Anxiety and stress

We all suffer from stress and anxiety at one stage or another. Sometimes this has come from our professional or personal lives, and we all cope with it differently. Problems occur when we see ourselves as unable to cope with the level of stress we face. This can then impact on both our mental and physical health. Things that may affect the way we cope include:
  • Our perception of an event – Our past experiences, thought processes and our self-esteem might dictate our perception of the situation.
  • Our emotional resilience – Our feelings towards the situation – i.e. the more resilient you are, the more likely you can persevere through tough situations. Our emotional resilience can be lowered at times making it harder to cope.
  • How we deal with pressure – Our skills we use to deal with pressure. We may deal with stress well in some contexts but not others.
Stress and anxiety may lead to a wide range of symptoms. The NHS website splits the symptoms into physical and psychological ones. Psychological symptoms can include:
  • feeling worried or uneasy a lot of the time
  • having difficulty sleeping, which makes you feel tired
  • not being able to concentrate
  • being irritable
  • being extra alert
  • feeling on edge or not being able to relax
  • needing frequent reassurance from other people
  • feeling tearful
When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, your body releases stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These cause the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate and increased sweating. Physical symptoms can include:
  • a pounding heartbeat
  • breathing faster
  • palpitations (an irregular heartbeat)
  • feeling sick
  • chest pains
  • headaches
  • sweating
  • loss of appetite
  • feeling faint
  • needing the toilet more frequently
  • "butterflies" in your tummy
There are however many treatments and techniques that you can implement for stress and anxiety management, including hypnotherapy. We can help you leave behind unhelpful behaviours and emotions, and build up your resilience to stress by looking at the skills you need to cope in the future.