety start to become constant or consume your daily life, this is when it is time to ask for help.
What could be useful in reducing stress and anxiety?
If you would like to know more about stress and anxiety please visit Health Navigator website for more resources or you can call 0800 14 ANXIETY.
*2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey. Quick Facts