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Stress in North Belfast

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened. This automatic ‘fight or flight’ response prepares you to fight a predator or run away quickly. It’s the body’s way of keeping you safe.

The stress response also plays a positive role by helping you stay focused, energetic and alert. It can be exciting in small doses but too much is exhausting.

When stress becomes overwhelming

Perhaps you’re always in a rush but always late, take on too much and feel overwhelmed by life’s pressures and demands. You might feel that you’ve got a lot of nervous energy.

You may have become used to feeling stressed until one day you felt totally overwhelmed.


Long term, persistent stress

When the stress is unrelenting and goes on for a long time it’s known as chronic stress. It is constant and persistent, debilitating and overwhelming. One of the worst aspects of chronic stress is that you get used to it.

If stress is not dealt with early it can cause other problems such as anxiety and depression as well as high blood pressure leading to heart disease.

Stress Factors

There are two types of stress factors.

  1. Internal factors are the thoughts and feelings that cause you to feel worried and anxious.
  2. External factors are the stressors you are aware of around you – life experiences, work or daily hassles.

Stress Managment – Evidence based hypnotherapy for you

We’ll work together to create a unique stress management action plan that covers all areas of your life.

–       You’ll start to priortise external stressors, handling things one at a time

–       Learn and practice assertiveness skills

–       Work out what you can do

–       Build internal encouragement and give yourself credit for your accomplishments

–       Learn to manage the internal stressors by stopping / controlling the thoughts and feelings that cause anxiety.

–       A technique to let go of anger (if applicable).

Symptoms vary hugely

The signs and symptoms of stress vary hugely and everyone experiences it differently.

Physical symptoms can include:

  • Increased heart rate (palpitations)
  • Sweaty palms
  • Tense muscles
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting
  • Hyperventilating
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Sudden weight loss or gain.

Psychological (emotional) symptoms can include

  • Worrying
  • Irritability
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Feeling afraid or unable to cope
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Feeling negative and lack of interest in life
  • Feeling alone
  • Loss of creativity
  • Withdrawal
  • Frustration and confusion.

Behavioural symptoms can include:

  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Use of drugs or alcohol
  • Changes in appetite
  • Avoiding situations
  • Changing habits
  • Nail biting
  • Teeth grinding
  • Loss of interest in physical appearance
  • Lack of communication
  • Putting off difficult jobs and giving excuses.

How many sessions?

How long it takes will depend on your needs and situation. Generally treating chronic stress takes longer.

I offer a free initial consultation during which we discuss a personalised treatment plan and the number of sessions required.


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