In order to understand the relationship between stress, anxiety, habits and phobias, it is necessary to first define what each one is and how it affects us. It is a well- known fact that stress and anxiety are the two main reasons for people being sick and taking time off work. It is apparent that these conditions can prevent people from reaching their full potential in life.
What is Stress? Stress can show itself in many ways. It can be caused by a number of different things/situations. Over a period of time stress can manifest itself and grow into something that is not containable. A certain amount of stress can be beneficial to the system, - we all need a certain amount of stress to survive and deal with those emergencies that sometimes unexpectedly happen, and this reaction provides us with the necessary spark to kick us into action so not all stress is negative for the body. However, where it becomes out of control for some people, it can become an incapacitating condition. Stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to health, mood, productivity, relationships, and quality of life. Stress is often categorised into:- 1.Hypostress –a person is bored or unchallenged, lacks motivation. By doing repetitive actions/work people may find it hard to be motivated in other areas of their lives. 2.Eustress – this is short term stress, it gives people the strength to complete a task. It occurs due to increase in physical activity/creativity. This can be classed as positive stress as it increases performance and incentive. 3.Acute Stress – generally identified as stress. This can cause the physical disturbances. 4.Episodic Acute Stress – can be damaging to the physical body – can cause hypertension, stroke, heart attack and stomach disorders. 5.Chronic Stress – This is a serious and seems to have no end. Although treatable it can take a considerable amount of time to bring under control. 6.Traumatic Stress – This is a cumulative build- up of massive acute stress. Post-Traumatic Stress disorder is covered within this category.
Stress is the body’s natural reaction to fear and change. It is defined as a normal physiological response by the body to situations or stimuli which the brain perceives as dangerous or threatening to the body. At times of stress or perceived stress, our adrenal glands, which are located above the kidneys, release into the bloodstream the hormones Adrenaline, Noradrenaline and Cortisol. These hormones, which are also produced by nerve cells, are very powerful, stimulating chemicals, which can affect the heart and the other internal organs in the body. The release of these stimulating chemicals into the bloodstream is essential to us. So that in times of danger they give us the extra energy to help us to run away, or stay and fight which is known as the Fight or Flight response. Your muscles tense, ready for action and your heart beats faster to carry blood to where it's most needed - the muscles and the brain. You breathe faster, sweat more and your mouth becomes dry. The more the body experiences difficult situations or what is perceived as a difficult situation the harder it becomes to switch this feeling/reaction off, which is then when stress needs to be treated. It is not all doom and gloom as the majority of cases can be treated by hypnotherapy.
What is Anxiety? Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life. People often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, public speaking,...