Some pressure or stress is perfectly normal and can actually be quite a useful thing. It’s fine for the fight or flight response to be activated, as long as it calms down again afterwards. The parasympathetic nervous system needs activating to bring your body back to rest and digest mode, allowing the stress hormone levels to return to normal.
And it’s really important that this happens, because when the stress hormones stay around in high doses, this can have a serious impact on your health.
Did you know that 57% of sick days taken are because of stress?* This is partly because when people are off with stress, it’s not usually for a couple of days, as it might be when someone has a cold for example. Infact, the average number of sick days taken for stress is 25.8 per case.
Fortunately, there are many ways of activating your parasympathetic nervous system and of building your resilience to stress. Some you will know intuitively, but in addition, other examples include Mindfulness, Tapping and Active Participation.
*Health and Safety Executive statistics 2017-2018