Client’s come to see me for therapy with a variety of different issues which contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety that pervade their daily lives. Stress and anxiety are a response to an event in ones life that does not feel right. Almost like a warning sign to motivate you to change the situation or your response to that stimulation.
Stress and Anxiety can affect us psychologically by making us feel:
- Feelings of apprehension and dread
- Feeling constantly on edge
- Lack of concentration
- Being easily distracted
But also physiologically:
- Racing heart – Palpitations
- Breathing difficulties – Breathing fast, feeling short of breath or feeling difficulty catching breath.
- Chest tightness
- Muscle tension
- Dry Mouth, Butterflies in stomach
- Excessive sweating
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Trembling or shaking
As I have written about, we create ways of living in the world called ‘internal working models’. These dictates how we think and act in certain situations. These ways of working are sometimes conscious but other times live in our unconscious, yet dictate how we live, think and feel throughout our lives. Now sometimes the models or ways or working aid us, but occasionally they become outdated and can be detrimental to our happiness in the world, resulting in feelings of inadequacy and lack of coping which are two contributing factors to stress and anxiety.
As a psychotherapist, I aim to look at not only the events that are taking place in your life but also the underlying ways you deal with these events which might be hidden from your conscious mind. With that in mind, we can start to look at new ways in which you can identify and relate to situations and events around you, creating new ‘internal working models’, which will reduce stress and anxiety and help you lead a more balanced and happier life.