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 Hypnotherapy for 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 sustainable levels.

35 yrs experience brings  change & relief   in fast & effective ways.

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