09 Aug 2015

The Stress Response

This is part two in my blog post stress series based on the ’10 Steps to Mastering Stress’ by David Barlow et al. In my first blog post in this series we looked at understanding stress and how we will approach decreasing it in your day-to-day life. In this post I will describe the stress response. The stress response has physical, mental and behavioral components. Physical response There are two ‘stress response’ systems in the body – the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic system prepares your body for action and the parasympathetic response calms your […]
20 Jul 2015

Mastering your stress – Part 1

In the next few months, I aim to work through a book called ’10 Steps to Mastering Stress’ by David Barlow et al. I’m reading through it to work on my stress level, as well as to learn skills to share with my patients. I thought it might be useful if I wrote a brief summary for my patients to follow my journey through the book and learn some skills. The key thing emphasized in the introduction, is that the only person who can change your stress level is yourself. It requires motivation and time to implement the change in […]