what is stress?

Stress is often described as a feeling of being overloaded, wound- up tight, tense and worried. We all experience stress at times. It can sometimes help to motivate us to get a task finished, or perform well. But stress can also be harmful if we become over-stressed and it interferes with our ability to get on with our normal life for too long.

what are the signs of stress?

When we face a stressful event, our bodies respond by activating the nervous system and releasing hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol. These hormones cause physical changes in the body which help us to react quickly and effectively to get through the stressful situation. This is sometimes called the ‘fight or flight’
response. The hormones increase our heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, metabolism and muscle tension. Our pupils dilate and our perspiration rate increases.

While these physical changes help us try to meet the challenges of the stressful situation, they can cause other physical or psychological symptoms if the stress is ongoing and the physical changes don’t settle down.

These symptoms can include:

  • Headaches, other aches and pains
  • Sleep disturbance, insomnia
  • Upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhoea
  • Anxiety
  • Anger, irritability
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling overwhelmed and out of control
  • Feeling moody, tearful
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low self-esteem, lack of confidence
  • High blood pressure
  • Weakened immune system
  • Heart disease

TYPES OF STRESS

Acute stress

Sometimes stress can be brief, and specific to the demands and pressures of a particular situation, such as a deadline, a performance or facing up to a difficult challenge or traumatic event. This type of stress often gets called acute stress.

Episodic acute stress

Some people seem to experience acute stress over and over.This is sometimes referred to as episodic acute stress. These kind of repetitive stress episodes may be due to a series of very real stressful challenges, for example, losing a job, then developing health problems, followed by difficulties for a child in the school setting. For some people, episodic acute stress is a combination of real challenges and a tendency to operate like a ‘stress machine’. Some people tend to worry endlessly about bad things that could happen, are frequently in a rush and impatient with too many demands on their time, which can contribute to episodic acute stress.

Chronic stress

The third type of stress is called chronic stress. This involves ongoing demands, pressures and worries that seem to go on forever, with little hope of letting up. Chronic stress is very harmful to people’s health and happiness. Even though people can sometimes get used to chronic stress, and may feel they do not notice it so much, it continues to wear people down and has a negative effect on their relationships and health.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (sometimes called PTSD) is a form of anxiety disorder. Some people develop this condition after they have experienced a traumatic event. This event might be a serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or a natural disaster such as a bush fire or a flood. Strong reactions such as fear, horror, anger, sadness and hopelessness are natural after events like these, of course. In most cases,these feelings will pass after the normal working-through of emotions and talking things over in your own time with family, friends or colleagues. When these feelings are intensely distressing and go on for more than four weeks, however, it is important to ask for help from a doctor or other health professional, as they may be symptoms of a more persistent condition such as PTSD. About 25% of people who are exposed to traumatic events develop PTSD. As well as being very upsetting, the symptoms interfere with the person’s ability to carry on their everyday life, work and relationships. Treatment helps deal with the symptoms so that people are able to get on with their life again.

What are the symptoms?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is identified by three main groups of symptoms:

  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event through intrusive memories or nightmares.
  • As well as strong emotions, there may be physical symptoms such as sweating, heart palpitations or panic attacks.
  • Feeling emotionally numb and avoiding situations that are reminders of the trauma.
  • Avoiding possible reminders of the trauma can cause someone to lose interest in day-to-day activities and become detached from friends and family. Some people experience ‘dissociation’ – a feeling of watching from a distance as events unfold.
  • Feeling anxious and ‘jumpy’ for no reason.
  • Heightened vigilance can mean the affected person is constantly on the lookout for danger, possibly leading to irritability and a lack of concentration. Someone who has experienced a traumatic event may sometimes feel that they have ‘got over’ it, until they are confronted with a reminder that triggers symptoms again. Those affected may also develop other anxiety disorders (such as phobias or social anxiety), depression, or problems with alcohol and drug use. These conditions can be present at the same time as the PTSD, and require additional treatment.

What are the treatments?

Dianne uses a combination of MTT & NLP, which can be used in groups, one on one or for self help. TBT is used to reduce and/or eliminate symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress, such as:

  • Flash backs
  • Hypervigilance
  • Disassociation

While we cannot change the actual experience of something that has happened in the past, we can change how the experience is structured in our brain and therefore how the memory when recalled is experienced.

This applies to recent or historical traumas such as wars, drone attacks, bombings, home invasions, rapes, earthquakes, floods and other violent events either personally experienced or witnessed. TBT can be used for any events that cause people to feel anxious, stressed or depressed. The traumas do not have to be extreme to get the relief people desire. Sometimes family relations cause people to feels stressed and anxious and TBT can easily be applied here to reduce and eliminate the negative feelings.

TBT is especially useful in helping people to change negative and unwanted beliefs. These beliefs could have been installed during early childhood upbringing. We can struggle with these obsolete beliefs related to self-esteem, worth and capabilities for a life time or we can use TBT to change our perspectives and turn around our lives.

The Trauma Buster Technique (TBT) follows the Mind-Body Healing Model. It is a process designed to eliminate symptoms of stress specifically for Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Tapping therapies are a synthesis between Western Psychology and acupuncture meridian stimulation, known as Energy Psychology in the USA where it was developed. In this system the body and mind are utilised as a single healing tool to bring about changes in the psyche of the trauma sufferer. Many forms of ‘tapping’ have evolved from this synthesis; the most well known being Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) where tapping on selected points on the body brings relief from negative emotions, feelings and behaviours. EFT focuses on negative self-talk and deletes energetic body memories which are the core events causing the unwanted responses.

Research has shown that tapping literally changes brain chemistry by stimulating the flow of endorphins which result in mood and behaviour shifts. Cortisol levels are shown to fall when tapping is done while the sufferer is in an anxious or stressful state. Tapping is also known to modulate the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems which is one of the mind-body’s natural response for de-stressing.

Call Di on 0403 840 970 to see if your stress and trauma can be relieved