Offering telephone and online counselling/ therapy sessions during coronavirus.
Stress is becoming more of a problem in our daily lives. Often people do not realise they are suffering from chronic stress, where they may instead be complaining of some physical symptoms, such as; chronic pain, muscle tension, IBS, acid reflux, headaches, stomach aches, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, tiredness, vitamin deficiencies, low energy, sleep problems, frequent colds or infections, chest pain/ rapid heartbeat, breathlessness, grinding teeth, shaking, ringing in ears.
The emotional impact of stress can lead people to feel overwhelmed, have difficulty relaxing, social withdrawal, low self- esteem, feeling easily frustrated/ moody. If left untreated it can lead to Anxiety/ panic attacks, Depression and problems with feeling too angry (people sometimes come to therapy for anger management, not realising stress to be the cause). This is because our daily lives and society put pressure on the mind and body, which is actually unnatural to our system. We have not evolved much since the caveman days! Yet our roles, responsibilities and pressures are vastly different, however, our body reacts in the same way to pressure of the caveman days (i.e. I am going to be eaten by a sabre-tooth tiger! when actually you are sitting in traffic, or have an exam, or a deadline to meet etc.)
I help people to overcome the impact of stress on the mind and body. The stress response is a natural bodily reaction to perceived danger, without this fight or flight response being triggered we would have become extinct many years ago, however, sometimes there are problems that need sorting in daily life, to literally stop stressing the system out. There can be underlying drives such as fear of failure, perfectionism, not being able to say ‘no’ or not elegating to others, work/life balance issues etc that can be fuelling the issue, where being able to talk through things, understand and gain perspective, is so important to make necessary changes to improve lifestyle.
Another very important part of stress management, is not just lifestyle changes, or working through emotions or being able to think different, but essentially we need to work with the body and it’s physical reaction- we need to teach to nervous system to ‘calm down’, importantly the vagus nerve in the body is responsible for many health complaints. Lifestyle changes are an important part of this i.e. sleep, good diet, exercise etc, which the help in sessions also supports, but also much scientific research shows the impact of meditation and hypnotherapy in changing the brain (we can literally rewire our minds). I offer hypnotherapy to aid life change in many areas, but also guided meditation sessions, so people can easily benefit from relaxation, being able to ‘switch off’ for just a while to help the body recharge. Crucially important in healing the body and mind.
We are social creatures and when there is a problem, we should not suffer alone, but seek help to work together. I have over ten years experience helping people to make successful and lasting changes in their lives.
Chronic stress can lead to anxiety and anger issues and if untreated depression.
This is the reaction of the amygdala (in the brain), triggering the fight or flight response. Learn about the body reactions and how to gain control of them. Don't suffer with anxiety or panic attacks. It's time to feel inner peace.