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Anxiety & Stress

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is usually associated with feelings of fear, panic, nervousness or unease and can be a reaction to stress or may occur where someone can’t recognise what the stressors in their life are.

In moderate amounts, stress and anxiety work to motivate us to do things i.e revise for that upcoming exam, practice for the speech you are going to deliver or they can help you overcome a challenge or a dangerous situation.

The trouble is if these symptoms begin to interfere with your daily life or if they stop you from doing everyday things. If you find yourself avoiding situations and being unable to sleep or constantly worrying about things it may be time to seek help.

So what is stress?

Stress is usually characterised by the feelings people undergo when the requirements placed upon them are more than their ability to cope. Stress can be experienced by anyone young or old and it is completely normal to be stressed at certain points in life.

 

Stress and anxiety can affect us in many ways both physically and mentally.

Common physical symptoms can be:

  • Muscle tension – especially in the neck and shoulders

  • Stomach tension, aches, pains

  • Change in appetite, eating more, or less

  • Shaking

  • Persistent need to urinate

  • Diarrhea

  • Faster breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Sweating

  • Trouble sleeping

Mental and emotional symptoms can include:

  • Increased irritability

  • Memory loss

  • Anger

  • Lack of concentration

  • Depressed

  • Clouded judgement

  • Inability to make decisions

  • Restlessness

  • Disengaged from social activities or avoiding social interaction

If stress and anxiety go untreated and are experienced over a long period there may be a negative impact on health and people are more likely to develop high blood pressure, heart disease, panic attacks and depression.

Here at Harley Street Consulting we can help you deal with these symptoms without the use of prescribed medication. We work very carefully with you to make sure we understand the nature of the problem and then we create a specific plan of action for you.

 

Contact us to find out more.

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If stress and anxiety go untreated and are experienced over a long period there may be a negative impact on health and people are more likely to develop high blood pressure, heart disease, panic attacks and depression.