Discuss the Relationship Between Stress, Anxiety, Habits and Phobias and Describe How You Would Treat These Issues with Hypnotherapy

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"The components of anxiety, stress, habit, and fear do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do." - Wayne Dwyer, Self-Help Author. By trying to establish any connections between the relationships of the above conditions, it is important to define each one individually first in order to make any form of correlation. So initially I will be looking at the symptoms of Stress - A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression. Anxiety - A feeling of apprehension, uncertainty and fear without apparent stimulus, associated with physiological changes (tachycardia, sweating, tremor, etc). Habit - Applies to behaviour or practice so ingrained it is often done without conscious thought: A recurrent, often unconscious, pattern of behaviour that is acquired through frequent repetition. Finally we come to Phobias - A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous. Although all four of these symptoms can appear separately, generally speaking, should someone suffer from one of the above conditions, they may find that they are more susceptible to experiencing aspects from another area as well (whether it be additional one or all four). An example of this would be to look at someone who suffers from some form of phobia. This can then be linked in relation to stress, anxiety and habits! As phobias, consequently, when in a situation where fear is presented can ultimately lead to stress levels rising, this in turn may make the heart rate increase, potentially showing signs of perspiration. As the feeling of fear increases, a shortness of breath may develop (anxiety). In terms of habit, the way in which someone reacts to the situation when presented with a phobia is then developed. When looking at the types of variations from anyone suffering with a type of habit, there can again be a connection made in terms of the relationship this has with symptoms of stress, anxiety and phobias. These habits that are being referred to are the ones that tend to be a result of excessive substance use (narcotics, alcohol abuse etc... not something such as nail biting!). Stress and anxiety although commonly mistaken for one another are not the same thing. Nonetheless, both symptoms do possess a direct link to one another and appear to be the most related by similarity as they have a tendency to reinforce and perpetuate each other’s condition. If you are experiencing a form of stress in your life for a long enough period of time, or if that stress is acute enough, then you are more than likely going to encounter some form of anxiety as a result of that stress. Ironically, anxiety itself can cause you further stress, which is renowned for creating feelings that make us anxious and therefore, increasing stress levels. So it is exceedingly common for people to get stuck in a catch 22 situation allowing stress to cause anxiety and vice versa, so it becomes imperative to interrupt and break the cycle. Stress is usually created by a negative emotional experience which can result from a person feeling a disparity between the environment and their ability to cope with that situation. When a change is occurring in a person’s life, the emotion of fear can be a direct result of that change. At some point in our lives, everyone will suffer from some form of stress. Our day to day life styles can be very challenging which lead us to experience this feeling of ‘stress’. It does need to be observed, however, that everyone needs to have this emotion, in order...
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