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Stress and Anxiety

Judith Lissing, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Meditation Coach, Double Bay, Sydney

Some stress is a normal part of 21st century living.  We all experience it to some degree at different times, usually depending on what is happening in your life, including your job, your relationships with others, your home, and all the challenges and expectations you’re confronted with on a daily basis. The degree to which you can cope with this stress depends on factors such as your nutritional status, overall health and fitness levels, emotional well-being, and the amount of sleep and rest you get.

Some anxiety is also common in modern living. Anxiety can be described as a feeling of apprehension and fear and may include physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, and feelings of stress. Anxiety may occur when we experience ambiguity and uncertainty, such as before public speaking or other new and unfamiliar experiences.

But if stress and/or anxiety have become a constant in your life you may also be experiencing a sustained rise in natural stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy and adrenaline aids the fight-flight response by increasing your heart rate and constricting your blood vessels. Other stress hormones can suppress the immune system and make you more susceptible to illness.

Cortisol also stimulates insulin release and maintenance of blood sugar levels, which may cause an increase in appetite and explains why many of us turn to comfort eating when we’re stressed.  This increase in cortisol secretion may not only promote weight gain, but it can also affect where you put on the weight. Some studies have shown that stress and elevated cortisol tend to cause fat deposition in the abdominal area rather than in the hips. This is sometimes called “toxic fat” since abdominal fat is strongly correlated with cardiovascular disease including heart attacks and strokes.

In other words, being continually stressed or anxious is bad for your health!  So what can you do about it?
  • Come & see Judith for some Wellness Coaching sessions to help get you back on track.
  • Book into some hypnotherapy sessions so we can show you how to diffuse your stress and help you clear some of the underlying issues being held in your subconscious
  • Register for our Mindfulness Meditation Course and learn a life-skill to help you manage your thoughts and feelings, rather than being managed by them

I first sought out Judy to help me in dealing with escalating back pain. However, the day before my appointment with her I was diagnosed with cancer and I was immediately hospitalised. When my partner rang to cancel the appointment Judy kindly offered to meet and consult with me in hospital. Clearly the nature of the challenge had widened to not only assist me to learn to meditate and manage pain, but also to assist me to manage a confronting medical diagnosis.

The power of our mind to assist us in dealing with the emotional aspects of a health problem and to also actively assist the healing process itself is something that I knew intuitively, but Judy was invaluable in assisting me to make it real and keep me and my attitude on track. She helped me and my partner come to terms emotionally with what I was dealing with and therefore gave my body the best chance for the medicine to do its job.

I can unequivocally say that with daily practice meditation can become an invaluable tool in dealing with, not only any medical conditions, but all aspects of life, I feel fortunate to have met Judy. Her visits to hospital, subsequently to my home and now regular sessions in her rooms, have helped me enormously. She has a style, gentleness, experience, knowledge and energy about her that makes her easy to relate to and therefore to learn from.

Gary, Investment Banker

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