Relieve Stress and Anxiety

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Stress and Anxiety - what's the difference

If you are suffering from stress you will experience both mental and physical symptoms, examples being irritability, anger, fatigue, digestive issues, muscle pain and difficulty sleeping.  Anxiety can be seen as persistent, or excessive worry that doesn’t lessen even in the absence of whatever was causing the stress.  Both often go hand in hand so it is best to treat them together.  If you are looking for help to relieve stress and anxiety then please read on and find out how we can help.

Stress in a nutshell

Stress is part of the human make up, and has always been there since we first walked the Earth.  It can be good for us in some situations and can give us the enthusiasm to achieve, to be active, to compete, however, when we suffer from the negative kind it can make us ill.

Today modern life is a lot different from the way our forefathers lived.  We might have more money, time off from work, etc. but the fact is we have too many things happening at once to allow ourselves to truly relax.  We need to find ways to manage our stress effectively, otherwise life is not as much fun as it used to be.

We take our work home with us, the mobile phone and email were supposed to make our life easier, but now we are slaves to them and remain contactable 24/7.  Family life has also become more hectic as the availability of modern technology, travel, and many leisure activities creates extra stress as we try to cram more and more into our family life.

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Stay or run away

When you are stressed it is your bodies reaction to something that has challenged you.  Depending on the event you have encountered, the nervous system reacts and produces a “flight or fight” response.  It stems from our animal instincts to stay alive by facing the threat or running away from it.  Although most stress we encounter today is not immediately life threatening, the same response remains, and when faced with multiple challenges and little time to complete them we encounter the negative effects.  Some people can have a mixture of fight and flight, i.e. you may appear to be calm and content but under the surface you are like a pressure vessel that is waiting to explode.  There is also in some situations a Freeze response, e.g. someone is mugged and in that moment the brain enters a sort of freeze where it waits for more information before acting on it.  Often you will hear someone who has been attacked or mugged say “I just froze and couldn’t do anything”.

When you are an independent observer of someone suffering day to day stress it is often easy to spot.  For the sufferer though they often do not realise that they are in a stressful situation until it becomes chronic and overcomes them.

Some examples of the Fight / Flight response



Self help tips on how to relieve stress and anxiety

Learn how to say no.

Are you placing yourself in situations where you are put under pressure because you think you “should” do something rather than it being mandatory? Take control of your workload and avoid “volunteering” for everything.


Whether it is work or family matters learning to alter the pressure you feel is important.  Instead of holding back, speak your mind with others and let them know that you have a finite amount of time at your disposal.  Often you can compromise or agree to share responsibilities with others which reduces the workload and pressure.

Of course there are situations or circumstances that you cannot change and in these cases you need to adapt or deal with the stress in another way by learning some useful stress managemnt skills. There is much that can be done to alleviate the effects of negative stress and gain control of your life.

7/11 Breathing

This is a simple but effective breathing technique that can calm and relax you in any situation. You simply exhale for longer than you inhale by counting to 7 breathing in, and 11 breathing out. At first you may find that you breathe and count quickly but after a while you can really slow down your counting and enjoy a calm relaxed feeling throughout your body and mind.

Nothing beats one to one therapy and at JustLetGo we can offer you a stress management programme that helps you deal with stress and anxiety  in positive ways and helps you manage other stressors that are unavoidable in life.

Getting Help

Hypnotherapy can be a very effective for stress relief.  By entering a relaxed state of mind in hypnosis the mind re-connects with the feelings of relaxation and regular use of hypnosis re-enforces the feeling and the ability of the individual to “Let go”.  Even after a single hypnotherapy session many people find they feel more positive.  Hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis can bring a more relaxed outlook, help with sleep and the ability to manage day to day pressures, where previously there was difficulty.

BWRT (Brain Working Recursive Therapy) is a relatively new therapy that allows us to work with the unconscious mind in a fast dynamic way, changing unsconscious and often erroneous patterns that no longer serve your needs.

Alan provides anxiety therapy and employs several therapies and modalities tailored to suit your individual symptoms and needs. If you would like to  arrange a free consultation then please go to the contact page or call using one of the numbers below.