Everyone experiences a degree of stress in their everyday life – whether it’s stress at home, at work or with our health, finances, relationships or something different. There’s no getting away from it – we all have lots to get done and never enough time to do it all.

Friday, February 4th 2011 is National Stress Down Day, organised by the Samaritans and is a timely reminder that we all need to actively take steps to keep a healthy sense of balance and control.

A little stress can be

useful to keep us motivated, active and moving forward towards our goals. However, we need to take action or seek help when the worry and stress are more than we can handle.

Common Signs of Stress

Some common signs of stress are:

  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Increased drinking and/or smoking
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Crying
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness/low energy
  • Anxiety
  • Helplessness/isolation
  • Feeling low or bad about ourselves 

What can you do to manage stress?

The good news is there are many simple things you can do to improve how you manage the stress in your life. You could:

  • Reduce smoking and drinking levels
  • Eat healthily
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough sleep
  • Learn to relax
  • Talk to someone about it

You can learn to relax in many ways such as Yoga, Tai Chi or mediation. Hypnosis can also help you relax physically and mentally so you feel refreshed and ready to handle anything life throws at you. 

Take Action

The most important thing you can do now is recognise you need to take action about your stress and then do it whichever way works best for you.

And if I can help contact me on 01353 669941 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dan Regan

Hypnotherapy Ely, Cambridge, Newmarket