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The Effect of Stress and Anxiety on Mental, Physical and Emotional Health

December 31, 2019 in Let the Energy Flow, Mental Health

It should come as no surprise that one of the most talked-about topics of this last decade has been and continues to be the effect of stress and anxiety on our well-being.

Stress is a part of life and we can’t completely avoid the effects as we face stress and anxiety in our lives. The way, stress affects our mental, physical and emotional health is directly linked to our ability to manage our energy flow. It’s true that each cell of our body responds to stress and anxiety or trauma. Certainly, stress affects all the organ systems of our body sooner or later.

We often link our problems, daily fatigue, anger, irritability, migraine, headaches, sleeplessness, and restlessness to underlying conditions or illnesses. Unfortunately chronic stress and anxiety become the culprit behind our ill mental, physical and emotional health.

“According to the American Institute of Stress, the effects of chronic stress cost US companies over 300 billion dollars per annum.”


It does not matter how compliant people are with their physician’s advice and guidance on stress management. Regardless of this fact, many eventually develop diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and myocardial infarction as a result. Why? We can ignore the signs, and this is often the case. It is unfortunate, that we fail to understand is that since birth our bodies have been storing the tension.

What is Stress Memory?

The ‘Psoas’ muscle is in the lower lumbar part of the body. Basically the Psoas muscle is basically responsible for holding our upper body to our lower body and moving our legs towards the abdomen of the body similar to walking gestures. The Psoas also stores stress memory because this muscle is also involved majorly in a “fight or flight” response. If the chronically stored stress during a “fight or flight response” or an emergency situation is not released, various health issues may arise particularly IBS, gastric ulcers, mood changes, suicidal thoughts, social isolation and much more. Masking the stress using pain killers, muscle relaxants, opioids, tranquilizers will not treat the real problem.  

Most of the people, as they feel the effect of stress and anxiety taking hold, and find a shortcut way using alcohol and drugs. The constant use of drugs or alcohol provides an instant but short-lived alleviation. After some time period, they become tolerant of previous doses as it all becomes ineffective. The problem is then exacerbated as it becomes on of addiction. This not only urges them to consume more drugs but also puts financial strain

Helping yourself tro let go of the effect of stress and anxiety.
A way to help the effects of stress and anxiety

The best way is to release the stress and let the body relax and get back to normal energies. We do not realise too just how much we constantly take in small doses of stress each day whether in the form of financial, personal or social life. This problem even becomes worse for people performing stressful jobs involving dealing with the trauma of other people like fire firefighters, security personnel, paramedics, surgeons, physicians, animal rescuers, and welfare volunteers, etc. Furthermore, problems can also arise regarding career and health because work pressure puts continuous emotional and physical stress on them,

Stress and Anxiety affect Emotional Behaviour

Stress is a worldwide epidemic affecting millions of lives globally. Depression, anxiety, psychiatric and mental disorders are becoming more and more common. Chronic stress affects behavioral and emotional health symptoms include irritability, hostility, frustration, anger, aggressive feelings, and behavior. Stress can also be the cause of decreased interest in appearance, punctuality, or obsessive behavior (engaging in compulsive behavior rituals such as counting, checking, washing, etc.). Likewise in the workplace the impact might be reduced work efficiency or productivity, lying or making excuses to cover up poor work. Furthermore, excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness, problems in communication, social withdrawal and isolation, impulsivity (expressed as impulse buying, gambling, rape, etc) can occur.

The Impact on Our Young Generation

We daily get news of murders, robbery, chaos, violence, and suicides. Unfortunately, our young generation is also falling into the cracks as pressure grows on them from stress, anxiety.

In a recent event in Manchester, a boy was stabbed with multiple wounds is admitted to the hospital.  The UK has seen far too many of these incidents occurring. The impact on families and communities is devastating. 

It is similar to the shootings that have been going on in Florida, continue to cause grief and misery among the victim’s families and communities. There is countless news coming each day about crimes, social violence, anger, and aggressive behaviors. This is all related to chronic stress at some point. The hate experienced by others, we also store in our body, until such times we notice and perhaps too late, that our body pays the price. That’s why addressing stress, anxiety and tension is necessary for harmonizing emotional behaviors for the promotion of a healthy society.

Small Things Cause Anxiety and Stress

The effect of stress and anxiety can come from bad feelings, bullying, financial stress, joblessness, death of a loved one, breakups, poor self-image, childhood abuse, divorces, accidents, mental or physical trauma, violent personal or job situations and being broke may not seem detrimental to health. Certainly by the very nature of our constitution, in the UK, we would rather hold on to our feelings than admit there was something not right. The classic response to anyone who cares to ask us ‘How are you?’ we say – I’m OK’ no matter what we feel inside, we block or ignore. The long term consequences are that stress can, does and will negatively impact our health.

Stress – Fight or Flight?

Stress causing agent is called stressor. This stressor stimulates the hypothalamus present in the central nervous system of the brain. Hypothalamus in response to a stressor stimulates adrenal glands to release “cortisol” and “adrenaline” causing stress. This fight or flight response affects the body by increased pulse, rapid heart rate, dry mouth, decreased digestion, diarrhea, panic, decreased growth processes, dysfunctioning reproductive system, decreased immune functions, rapid breathing rate, and increased blood flow to the limbs preparing the body for a survival mode. This fight or flight system is beneficial under short term stress. (1)

If the body is under the continuous effect of a stressor then symptoms can become a chronic or long term problem adversely affecting the body’s normal functions.

Stress and Diabetes

Stress can be a major contributing factor in not only aggravating blood glucose levels but also in causing type-2 diabetes. Stress is a potential contributor to chronic hyperglycemia in diabetes. Stress has long been shown to have major effects on metabolic activity. Energy mobilization is a primary result of the fight or flight response. Stress stimulates the release of various hormones, which can result in elevated blood glucose levels. (2) Chronic stress in diabetes can alter the efficacy of insulin or diabetes medications in effective control of blood sugar.

Continous stressor stimulates CNS and results in high levels of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline which alter the glucose metabolism. Eventually, blood glucose levels become out of control even with the use of medications.

Overeating can also be compelled by stress. Therefore consuming more sugars just increases blood glucose even further. Since diabetes is a manageable disease, releasing stress is the most likely effective key.

Stress can affect the Digestive System

According to research, chronic stress can upset the normal digestive system. Stress-induced heartburn, gastric acid reflux, and impaired gastric secretions contribute to worsening digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) and even ulcers. (3)

“Chronic occupational stress in employees with stressful jobs, the combination of personality patterns (anxiety/depression), stress and negative emotions contribute to gastrointestinal tract (GIT) alterations. In particular, jobs that produce privation, fatigue, chronic mental anxiety and a long past history of tension, frustration, resentment, psychological disturbance or emotional conflict have been shown to produce gastric ulcers. Irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia also have significant co-morbidity with mood alterations.” (4)

Gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria become worse under chronic stress. In the worst conditions, prolonged ulceration can result in gastric bleeding and hemorrhage. That’s why releasing stress becomes even more vital in digestive problems.

Stress may Increase Injuries

Stress can also alter the food movements through the gastrointestinal tract causing diarrhea or constipation, nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.

Chronic stress can increase the tension in muscles and prolonged stress on muscles under chronic stress lead to the inability of muscles to relax back. In this case, chronic muscle pain, especially shoulder muscle pain becomes a problem. You get more tired and fatigued following daily exercises or work routines. Stress can even cause spinal pain, headaches, and stiffness of muscles. People then mask the pain using traditional pain killers but the cause is still present, which is stress. In the case of diabetes, neuropathic pain becomes even worse under stress.

Chances of chronic muscle injury and bone injury are high if a person is under constant stress leading to arthritis, osteoporosis, uric acid retention in joints, shoulder joint. Releasing stress using anti-depressants and tranquilizers may not be a real deal because of their harmful side effects and inability to treat the cause of the stress.

“According to research, Stress-related psychiatric disorders, including depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are highly prevalent disabling illnesses with limited treatment options and poorly understood pathophysiology. Chronic pain is a widespread pathology afflicting 20%–30% of adults.” (5)

Regardless of the availability of a range of treatment options, chronic pain continues to seriously affect the quality of life for patients. Almost half of the pain suffering individuals do not achieve adequate pain management.
The effect of stress and anxiety have a devastating impact on physical health

Stress Decreases Immunity

Although acute stress is beneficial in the stimulation of the immune system and prevention of common cold, flu, and infections. However, chronic stress results in constant engagement of the immune system there is the chronic release of WBC’s, interleukins and immunoglobulins. Over time, the immune system weakens rendering the body unable to fight even common infections.

Stress and Children

Chronic stress increases recovery time after any illness or injury because the body’s natural healing process becomes altered under stress.

In children, particularly childhood abuse, strict parenting, boarding school, lack of communication or any negative memory may lead to ELS or early life stress in children leading to various physical health problems like cardiac diseases, respiratory diseases, and mental disorders at a young age. (6)

Moreover, chronic stress in any form like the pressure of getting grades, social life, house issues, poverty, strict parenting, abusive behavior, bullying and other sorts of negative vibes encourage the child to adapt escape from daily life routine. This results in a child to become aggressive, abusive, misbehaving and rebellious.

The effect of stress and anxiety on health on children according to research, continuous tension and mental anxiety also results in poor physical and mental growth in children. Consequently, the child’s academic performance also declines hence rendering more pressure on them. In some cases, suicidal thoughts also find their way in young minds finding an escape. The medical treatment does not qualify for rationale treatment of stress in children because their side effects can be dangerous and root cause will still be there.

Releasing stress via specialized treatment procedure plays a vital role in balancing the body’s natural energies. But for many children depending on their experiences, Freeze is the natural response, They block the experience in order to survive.  The consequences of which manifest much later in life.

Respiratory and Heart Problems

Under chronic stress, lungs are constantly hyperactive in order to meet the oxygen needs of each and every cell of the body-facing stress. This leads to chronic damage to tiny alveolar tubes carrying fresh oxygen to the blood. In this case, the risk of developing COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) becomes high. It silently leads to shortness of breath, emphysema, and bronchitis causing inflammation of bronchi. Chronic damage to the lungs is often irreversible. Things become horrible for an asthma patient under chronic stress because stress induces the release of “pro-inflammatory” substances that aggravate the symptoms of asthma and in worst conditions, complete breathlessness can lead to blackouts, damage to brain and heart muscles as well.

Moreover, chronic stress can mimic hypertension because of constant involvement of fight or flight response causes constriction or narrowing of blood vessels in order to maintain the blood flow to muscles. If stress is not managed, it can result in increased chances of heart attacks, strokes, and hemorrhage. People with a history of cardiac problems are more obligatory to release chronic stress.

Mental Disorders and Stress

Everyone faces stress and depression in his or her life. But under some circumstances, this stress can be deleterious to mental health.

PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is the state of mind after an acutely stressful event that affects the “amygdala’ and “hippocampus” in the brain. In this condition, the person feels fear, anxiety, flashbacks of the same event, nightmares, suicidal thoughts, and insomnia. Although PTSD is caused by acute stress, chronic stress increases the risk of developing the disease.

Alzheimer’s disease involves the devastating loss of cognitive and motor function which is stressful in itself but can also disrupt neural circuits that mediate stress responses. Disrupting these circuits produces aberrant emotional and aggressive behavior that causes long-term care to be especially difficult. In addition, added stress drives the progression of the disease and can exacerbate symptoms. (8)

Sexual Problems from Chronic Stress

Stress is the biggest enemy of sexual life among both males and females. Chronic stress is directly linked with low libido and testosterone levels, fear of performance, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation in men.

There is an inverse relationship between anxiety and sexual functionality. Females can also face less than normal sexual desire, vaginal dryness and itching, lack of orgasm and in some cases, chronic pain during intercourse. (9) (10)

These sexual problems are linked to chronic stress and may cause further stress and anxiety leading to poor relationships and mental breakdowns.

What’s The Solution?

No one knows where their life journey is going to take them. Many people live a relatively stress-free life, but no one escapes completely.  That is why there are so many options to manage the stress symptoms that one might be advised to take on.  Stress and the health issues that many do not realise have come from holding stress in the body has been a topic of much discussion for years.

Despite the choices we make the more stress and trauma experienced it is fair to say that no one can get it out of the body.  But each and every one of us has the power to do that ourselves. 

Our Body has The Answer!

In all the years I have been working with clients impacted by their The effect of stress and anxiety from trauma, the problems in society continue to get worse.  The increased use of social media has contributed to that one.  Despite all the offerings and alternatives that have become available from meditation to massage, from walking to talking nothing is changing.  Some treatments and therapies come for free but many more can cost a lot of money.  The cost can be prohibitive.  It always sticks in my mind that 6 women I worked with had spent between them £170k on trying to heal.  They sat before me with a pleading of hope.

In all the years I have been working with clients impacted by their The effect of stress and anxiety from trauma, the problems in society continue to get worse.  The increased use of social media has contributed to that one.  Despite all the offerings and alternatives that have become available from meditation to massage, from walking to talking nothing is changing.  Some treatments and therapies come for free but many more can cost a lot of money.  The cost can be prohibitive.  It always sticks in my mind that 6 women I worked with had spent between them £170k on trying to heal.  They sat before me with a pleading of hope.

All Comes back to The Psoas!

It all comes back to the Psoas, the fight-flight muscle deep in our body.  The one that holds our fears and emotions.  Attached to our Diaphragm so therefore impacts breathing as the body gets tighter from holding on.

When we learn to reconnect with what nature gave us all to survive – just like animals, then the problems gradually disappear and physical, mental and emotional health restored as our body recalibrates, like a reset button has been switched on.

I have spent 8 years solely working on evolving a practice Trauma Prevention Exercise I learned in South Africa that triggers the Psoas to release.  My discoveries came and continue to come from working in the long term following and supporting individuals who have suffered years with CPTSD and the effect of stress and anxiety that has dominated their life. I have witnessed profound healing where nothing else has come close.

At TRE UK® we deliver the Total Release Experience® an empowering 5 Step programme that becomes a life tool and a tool for life. Supported by professionals – see what they have to say!

We offer hope where there has been none. Overcome the skeptics and seen lives transform.  Not because we have the magic but share with everyone we work with – that they do.

We All Have A Choice

Healing doesn’t happen by itself and when life pulls us down, we have two choices – go with it and get sucked under or make that decision to change and take back control of our own well-being.  Saying no to drugs and medications, addictive behavior, and wasting time and opportunity.  A totally natural response to healing just like animals can be transformational.

Let Wellbeing be your 2020 Choice

In 2020 we want to give as many as possible that choose wellness over illness the opportunity to learn something about your own body that we may have forgotten but your body hasn’t.  We have Workshops coming up from January to March, you will have a great experience as you gain knowledge and insight just like others

Start the new decade by making 2020 your year. Don’t let the effect of stress and anxiety be all you have to deal with. Start with taking control of your own wellbeing.  Heal from the Past and Build Resilience. 

Map showing where you can learn  to heal from the effect of stress and anxiety in the TRE UK Workshops from Jan-March
Discover a TRE UK Workshop near You.

We support you all the way, for we know that so much suffering though it may be part of life’s journey, we certainly do not have to carry around the negativity that comes from it.

REFERENCES

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2474765/
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What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

November 11, 2013 in blog, Let the Energy Flow

Research on the many shades of anxiety disorders, a topic of increasing relevance in today’s race-to-the-finish society, shows that social anxiety disorder is the most prevalent of anxiety issue among adults. The number of sufferers rises every year. This might be because it went ignored for so long.

 Classified for years as ‘awkwardness’, ‘pathological shyness’, and most recently ‘social phobia’ (which makes it sound the same as a fear of spiders), social anxiety disorder has been misunderstood for years, leaving sufferers asking helplessly “what is wrong with me?” without knowing that social anxiety is quite common.  You may think you’re alone, but you’re certainly not. Nothing is “wrong”, at least not in the unfathomable, irreparable way you might think.

 What are the signs? Social anxiety is certainly beyond a characteristic shyness or being introverted.  Social anxiety disorder means an overwhelming fear of situations like eating or drinking in front of others, being the center of attention during a social interaction, speaking in public, using public toilets, etc.  As well as intense anxiety over being judged by others or making friends – remember, it could be any number of these things together, or something beyond the scope of this list. It is often accompanied by depression, obsessive compulsive tendencies, or feeling physically sick when called upon to participate in a high-stress social context.  Perhaps the most difficult problem on the individual level is the feeling that the fear is unreasonable, yet you still cannot rise above it.  

  It is these things that bring people to seek help, often not realizing the source of the issue.         Social anxiety disorder often begins in adolescence or even childhood and affects women and men equally, but  doctors believe this anxiety can be eased with a combination of physical, mental, and medical treatment.

 If you’re not comfortable with pills nor a fan of the psychologist’s couch, there are ways.  TRE UK for instance offers the  ‘no talking’ self-help technique that once learnt could work as it has for others, helping you feel more comfortable in social surroundings and more confident and communicative –  you just need to find what works best for you.

PTSD – How Bad Can it Get?

November 1, 2013 in blog, Let the Energy Flow

This is a question I keep asking myself, particularly every time a PTSD sufferer would come to a TRE session.  PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is something that individuals can develop following an incident that occurs out of the blue and totally overwhelms the mind and body.  It is life changing, and not for the better.

With heightened awareness I am starting to see and hear more and more reports on the effects of PTSD, the struggles to deal with it and the tragedy that follows when there seems to be no way out.  The plight of victims that have either been caught up in a situation as a witness or a victim leaving them traumatised and the suffering that follows can be devastating.

In my work with veterans and serving soldiers I am delighted when their symptoms clear using a ‘no talking’ natural body release technique. However the problem is not localised, PTSD is affecting thousands and this was drawn to my attention from a recent article I have read on Medical Negligence with reference to Military Veterans and PTSD.

With the MOD committing £7.4m to ensure mental health support for soldiers why did 21 serving and 29 veterans take their own lives last year?  How come numbers of soldiers suffering PTSD doubled in three years?  It would seem this is going to get a whole lot worse with the plans to double the size of the TA (Territorial Army) from 15k to 30k!  One cannot begin to imagine how bad things can get. 

I invite you to read the article and maybe you will be asking the same question!

http://www.pannone.com/media-centre/blog/medical-negligence-blog/military-veterans-and-post-traumatic-stress-disorder.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Military

October 17, 2013 in blog, Let the Energy Flow

A while ago I mentioned a friend whose grandfather had never dealt with the trauma he experienced during the Second World War, and how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder cast a shadow over the rest of his life.

This story made me curious about what our servicemen and women experience today, and if enough is being done to combat post-traumatic stress accumulated in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The US government estimates that 20% of its Iraq and Afghanistan veterans  suffer from post-traumatic stress, and Britain’s numbers doubled from 2008 to 2009. Although the government pledged 7.2 million pounds in increased services to members of the military for dealing with trauma, large numbers of these cases still go unreported, misunderstood or ignored. Sleep disturbance could be misconstrued as random nightmares and simple insomnia. Outbursts of rage could be from day-to-day stresses or the just getting back into the groove of civilian life. Flashbacks might be mistaken for routine memories of the past.

 Post traumatic stress from combat is often triggered by events such as being shot at, witnessing death firsthand (often of a friend or comrade), or dealing with the constant stress of never feeling safe.  This does not mean that if you have seen these things you have PTSD, and PTSD itself runs a gamut from very minor cases to those who cannot function at all normally in daily life. It’s important not to self-diagnose, but to speak to a healthcare professional and ask how you can be sure your feelings of anxiety are post traumatic stress.

Even if military personnel do not have PTSD, the anxieties of crossing back into life outside the warzone are to be expected. The immediate change from a high-pressure, consistently dangerous environment to one where family members and friends expect you to be the same as before you went into combat can create intense feelings of nervousness. The best thing, either way, is to seek help if you fear anxiety or PTSD symptoms are interfering with your life. 

Finally if you have tried all the talk therapies and want to learn technique that involves no talking to relieve your symptoms then take a closer look at TRE.

 Click here for an interesting look at art created by soldiers with PTSD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2331265/The-scars-battle-Soldiers-suffering-PTSD-make-chilling-face-masks-feelings.html

 Sources and further reading:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/winter09/articles/winter09pg15a.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/9934809/PTSD-on-the-rise-among-British-servicemen-and-women-after-decade-of-war.html

Anxiety is Not a Distinctly British Problem

September 17, 2013 in blog, Let the Energy Flow

Anxiety is not a distinctly British problem, but we do seem to have a distinctly British attitude towards avoiding it.  Though anxiety levels are higher in Britain than anywhere else in Europe, to talk about our anxieties seems embarrassing, likely to create an uncomfortable social situation and therefore we avoid it at all costs.  Yet one in five Britons not only experiences regular anxiety, but suffers from an actual anxiety or depressive disorder (which often go together), and the perceived stigma shows no sign of waning.

 On a recent visit to my son in Germany, I discovered that the American mandate regarding a constant veneer of cheerfulness leaves similar fallout to the British stiff upper lip.  At least in terms of facing anxiety, even when it’s causing you to falter at work or experience overwhelming stress in your personal life.

An American colleague of my son’s confided that she has suffered from crippling anxiety for years, stemming back to her parents’ divorce.  She said she had seen multiple therapists and tried several kinds of medication, and was extremely skeptical that any treatment could work short of all of life’s little problems setting themselves magically in order.  I offered her a private session in TRE, which she eventually agreed to try with the qualifier “I am the last person who this is going to work on”.

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health issue in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, affecting 18% of the adult population.  And before you claim this is simple over-diagnosis of people reacting normally to negative changes we’ve all had to experience in some way in recent years.  Studies by the ADAA and NHS are referring to serious, documented cases.  And besides, anxiety is a normal reaction to the hardships of life, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it.

After her Tremor Release Experience, my son’s colleague looked relieved, and smiling (for real this time) said, “If anyone wasn’t going to tremor it was me, but…here I am – wow, that was and I feel amazing”.  

 

Sources and further reading:

http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/user-guidance/well-being/index.html 

Stress Release – There is Another Way!

September 9, 2013 in blog, Let the Energy Flow

Phew the headlines never stop – we read that ‘Stress adds years to your life’, ‘Stress levels soar in the US in the under 35 year olds’,  ‘Stress levels soar as overtime increases in a battle to beat the credit crunch’, ‘Stress DOES have an impact on cancer’.  It is something we constantly are reminded of as we turn the pages of our newspapers.

 

Every way we turn, be that on the home front, work, family, study, relationships, finances, housing the list goes on whether young or old stress is prevalent.  I have been taking TRE around the country and the symptoms of stress seem to dominate lives in a battle of survival.

 

Stress in the workplace we are informed is the top cause of workplace sickness.  Stress costs organisations thousands every year in absenteeism and low-productivity.  Hailed as ‘The Black Death of the 21st Century’ stress if unchecked leads to illness and potential early onset death through, stroke, heart attack or cancer.  Back problems are another symptom as the body starts to hold tensions with no evident form of release.

 

Many of those I see have tried all sorts to release their symptoms which include, negative or depressive feelings, loneliness or wanting to withdraw, loss of motivation.  Eating habits change and there is often an increase in drinking, smoking and drug taking as one battle to cope with their daily stressors.  Poor memory, concentration and sleep deprivation may also be what you notice.  Stress may well be part of life and inevitable, but you know there is another way to release symptoms of stress if you have tried everything else to no avail.

 

Learn to release the effect of stress symptoms from your body with the technique of TRE.  You can have a Total Release Experience and like others bring your body back in to balance and cope better with life’s challenges.  It becomes a self-help tool for your life.

Recently a client was amazed that after a traumatic event his back and hip were never the same.  Dr’s, MRI scans and therapists could find nothing so he lived with the problem.  After his first session of TRE he sat up and said all that pain had gone.  Many back issues are a result of held tension.  Take a look at testimonials on treuk.com – there is another way, no talking, just releasing!

TRE FOR ANXIETY

September 4, 2013 in blog, Let the Energy Flow

Learn to release from the core with a self-help tool for life.

Anxiety is when we find ourselves in an ‘uneasy’ place which may have been brought on by a range of situations that leave us in a state of fear or worry.  It is a fact of life that we all go through degrees of anxiety at stages in our life.  Although feelings of anxiety on occasion can be quite normal, the problem starts when these feelings get out of hand and become detrimental to our health and well-being.  The mental worry that brings about anxiety from any situation that has affected us can exaggerate those feelings.

 Anxiety affects 1 in 20 people in the UK.  So how do we know if we are suffering anxiety?  We do become aware at times that we don’t feel ‘right’ be that physically or mentally but do we ever stop long enough to identify what is actually going on in our own body as a result? 

 Anxiety presents many physical symptoms, including muscle aches and pains (which can lead to fibromyalgia).  You may also observe you have a dry mouth, notice excessive sweating or shortness of breath.  Irritable bowel syndrome is one I hear about a lot as well as frequent urinating, headaches and insomnia.  There are others. Psychologically anxiety can lead to feelings of dread, irritability and impatience as well as poor concentration.  The problem of continual worry leads to panic and this can then lead to depression then more anxiety and so a cycle develops. 

The symptoms of anxiety are also prevalent in those who suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Is there a solution?  Well there are many talk therapies out there and I guess you may go down the road of anti-depressants.  Whilst helpful for some in the short term the reality is none of these get to the core.  

The symptoms of anxiety described affect our physical and mental health but until we can literally let go of what gets ‘stuck’ in our body then healing can be a long road.  TRE however can bring about a Total Release Experience the benefits recognisable by some as almost immediate allowing sufferers to release from the core.  Learning the technique of TRE you can give your body permission to ‘let go’ and heal from the inside out releasing feelings associated with anxiety.  At TRE UK we empower you to manage the release of symptoms from anxiety as you will have safely and effectively learned a self-help tool for life.

Stress Relief Is Like Riding A Bike

August 1, 2013 in blog, Let the Energy Flow

You can make the same mistakes in stress relief as many have done after taking up cycling after the UK Olympics.

 

Often when people hear of something new that benefits, heals, loses weight, eases pain and so on they want to jump in feet first and do it straight away.  I was listening to a radio programme the other day on that very thing; it was about cycling in fact.  Sales rocketed when our nation won races in the Olympics.   The most expensive equipment and kit are bought and the novice is off!  No Coaching, No Training!  It is little wonder why so many of us end up flogging the ‘Gear’ on E Bay or stack it in the Garage. Usually because of suffered injury through stressing our bodies and causing the wrong type of tension on our muscles and joints or just ‘don’t get it’!

 

Total Release Experience aka TRE aka Tension Release Exercises are highly effective and a simple way of getting rid of that bottled up Stress, Tension, Anxiety, Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress so that you enjoy each day and face life’s problems and challenges in a better state of mind.

 

However, like bicycle riding if you go at it without proper instruction and supervision you can only blame yourself when things wrong.

 

Listen to one of my clients that I managed to help in time who wanted to use TRE to solve her stress and Traumas without the right guidance.

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Vicarious Trauma – What We Take On.

July 30, 2013 in blog, Let the Energy Flow

When we love or care for someone deeply, our lives may easily get wrapped up in someone else’s experience.  Even a little bump or scrape can cause an emotional pang if someone close to us expresses pain.  It is no surprise then, if a friend or partner or family member lives through or recalls to us their trauma, we might take on a great deal of anxiety that does not seem to belong to us but that we cannot shake.

You don’t even need to know a victim of trauma very well to take on their emotional pain. Social workers, healthcare professionals, even journalists who work in areas burdened by war or natural disaster or help individuals who have suffered any kind of trauma can suffer vicarious traumatization.  According to Dr. Ellie Izzo, who literally wrote the book on the subject, even lawyers who are arguing acrimonious divorce cases can take on the pain and anxiety of their aggrieved clients.

It is important not to feel guilty or ashamed by vicarious trauma, this is happening because you have strong powers of empathy, and that empathy is being stretched across all your other feelings as you see people you know or have come to care about undergo terrible things that they don’t deserve.  Any hope you might have in the goodness of the world seems to grow smaller each day, and your emotions feel like they are out of control.

Many symptoms are similar to those of firsthand trauma, but those suffering from the pressures of vicarious traumatization might also encounter difficulty in navigating what was once the easily distinguishable barrier between your life and the lives of others.

Humanitarian aid workers are particularly at risk, so be careful when joining that helping hands organization that it has a responsible and reliable support network for its workers so you are not left feeling like it is you against the whole world.  If you find yourself becoming overly involved with a love one who has suffered trauma, remember that relying on a larger social network and immediately seeking help is best for both of you.  Don’t shut yourself off from the other people who care, and remember it is not your responsibility to fix someone else’s life.  Even if you have the best intentions, you can’t help anyone if you are harming yourself.

Dealing With Depression

July 15, 2013 in blog, Let the Energy Flow

A man I used to work with called James (who said I could tell his story, if not his real name) had what might seem like an unusual story about depression. He had no family history of depressive illnesses, nor could he name an event or situation that could have caused him to become depressed.  Although it may have been a long time coming, to him it felt like from one day to the next he started to lose interest in everything.

For him depression had no connection to sadness or grief.   It was simply a lack of the desire to do things that everyone else seemed to in such great quantities, and because of this it took him a long time to identify what was wrong.  He felt complete isolation from the family members and friends he used to enjoy spending time with.  When his concerned mother told him to cheer up because he had such a full life, he just felt irritated, and in turn guilty for that irritation.

After a series of therapists and drug regimens, James was under the impression that he had treatment-resistant depression and considered this a sign he should just give up.  But then he thought back to all the other people suffering from depression that he had met in the last few years.  Some people really improved during group therapy sessions, some people hated them and would only talk about their issues privately.  Some of them could pinpoint a traumatic event that caused a loss of control; others felt sad and lonely for ages but couldn’t say why.<p>

In short, unlike other illnesses, everyone’s symptoms were different and causes for them came from a wide spectrum.  James resolved to take whatever steps he could himself, even if they were tiny ones.  He couldn’t control everything, but he could stop seeing people that didn’t make him happy.  He could engage in hobbies that gave him a sense of fulfillment, though few did at first, he kept at it.  He could also seek alternative therapies if his depression felt resistant to treatment.  He could find a psychologist whose personality worked the best with his.

In the end James’s story isn’t unusual, because depression is experienced in infinite different ways that are often deeply individual.  The common thread is that you are not alone, everyone has the power to find the help they need, though it might be just a small help at first and the process might feel too arduous to begin but you can find the light.  Thought the first step is the hardest every little step counts.