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The feeling of being stressed can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It can be a reaction to stress, or it can occur in people who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life. It can happen to anyone - even someone like Prince Harry who made startling admissions in 2017 about the stress he suffered following the tragic loss of his mother Princess Diana. The podcast with Bryony Gordon and Prince Harry goes into detail about how he has felt from the age of 12 - he has shown the world with great courage how to talk about these issues...

Over the many years I have been practicing as a counsellor, more than 65% of my clients have presented with physical symptoms of chronic pain such as severe back pain, constant headaches and in most cases, insomnia - most clients were surprised to hear that these symptoms could be related to stress/anxiety overload.

My pioneering programme is based upon the work of Dr John Sarno in the United States under the term Mind Body Syndrome (MBS) or Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) - all of which describes a very common problem - back and neck pain - and redefines it in simple terms as physical pain with roots in unresolved conflicts and emotional repressions, but of course we all can experience stress and anxiety differently .

Dr Sarno – tells us that we all have emotions in our unconscious mind that have been repressed. When it looks like these emotions might erupt into our conscious mind our unconscious mind gives us pain and other symptoms instead to divert us. He also says rage/anger can be one of those repressed emotions. There is also sadness, guilt and much more. Dr. Sarno describes this to his patients as an “overflowing beaker” of rage is made up of three components: 1/3 childhood 1/3 current stressors, and 1/3 our personality.

Here are just a few of the physical conditions that commonly manifest as symptoms of stress and anxiety: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, back- shoulder- neck- knee pain, insomnia, tendonitis, sciatica, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes etc., repetitive cough, undiagnosed chest pain, palpitations, high or low blood pressure, hyperventilation or shortness of breath, abdominal pain, ulcer symptoms, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, colitis, spastic colon, heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhoea, fatigue...

Dr Sarno and his Recovery Programme has helped thousands of patients across the globe, the TMSwiki site was set up in 2008 for people to learn about TMS, included on this site is complete Pain Recovery Programme by Dr Alan Gordon. The TMSwiki currently hosts 589 different articles on TMS.

When Dr Sarno retired in April 2012, TMSwiki produced a thank you gift, a website where all the patients from across the globe can write their Thank you Dr Sarno letters, however he sadly passed away in 2017 at aged 93, but he has left an amazing legacy. You can see the stories and thank you letters are still coming in from former sufferers of Mind Body Syndrome who have reclaimed their lives.

A Film titled All The Rage is available to rent, the stories are real, the people are real...Using a first-person approach to explore the work of renowned physician Dr. John Sarno and his radical methods to treating pain, ALL THE RAGE examines the connection between emotions and health. Through interviews with Sarno, esteemed patients, and experts, the film offers a profound rethink of how we approach our health care.

Q: "How do components in the mind and structures in the brain work together to produce this syndrome"? A: Well, we have a conscious part of our brain as well as an unconscious part, 95% of our thoughts and feelings are in the unconscious part of the brain – in other words we are not aware of them.

According to Dr Bruce Lipton … our unconscious mind operates at 40 million bits of data per second, whereas the conscious mind processes at only 40 bits per second. So the unconscious mind is MUCH more powerful than the conscious mind, and it is the unconscious mind which shapes how we live our life. So, if we are feeling something … this is often the tip of an iceberg of an underlying vast emotional component that exists in the unconscious mind.

Everyone will experiences stress and anxiety at one time or another. The difference between them is that stress is a response to a threat in a situation. Anxiety is a reaction to the stress.

The fight-or-flight response is linked to stress. When we encounter situations that we interpret as threatening, our body switches into the same reactions our ancestors had tens of thousands of years ago. Our blood pressure rises, we begin to perspire, our breath becomes shallow, and our blood platelets become sticky. When people live in this state of arousal constantly, it can cause damage to the body, and in the long term this stress and imbalance, contributes to emotional and physical illness.

Meanwhile, a new study of 5,000 UK adults has found that Britain is losing almost five billion hours of sleep, worrying each year. The research, undertaken by YouGov showed that this has a negative impact on their day-to-day wellbeing of 6 in 10 people.

Doubts about home security, money worries, health concerns and work woes are among the most common causes. According to the Health and Safety Executive's report stress accounted for a considerable 37pc of all work-related cases of ill health.

10.8 million working days lost


An independent 'Thriving at Work' review commissioned by Theresa May in January also revealed recently that 300,000 people actually lose their jobs due to poor mental health and stress management each year, at a cost of £99bn a year to the UK economy.

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