Stress and anxiety affects everyone sometimes – how to feel better

Stress and anxiety
Meditation helps

Stress is something that we all feel at one time or another. However, a little bit of stress is good as it gives us the impetus and energy to get things done. When this becomes chronic problems arise. In other words, we need to be aware of our stress levels at all times.

Long Term Stress

Long term chronic stress compromises the immune system. As a result, we are more susceptible to illness and disease. The word disease itself has its own clues; dis-ease. The body is not at ease. Therefore looking after our health and wellbeing is paramount.

Long term stress is debilitating. For instance, there is a lack of vitality and as a result, quality of life is affected.

How going on holiday causes stress

Isn’t it interesting how excitement builds up about going on holiday? However, holiday time can also be stressful. A bit of a paradox. Common areas of holiday stress are:

  • fear of flying
  • leaving the house empty (what if it gets burgled)?
  • Did I leave the cooker on?
  • will Rover be okay at the kennels?
  • did I leave food in the fridge?
  • what if we’re late at the airport?
  • have we got the passports? Check, check again!
  • is the luggage too heavy?
  • Argh! I’m sure I’ve forgotten something

Does any of this sound familiar? To be honest, I’m guilty of a few. So the lovely holiday, you’ve been talking about is finally here and as result, you’re feeling super stressed.

What can you do about stress?

Stress is a well-known killer, however, let’s not get dramatic, even though it’s true. Luckily with many therapies out there, help is at hand.

  • BWRT® Brain working recursive therapy
  • Hypnotherapy – great for fear of flying
  • MindSpa sessions – pure relaxation
  • Stress management techniques
  • Coaching
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • And other holistic modalities
  • Take a holiday as long as it doesn’t stress you out

Some of the above may sound unfamiliar, however, give it a go. With nothing to lose except a ton of stress.

Reduce overall stress by avoiding stimulants such as excess alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. In addition, regular exercise gets the feel-good endorphins moving through your body. Make sure to include that into your lifestyle

Meditation and Mindfulness helps to reduce stress levels

Practice meditation or mindfulness. Both promote peace of mind. Talk to someone about how you feel. Being heard is a great stress reliever. Do an inventory of your health and wellbeing. Plan a new lifestyle with better choices.

Take action

The only person responsible for how you feel is you. Painful events happen in life. You have no control over some of those experiences. The only thing you can control is the way you respond. Unfortunately, this is where some people sink, and some will swim.

There is no shame in admitting that you are struggling and not coping well. Responsibilities, problems, and challenges feel heavy. It is okay to ask for help when you need it. No shame in that.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

This is an issue affecting approximately 5% of the population. Consequently, This is a person living in a highly anxious state. When one anxiety trigger is dealt with, another may take its place. Therefore making everything seem worse. As a result, causing maximum discomfort.

Women tend to suffer from GAD slightly more than men and mostly in people in their mid-thirties to early sixties.  However, younger and older people may also have symptoms of GAD. In other words, it affects everyone.

Symptoms

A person with generalized anxiety disorder has difficulty remembering when they truly felt free from feeling this way. Similarly, some symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include the following:

  • Sleep issues (difficulty in falling asleep)
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • A sense of unease
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • lack of concentration
  • palpitations
  • and more

Make an appointment with your GP First

It is strongly advisable to see a GP regarding your symptoms first. Some illnesses cause the above symptoms. For instance, overuse of alcohol, drugs and caffeine may cause similar symptoms. Therefore a BWRT Practioner will ask for a GP letter. Above all, know that you can get help.

Gaining relief from anxiety

There are several ways to approach GAD, and the most effective is using BWRT®. Most importantly this therapy uses a structured approach. The number of sessions varies from person to person.

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