Stress is any demand placed on your brain or body. People can feel stressed when multiple competing demands are placed on them. The feeling of being stressed can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous which triggers negative thinking. Negative thoughts create Anxiety which causes a feeling of fear, worry, or unease often leading to irrational or inappropriate behaviours.
Stress and anxiety are not always bad. In the short term, they can help you overcome a challenge or dangerous situation. Imagine meeting a polar bear in the street, our anxiety would allow us to stay on red alert and remain vigilant, great for when we meet a polar bear but not so great when we worry about finding a job, feel nervous before a test or interview, or being embarrassed in certain social situations.
If stress and anxiety begin interfering with your daily life, the following physical and psychological symptoms could manifest; stomach-ache, muscle tension, headache, rapid breathing, fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking, dizziness, frequent urination, change in appetite, trouble sleeping, diarrhoea and fatigue.
Stress and anxiety can also cause mental or emotional issues in addition to the physical ones above. These can include; depression, panic or nervousness, difficulty concentrating, irrational anger, restlessness, self harming or suicidal thoughts.
Or, if you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or experiencing severe anxiety about a traumatic event weeks after it happened, it may be time to seek help, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you with Anxiety and Stress - contact J Lowson Hypnotherapy for a consultation and see how we can help you.