What is stress?
Stress is an innate reaction embedded from our caveman days. Back then, humans had to deal with threatening situations, which caused our brains to release a range of ‘stress chemicals’ such as cortisol and adrenaline to provoke what is known as the fight-or-flight reaction.
The fight reaction would give us a burst of energy, ready to fight for our lives, while the flight reaction would encourage us to flee from danger and protect ourselves.
These days we rarely encounter such threatening situations, however our brains continue to react in this way when we are under pressure.
Stress is experienced individually and some people find themselves more susceptible to stress than others. If you suffer with stress, you can expect to experience some of the following symptoms. These can affect you both emotionally and physically.
Symptoms of stress
Feeling agitated, frustrated or quick to anger
Feeling overwhelmed and teary
Having a low sense of self-esteem
Avoiding other people and social situations.
Using alcohol/drugs/food to seek comfort
Digestive problems and upset stomach
Experiencing chest pains or palpitations
Physical symptoms of stress
Emotional stress symptoms
Managing stress in daily life
Stress is not an illness itself, but it can cause serious illness if it isn't addressed. It's important to recognise the symptoms of stress early. Recognising the signs and symptoms of stress will help you figure out ways of coping and save you from adopting unhealthy coping methods, such as drinking or smoking.
There is little you can do to prevent stress, but there are many things you can do to manage stress more effectively, such as learning how to relax, taking regular exercise and adopting good time-management techniques.
When this happens, and there is no option to fight or flight - the stress chemicals can build up and affect our immune system and blood pressure. Over time this build-up of stress can affect our mental health too, leading to anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.
If you suffer with stress and would like to contact me, I would be delighted to discuss how I can help you and to explore the issues you want to work with. You can contact me anytime on 07584 492254.
Hertfordshire Wellbeing Centre
As an experienced and professional therapist using skills of counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness, I combine these various therapeutic approaches and at the same time utilising your resources to work in the most efficient way possible.
Please take your time to have a look around all of the pages on this website where you will find further details about the treatments on offer.
This will help to diminish the unwanted symptoms you experience. I can help you establish highly effective and successful strategies that you are able to use easily, to be free from the negative ways you currently respond to your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
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Hertfordshire Wellbeing Centre
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We use 3 therapies to create effective relief from stress. These are counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness.
How does CBT for stress work?
Our CBT sessions for social anxiety work to identify and challenge worries, fears and any negative thinking patterns of behaviour which trigger your feelings of stress and anxiety. CBT will help you challenge your negative and sometimes irrational thinking which in turn can change the way you feel about them and enable you to change your responses.
Mindfulness to manage the feelings associated with stress
Our mindfulness sessions to work on managing the symptoms of stress work very effectively when combined with CBT. Our experience shows that people struggle with the feelings that stress produces including anxiety, panic, alcohol misuse, anger and insomnia to name a few.
We work on helping people to stop hiding behind the symptoms of stress. Mindfulness works by helping the stress sufferer to create a relaxed and settled frame of mind. We teach people how to 'front' the symptoms rather than running away from them. With continued exposure practice, sufferers of stress learn to manage these situations in a more positive way
Stress is completely treatable. Our approach to therapy will help you manage the triggers and symptoms of stress in achievable steps. With each successful step, you will develop the confidence to move forward.
Step by step you will be helped to create building blocks so rather than running on your stress autopilot, you will be better placed to recognise the stress triggers earlier and make the changes needed so the stress either doesn't surface and even if it does you will be better placed to manage the feelings the stress produces.
Our counselling sessions for social anxiety The early stages of stress counselling aims to help you talk about the stresses you experience. This stage will help you to identify the triggers to your feelings of stress which helps to seperate the problematic areas into areas where solutions can be developed.