Stress

Help to Manage Stress and Stress-related symptoms using Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Cognitive Therapy in Brighton & Hove:

Covering Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Eastbourne, Shoreham, Chichester, Horsham.

stressedmanStress has always been a part of our daily lives, beginning with the fight or flight response we inherited from our early ancestors. Many of our stresses are natural everyday responses to situations where our bodies react in a somewhat stimulated way. This type of stress could be viewed as ‘positive’ or ‘necessary’ stress because without it we would probably lead quite inactive, dull and directionless lives.

As James Tighe (from BBC Health) points out: “Stress in itself isn’t necessarily harmful. Everyone needs goals and challenges. But too much can be damaging”.

In our current society, people are increasingly (and unwittingly) creating too much stress in situations and experiences where it isn’t really appropriate, necessary or helpful. This is when you can start to feel overwhelmed and jittery, and the stress is created daily or almost daily and can be termed ‘chronic’. Chronic stress can trigger depressed feelings and can affect your physical and mental health.

There are a limitless number of triggers for any given individual’s stress response, however the following are generally accepted as being the most common: any sort of loss – from bereavement, or divorce and separation, to a child leaving home; long-term illness and disability; marriage; moving house; a new job;a new baby; holidays and work.

The symptoms of chronic stress are well known to us and include:

  • Increased irritability
  • Heightened sensitivity to criticism
  • Signs of tension, such as nail-biting
  • Difficulty getting to sleep and early morning waking
  • Drinking and smoking more
  • Over-eating
  • Indigestion and other digestion system complaints
  • Loss of concentration
  • Physical pains and/or exacerbation of existing problems

We all have a level of stress which is manageable for us. This level will vary from person to person and is dependent upon a number of factors; for example, our self-confidence and self-esteem, the stability of our lifestyle and relationships, unresolved issues from our past, and so on. So, as long as we keep our stress levels below our individual limit, we are likely to be able to function effectively. However, if we are operating at, or above, our individual limit most or all of the time, any additional stress (even something very small) may tip the balance and move us from a position of experiencing a manageable level of stress, to a situation where we are feeling completely over-loaded or out of control.

What is important, when thinking about our stress levels, is the degree to which our response to a certain trigger (a situation or experience) has been either appropriate or disproportionate. Equally important to consider is the degree to which stress is beginning to seep into all aspects of our lives.

 

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