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"Smile, BREATHE and go SLOWLY" - Thiche Nhat Hanh

Suffering with stress is not a sign of weakness as nobody was born knowing how to handle it - But while you may not be able to change the world, you can change your reaction to stress. Stress is a common feature in our busy modern day lives and it is therefore something that everyone experiences. Stress is an accumulation of pressures- physical or psychological that is too much for a person to cope with comfortably and what is perceived, as stress will vary with each individual.

For example a marathon runner will have no difficulty running 7/8 miles yet this might well stretch others including myself beyond my endurance and a stand up comic will shine and get a real buzz from performing live whereas a short presentation or to stand up at an event in front of family and friends may cause others to feel extreme panic, one person might love to shoot down a water slide whereas another person might accompany this thought with fear and dread. A large part of how we have experienced these in the past is recorded in our memories. Throughout our lives we have to cope with many situations ranging from the death of a loved one, a relationship breakup, financial difficulties, chronic illnesses, the birth of a baby, a new job/school/university etc which can all take their toll. And sometimes when a lot of events happen at the same time we can be pushed beyond our normal coping capabilities as they mount up and can have strong negative effects on us. The point of the fight or flight system is to get ready and do something and by doing it we disperse feelings of relief and anxiety.












Ideally our stress response system should provide a lightning-fast response to threat, but then quickly return to normal but sometimes our stress fails at this balancing act and the Fight/Flight and Freeze signals continue after the danger is over and this is expressed as agitation or panic and in the long term can play havoc with our health.

Many things can aggravate stress such as an argument or stress at work or home. Your body releases adrenaline into your blood stream and the adrenaline gives you a burst of energy and can cause many other things to change in your body. These actions are sometimes called the fight or flights response because they prepare your body to fight the situation or flee the situation. However sometimes the stress response is useful for circumstances that if a car was coming towards us or a falling tree, the right response would be to panic and get out of the way fast and deal with it and it is a balance between the demands of everyday life and the ability to cope as what may be stressful for one person may be enjoyable and exciting for another.


Anxiety is exhausting, draining and all encompassing – both mentally and physically. We can feel an intense sense of panic, in
the form of an attack, or be on edge constantly, causing significant disruption to life. It also has been proven to contribute to many
diseases. Anxiety is the manifestation of our subconscious mind going into protection mode.


The nervous system is the communication centre of the whole of the body. Consisting of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and sensory organs and it connects to all the other body systems. A certain amount of stress can help us function when we are under pressure, keeps us alert and focused, motivates us to achieve and keeps us safe when danger looms. The nervous system can have difficulty distinguishing between life threatening stress and everyday stresses, meaning that our bodies can remain in a constant fight or flight mode. Long exposure to stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenalin can cause an imbalance in the blood. This in turn disrupts blood sugar levels and immune health, making the body more susceptible to a whole host of illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, poor concentration, memory problems, headaches, sleep disturbance and anxiety.

Hypnotherapy individual sessions £55.00 (Block bookings of 6 sessions £300.00 saving £30.00) Payment is required before a session begins and payment for block bookings is required before the first session begins. If you would like to book an appointment or find out more about dealing with Stress and Anxiety contact Lorraine on:  07968 449353 or email. Face to face sessions in my Practice or online - Zoom hypnotherapy.