Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

Overcoming stress and anxiety - Woman in Blue holding her head in pain

What is stress; what is anxiety; approaches for dealing with stress and anxiety; therapies for overcoming stress and anxiety.

With pressures of work, worries about the economy and money, plus constant demands from family members … it’s no wonder that many of us feel more stressed and anxious with each year.

A certain level of stress is not necessarily a bad thing; we all need a bit of a buzz going on to make us feel alive. However, when there is no respite from stress and life feels like one long nail biting episode, then it’s time to take stock and do something about it.

What is Stress?

By now most people have heard about the “fight or flight” mechanism that is responsible for anxiety and panic attacks. This is a hangover from our early cavemen days. This fight or flight mechanism is the body’s way of responding to a stressful situation – as if we had to fight or run away from a sabre tooth tiger or a club swinging caveman from the next village.

These days, the sabre tooth tiger has been replaced by financial pressures, the state of the economy and other less physical issues, and the caveman by our employer expecting us to work even harder. However, the way our bodies respond to stress has stayed pretty much the same over thousands of years. The adrenaline and blood sugar surges; the heart rate increases; the muscles tighten up ready to kill the tiger and a whole host of other emotional and physiological changes start to occur.

Of course, the extremes of a fight or flight response is inappropriate for much of the stress we encounter in the course of our modern daily lives.

In our cavemen days, there was time for rest and recuperation between stressful events, time for the body to re-balance after all the upheavals of the physiological changes that our bodies had experienced. In modern times, there is rarely time for such respite. Stress, in one form or another, is often with us all the time. If it’s not a physical confrontation, it’s the continual worries playing on our minds.

Whilst, in the short term, we may be able to cope with such continual stress, the body will eventually become less able to cope, leading to adrenal exhaustion and various types of ill health.

We therefore need a different and more appropriate way of responding to stress that doesn’t lead us to being perpetually on alert with our adrenaline pumping away.

Take a fresh look

One of the first things to do is to look at your current lifestyle to see what, if anything, you can do to reduce some of the workload so that you can work and function more effectively.

A bit of the old Feng Shui can be useful – clearing the clutter that often surrounds us can sometimes do wonders for removing the cobwebs and confusion in our minds as well. However, things are usually not that simple. It usually takes more than reducing the clutter and positioning the odd potted plant in our Feng Shui wealth area – if only it were that easy.

Remedies for Stress and Anxiety

There are times when you may feel totally overwhelmed by situations you have little or no control over. That is when anxiety really kicks in.

Mild levels of stress and anxiety can often be sorted by playing relaxing music and doing a bit of yoga. More severe levels – especially where panic attacks are being experienced – may require a more specific therapeutic approach.

Many people are turning to natural forms of relief from stress and anxiety rather than become dependent on conventional drugs. Some of the methods that have been found helpful are: Homeopathic Remedies; Flower Remedies; Hypnotherapy, Self Hypnosis and Autogenics. This last, Autogenics, is an extremely effective self-help technique.

For further information on how these therapies can help you overcome Stress and Anxiety see the following sections of the website.

Homeopathic Remedies for Stress and Anxiety

Flower Remedies for Stress and Anxiety

Hypnotherapy for Stress and Anxiety

Autogenics for Stress and Anxiety

Overcoming Panic Attacks

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