Stress and Anxiety are normal human responses to actual and perceived threat. When we feel threatened, a chain reaction starts in our brain that releases chemicals such as Cortisol and Adrenaline into our system. Anxiety can manifest itself as the physical symptoms of tension, such as headaches and feeling sick, and is often accompanied by distressing thoughts regarding the future. These responses can help protect ourselves from danger and in some cases motivate us to achieve. However, if these responses are too extreme for the situation and/or do not go away after the threat has been removed. This is when these normal responses become abnormal and problematic.
If stress and/or anxiety are impacting on your everyday life, for example if you are avoiding certain situations, then it may be a good idea to seek professional help to manage them.
Each case is managed on an individual basis and treated in a non-judgemental fashion. Treatment may include looking at unhelpful automatic thought patterns that can be contributing. Hypnotherapy has been shown to be able to disrupt and influence automaticity (Raz, 2005). It can also manage symptoms and aid relaxation along with mindfulness by reducing the release of cortisol.