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Sometimes modern life can seem to be so full of demands, hassles, deadlines and frustrations that it provides a perfect breeding ground forStress anxiety and panic attack time bomb stress, anxiety or panic attacks. People can be constantly on the go. For many people, stress is so common that it has become a way of life. A bit of stress or anxiety isn’t always bad, in small doses, a bit of stress can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best.

Most people will have experienced some form of anxiety or stress, for example before an exam, interview or even before a date, and this is quite normal. However if you’re constantly running in emergency mode, or the symptoms are overwhelming your performance and health can start to suffer. In some cases this can be very distressing and debilitating, adversely affecting your mood, your relationships, your productivity and your quality of life.

 

How can you help manage your symptoms, which treatments are effective?

Hypnotherapy,  EFT tapping and Energy healing are all very effective for overcoming stress and anxiety symptoms. All three treatments promote relaxation; give your mind the space to slow down and your body the chance to restore itself.

EFT tapping for anxiety -a study measuring the level of the stress chemical cortisol, showed that after just 1 hour of EFT tapping,

anxiety reduced by 58.34%, depression by 49.33%, the overall severity of psychological symptoms by -50.5%, and a significant decrease in cortisol level by 24.39%. This was all achieved after just 1 hour of tapping. This trial was replicated in 2019 by Dr. Peta Stapleton and her team and they achieved double the effect with a reduction in cortisol of 43%! I think the world would be a much calmer place if  everyone was using EFT Tapping!

Hypnotherapy for anxiety, the BMJ (British Medical Journal) states that:

There is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety, particularly that related to stressful situations such as receiving chemotherapy. They are also effective for panic disorders and insomnia, particularly when integrated into a package of cognitive therapy (including, for example, sleep hygiene) A systematic review has found that hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behavioural therapy for conditions such as phobia, obesity, and anxiety

Do you want to be free of your symptoms? Contact me 07759 237437 or catherine@joyfulmind.co.uk for some honest friendly advice or to book your session.

What causes stress / anxiety in the first place?

Stress is a normal physical response to events or situations that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger, whether it’s real or imagined, the body automatically switches into a higher gear, ‘fight or flight’ mode. When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones designed to get ready for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper.

These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed up your reactions, and enhance your focus – preparing you to either fight the ‘danger’ or escape from it. The third alternative to this is to freeze and be unable to do anything, sometimes this happens when the threat seems too extreme to do either of the other responses.

So the stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. In emergency situations, it can save your life – giving you extra strength to defend yourself, or get out of the way fast. The problem is the body doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats. So if you’re constantly stressed over a busy schedule, an argument, or money worries, your body reacts just as strongly as if you were facing a life or death situation, pumping stress hormones into your body and running on ‘red alert’.

Unfortunately this can be a ticking time bomb for our bodies  and can lead to more serious  long term health effects if not managed properly. If you frequently find yourself feeling frazzled, overwhelmed or burnt out, it’s time to take action to bring your mind and body back into balance.

Contact me 07759 237437 or catherine@joyfulmind.co.uk to book your session today!

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are an abrupt onset of intense anxiety or fear, often a person can feel totally overwhelmed, confused, or as if they’re loosing control. Panic attacks can also be accompanied by a range of physical symptoms such as hyperventilating, dizziness or tightness in the chest. This can be very frightening and can even lead to you  avoiding situations, people , or anything which could possibly trigger one. Sometimes this can even lead to development of a phobia such as agoraphobia.

If you've had enough of suffering from panic attacks and the disruption to your life they cause, feel free to contact me 07759 237437 or catherine@joyfulmind.co.uk

What does the Research say?

The effect of emotional freedom techniques on stress biochemistry: a randomized controlled trial

How the Emotional Freedom Technique Treats Anxiety, Alternative Treatment for Panic and Anxiety

EFT as a tool to resolve anxiety, a case study approach

Clinical review of hypnosis and relaxation techniques