Stress and Anxiety Treatment

Help with Stress and Anxiety

Too much stress and the symptoms associated with it can have a big impact on daily life and affect almost everything we do. When prolonged stress goes unaddressed it can lead to anxiety so understanding stress and dealing with it early on is a good idea.

How to tell if you have stress or anxiety

Stress and anxiety are closely connected but they have different origins. They share many of the same emotional and physical symptoms, which is why it can be difficult to spot the difference. By understanding about stress will help you to understand anxiety better.

Knowing which you need help with will determine the best course of treatment for you. For instance, stress is more about dealing with and managing your life circumstances (usually external events) to ease the overwhelming pressures that you feel unable to comfortably cope with. 

Anxiety is more about understanding the emotional triggers that cause it, which tend to be an internal reaction to any kind of stimulus. However GAD or general anxiety disorder is again slightly different in that people don't often know why they feel anxious.

A little more about both stress and anxiety is explained below. Whether someone is experiencing stress or anxiety (and sometimes both) a common symptomatic state is feeling out of control. By understanding what is happening and why, will go a long way to helping you regain control.

Understanding stress

Stress occurs when the pressures of life become greater than we feel able to cope with or manage comfortably. This can happen when a specific part or phase of your life becomes overly difficult or challenging.

Events that are typically stress inducing include work related stress, divorce, death of a loved one, relationship breakdown, job loss, financial difficulties and ill health. Even seemingly ‘happy’ events can be stressful such as a house move, pregnancy, a new baby and retirement.

It isn’t possible to go through life without experiencing stress. Everyone experiences stress occasionally and thankfully such episodes are usually managed and eventually pass. As we all react to life events differently, no two people will have the same response. Even if you consider yourself usually resilient to stress, you may still succumb in certain circumstances. 

This is worth remembering if someone you know is experiencing stress or behaving in a way that you cannot understand. Because it is not the event that causes stress but how we react to it.


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The Symptoms of Stress

Stress is a system wide response that prepares us for something that it perceives as threatening. It is a mind-body event. Here are just a few of the symptoms of stress. Not everyone experiences them all however.

How you feel emotionally

  • Overwhelm
  • Irritable 
  • Fear 
  • Loss of humour
  • Worried

How you feel physically

  • Palpitations
  • Panic Attacks
  • Nausea
  • Muscle Tension
  • Tired all the time

How you behave

  • Unable to make decisions
  • Snapping at people
  • Restless
  • Avoidance
  • Appetite changes 

The Symptoms of Stress

Stress is a system wide response that prepares us for something that it perceives as threatening. It is a mind-body event. Here are just a few of the symptoms of stress. Not everyone experiences them all however.

How you feel emotionally


  • Overwhelm
  • Irritable 
  • Fear 
  • Loss of humour
  • Worried
  • How you feel physically


  • Palpitations
  • Panic Attacks
  • Nausea
  • Muscle Tension
  • Tired all the time
  • How you behave


  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Snapping at people
  • Restless
  • Avoidance
  • Appetite changes 
  • The Stress Response

    Stress serves as an important part of our safety and survival mechanism. It is therefore a natural response to situations that are either real or perceived as life-threatening. When this occurs the fight or flight response is triggered, which results in the physical symptoms and behaviours we experience.

    Fight or Flight 

    When the fight or flight response is triggered, it sets forth a chain reaction of physical responses within the body to prepare the body to literally fight or flee. It begins in the brain which alerts other organs to pump stress hormones around the body. All non-essential functions of the body take a back seat to make way for physical activity.

    Understanding Anxiety

    As mentioned earlier, anxiety is more about discovering the emotional triggers that cause the anxiety symptoms. These are usually an internal reaction to any kind of stimulus such as past experiences that have frightened us in some way.

    It may not be just one event but a series of events. We may not even be consciously aware of what they are, they just float in the background so to speak. 

    However, many anxiety problems arise from too much stress. That is, when we are experiencing more stress than we can comfortably cope with. So, anxiety is an internal state that arises from fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of physical (fight or flight) symptoms, fear of losing control and so on. Stress on the other hand arises from external events. So do you see the difference here?

    General Anxiety Disorder

    Generalised anxiety is extremely common. It's often the result of constant low-level perceived (survival) threats that can lead to chronic anxiety.

    GAD is where someone has a constant anxiety response to situations that would not normally affect them as much as it does. It makes life very difficult for the sufferer, is very draining and sucks the enjoyment out of life.

    Those who suffer GAD know that the anxiety isn't rational, but because it's firing automatically, neither can they control it by logic and reasoning alone.

    But GAD doesn't happen for no reason at all. A life event can be at the root of an emotional trigger. There may be a specific situation such as a stressful job or relationship from where the anxiety is 'leaking'. And when one or more emotional needs are not being met, anxiety can result.

    In a small number of cases anxiety can arise from physical medical conditions so it is always a good idea to get a medical check from your doctor before pursuing hypnotherapy, psychotherapy or any other treatment.

    How I Help

    Managing stress is not just about learning to relax more although it is a great place to start and hypnosis plays a key role here. When I work with someone who is experiencing too much stress, I want to understand what is going on in their life and triggering the stress.

    It is important to discuss and address emotional needs. This is very often central to resolving stress. Once some of the physical symptoms of stress are dealt with, it is then we will create some solution focused steps going forward. A stress management plan would therefore include coaching, CBT techniques, and sometimes EFT. Hypnosis provides the transformational piece on the emotional level. 

    There are different forms of anxiety, they each require a slightly different approach. However, anxiety also responds well to the techniques provided for stress. 

    Don't put off dealing with Stress or Anxiety

    Some people are more prone to stress and anxiety than others. It’s important to recognise there’s no shame in experiencing stress and anxiety. Neither should it be ignored because it can lead to depression. The good news is that stress and anxiety can be easily managed.

    Hypnosis is particularly effective because it speaks directly with the unconscious part of the emotional brain where our responses to stress inducing stimulus reside.

    If you are experiencing too much stress, disabling anxiety or possibly heading for burnout or depression, then get in touch with me today and schedule a no-cost chat with me so that I can learn more about your situation. I will then recommend the best way forward and you decide if that's what you would like to do.

    Some Results You Can Expect From Your Sessions...


    • Immediate relief from the intense feelings of stress and or anxiety.
    • Reset your thinking to a more appropriate response to the stresses in your life.
    • Reduction of unpleasant physical symptoms that result from stress and anxiety.
    • Learn to recognise (in the future) whenever stress levels are increasing and effective strategies to manage it.
    • Develop greater resilience to stress.

    Book a no-obligation call today to discuss how I can help you.

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