Stress - How hypnotherapy can help
Like with any anxiety there is however only a certain amount of stress that we can take; until the body (and mind) reaches overload- we peak and then drop once more into the ineffectiveness of no stress. The aim is to become aware of what our optimum levels of stress are for us to function efficiently and effectively without “overload”
Stress can present itself in a myriad of ways; excessive behaviours such as eating, spending, smoking, drinking…anything that alleviates the stress for a few small moments (only to create further stress later down the line), typical reactions can be being more aggressive, snapping at loved ones, being intolerant of minor mistakes right through to road rage. Or being unable to sit still and relax, not be able to concentrate and even thinking that we may be going a bit crazy. Stress can affect us in all sorts of ways and can vary from person to person.
A stress response includes increases in blood pressure, pulse rate, energy levels, mental activity and muscle strength. Stress results from a psychological and biological reaction to a perceived threat.
I deal with stress a lot better, so experience less physical symptoms as a side effect. Through relaxation I've significantly improved my anxiety, and have created a more positive outlook on life. Andy had a huge role to play, and for that I will always be grateful. I appreciated learning techniques to be able to take control of my emotions and behaviour. And everything Andy helped me with, I have used ever since. It was great for relaxation, and I liked the visualisation part of it. I found the more therapeutic part of the sessions for helpful for my particular problems.
Stress is a normal natural response- a biological reaction to a perceived threat or threatening situation. A stress response is a physical reaction; elevated blood pressure, a speedier pulse rate, energy levels increasing, creating more mental activity and strength of muscle. The body is preparing to race into “flight or fight”, the reaction is purely innate and mechanical.
To produce anything we need a certain level of stress; to pick up a knife and fork to eat; getting up in the morning; exercising; working. Employers have for a long time understood that to produce an effective worker the work environment needs to create a certain amount of stress… if not the environment, sadly, the workload! The saying, “Always ask a busy person to do something.” Directly relates to levels of stress.
Stress - Symptoms and effects
Stress affects one in five of the working population, and is now the biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK .The following table lists some of the common warning signs and symptoms of stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.
Hypnotherapy is very effective in dealing with stress management. All stress is triggered by an event. Once you learn to recognise what triggers your stress, you can look at introducing new behaviours to these stress triggers.
While you are in a hypnotic state, hypnosis equips you to recognise your stress triggers. In this relaxed and peaceful state, your thoughts can be reframed to help you develop new behaviours in your everyday life. By learning to control your response to stress triggers, hypnotherapy provides a more relaxed, calmer response to whatever circumstances you may find yourself in.
Hypnotherapy can alter the way we deal with stress by changing the way we “cope”….by removing the “coping” and actively embracing stress as a bodily function. Hypnotherapy for stress will look at the external environment and how that environment is processed; the environment in some circumstances cannot be changed but we can change how we relate to the environment, and rather than “coping” and handicapping we can allow stress to become an asset for accomplishment.
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