Stress is a natural biological and psychological reaction to life experiences. Everyone experiences stress from time to time. Anything from everyday responsibilities like work and family to major life events such as a serious health issue, relationship breakdown or the death of a loved one can trigger stress. For immediate, short-term situations, stress can be beneficial by helping you cope with potentially serious situations. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones that increase your heart and breathing rates and ready your muscles to respond. However, if your stress response remains over-stimulated and elevated for longer than is necessary for survival, it can take a toll on your health. Chronic stress can cause a variety of symptoms and affect your overall well-being. Nicole has successfully used Cognitive behaviour therapy and Mindfulness to assist with managing stress levels.