You see, stress is complex. Sometimes a little bit of stress is just the thing you need to propel you forward, to get you to the other side of the tightrope, so to speak. But what happens if stress isn’t an occasional event? How can we cope when we are exposed to prolonged periods of high-pressure – maybe a project at work, health problems or even moving house or getting married? This is when stress could stop pushing you forward and instead unbalance you. Because when you don’t have the opportunity to consistently fall back into your normal levels of adrenaline and cortisol, stress may emerge. It can manifest as stomach aches, headaches, sleep problems or in any number of other physical ways. It can also make you highly irritable, deeply anxious and/or depressed. In short, too much stress can make you feel very genuinely unwell. However, there are some practical things we can all put in place to help us find balance and make sure we’re in the best shape to cope with stress when it finds us.