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Stress is becoming a significant problem for more and more people, as we lead fast paced, demanding lives. So, just what is stress, and how does it affect our bodies and minds?
We all suffer from stress at some time in our lives. Some stress is good - it helps us to get things done and gives us a sense of urgency. It also helps us respond to real or perceived danger. When this time of stress or danger passes, our bodies relax and return to their normal state.
It is when the times of stress increase to an unmanageable level, or our bodies do not return to their normal state that stress starts to become negative and counter-productive and can lead to anxiety related illnesses such as General Anxiety Disorder and Depression.
Stress means different things to different people. It is such a broad term which can include anything and everything from mild irritation to the problems that can lead to actual breakdown of mental, physical and emotional health.
Physical symptoms of stress include: Increased heart rate, sweating, shallow breathing, loss of concentration, sleep problems, loss of appetite, headaches, feelings of nausea, fatigue.
Psychological symptoms of stress can include: Feelings of worry, anxiety, fear, panic, irritability, low self esteem, low levels of confidence, feeling out of control and unable to cope, feeling withdrawn.
Behavioural symptoms of stress can include: Increased alcohol or drug intake, increased smoking, biting nails, grinding teeth, avoiding certain situations or people, becoming withdrawn, lack of communication, increased emotional responses, such as crying, shouting and anger.
Not everyone will experience all of these symptoms, but this is a range of some of the symptoms that can be experienced when our stress levels increase, or stay increased for any length of time. If these feelings are experienced on a regular basis, the stress becomes chronic stress, which can increase the risk of heart problems and strokes. Chronic stress can also compromise the immune system, leading to a higher risk of illness generally.
How can hypnosis help with stress?
Hypnosis in itself is very relaxing, which will immediately help with some of the physical symptoms of stress. Often, just talking to someone about how you feel can help relieve some of the emotional symptoms.
As well as dealing with the underlying causes of stress, you will be taught self-help methods that will help you manage and reduce your stress levels, and give you control over stress, rather than allowing stress to control you.
Hypnotherapy can help you understand what is happening to you when you feel stressed, and help you respond in a more positive manner to the triggers, so relieving and reducing the symptoms.
There are techniques within hypnotherapy that are effective in managing and reducing stress levels and identifying and eliminating possible causes.