Anxiety & Stress
Would you like to gain control of irrational thinking and debilitating panic attacks?
Stress and Anxiety are fast becoming a common issue in busy 21st century living, where competition is everywhere and we expect instant responses. Time is becoming a sought after commodity for many as we struggle to balance family, work and personal responsibilities. It seems to cross all age groups with teenagers presenting more often as educational demands on them grow. It's worth understanding the difference between stress and anxiety and useful to know that there is help for these emotions that can be limiting the way we live.
We commonly associate stress with a heavy workload, a busy home life or other external triggers but it can also come from internal triggers when we have unreal expectations of ourselves or low self esteem. Symptoms of stress can also be physical, such as headaches, tension, dizziness, nausea, insomnia and digestion problems. Emotional symptoms can be confusion, negativity, frustration or feelings of being unable to cope. These symptoms can be seen in altered behaviour such as; use of drugs or alcohol, eating too much or too little, avoiding situations and loosing interest in our physical appearance. Stress can come and go as the situation that is causing it is relieved, for instance a busy and pressured work spell eases as a project comes to an end.
Anxiety on the other hand can persist for longer and often we do not know what is causing our feelings of unease. We perceive issues in our life to be worse than they are and we underestimate our ability to deal with these issues too. People who suffer with anxiety often feel like they are going mad and attempt to hide away, feeling worthless and uninteresting. Anxiety can give rise to panic attacks that can feel like a serious medical condition is occurring. However, it is worth knowing that when experiencing a panic attack with symptoms of hyper ventilation, palpitations, dizziness, excessive sweating, feeling sick, and fainting, our bodies are in fact indicating to us that they are working well. They are responding to the "flight and fight" instinct we all have from prehistoric times when we needed a boost of adrenalin to escape extreme danger. However, today we may perceive danger where in fact there is none and it is irrational thoughts causing the physiological reaction. When this goes unnoticed or treated we can become caught in a spiral of behaviour that rapidly causes us to limit the way in which we live.
So, if you can relate to any of the above and would like to learn techniques and life strategies to get you back in control of your thoughts and feelings, contact us today for a free telephone consultation to start you on your pathway back to a positive, happy and healthy life.