Does stress do me any harm? Yes. But not always. Let’s explain: stress can be seen as “normal” and even healthy is some situations. Some stress & nerves ahead of a job interview, for example, can keep us alert and on our toes, which is a good thing. Stress can stimulate and even drive us to do better, achieve more, etc. This is not all bad. The problem is that stress so often exceeds our coping capacity and becomes damaging, both physically and mentally. So for most of us, most of the time, stress is a very real problem. Stress can cause, or worsen:
Anxiety and nervousness
Headaches (tension headaches)
High Blood Pressure
Abdominal fat storage (an important risk factor for diabetes)
Weakened immunity and more frequent illnesses
Fatigue and low energy
Mood changes and depression
So all in all, it is a very real problem and not something to take lightly. Lifestyle changes can help – and there are many good self-help approaches – but always consider seeking professional help if and when stress gets too much.
Colin was a medical practitioner (GP) from 1988 to 2000. Since then he has worked in the wellness field, designing, developing and delivering various products and services. Out of clinical practice for many years now he no longer practices medicine formally but retains a keen interest in helping people become more-well versions of themselves. He acts as a wellness coach and not as a medical practitioner today.
Colin's approach and philosophy is based on empowerment: the notion that people only need a little help to make choices they usually already want to anyway - it's about respect and support rather than instruction or correction.
Colin lives at the Vaal Dam with his wife Cathy. He spends time walking mountains, cycling, motorbike riding, kayaking, sailing and always looking for better & better balance.