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Christmas, is your stress levels going up?

Is the thought of Christmas giving you a higher stress? Could it be the present buying, the office Christmas party, the relations, the Christmas food shop and cooking or just being at home for the week?

What is stress?

This can be being under too much pressure at work. Uncertainty of the job, deadlines, working too many hours. Family concerns. Financial worries, relationship issues.. Trying to keep all those balls in the air at once. And no time in your day to simply relax and take time out for you.

The way we are designed to respond to pressure is to go into the 'fight or flight' response - this dumps lots of adrenaline and other chemicals into our system and gets us through the situation. Which is fine if it's only short-term, however for a longer period it may cause medical issues.

What are the symptoms?

Most people suffer with at least one of these symptoms. It's when you're noticing that you have a few (or more) of them that you should be considering seeking some help with your stress and anxiety as they can lead to physical health problems in the future.

  • Lack of energy

  • Not wanting to socialise

stress, tension, anxiety

  • Tired even after a full nights sleep

  • Reduced or no interest in sex

  • Increased consumption of alcohol

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Short term memory is problematic

  • Irritable or angry over minor issues

  • Difficulty in making decisions

  • Loss of appetite or over-eating

  • Shoulder and back pain

  • Indigestion

  • Headaches (migraine and tension)

  • Minor illnesses that are more frequent

... and the list could go on.

Stress can have a devastating effect on your body and mind, and on your family life.

There are many effective treatments for anxiety and stress that are very effective so why not call me now to discuss hypnotherapy or mindfulness

Don't wait for your next stress attack - do some anxiety and stress management now. Your body and mind will be eternally grateful!

Mindfulness Courses

8 week Mindfulness course starts Tuesday 4th February 6pm to 8pm at the Widnes Cancer Support Centre. Cost £95

Saturday day course at Ainsdale Nature Reserve 10am to 4.30pm still only £35

Mindfulness weekend Retreat in Grasmere July 10th to 12th July (Fully booked)

Please give me a call or email if interested 07507 013283 or

Mindfulness in Nature courses are due to start in March

Tai Chi

Have you thought of taking up Tai Chi? We have Tai Chi for beginners courses in Widnes

Tuesdays 12.45 to 1.45pm

Barkla Fields, Dundalk Road, Widnes. WA8 8DF

or Fridays 12.30 to 1.30pm

Naughton Fields, Liverpool Road, Widnes WA8 7HL

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