April is Stress Awareness Month

March 24, 2023




Stress is our body’s response to pressure. Many different situations or life events can cause stress. It affects everybody differently. Many things can lead to stress, naming a few: bereavement, divorce or separation, losing a job or changing jobs, work related problems and even moving house.

What are the signs of stress:

How you feel:

  • anxious
  • afraid
  • angry or aggressive
  • sad
  • irritable
  • frustrated
  • depressed

How your body reacts:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • indigestion
  • digestive problems such as constipation, bloating or diarrhea
  • shallow breathing or hyperventilating
  • sweating
  • heart palpitations
  • aches and pains

Stress can be addressed in a few ways. Start thinking positive, connect with people (friends and colleagues who you think you can share your feeling with), deep breath exercises, having “me time” and avoiding unhealthy habits.

The latest evidence shows that any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga and Pilates, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not someone who likes exercise or feels out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.

Why should exercise be part of your stress management plan:

  • It pumps up your endorphins (the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters).
  • It reduces negative effects of stress.
  • It’s meditation in motion.
  • It improves your mood.

Evidence also shows that acupuncture treatment can help with stress and anxiety by stimulating the body’s natural feel-good hormones. Acupuncture also has less side effects than medication.

Here at Physiotherapy Matters, we offer many different therapies that can help with stress, including acupuncture and 1-1 Pilates!

If you are not sure this will help, one of our physiotherapists are more than happy to arrange a free care call with you to discuss options and advise on how we are able to help.

You have done all of the above, but you still don’t feel better, and it is affecting your mood more and more.

Talk to your GP and/or find help through your local Talking Therapies team.


No matter whether your condition was caused by a sport, work accident or otherwise, we welcome the chance to serve you.

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