Nowadays, people often use the terms stress and anxiety interchangeably and, in truth, many of the symptoms are shared between the two. Typically people may experience symptoms such as
- Being irritable
- Increased heart beat
- Muscle tension
- Problems sleeping
- Feeling on edge and unable to relax
However, medical professionals actually categorize them as separate feelings. So what is the difference?
Difference between stress and anxiety
The difference between stress and anxiety come from the root cause of the feeling and trigger.
What is stress?
Stress is the feeling of being under excessive mental or emotional pressure from external situations. Many of life’s demand can cause stress, most commonly work, relationships, family issues, money problems, or daily hassles such as traffic jams, time pressures, picking up the kids from school etc.
A little bit of pressure is usually not an issue, however when we are unable to cope with the pressure, pressure turns into stress. Stress affects people in different ways and what one person finds stressful can be normal to another.
Stress is not an illness but it can cause serious illness if it becomes too excessive and prolonged. Day to day stress typically associated with frustration, nervousness and anger.
What is anxiety?
NHS says : “Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear. Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life for example before a job interview or an exam, but for some it can be an on-going problem.”
A lot of anxiety stems from fear. Fear and worry about something with an uncertain outcome, about what we think may happen in the future.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Clinical hypnotherapy takes you into a calm, relaxed and stress-free state of mind and aims to help address your stress and anxiety levels for the longer term.
The therapist works with you to help you identify the causes/triggers of stress and anxiety. This may be linked to past experiences, specific situations, a physical issue or may be linked to a relationship.
Once the trigger has been discovered and a goal agreed, the therapist will design a programme, using a variation of different techniques to help you achieve your goal, allowing you feel more relaxed and confident in situations that previously caused you to feel stressed or anxious. By letting go of worry, your mind can become free to focus on and enjoy more of everyday life.
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Healing Tree Hypnotherapy is based in Horsham West Sussex, bordering Surrey and East Sussex. It is easily accessible from neighbouring areas including: Billingshurst, Broadbridge Heath, Colgate, Cranleigh, Crawley, Crawley Down, Handcross. It is also in the proximity of Dorking, Ifield, Guildford, Mannings Heath, Pease Pottage, Redhill, Reigate. Other nearby towns include Rudgwick, Rusper, Steyning, Southwater, Tilgate, Three Bridges, Warnham Woking.