The term stress is often used to describe feelings or symptoms associated with being overwhelmed or anxious. Feeling stressed is a normal part of life and can be helpful in motivating us on to do the things we want. There are times however when the stress we experience overwhelms us and make us feel that our life is out of control. The side effects of stress can include: irritability, anger, tearfulness, loss or increase of appetite, constant worry, hyperactivity, nausea, aches and pains, sleeplessness, palpitations, sweating, muscle tension and headaches.

It is important to recognise when you are feeling stressed so that you can start to do something that will help to relieve the symptoms.

Therapy for Stress
The therapist will assist you in gaining greater clarity to understand your individual response to situations or, significant triggers. They will help you to develop strategies for coping better with the factors that induce stress and also assist you to self monitor your own levels, helping you to find a healthy balance.

Benefits of Therapy for Stress may include:
  • Feeling more in control of your life and emotions.
  • Relief from associated physical tension.
  • Improvement of relationships.
  • Renewed levels of energy and interest.
  • Clarity of what is important to you.
  • Awareness of how to monitor levels of healthy and unhealthy stress.
  • Techniques for relaxation.

Possible issues
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed, tiredness or lack of motivation.
  • Hypertension or panic attacks.
  • Constant worry or anxiety.
  • Never being able to switch off or relax.
  • Overuse of drugs, alcohol and other stimulants.
  • Anger, irritability and frustration.