Throughout 2015/2016 the number of working days lost due to stress, anxiety and depression was a staggering 11.7 million! It is amazing just how much stress and anxiety a person can cope with until it reaches unmanageable levels. Most of us are very resilient, soldiering on in the hope that tomorrow things will feel different, but we all know that simply doesn’t happen. It just gets worse.
The pace of life today can mean that there are times when we all find it hard to cope. Events, situations and circumstances can become overwhelming, and even the most resilient of people can find themselves in the situation where they need to seek professional help in dealing with stress and anxiety levels which are spiralling out of control, or just ruining their enjoyment of life.
It is now well recognised that within the next few decades, it is likely that the number one threat to health and well-being will not be cancer or heart disease, but stress and anxiety.
Stress, anxiety and panic are the most common problems for which I am consulted. Many other presenting issues will also find their origins in high stress and anxiety levels which have been left untreated.
If the symptoms are not addressed, then they can go on to produce many health issues, such as high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and unexplained aches and pains to name but a few. It is sometimes the onset of these physical symptoms that prompts the sufferer to seek help
How does anxiety differ from stress?
Many people think that anxiety and stress are the same, but they do differ. Stress has it’s origins in the pressures of everyday life such as work, or trying to accomplish tasks that put undue pressure on our mind and body.
A negative side effect of these pressures is anxiety. In the case of anxiety, fear overpowers all our emotions and is accompanied by worry and apprehension, causing jittery and out of control feelings. Some other signs of anxiety can include, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pains and panic attacks
What is a panic attack?
A panic attack is a severe attack of fear and anxiety with sudden onset. It can be very alarming and can occur without warning, and sometimes for no apparent reason. Other symptoms can occur during a panic attack such as:
- Feelings of being detached from yourself (unreality)
- Pins and needles or numbness
- Fear of dying or being out of control
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Feeling nauseous
- Chest pains
- Shortness of breath accompanied with a choking sensation
- Hot flushes and chills
- Sweating and trembling
- Thumping heart and palpitations
These physical symptoms do not mean there is actually any physical problem. They occur as a result of the overproduction of nervous impulses from the brain and various parts of the body during a panic attack. Nonetheless, they can be extremely frightening.
So how can hypnotherapy/psychotherapy help?
I use hypnosis and a variety of other psychotherapy tools, including EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), NLP (Neuro Linquistic Programming), CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and Mindfulness, to help you feel back in control.
I will help you to explore the issues which are causing you to feel stressed, anxious and out of control, and then teach you how to look at them and deal with them in a totally different manner. Building your self confidence and self esteem, I will teach you strategies and self help tools which you can use long after our sessions have ended, helping you to live a much more calm and happy life.
To find out more about I can help you, please give me a call and take advantage of the free consultation which I offer to all new clients. This will give you the chance to meet me and see if you feel comfortable and confident that I am the right person to help you. It will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have on your mind.