We are not machines. Too much of anything will cause a breakdown. To avoid this, we need to stay in balance – in a state called ‘homeostasis’.

Adrenaline: positive or negative?

As human beings, we are inclined to experience stress. In many ways it is good for us – without a touch of adrenaline we won’t win the race or climb the mountain.

Experiencing too little time, feeling that we are not in control, plus constant change that is ever-present in today’s world – it is not surprising that so many people are living with the long-term effects of stress. These effects are not just felt by the individual, but by everyone around them, including friends, family and colleagues.


What is Stress founder, Heather Darwall-Smith, is passionate about bringing understanding to stress. She knows what it is like to experience extreme stress at work and to come out stronger on the other side.

Understand the physiology of stress

Stress is a physical reaction activated by the nervous system long before the brain gives it a story. Long-term activation of the nervous system leads to many easily recognised symptoms of stress. Demonstrating ‘why’ this happens, that it happens to everyone, and how a range of symptoms appear, can empower people to take action.

“Resilient strength is the opposite of helplessness. The tree is made strong and resilient by its grounded root system. These roots take nourishment from the ground and grow strong. Grounding also allows the tree to be resilient so that it can yield to the winds of change and not be uprooted.”

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D

You can’t reduce stress by ticking a box or handing out a leaflet

What is Stress brings together a unique combination of skills to educate people in how stress will be affecting their life

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