Stress & Anxiety are two of the most common issues that people approach me to help them with. I have helped many people of all ages, discover their true potential by teaching them how to shift their thinking and get the clarity they want. If you need help moving forward, feel free to contact me
Anxiety is the mind and body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It's the sense of uneasiness, distress, or that feeling you get before a significant event, such as a driving test or a job interview. It is said that a certain level of anxiety helps us stay alert and more aware, but for those already suffering with an anxiety disorder, it feels far from normal – in fact it can be quite distressful.
There are many reasons why people begin to suffer with anxiety, and events such as divorce, unexpected bereavement, road traffic accident, sexual assault, moving house, starting college…but more extreme events like a Tsunami, earthquake, or a war can create anxiety.
there are a few forms of anxiety and these anxiety disorders keep people from sleeping, concentrating, talking to others, or even leaving their home. Anxiety that may need treatment is often irrational, overwhelming, and disproportionate to the situation. It makes sufferers feel as though they have no control over their feelings, and it can involve severe physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, or trembling. It becomes classified as a disorder when normal anxiety becomes irrational and begins to recur and interfere with daily life. If left untreated, anxiety can lead to chronic anxiety and depression.
I once had a 27 year old male hypnotherapy client, who had served in the British Army since he left school at 16. At the age of 19, he was deployed to Sierra Leone in West Africa where the British Army were assisting NATO in special operations. Around about the same time, the Ebola virus epidemic broke out in the area and was the most widespread outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in history—causing widespread major loss of life. There were men, woman and children just dying by the roadside. Obviously, these poor people who had perished from the disease needed to be moved quickly to prevent the disease from escalating further… and so, this role fell on some personnel from the British Army, of which my client was one. He has now left the Army, but suffered badly with PTSD, which is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and also depression. He came to me for help with his PTSD and depression, and through a variety of sessions using hypnotherapy and coaching, he has improved significantly. He is now married, has a beautiful home, has a fantastic job, a child on the way and is well on the road to recovery. It’s crazy that just by having the experiences that he did in Sierra Leone, and seeing the things he saw, created these debilitating mental illnesses
The good news is, that stress itself is NOT a mental illness, and what is perhaps stressful for one person, may not be stressful to another.
Changes in brain chemistry make our heart pump faster as we get ready to act. Stress can Make us feel nervous, angry, and frustrated, sometimes be overwhelming and feeling stressed every day over a period of time, can take its toll on our body and mind.
Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses, is a normal part of life and you can experience stress from your environment, your body and your thoughts. Even positive life changes such as a job promotion, buying a new car, new house or the birth of a child produces stress.
Women are more likely than men to report feeling stressed. Men and women also report reacting to different kinds of stress. Women tend to react more to chronic stressors like time constraints, meeting the expectations of others, marital relationships, children, and family health. Whereas Men, on the other hand, are more affected by work-related stressors like a job change, demotion, pay cut, financial difficulties and feelings of being inadequate.
More and more Younger people, between the ages of 11 and 16, are showing increased signs of stress. This is most likely because of the increased pressures on younger people these days, such as high expectations of doing well in school or college, balancing of social activities with school work and of course the exposure to stressful news and negative events on social media….not to mention the transition period from child to adult, and the pressures that go with it. My Free My Mind Program can be used within the schools environment. To find out more about how it can work in schools and with younger people. Click Here
Older adults are more likely to face issues like major illnesses, forced changes to routines and income related issues due to retirement. They are more likely to worry about physical changes, and perhaps find the death of friends and loved ones difficult to accept and adjust to. Along with a shrinking circle of friends and loneliness, all of these can contribute to increased levels of stress for the older adults.
Even People with chronic illnesses like diabetes, arthritis or heart disease can experience extreme stress, because they worry about their illness, their treatments, and the effect that the illness will have on themselves and those around them.
Stress and anxiety are closely related, but they’re not the same thing. Stress focuses mainly on external pressures that we tend to face and situations that we find hard to cope with. When we are stressed, we usually know what we’re stressed about, and the symptoms of stress typically disappear after the stressful situation is over.
Anxiety, on the other hand, isn’t always as easy to figure out, because anxiety is usually caused by worrying about an event that is about to happen, such as a job interview, or continually thinking about some past event. Stress and anxiety are both part of being human, but both can have an impact on our mental health and well-being if we ignore the signs, and fail to take action.