Stress & Anxiety
Do you suffer from any of the following?
- Constant pounding headaches that put you in a grouchy mood often?
- Back pain that makes you feel like staying home?
- Gut issues and overwhelming fatigue?
- Frustrating sleep that never feels deep or refreshing?
Well, you’re not alone if stress and anxiety affect you in these ways. Migraines, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and depression are more common in people with anxiety (Dresler et al. 2019) (Fond et al. 2014) (Noyes 2001).
Many people don’t get help for many months - or years. Some don’t ask for help at all - it takes an average of 8.2 years before Aussies seek help for their anxiety (Thompson et al. 2008).
You might take pain or stress relief and hope it gets better.
Physical symptoms of anxiety include:
The symptoms may start to get worse - it affects your mental and cognitive functions too. You may feel:
- Jittery and easily overwhelmed by even the simplest tasks
- Forgetful and have trouble concentrating
- Low self-esteem that holds you back from reaching your potential
- Pain that gets so bad you can’t focus or can’t leave home
- Easily irritated, frustrated, and overwhelmed because nothing seems to calm you
- Day to day stresses keep building up. You don’t feel like you spring back like you once did.
You might even have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder like:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- A specific phobia, such as a fear of needles, flying or public speaking
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social anxiety
“Why is this happening to me?” or “How can I get rid of it?”
We understand you may feel lost, hopeless, or completely overwhelmed by now.
And at this point, you may realise your stress and anxiety isn’t going away on its own…
Well please know that you are not alone. Here at Body and Brain Centre, we hear this a lot. It’s great that you’ve tried a few things to deal with your stress and anxiety. You now know what doesn’t work. So you’re a step closer to finding out what does work.
Ways we can help you manage your stress and anxiety
People find relief from stress and anxiety through a range of ways, depending on preference and their needs:
- Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
You don’t need to worry about which service suits - we’ll point you in the right direction. However, you may like to understand how these services can help:
Counselling for stress and anxiety
“What happens if I fail? My peers will judge me. I just won’t do it to save the embarrassment.”
These thoughts are common to many. A story is created in our heads. A story that may be entirely different to reality.
Holistic counselling can help you identify your automatic thoughts so you can take action to change them. To find positivity where there seems to be none.
Specific techniques such as hypnotherapy may be used to target particular thoughts, for instance to help with phobias such as from needles (Birnie et al. 2014).
- Counselling at Body and Brain Centre
Meditation for stress and anxiety
Meditating over the long term may help you become aware of your thoughts as an observer - rather than get caught up in them. It can help you realise your thoughts don’t need to be your reality. And you have the power to direct your thoughts in a way that helps you move forward, rather than get stuck in a negative loop.
After an initial consultation, your caring instructor will guide you through a range of meditation techniques tailored for you. This will give you a few to keep in your back pocket to use for every mood. No matter what your energy level. No matter how much time you have.
- Meditation at Body and Brain Centre
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for stress and anxiety
There are 12 main energy highways in the body - called meridians. When there are roadblocks, the Qi energy (the life force in our body) becomes stagnant.
These energy blocks or imbalances can be released through acupuncture, and needle-free techniques such as cupping, moxa, and other therapies.
More than just helping stress, Acupuncture can help with a range of symptoms. Maybe you have fatigue, nausea and pain related to chronic health. Maybe you are starting to feel a bit down after being in pain for so long: acupuncture can help with that too.
Acupuncture helps your nervous system to adapt and find calm.
Naturopathy for stress and anxiety
Do you get butterflies in your stomach?
Do your energy and emotions rollercoaster wildly throughout the day?
There’s growing research behind the connection between our gut and our brain. Balancing the good and bad bacteria levels in your gut can help relieve your anxiety (Yang et al. 2019). Probiotics are just one way.
Regulating blood sugar levels affects the emotional centre of the brain (Wolf et al. 2018). This can improve sadness, anger and anxiety.
Naturopaths alleviate stress and anxiety with diet, herbs and lifestyle advice.
- Naturopathy at Body and Brain Centre
Let us help you
Not sure which service to start with?
No worries. Book your free phone consultation and we’ll point you in the right direction. Medical rebates may be available. From here we can start an open, and honest conversation about your stress and anxiety, just to make sure we’re the right fit for you.
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