Stress

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.

Stress Factors

There are two types of stress factors:

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Symptoms Vary Hugely

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

Physical Symptoms Include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweaty palms
  • Tense muscles
  • Hyperventilation (over breathing)
  • Disturbed sleep & Tiredness
  • Vomiting, Nausea & Sickness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Sudden weight loss or gain

Psychological Symptoms Include:

  • Worrying
  • Irritability, Frustration & Confusion
  • 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

Behavioural Symptoms 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

Stress Management

We’ll work together to create a unique plan that covers all areas of your life. You’ll learn:

  • To handle one thing at a time
  • To be more assertive
  • Work out what you CAN do
  • To encourage yourself
  • Give yourself credit for your accomplishments
  • To control your thinking
  • To let go of anger.

How Many Sessions?

How long it takes will depend on your needs and situation. If you also suffer from depression symptoms take longer to resolve. I offer a free initial consultation during which we discuss a personalised treatment plan and the number of sessions required.