Anxiety & Stress Management
Stress & Anxiety
Stress and Anxiety can be experienced at any time and at different levels.
Whatever is causing the stress and anxiety, it disrupts the day-to-day life of the individual, leading to the deliberate avoidance of certain situations, making life very difficult and ultimately causing missed opportunities, job promotions and inhibiting social and personal relationships.
What are Stress & Anxiety
Stress is caused by a stress-causing factor or a response to a threat in a situation. Anxiety is a reaction to the stress, or stress that continues after that stressor has gone.
Stress or being under pressure is a normal part of life. Anxiety however, is a fear or concern that has become exaggerated and out of proportion to the situation.
Fear and anxiety are interrelated. When faced with fear, most people experience physical reactions that are described as anxiety. So fear causes anxiety and anxiety can cause fear.
Anxiety or fear is a natural instinct passed down from our prehistoric forefathers, who becoming aware of a Sabre-Toothed Tiger approaching had the choice of ‘Fight or Flight’, which correlates with our anger or anxiety reactions. In preparation for this, their production of adrenaline would increase, their heart would race to pump more blood to their muscles and brain, organs non vital to this escape plan would be temporarily put on hold, to enable the best possible resources the body could muster to save their lives.
The positive side of stress is, it can be a very strong motivator, it fills us with energy and enthusiasm, it propels us into action and encourages us to perform at our optimum level. It can give you the ‘winning’ edge.
What causes Stress
Stress is caused when we feel vulnerable, when we feel we are not in control or are made to feel, or anticipate we may be made to feel uneasy, embarrassed, inadequate, foolish, open to judgment, ridicule, rejection or criticism. These are very uncomfortable feelings and cause us stress.
Stress and Anxiety are often triggered by a fear that something unpleasant that has happened in the past may happen again, or it may be a build-up to a particular event or situation.
Other common causes include:
- Interviews and Exams
- Performances anxiety, or Speaking at Public or Social events
- Big changes or upheaval in your life – Bereavement, Divorce, Moving house, Changing jobs.
- Having an overwhelming amount of responsibility
- Having total responsibility for another person and their welfare – e.g. a carer
- Having no control over a situation
- There may be a single cause of your stress, or it might be a number of small things that have culminated over time. This may make it more difficult to distinguish the root or original cause of the problem.
Symptoms of stress –
- Depression and Anxiety
Extreme Anxiety – caused by the stress, can cause:
- Headaches, heart palpitations, dry mouth, nausea and dizziness – these symptoms in themselves then cause further stress
- Panic Attacks
- Irritability and/or finding it difficult to concentrate
- Indecisive and withdrawn
- May exhibit signs of physical or verbal aggression
The extent to which stress affects us depends on our outlook, our confidence levels and our own self-belief and self-esteem.
Hypnotherapy can help you identify and address the root cause of your stress and anxiety; Assisting you to break free from these negative thought patterns and develop a more positive attitude, enabling your confidence, self-belief and self-esteem to blossom and grow, comfortable in the knowledge that, if at any time in the future, faced with a similar situation, you will instinctively react in a calm, relaxed, controlled and confident way.