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Anxiety and stress

Stress refers to the feelings that we experience when the demands made on us are greater than our ability to cope. At such times we can feel overloaded, tense or vulnerable. Stress is a normal reaction that all of us experience at times when faced with situations where we feel under too much pressure.

There are some recognised ways of managing stress. More info can be found here.

Sometimes however, it may be useful to seek professional help with stress management.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal and healthy emotion that we all experience at times. It is part of our make up as human beings and not something to be eradicated completely. However we can sometimes become caught up in unhealthy patterns of anxiety which can have more distressing effects.

Anxiety can affect us in different ways including excessive worry, difficulty relaxing and often includes physical symptoms and health complaints. These symptoms can sometimes build up and result in panic attacks. Panic is usually caused by the body producing too much adrenaline resulting in physical symptoms which can feel overwhelming and frightening.

Are you feeling anxious?

Some common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge
  • Not being able to stop or control worrying
  • Trouble relaxing and restlessness
  • Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
  • Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen
  • Physical symptoms. E.g. heart racing, fast breathing, muscle tension, shaking, sweating and digestive problems.

Persistent anxiety can lead to depression so if anxiety is preventing you from enjoying life it may be time to seek help.

Anxiety and Stress

How can counselling help anxiety and stress?

The good news is that there are effective ways of managing stress and reducing anxiety. Counselling can help you to understand your feelings and deal with the causes of your stress and anxiety. It can help you to manage stressful situations better and learn to take care of yourself. Counselling can also help you to find effective strategies for coping with the symptoms of stress, anxiety and panic.