Can you afford to ignore the effects of stress on your life?  Did you know that stress can be a major cause of Migraines, High Blood Pressure, Sleep and Eating Disorders, Fatigue, Depression, and many more conditions.

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Stress is a physical expression of our ‘Fight or Flight’ survival mechanism.  When faced with a threat we trigger a response, which prepares us to confront, or run away from, a possible danger.

This response was central to survival when we faced, for example, a wild animal but, unfortunately, it is also triggered in tense situations when we are in no physical danger.  Perhaps it seems crazy that we react in the same way to a difficult meeting and a vicious dog, but that is exactly what we do.

Acute Stress.

This prepares us for fight or flight and it is generally short term.  As a response to and immediate danger it will last just as long as that danger is detected.


Chronic Stress.

This occurs when continuous acute stress responses keep your body on continuous alert.  The ongoing response causes the production and release of cortisol, a hormone associated with waking and sleeping.  Too much cortisol can result in insomnia so is it any wonder we can’t sleep when stresses.

Cortisol has another little trick up it’s sleeve!  By promoting an increase in blood sugar levels it increases cravings for food and the creation of abdominal fat. How often do you turn to ‘comfort eating’ when stressed?  It’s far from being a comfortable situation!



We create stress when we don’t manage our thinking very well in response to the pressures and events in life.  This tends to happen in situations where we feel out of control, or believe we can’t cope.  By managing your thinking and your belief systems we can learn to control our stress levels and keep them to a minimum.

A situation may send your stress level soaring but by learning how to bring it back in line easily and quickly you will soon feel relaxed again.


Learn more about how Thrive With Ian can teach you to manage your thinking and The DREAM Technique.  You can do it and not only will you feel better you will be better!

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I’m Ian and I’m a qualified Thrive Programme Consultant. Using the professionally developed Thrive Programme – a proven, evidence based, positive psychology training programme – I work with people from all walks of life, providing the insights and skills they need to change their lives for the better.

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