“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful” Sigmund Freud                                                    

Situations that make you feel frustrated, angry or anxious are classed as stressful. Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear, the cause of which may be unknown, but stress usually arises as a result of a specific situation. For example Xmas shopping can cause stress as everyone struggles to get everything done on time, everyone and everything seems to get in the way, and you end up with shopping rage!

Those suffering with long-term stress may also suffer from some common physical symptoms such as indigestion, migraines, and persistent illness such as colds. People deal with stress in different ways, some people go to the gym, some people go to the pub! Many “sick days” are caused by stress related illness; in fact up to 90% of visits to GP’s is the result of stress related illness.

Counselling and Hypnotherapy is incredibly helpful for dealing with stress. Counselling helps you look at the way you currently deal with stress in life and shows you practical coping mechanisms you can use everyday so you feel much less stressed. Hypnotherapy is fantastic for creating a sense of calm, reminding you of how it feels not to be stressed, and it takes the edge off whilst you learn your new coping mechanisms. Counselling also teaches you how to take a step back from the situation, re-asses it, and then bring your mental and physical reactions back in tune with reality.

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