Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety and Stress Helped in Cheshunt
We will all experience feelings of anxiety and worry at times throughout our lives.
Feelings of worry and anxiety are perfectly normal reactions to the daily pressures of life.
However, for some people, these feelings of worry or anxiety can become intrusive in their lives, and may begin to affect them on a daily basis.
From time to time we all get a little anxious, whether it’s a job interview, driving test, or exam nerves.
If this is at the right level it can actually increase our performance giving us that extra little boost to do whatever we need to do well.
However if the anxiety state becomes too great, then problems occur.
● Driving test nerves
● Exam nerves
● Job interviews
● Wedding day nerves
● Presentations at work
So if a person is anxious about an upcoming event, whether it’s an exam, a driving test, having to deliver a presentation at work, or even a best man’s speech, then they may just need a little help to get them over that particular obstacle.
People suffering from anxiety can often have panic attacks. If this happens then a number of symptoms can occur:
● Stomach rumbling
● Constantly needing the toilet
● Dry mouth and finding it difficult to swallow
● Heart rate increase, possibly palpitations
● Difficulty breathing and possible pains in the chest
● Shortness of breath
● Dizziness or nausea
● Tingling in various parts of the body.
● Fear of losing control
An impending panic attack can often leave the person with a deep sense of dread or a sense that something catastrophic is about to happen.
Long term anxiety
Some people’s anxiety states and panic attacks are not short-term.
They live in a constant state of anxiety and may be prone to regular panic attacks; they may exhibit many of the symptoms listed above as well as those below
● A constant sense of unease
● General tiredness
● Becoming angry easily
● Lacking concentration
● Worrying that they may be “insane”
● Feeling ‘detached’ from themselves, or their surroundings, as though things were not quite real (dissociation)
It is a long-term condition that can make you feel anxious about a very wide range of issues, rather than your anxiety or fear relating to one specific issue.
You may find that you are anxious most days and may not be able to remember the last time you were able to properly relax.
There are also many diagnosable conditions for which anxiety is the main symptom.
For example, panic disorder, phobias (for more info on phobias, click here), post-traumatic syndrome and generalised anxiety disorder.
The content on this page will be equally relevant for someone who has one of these conditions.
Stress is everywhere in our society now and can cause real problems such as migraines, back problems, stomach and digestion problems.
Sometimes stress and anxiety are caused by circumstances in your life at the present time; sometimes they are caused by problems from the past; sometimes it’s a mixture of the two – problems from the past affecting how you respond to situations in your present life.
There are a limitless number of triggers for stress; however the following are generally accepted as being the most regular causes: any sort of loss, from bereavement, divorce and separation to a child leaving home; long-term illness and disability; marriage; moving house; a new job; holidays and work.
The symptoms of negative stress include:
● Increased irritability
● Heightened sensitivity to criticism
● Signs of tension, such as nail-biting
● Difficulty getting to sleep and early morning waking
● Drinking and smoking more
● Loss of concentration
We all have a level of stress, including negative stress, which is manageable for us.
This level will vary from person to person and is dependent upon a number of factors, for example, self-confidence and self-esteem, stability of lifestyle and relationships, unresolved issues from our past.
So, as long as we keep our stress levels below our individual limit, we are likely to be able to function effectively.
However, if we are operating at our individual limit all the time, any additional stress (even something very small) may tip the balance and move us from a position of experiencing a manageable level of stress, to a situation where we are feeling completely overloaded or out of control.
What is important when thinking about our stress levels is the degree to which our response to a certain trigger has been either appropriate or disproportionate.
Equally important to consider is the degree to which stress is beginning to creep into and affect all aspects of our lives.
More importantly then is to recognise when it’s time to seek support if your stress levels feel unmanageable, and are stopping you from living the life you want and thinking and feeling the way you want to about yourself.
Therapies that can help resolve Anxiety and Stress
If you are suffering with mild anxiety or stress that is related to a specific upcoming event, for example, if you are due to sit an examination or are due to speak in public, then hypnosis, combined with suggestion therapy will enable you to reduce your worry, stress or anxiety and to feel more in control.
It will provide you with a greater sense of self; it will boost self-confidence and self-esteem; it will help you build on your self-belief and you will have a strong visual image of yourself being calm and self-assured in your upcoming event.
Suggestion therapy will normally only require one, two or three sessions.
For more information about Suggestion therapy please click here
Perhaps your issues are more long term or pervasive and you have found that your anxiety or stress is having a limiting effect upon your life? Perhaps you are having panic attacks? Perhaps you are worried all the time and don’t understand why? Perhaps you are not sleeping well at night? Perhaps you are constantly having arguments with those around you? Or perhaps you are beginning to take significant time away from work due to your high stress levels? Or perhaps you would like to remove and resolve all future issues in relation to your anxiety or stress?
In these circumstances it is likely that you would benefit most from a course of therapy known as CPI.
This type of therapy would provide you with all the benefits of hypnosis with suggestion therapy, whilst also helping you to fully resolve your anxieties and stress, leaving you free to enjoy a more fulfilled and relaxed approach to life in the future.
For more info on CPI click here.
Please give Glenda a call to arrange a free of charge, no obligation initial consultation when we can talk about which therapy would be the most successful for you.