Stress and it’s affects on our lives
Stress is an amazingly popular subject! I just Googled how to manage stress and got 265 million (yes, million) results! Life is stressful and it is probably not going to change however much we might want it to.
The fact is we all feel anxious and stressed at times however when it goes on for too long a period, it can seriously shorten your life (in some cases, by up to 10 years). Stress and anxiety is known to contribute to poor health with diseases and conditions such as type two diabetes, obesity, heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.
So what happens to our body when it is under prolonged stress, well this is a very brief summary of what happens every time we have an anxious thought or think the worst (therefore when our subconscious mind perceives it as real danger). The hypothalamus which is situated in the brain, triggers the autonomic responses to ‘kick in’, affecting our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems such as body functions like blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. This in turn sends huge surges of the ‘stress’ chemical, cortisol to run rampant through our systems (therefore enabling us the fight/flight response). This is fine in short bursts but if constantly aroused, can cause all sorts of distress to our internal organs, interfering with our blood sugar levels, immunity and metabolism, plus the many other mechanisms/organs also regulated by our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
Working with an experienced therapist, hypnotherapy is a successful approach to quickly ease these feelings of despondency and anxiety. Usually it is a three phase approach.
• By addressing the cause – What is preventable, what is your expectation of yourself, how do others see you, and just as importantly how you think! others see you.
• Reducing the pressure – By finding tangible solutions to change the way you are feeling and getting back in control.
• Through hypnosis gently guiding your subconscious mind, the seat of your emotions and behaviours, to gently know that you can feel more relaxed. Tasks, obligations and expectations are more in your control. Giving you the confidence to be able to choose realistically to live your life more comfortably. The therapist guides you to reframe your old responses to situations so that you recognise the unwanted patterns.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety and stress is generally a quick and effective approach. By directly speaking to your subconscious mind, you have the permission and tools to let go of your preoccupation and find tangible solutions to help you get back in control easily and comfortably.
All this can be achived in a few as three sessions along with a set of coping strategies to take away and use on a daily basis to stop you from getting back to the point were your stress has become unmanagable again.