Stress is something we all experience, it is simply our response to life experiences. A certain level of stress is positive. Our stress response, sometimes called the 'fight or flight response', causes a rush of adrenaline that can be stimulating and energising. It gives us the power to deal with the challenge. However, too much adrenaline is damaging to our health and well-being.
Whether you are facing a major crisis in your life or an unrelenting series of minor events the result can be the same. You might experience a loss of appetite, insomnia, lack of motivation, irritability, anxiety. You may feel exhausted, unable to make decisions, moody and depressed.
Physical symptoms can include:
Long term exposure to stress can seriously damage your immune system and may cause: high blood pressure, ulcers or coronary thrombosis.
In an attempt to cope with the discomfort we may begin to drink more, smoke more and use drugs. We may feel too busy to relax, lose interest in looking after ourselves and become withdrawn , bad tempered and maybe angry and violent.
As soon as you identify the source of your stress you can begin to develop a strategy to cope. There are many techniques that can help, for example: relaxation, attention to diet, self hypnosis. My approach to treatment aims to incorporate as many stress management techniques as possible in each individual case.
Two or three sessions are usually enough to get you back on track with a plan of action, feeling more positive and in control.
To arrange an appointment or for more information email me at [email protected] or call 07961 89707.
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