How can we best Understand stress and anxiety. And what can be done ?
Stress has been defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension, resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. The amygdala, the part of the brain that detects any kind of threat or danger or fear, sends a message to the autonomic nervous system; this, in turn, acts at an unconscious level, triggering our stress response system to switch the body into fight or flight mode.
Our bodies are able to cope with a degree of stress, but the level is different for everyone. Once the threat has past our bodies return to a more comfortable state, and we are no longer in a state of high alert. There is evidence to suggest that prolonged stress can have a negative impact on our physical health and well-being, as well as on our mental health and well-being.
Undoubtedly it is important we tackle the cause of stress in our life. Avoidance can make things much worse. Self-help tools like breathing visualisation and meditation can help the situation
From time to time we all suffer from anxiety. This is frequently in response to events that arouse anxiety such as a test or exam, a visit to the dentist, or a job interview. Such examples are all part of everyday life and we can manage them accordingly. However, if the signs and symptoms of this become more significant they could have a damaging effect on our mental health and well-being, and we may need support.
This is where Cognitive Hypnotherapy can really help. Cognitive Hypnotherapy helps you think and feel differently, assisting you to manage the anxiety and feel better about yourself.
And what can you do to help someone with anxiety? Get them to reduce the speed of their breathing – make the out breath longer than the in breath. This will activate the parasympathetic nervous system and help them to calm down. Also, remind them the panic attack will pass and they will be okay. Or contact a Cognitive Therapist who can help with tools and techniques that will help to take control of the anxiety.
Anxiety is part of daily life and is designed to protect us and keep us safe. But, when it becomes so strong that it has a damaging affect on our behaviour and our everyday life then we should seek professional help. The tools and techniques provided by the therapist enable you to control the anxiety and thus think and feel better about yourself.
SO, how can we best deal with stress and anxiety in everyday life?
This is challenging to answer, because we can’t remove stress and anxiety. Anxiety is part of our inner protection system; it’s there to protect us and to keep us safe. The issue lies with our lives today. Getting rid of anxiety is not like getting away from a sabre tooth tiger; anxiety is interwoven in the issues we have today and it’s not so easy to just run away from them.
What can we do?
Awareness is key. When you find yourself overwhelmed by your anxiety ask yourself,
‘Who is creating this?’
And the answer – ‘It’s me!’
And another question – ‘Are the thoughts that are producing these feelings helping me?’
And the answer – ‘NO!’
- 7/11 breathing will help to calm you down.
- Book a session with a qualified therapist. They can help you re-train your thoughts, realign your thinking and help you deal differently with the anxiety.
Anxiety is here to stay. It’s how you manage it that will make the difference.
Rob Donnelly helps People find a solution to change using Cognitive Hypnotherapy and other therapeutic Techniques.