top of page

Is it Stress or is it Anxiety?

Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives.

How can you tell if your everyday anxiety has crossed the line into a disorder? It's not easy. Anxiety comes in many different forms—such as panic attacks, phobia, and social anxiety to name but a few, with the distinction between an official diagnosis and "normal" anxiety isn't always clear.

Stress can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. Examples of normal stress and anxiety include worrying about finding a job, feeling nervous before a big test, or being embarrassed in certain social situations.

However, if stress and anxiety begin interfering with your daily life, it may indicate a more serious issue. If you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or anxious about a traumatic event weeks after it happened, it may be time to seek help.

What can Stress or Anxiety feel like? …

Stress and anxiety can produce both physical and psychological symptoms. Common physical symptoms include:

· stomach ache

· muscle tension

· headache

· rapid breathing

· fast heartbeat

· sweating

· shaking

· dizziness

· frequent urination

· diarrhea

· fatigue

As well as the physical symptoms, stress and anxiety can trigger mental or emotional issues such as:

· feelings of impending doom

· panic or nervousness, especially in social settings

· difficulty concentrating

· irrational anger

· restlessness

Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works.

Stress causes a surge of hormones in your body. These stress hormones are released to enable you to deal with pressures or threats – the so-called "fight or flight" response.

Once the pressure or threat has passed, your stress hormone levels will usually return to normal. However, if you're constantly under stress, these hormones will remain in your body, leading to the symptoms of stress.

The number of people who are suffering from the effects of Anxiety is reportedly growing on a daily basis. Fortunately, mental health is becoming less stigmatised and more openly recognised as a treatable illness as we begin to understand this as a condition.

Recognising that you need help and seeking help is a massive first step to beating Anxiety, if you suffer from any level of Anxiety, be it public speaking, exam nerves, social occasions, fear of spiders, flying, through to the more serious disorders that can be extremely debilitating and restrict your quality of life…. Help is available to you, you just need to take the first step and ask for help.

We have developed this website to not only make it easy to get 1-1 help but to also research anxiety and other related disorders. It has been designed as a tool to help you or someone you know who could benefit from these ideas and techniques.

Hypnotherapy is a Proven and very effective way to treat the causes and symptoms of Stress/Anxiety, and benefits from being non-intrusive, non-drug dependent.

81 views0 comments


bottom of page