Stress and Anxiety

Managing stress

There’s a lot in the press and on television about managing stress and it’s true that anyone can learn to do so.  But how?

Hypnotherapy can first get you out from under – it can help you relax, providing relief – and then it can help you Image of a stressed manfind and deal with the causes of harmful stress.

It’s also true that self-hypnosis CDs can teach you the techniques to manage your stress.  But you could be dealing just with the symptoms and not the cause.  Work with a competent therapist will provide your opportunity to actually resolve your issues due to harmful stress, then manage stresses in the future.  Self-hypnosis is only one part of the treatment of stress.

Harmful stress comes in many forms and bullying in the workplace is an especially stressful and unpleasant experience.  Therapy can help you get to the root of the issues, help you make life-improving decisions and to equip you with new skills for the future.

Stress and anxiety

Stressors are the source of stress and we all have to live with them.  But when we can’t manage the pressure we have a problem: we call that suffering from stress.  Similarly, we all have concerns about the unknown future but apprehension and fear can be harder to cope with.  Stress and anxiety are both medical conditions with associated physical symptoms – you should see a medical professional if either is a persistent issue.  But often, dealing with stress or anxiety at an early stage can prevent a chronic condition developing and, at the same time, drastically improve your lifestyle.

Anxiety

Image of anxious womanWe all expect to worry about the future from time to time.  The next level, anxiety, is fear – looking with apprehension into the future.  And regular, prolonged anxiety can cause demotivation and impaired psychological performance.  Many sufferers feel as though their quality of life is simply slipping away as they become more anxious more often.  Worse still, it can also be the cause of physical symptoms like ulcers and high blood pressure.  And researchers at the University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg have now completed work that shows that those who struggle at work or have a demanding boss are 45% more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than those who feel in control and relaxed at work.  You can read more about this news at Anxiety News.  There’s more here, presented by the British magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You at the WDDTY web site.  If you are already at risk of diabetes, work-place stress and anxiety can easily tip the balance.

Understanding your fears makes a big difference.  Hypnotherapy gives you the opportunity to tackle the issues that make you anxious – we don’t try to reduce the effects of anxiety, we help you remove that anxiety from your life.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder – commonly shortened to OCD – is an anxiety disorder that can seem to control the whole life of the person it affects.  Specific therapeutic techniques are applicable to OCD and these are covered here.