To some extent stress is a normal part of life. Most of us can cope well with the pressures of everyday life. In fact some stress might actually be good for us as it motivates us to make changes.
However there may be times when stress seems never ending, or overwhelming. Lifestyle changes such as trying for a baby or becoming a parent can be stressful in themself. Add in additional problems such as illness, relationship problems, or financial or work related pressures and the result is a very stressful situation indeed.
The symptoms of stress can include irritability, inability to concentrate and insomnia, as well as physical symptoms such as digestive problems or racing heart.
Anxiety is a surprisingly common problem during pregnancy, postnatally and during the menopause. During the teenage years girls can also experience anxiety in response to school and social pressures. Symptoms of anxiety can include excessive worrying, sleep problems, obsessive thinking, and a feeling of dread.
Anxiety can manifest itself in different ways including:
Generalised anxiety - a general feeling of unease, worrying about many different things, being unable to pinpoint a particular reason for your anxiety, Health anxiety - worrying about your own or others health, fearing the worst, and obsessing over physical symptoms. Postnatal anxiety - anxious thoughts, excessive worrying about your baby, anxiety about yourself as a parent.
Stress and anxiety can be extremely debilitating and can interfere with your ability to function normally. Not only that but unresolved stress has been linked to many different conditions including heart disease, adrenal fatigue, cancer, autoimmune conditions such as fibromyalgia, IBS, diabetes and chronic fatigue, and even to weight gain.
Therapy for stress and anxiety focusses on:
Identifying the underlying causes Identifying any specific triggers Resolving any unresolved issues such as grief or traumatic memories Developing coping strategies Learning ways to relax and recharge
Both hypnotherapy and BWRT can be useful for stress and anxiety, depending on the nature of the problem and your individual preferences. If you would like to find out more about how I might be able to help, why not contact me for a free telephone consultation?