It’s more common than you think. 1 in 6 adults are affected and this is thought to have more than doubled during the pandemic and is rising. Many of us suffer with almost a quarter of women in their early 50’s affected. It’s not surprising when your career, childcare, caring for elderly parents all converges and is a symptom of the menopause as your hormones affect your mood and ability to think and cope.

Whilst some stress is positive, it is when stress gets too much and just doesn’t seem to switch off that it can be harmful to our mental and physical health. Our stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which are responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response we need to run from danger raise our blood pressure and blood sugar to give us the oxygen and energy we need to escape, but when they don’t stop they can cause problems.

There is growing research to show that insulin resistance, inflammation and the gut microbiome are involved in chronic stress and anxiety. That's why a nutrition and lifestyle approach can form an important part of the puzzle back to health.

Sleep problems, headaches, muscle aches, digestion issues, chest pains, feeling irritable, easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating are just some of the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Nothing beats a personalised consultation to get the results you are looking for – especially if you’ve been struggling for a while. If you know you need a real breakthrough in this area, we should definitely talk.

You can’t change everything in one day but taking the first step is everything

Thank you, Clare, for your patience, calmness and understanding - I genuinely wish I had taken these steps years ago!