Introduction to Stress and Anxiety
A certain amount of stress and anxiety is natural as it is a response to our normal everyday worries. It becomes a problem when it builds up until we feel overwhelmed, worrying and anticipating future events or ‘what if’ situations. Fear is a state that occurs in the present moment in response to real or imagined danger, causing a ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response; in the wild, an animal may be hunted but as soon as the danger has passed, their ‘fight or flight’ response will settle down as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, as humans, when we are suffering from chronic anxiety, this response is on long term alert, which can cause physical and emotional illness.
- a fast pulse
- shortness of breath
- a churning feeling in your stomach
- feeling light-headed or dizzy
- pins and needles in your hands and feet
- feeling restless or unable to sit still
- racing thoughts
Anxiety is actually a group of disorders that include generalised anxiety, social anxiety, separation anxiety, phobias, panic, PTSD or OCD. Some of the symptoms of anxiety may overlap with those of depression, for example, insomnia, trouble concentrating and irritability, but they are two different problems; people with depression tend to move and react slowly and are unable to think about how their future will ever change for the better so live in the past, whereas, people with anxiety tend to fear the future or future prospects. Like depression though, it may be triggered by major life events such as:
- relationship breakdowns and divorce
- a miscarriage, termination or stillborn baby
- major life changes, like changing job, moving house or getting
- married bereavements
- being bullied or abused
- a traumatic event, such as being physically or sexually assaulted
- financial insecurity
- job loss or retirement
- chronic illness
- our children leaving home
- the death of a much-loved pet
How can I treat your Stress and Anxiety?
I work in my peaceful therapy room, at my home in Norwich, Norfolk, where I hope you will feel safe and secure enough to be able to talk about issues that are distressing you, and feel at ease sharing your problems with me.
I use various techniques and approaches to help you, for example, counselling skills, NLP, deep relaxation, mindfulness, hypnotherapy, thought field therapy and the Human Givens. I prefer to use a solution-focused, rather than problem-focused approach, which builds on positive feelings rather than reinforcing negative ones. You will find more information about me and the techniques I use on other pages of my website.
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THE MIND IS EVERYTHING, WHAT YOU THINK YOU BECOME.