Stress can be a killer Most of the time, stress and stress symptoms respond particularly well to various forms of management, including self help here, there are two effective self help stress management routines that may well be all you need.
If you decide to take the route of visiting me for stress management, it is likely that relief will be felt almost immediately, often after only one session. It is true to say that the sooner you take steps to deal with it, the more rapid and more positive will be the result.
Stress has many symptoms, the most common being:
* Constant tiredness
* Tendency to sudden anger
* Concentration/memory problems
* Lack of interest in sex
* Shortness of breath (air hunger)
* Dry mouth
* Sleeping difficulties
Stress tends to fall into one of two types: Reactive or Situational. Good stress management or stress therapy can often alleviate or at least considerably reduce the symptoms.
The top ten causes of reactive stress are considered to be (in order)
* Death of a spouse/partner
* Marital separation
* Prison sentence
* Death of a close family member
* Personal injury or illness
* Redundancy or otherwise losing employment
* Marital reconciliation
Situational stress tends to fall into one of 4 broad categories:
* Relationships with others
* Stress in the workplace
* Home environment
* Self-perception and personal confidence
The causes of situational stress are varied but here are a few examples:
1. A sensation of being pulled in two or more directions at once, or of simply not knowing what course of action to take and therefore doing nothing at all.
2. Work load - not having enough time to do everything that is required and therefore working hastily and ineffectively.This is obviously one of the major causes of stress in the workplace.
3. Demands too great for the level of skill possessed or perceived to be possessed. Another prime cause of stress in the workplace.
4. Excessively high expectations of self. This is probably the worst, most common, and most tormenting form. This type is continuous and tends to affect every aspect of the sufferer's life.
5. Guilt, usually unwarranted or out of proportion to the 'crime'. It often gives rise to feelings of doom, mild paranoia, persecution and the like.
6. Any situation in which the individual feels uncomfortable but unable to make any sort of worthwhile change.
There are many others, of course, but these six are very common and it is fair to say that the vast majority of people suffering from any anxiety state will be doing so as a result of one or more of them. Number 4, in particular, has a great many side effects, intruding into relationships and even hobbies.
Stress Related Physical Conditions
It is a fact that most physical conditions are worsened by stressful situations, in particular the following:
* Asthma. Although, certainly, not always caused by stress, there is no doubt that stress will exacerbate the condition and can certainly trigger an attack.
* Eczema. Stress will often cause Excema to 'flare up' though the effect is not usually immediate, sometimes taking several days for the effects to show.
* Psoriasis. Here, the situation is slightly different. This condition seems to worsen more as a result of underlying stress, rather than as a result of a stressful event.
* Impotence. Many people disregard the role of stress in impotence, yet it is often the main cause for the problem when there are psychological factors involved. Coping with stress can make spectacular improvements here, personal consultation is recommended.
* Vaginismus. This can almost be thought of as the female equivalent of psychological impotence.
* Migraine. This does not always appear to be stress-related, quite often being a reaction to certain foods or drink. When it is stress-based, though, it tends to be sudden stressful events that cause the problem.
* Alopecia. Sometimes has a physical cause but can occur as a result of trauma or prolonged severe stress.
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This stress-worsened condition almost always responds astoundingly well to face-to-face sessions, even when the problem itself is diet-based.
* Stomach ulcers. ALWAYS get tested for the presence of certain bacteria in the stomach before commencing any form of therapy - sometimes, all that is needed is a course of antibiotics. Where this is not the case, some underlying stress is usually the cause or aggravator.
* Urticaria (hives). This takes several forms but always includes an intensely itchy rash. It responds well to various different creams but resolving underlying stress-related issues can ensure that the onset becomes increasingly rare, often eventually disappearing altogether.
All of the conditions listed can also have physical causes and it is imperative that a medical examination should be carried out before beginning any form of complementary therapy.
Learning how to cope with stress is vital when dealing with the above. Most stress-related physical conditions, even those not listed here, can be helped greatly by skilled therapy - and there are many therapists World-wide who are able to provide effective and safe assistance.
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