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Stress-Anxiety-Phobias

Stress & Anxiety

Sometimes modern life can seem to be full of demands, hassles, deadlines and frustrations. 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 anxiety is 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.

 

Which treatments are effective for stress and anxiety?

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

 

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, stress 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’.

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.

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 the person avoiding situations, people , or anything which could possibly trigger one. Sometimes this can even lead to development of a phobia such as agoraphobia.