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Stress is part of normal ever day life and is the physical response within our bodies when we feel threatened or our normal balance is upset. Stress is your body's way of protecting you, by helping you cope with the unusual, allowing you to rise to challenges and in times of emergency can even save your life.

It is closely linked to anxiety and is your body's fight or flight response to anything it perceives as a threat. However, sometimes we can become overwhelmed by stress, feeling we can no longer cope, often we may not even notice our stress levels have been rising, instead accepting how we feel as being 'normal'. In some cases the response mechanisms we have developed to cope with stress may no longer be beneficial or might even be holding us back in life on a day to day basis.

Prolonged bouts of stress can, like anxiety, manifest itself in many forms within the body including; muscle weakness, muscular pain, fatigue, poor appetite, insomnia, forgetfulness and general apathy. Stress is now recognised by the medical profession as being linked to many serious medical conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, stroke and many other chronic conditions.

NLP can, through effective coaching, help you identify those areas of your life that are creating the stress. Then, utilising some of the NLP tools available, allow you to re-programme your response to stress triggers creating and anchoring calmer more positive states within you.