Feeling stressed out? Help for Stress and Stress Related Symptoms and Illnesses in Northwood & Pinner, London
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Stress has always been a part of our daily lives, beginning with the fight or flight response we inherited from our early ancestors. Many of our stresses are natural everyday responses to situations where are bodies react in a somewhat stimulated way. This type of stress could be viewed as ‘positive’ or ‘necessary’ stress because without it we would probably lead quite inactive, dull and directionless lives. As James Tighe (from BBC Health) points out:
Stress in itself isn’t necessarily harmful. Everyone needs goals and challenges. But too much can be damaging.
In our current society, people are increasingly feeling stressed out, or what could be called ‘negative’ stress. This is the type of stress that can make you feel overwhelmed and jittery. Stress is a well-known trigger for depression and it can also affect your physical health.
There are a limitless number of triggers for stress, however the following are generally accepted as being in the top dozen: any sort of loss, from bereavement, divorce and separation to a child leaving home; long-term illness and disability; marriage; moving house; a new job; holidays and work.
The symptoms of negative stress are well known to us, and include:
- Increased irritability
- Heightened sensitivity to criticism
- Signs of tension, such as nail-biting
- Difficulty getting to sleep and early morning waking
- Drinking and smoking more
- Loss of concentration
We all have a level of stress, including negative stress, which is manageable for us. This level will vary from person to person and is dependent upon a number of factors, for example, self-confidence and self-esteem, stability of lifestyle and relationships, unresolved issues from our past. So, as long as we keep our stress levels below our individual limit, we are likely to be able to function effectively. However, if we are operating at our individual limit all the time, any additional stress (even something very small) may tip the balance and move us from a position of experiencing a manageable level of stress, to a situation where we are feeling completely overloaded or out of control.
What is important when thinking about our stress levels is the degree to which our response to a certain trigger has been either appropriate or disproportionate. Equally important to consider is the degree to which stress is beginning to seep into all aspects of our lives.
How the Thrive Programme can help
Perhaps there is an upcoming event that you would like specific help with. For example, you may be due to take your driving test (again!) and don’t want to fail it due to nerves; or perhaps you are due to give a presentation to your team at work and are dreading it. For these types of issue, one or two sessions of the Thrive Programme can help you to think differently about the event. *
It can provide you with a greater sense of positive belief; it can boost self-confidence and self-esteem; you will earn skills which help how you view the event and thus remain much more calm and in control.
Perhaps your issues are more long term and you have found that social anxiety or social phobia is having a limiting effect upon your life? Or perhaps you would like to feel more in control in relation to all future issues with social anxiety? At Pinner & Northwood Thrive Consultancy we have found that social anxiety and social phobia can be very effectively helped within 6- 8 sessions. *
* These results can vary from person to person and may be dependent upon the amount of effort a person puts into changing their beliefs