We have all heard about the negative effects of stress and how in today’s world we are experiencing stress more than ever before. But what is it really?
Imagine it this way-we experience an event (real or imaginary) and then in an instant we perceive that event. The event itself is called a stressor. Our perception of that stressor sends an automatic message to our mind and our body.
If we perceive the event as positive, we experience what is called eustress or positive stress. We may feel energized or excited by it. It might give us energy to perform well in things like a competition, gig, speech, academic requirement or job interview. We might even enjoy how it feels.
If we perceive the event as negative, we experience distress. This negative stressor might cause us to feel alarmed, anxious, panicked, tense, depressed or unhappy. We may feel butterflies in our stomach, or a tightening in our chest, tense muscles in our neck, back or shoulders. We might clench or grind our teeth, have a hard time concentrating or thinking or get a headache.
Over time and repetition this distress might impact our mind and body negatively.
Physical Impact: Diseases such as diabetes, digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, a decreased immune system, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and high cholesterol are a few negative symptoms of chronic stress.
Emotional Impact: A partial list of emotional symptoms can include: insomnia, emotional eating, anxiety (social anxiety, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder) depression, anger and resentment, a short attention span, difficulty maintaining relationships and difficulty coping with work.
Effective Change through Stress Therapy:
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Hypnotherapist, Jill can help you understand that these symptoms of stress are treatable. Counselling and hypnotherapy in combination can release the built up negative emotional pressure that results from chronic stress and allow you to find a calm, safe place from which to re-engineer the areas in your life creating the distress. As a result, you’ll be able to balance out your life so that it is enjoyable, positive and fulfilling.
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