There are a number of ways that stress and anxiety can manifest themselves in our bodies. Both mind and body are involved in creating a healthy human being. Stress and anxiety can arise from thinking patterns and our attributions to certain situations. Overtime this mounts up and becomes an observable physiological symptom. Where this arises is individualistic and depends on an individual’s body and its weaknesses.
Here are some of the ways in which stress and anxiety can manifest or exacerbate existing conditions:
* Insomnia – sleep disturbance, whether that’s the inability to fall asleep; the struggle of getting up out of bed; or waking up during the night, typically between 2 and 4am.
* Fatigue – feeling tired most of the time, even if you have been sleeping lots and have not exerted much energy; or Chronic fatigue syndrome
* Skin and hair problems – eczema, acne, hives, rosacea, psoriasis, alopecia (hair loss), trichotillomania (hair pulling)
* Asthma – a long term inflammatory condition of the lungs affecting breathing
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – a long term bowl condition that causes abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea
* Panic attacks – a sudden feeling of helplessness, accelerated breathing and heart rate, a sense of impending doom
* Weakening of the immune system – making your more likely to contract colds, flus or other infections
* Fibromyalgia – a long-term condition experiencing increased sensitivity to pain, tiredness, muscle stiffness, mental fog and sleep problems
* Pain in muscles, joints and headaches
* Inability to concentrate or focus
* Irritability with self and others
* High blood pressure
If you regularly experience any of the above symptoms you are likely to have ongoing stress and anxiety in your life. As we all experience life differently we all have varying ways that we gauge stress and anxiety in our lives. This may also be noticed through fears and avoidance behaviours, worrying or obtrusive thoughts and the need to protect oneself. Being highly driven can also have its downsides if you are burning the candles at both ends and simply doing too much. Hypnotherapy can help you both get structure and discipline back in your life as well as reframe the importance of self-care to help you manage any physiological manifestation of stress.
Through treatment you can expect to learn the links between the brain, pain, and other bodily conditions that do arise from stress. Then most importantly, what can be done about it to help alleviate symptoms and get the real you back.