Working in healthcare, it doesn’t take long to appreciate just how many people are suffering from the physical effects of stress. Elspeth's stress programme has been built through experience and knowledge from working with many stressed clients over the years and helping them to feel better.
Imagine your stress 'capacity' like a bank account - if you keep making 'withdrawals' due to emotional stress, skipped meals, intense exercise, late nights, etc without also making 'deposits' in the form of relaxation, nutritious food, good sleep, restorative exercise, then at some point the body reaches overdraft.
So what has nutrition got to do with stress?
Stress is often perceived purely as an ‘emotional’ thing e.g. sadness, anxiety, anger, frustration, work stress or financial pressures. However, stress is also physiological process and can also include pain, illness, inflammation and digestive upsets which contribute to the total stress ‘load’ on the body. The more ‘stressors’ you have, the harder you body has to work to keep up. So alongside tools to manage emotional stressors more effectively, getting your diet right and addressing any health issues can greatly help to reduce your overall stress load and therefore improve your stress resilience.
The 'fight or flight' response is nutritionally demanding yet when we are busy, our diet is often one of the first things to suffer. Once the metaphoric 'stress bank account' has been depleted, supplying the body with the right nutrients can make a big difference to getting your mojo back.
If you feel like your ability to deal with stress has reduced and you can no longer deal with situations which previously wouldn't have been a problem, then chances are, there are things which can be done through nutrition and lifestyle to help restore your stress resilience.
Physical symptoms of stress
• Poor sleep
• Difficulty getting up in the morning
• Cravings for sugar, salt or caffeine
• Digestive issues- bloating, nausea, cramps, diarrhoea, constipation
• Low energy or fatigue
• Dizziness – particularly on standing
• Feeling ‘wired’, anxious or running on adrenalin
• Inability to lose or gain weight
• Inability to gain muscle
• Fat around the middle
• Frequent infections
• Heart palpitations
• Reliance on nicotine or recreational drugs
• Loss of appetite
• Hormonal problems - PMS, thyroid issues, low testosterone
• Low libido and/or erectile dysfunction
Mental Symptoms of stress
• Anxiety and low mood
• Panic attacks
• Low self esteem
• Poor concentration/focus
• Poor memory
• Changes in behaviour
If several of these symptoms sound familiar, then this could be an indication that your body is experiencing the effects of stress.
You can access this programme following the nutritional therapy route - paying for each session as you go. Alternatively, the Stress Support package bundles 6 consultations and an adrenal stress test together.
- 6 nutritional therapy sessions
- Adrenal Stress test
- Guidance on other laboratory tests, if relevant
- Nutritional support programme including lifestyle, dietary and supplement advice to help your body handle stress
All for only £479 - saving you £76
To book your consultation or ask any questions you may have, contact Elspeth.
Download a Health Check Questionnaire
First session (1.15 hours) – Elspeth will take the time to understand your health history, as this is the most important part of tailoring the programme to you. Laboratory tests may be recommended, such as the Adrenal Stress test or other relevant nutritional tests. At the end of your first session you will be given nutritional guidance to take away, and this will be further tailored once test results are in.
Second session (45 minutes) – as soon as your test results are in you will come back for a follow-up consultation. Test results will be explained and any necessary changes made to your nutritional programme. At this session, a supplement programme based upon test results and presenting symptoms will be discussed. Supplements are optional but will usually help you to feel better much more quickly than working with diet and lifestyle changes in isolation.
Subsequent sessions (45 minutes) – following the second session you will then have monthly sessions with a focus on specific areas that need addressing as well as making any necessary changes to your programme as you start to feel better. Topics covered will include stress and exercise, sleep, cardiovascular health, weight, immunity, and digestion.
Nutrition complements other therapies very well:
Perhaps you are already working in conjunction with a psychotherapist, life coach, NLP or CBT practitioner to look at emotional aspects of stress in your life. Coupling nutrition with this can bring greater benefits, as you are then tackling both the physical and emotional aspects of stress. Our programme helps give you the energy and stamina to tackle the emotional aspects head on.
Elspeth is an NLP practitioner and where appropriate may work with life coaching exercises to help you find clarity in areas which might be adding to your stress load.