Tension and stress are often confused. When lightly or enjoyably loaded - our natural
state - we register neither tension nor stress - though we may experience it unconsciously.
Tension can be experienced without stress - as excitement. Very low tension - like
intense boredom or apathy - causes mental stress.
Working harder mentally or physically we experience tension. The nearer we approach
tolerable limits - the more intensely we are likely to experience stress. This may
not happen until it reaches a damaging level.
Tension not allowed to diminish away from the situation causing it - accumulates
as residual stress. As this accumulates it generates a wide range of stress related
symptoms - and eventual ill-health or breakdown.
There are many symptoms of stress. Pain of various sorts may arise. Teeth clenching
or bruxism may cause jaw pain. Neck pain or shoulder blade pain often arise through
prolonged neck tension. Coupled with sedentary inactivity, held tension often produces
leg pain and back pain.
Headache is extremely common, maybe with feeling light headed and dizziness - whilst
feelings of anxiety are often accompanied by dry throat or dry mouth or sweating
and palpitations. These feelings may also combine in panic attacks.
Pain in the stomach is common with other stomach problems like stomach cramps, stomach
pain after eating, diarrhoea and irritable bowel (IBS). There may also be generalised
muscle soreness and muscle aches.
Those highly stressed people who are always on the go, often become clumsy, forgetful
and light headed - and hence accident prone. Sexual problems are also commonly caused
by very high stress levels.
There is plenty of good advice to check for symptoms of stress and sensible measures
help in its reduction. ( see footnote )
Though these address many practical issues, stress patterns are constructed in very
individual ways. These usually arise from conflicts between how we wish a situation
to be and our capacity to achieve it - the way we are doing or living it.
The main drivers of stress are situational or psychological pressures - like sheer
overwork, or internal conflicts or social, emotional or relationship problems. Those
suffering from these difficulties can lose perspective on their problems and become
increasingly unable to manage or see any way out.
These tensions may be accompanied by constant anxiety & worry, low mood and general
pessimism. Going over and over things, imagining the worst, and replaying worst case
scenarios, people often resort to smoking, alcohol abuse and may develop porn, drug
or other addictions in the attempt to distract from unresolved life situations.
This needs professional therapeutic help. In the first instance it is necessary to
achieve relief of the more pressing symptoms
Successful longer term management of stress then lies in addressing underlying issues.
Stress Counselling and Hypnotherapyfor Stress - going way beyond simple relaxation
techniques - provides stress relief and resolves more immediate difficulties. Where
there are long established damaging patterns or where causes lie in early personal
history, Behavioural Therapy approaches and Psychotherapy may become necessary.
These intensive methods reset mental states and adjust baseline behaviour to comfortably
35 yrs experience brings change & relief in fast & effective ways.