Stress and Panic Attacks

Stress and Panic Attacks
The Health & Safety Executive defines stress as: “The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them”.The organisation recognises that there is a convincing body of research showing a clear link between stress and ill health. Its research with Personnel Today Magazine recently showed that over 105 million days are lost to stress each year – costing UK employers £1.24 billion.
The research is based on responses from almost 700 senior HR practitioners and almost 2,000 employees.

Other findings are:

  • 11% of absence is attributed to stress
  • 52% say stress is increasing
  • 60% claim stress is damaging staff retention
  • 83% think stress is harming productivity

Actually never mind the statistics – you know if you feel too stressed and if you have been having panic attacks you will be all too aware that something is amiss!   Tony Soprano, pictured here, realised he needed help when he started to have panic attacks, but he was concerned people would think less of him if they knew he was getting help for them.   Of course, most people today admire those who know when it is time to get some help and get back to feeling balanced and clear-headed.

Apart from the discomfort that you feel when you have a panic attack or are chronically stressed, the longer term affect on your physical health and wellbeing, your relationships and the standard of your work are also likely to suffer – and that can mean anything between a mild response to a very severe one.

Panic attacks can be extremely scary and many people who have consulted me in the past tell me of the horrors of feeling as if they are about to pass out – in some cases they actually do pass out.   And panic can strike at unpredictable and often the most inconvenient moments.

It really makes sense to do something about it – and fast!

Taking up some form of relaxation practice is a very good idea, but it is paramount that you learn how to relax and focus quickly during times that are challenging.   Once you learn how to respond to situations that used to cause your heart rate to increase and your blood pressure to rise, you will wonder why you hadn’t been taught these techniques years ago.

Your neurological system is very habitual, so it tends towards functioning the way it gets used to functioning.   If you are getting stressed at work or home every day, then a small setback occurs and your body begins to produce excessive adrenaline immediately – even though it is only a minor event.  And it is your response to situations and not the situations themselves that is important.

Having had some personal experience of what it is like to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder some while ago I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.   In my case I had to deal with a series of really serious disasters in a short space of time.

We can’t change the fact that sometimes we have to deal with really gruelling challenges.  However we can change our responses to too much pressure at work or in the normal day to day running of things – even when those things are very demanding.

And when life’s challenges are really tough we can be at our most resourceful and efficient at the time we are dealing with them and we can get over PTSD faster than used to be possible.  As someone with personal experience of what really helps I am well set to help you through.

Wouldn’t you rather be able to stay calm, focused and resourceful in situations that would have caused you to respond with stress?   Wouldn’t you want to clear your PTSD as quickly as possible?   Wouldn’t you want to get rid of your panic attacks in one go?

In one session of two hours you can learn all you need to know to support your mind and body as you become someone who deals really well with life’s ups and downs.

Contact me today to book a session to consign your excess stress responses and panic attacks to the past.

“I had been suffering from panic attacks for a little while. They appeared to have come from out of nowhere. I decided to see Laura.

The session lasted for about two hours.  It seemed that she used NLP techniques combined with giving me some practical exercises that principally revolved around breathing.  After only a week of trying the exercises, I am back to my normal self.

It has been quite amazing.  The beauty of it is that the advice she gives is very practical and you come away feeling equipped to deal with the problem.  An excellent service,and very charming too.”

Mr. LL

Lauras guidance has helped me overcome needless worrying and panic attacks and has given me the stability and control to handle the high pressures that come with extensive touring and performing across the world.  Perhaps most importantly, she has helped me rediscover my passion for playing live

Ed MacFarlane, Friendly Fires

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