Strategies for understanding and overcoming excessive anxiety and worry:

Do you live in a constant state of anxiety? Do you find yourself conjuring up all kinds of scenarios of things that could happen, but in all probability will not occur, vividly imagining unpleasant scenarios.

Perhaps it is around fears for the safety of your children. Do you often think the worst? Do you play things over and over in your head? Is it affecting you sleep, health and ability to function?

We all know that this is very, very unhelpful, but often people are not sure why we do it, or how to stop doing it.


Hypnotherapist Simon Pimenta used to be a worrier. He was brilliant at it. However he learned how to be rubbish at it!

He shares strategies for understanding and overcoming anxiety and worry on his website.

Simon works at the little escape on various days- let us know if you’d like to know more or book yourself in!

0203 384 0509

Are you a Stress Junkie?

Are you a Stress Junkie?

Answer the following questions to find out.*

  1. Are you one of those people who say ‘I thrive on stress’?
  2. Do you worry a lot?
  3. Do you strive for perfection?
  4. Do you get by on less than 7 hours sleep?
  5. Do you rely on coffee and/or cigarettes to keep going?
  6. Do you find it hard to switch off/relax?
  7. Do you think that holidays are for wimps?
  8. Do you feel anxious when you’re not busy?
  9. Do you often eat on the go?
  10. 10.  Are you always leaving things to the last minute?

* This is not a scientifically designed questionnaire.

540031.TIFIf you find yourself answering yes to:

2-3 of the above questions, you may be a stress junkie.

4-6 of the above questions, you probably are a stress junkie.

7-10 of the above questions, you definitely are a stress junkie!

Whilst we know that a bit of stress can improve performance, being constantly in a state of stress can cause health problems.

The Stress Response, also known as the Fight or Flight mechanism, is designed to keep us safe. If our ancestors were faced with a tiger, the Fight or Flight response would be triggered to enable us to either fight the tiger or run away, by releasing hormones that primed the body for action. If we are constantly activating this mechanism, it can suppress our immune system, interrupt our sleep patterns, and these hormones can cause a whole host of conditions, including heart problems.

The good news is that we can learn how to break these patterns of thinking, that result in stress, and learn how to calm the fight or flight response. I run a free monthly workshop “Train Your Mind To Change Your Brain, introducing a 3 day training program called the Lightning Process, that is designed to teach people how they can perform at their best even in high pressure situations, without being a stress junkie!

Simon Pimenta (To sign up for Simon’s next free Lightning Process talk at The Little Escape, contact us to book your limited place!)

Treating Migraines Holistically

Migraines are the most common neurological condition affecting 1 in 7 people – two thirds of which are women but it can occur at any age and to any part of the population. The causes of migraines are not as yet fully understood, as no diagnostic test exists to study it. It is generally believed, however, that they are caused by changing chemicals in the brain – namely Serotonin (known as the happy chemical), levels of which greatly decrease during a migraine. As serotonin goes down, the blood vessels suddenly contract and become narrower which causes aura (this is the name given to the range of ‘warning signs’ that some people can get before an onset) and then widen, causing the headache.


Another cause is believed to be fluctuating levels of hormones – Migraines seem to occur frequently in women around the time of their period, just before the start of which levels of estrogen fall. Not all women are affected by this, however, and some of those who are suffer solely from menstrual migraines, whereas others can get them at other times also.

There are a number of things that can trigger this condition, however, such as emotional; environmental; dietary; and physical factors. There are a whole range of different Alternative and Complementary therapies that can be taken to help treat and ease the symptoms of Migraines, and as each patient is different, and some migraines have different causes, certain treatments may be more or less suitable and effective. The best way to do this, then, in order to understand how Migraines can be treated is by listing the different triggers and their own suitable holistic therapies and methods.

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