Stress and Anxiety

Stress, in response to an appropriate situation of real danger, can be lifesaving. It is the body’s fight or flight mode, an evolutionary protection mechanism.

When a person is stressed, the body produces various hormones to prepare us to fight or run. Our muscles tense, our heart beats faster,  we become more alert and focused. This means our blood flows harder towards more essential organs used for fight or flight and away from less essential areas, such as the skin.  Non-essential body functions, such as reproductive, immune and digestive systems and growth become suppressed. At the same time, the glucose-level in the bloodstream for brain use and tissue repair becomes increased.

Once the “danger” is over and the threat is averted, the hormones return to normal and the body resumes its usual functioning.

However, if  your brain continues to perceive “danger or threat” constantly, which we experience as chronic stress, the emergency hormones and sugar levels remain high, while normal functions may become impaired.

Money issues, strained relationships, family troubles, health worries, exams, work pressures, interviews and presentations, sports competitions, even commuting may create this chronic stress. Ironically, high stress levels only exacerbate these issues and reduce our capability to deal with them effectively and proportionately.

A person suffering from chronic stress may be complaining about

  • muscle tension and pain
  • headaches and migraines
  • elevated heart rate and palpitations
  • high blood pressure
  • skin problems
  • getting ill often, or other issues related to weakened immune system
  • sexual problems or difficulty conceiving,
  • Insomnia
  • Eating issues
  • Digestive difficulties, nausea
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • irritability and agitation

or many others, often together.

So, if you are ready to explore the ways to reduce stress, better deal with the potentially difficult situations by learning to remain calm, flexible and resourceful, improve your communication skills, you are in the right place, seeking hypnotherapy.

We would start by discussing what causes you chronic stress in the first place, explore how you would like to feel instead, set your goals and work towards these goals using a range of different techniques and hypnosis.  For a taster of how it would work for you, why don’t you listen to the audio recording in the “Home” page now, if you haven’t already done so.

Anxiety

Anxiety is this nagging feeling of unease, worry or fear, about the present moment and mostly the future. We all feel it before a test, a job interview, a performance or presentation. It has the same source as stress; a survival necessity and works with the same “fight or flight” principle. However, two people facing the exact the same situation, may react rather differently.

For some people, the feelings or unease, worry or fear are constant and so strong that it can affect their daily lives. Anxiety is the main symptom for panic disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder and social phobia. Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), on the other hand, is a long-term condition where the sufferer feels anxiety about a wide range of situations or issues and can hardly ever relax.

With hypnotherapy, I can help you:

  • look into the core of your anxiety,
  • challenge the way you are thinking that leads to the feelings of unease, worry or fear
  • practice a more balanced interpretation of the situations
  • address your avoidance or safety behaviours (eg. OCD) that may be limiting your life,
  • strengthen your efforts to remove the dependencies you may have developed (eg. drugs, alcohol, food)
  • experience a real sense of relaxation and calm, to compliment other therapies you may have had and medication you may be using.

People with anxiety disorders often think they are alone but you aren’t and you don’t have to be. To get help, all you need to do is ask.

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