Managing Stress and/or Anxiety

Counselling is a very effective way to help address and relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety. 
I work with my clients to identify and develop strategies that work for them, and make the symptoms of stress and/or anxiety more manageable. I take an holistic approach, looking at lifestyle, physical health and social context as well as the emotional and psychological world of the client. Mindful awareness, meditation, rumination interruption, relaxation, systematic desensitization, EFT (emotional freedom technique - tapping) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are just a few ways in which debilitating anxiety and stress can be addressed in therapy. Will we work together to find the approach or combination that best suits you.   

The first session is always free. We can then decide whether to continue to work together. Contact me to book an appointment.

About Stress and Anxiety 

Most people experience stress and anxiety from time to time. Stress is any demand placed on your brain or physical body. A manageable amount of stress can be motivating, productive and energising, helping us rise to a challenge. Too much stress has the opposite effect. People can feel stressed when multiple competing demands are placed on them. The feeling of being stressed can be triggered by an event (a stressor) that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It can be a reaction to stress, or it can occur in people who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life.
If stress and/or anxiety begin interfering with your daily life, it may indicate a more serious issue. If you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or experiencing severe anxiety about a traumatic event weeks after it happened, it may be time to seek help.


Symptoms

Stress and anxiety can produce both physical and psychological symptoms. People experience stress and anxiety differently. Common symptoms include: stomach ache, nausea, muscle tension, headache, rapid breathing, fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking, dizziness, frequency, a change in appetite, sleep disturbance, diarrhoea, fatigue, feelings of impending doom, ruminating, panic or nervousness (especially in social settings), difficulty concentrating, irrational anger and restlessness. Stress and anxiety that occur frequently or seem out of proportion to the stressor may be signs of an anxiety disorder.

People who have stress and anxiety over long periods of time may experience negative related health outcomes. They are more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and also depression and panic disorder.

Drugs that contain stimulants may make the symptoms of stress and anxiety worse. Regular use of caffeine, illicit drugs such as cocaine, and even alcohol can also make symptoms worse. Some prescription medications can also make symptoms worse, such as thyroid medications, asthma inhalers and diet pills.

 
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