We all experience stress at one stage or another. It can be caused by our professional or personal lives, and each individual will cope with it differently. What one person may regard as highly stressful, another person may regard as highly motivational. Problems occur when individuals perceive themselves as unable to cope with the level of stress they face. This can then impact both their mental and physical health.
Most of us think we know what stress is. Yet it seems to be a ‘catch-all’ term that’s used to describe feelings ranging from minor irritation to the cause of a mental and/or physical breakdown. There isn’t a strict medical definition, so it can be difficult to find out what the causes are.
There are however many treatments and techniques that you can implement for stress management, including hypnotherapy for stress. This page will delve deeper into what stress is, and discover its causes and symptoms. We will also explore how to cope with stress, and how hypnotherapy for stress can help.
What is stress?
Stress can help or hinder a person depending on their ability to cope. It can motivate individuals to perform at their optimum level and boost energy. However as a hindrance, it can cause major health problems. It’s caused by the body’s natural reaction to defend itself, so in an emergency stress will force us to exert maximum effort to protect ourselves. Yet when our body is prepared to face an emergency and no emergency happens, all the extra energy has nowhere to go, which can cause problems. Feelings of anger, depression, distrust and rejection can permeate.
If we live with these feelings for too long, the consequences for our mental and physical health can be dire. It can ultimately lead to headaches, insomnia and high blood pressure. So it’s no surprise that people are trying to find the best tried and tested ways to effectively relieve and deal with it.
Most of us can deal with a certain amount, as we know it’s part of our day-to-day lives. We just manage to push on and get on with everything. Yet suffering with chronic stress is physically, psychologically and emotionally draining. When it reaches this stage, it’s classed as a ‘stress disorder’.
These disorders can be very debilitating; they can prevent us from fulfilling our potential in both our professional and personal lives. Very few people know any effective stress management techniques or how to cope with stress in its severe forms. In some cases, the individual may not even know the causes.
Stress and anxiety were nature’s gift to human beings – meant to save their lives when they were being attacked by predators. Now that this situation no more exists, we get lost in our daily grind, subconsciously likening our routine challenges to life threatening situations. The fact is, most difficult situations are not even remotely life threatening, and the presence of all those additional hormones is not only not helping us, but creating so many problems in our lives. It reduces our efficiency, compromises our health and also affects our relationships as we take out the brunt of office on our loved ones. And surprise, these problems cause us more stress!
Hypnotherapy helps you get out of this vicious cycle. It helps you identify and reprogram the beliefs and behaviours that cause you stress in your daily life. You’ll learn to take a step back and enjoy life, as you become more efficient, more motivated and more popular in your office. As a consequence, you’ll also enjoy better relationships, and find constant improvements in your health, as most ailments today are a result of persistent stress. Hypnotherapy for stress works best in conjunction with Reiki.
Counselling and psychotherapy can be effective treatments for stress. Cognitive behavioural therapy can help individuals to understand why they think the way they do and how these thoughts can be positively changed to manage the problem.
As it is not the situation itself that is the direct cause (or everyone would be stressed by the same situation), but our reaction to the situation, hypnotherapy for stress can be effective. By altering our reaction to a particular situation during hypnosis to a more positive one, the feelings about that situation can also become more positive. When an individual then experiences that situation in real life, their reaction will often be much different.
Hypnotherapy for stress
Hypnotherapy can help address your stress and anxiety levels. With the help of a hypnotherapist, you may be able to identify the cause(s) of your stress. Or you may find it’s a past experience, a situation, a physical issue or something to do with a relationship that’s the main cause.
After discovering the root of the problem, you will then agree upon a goal. This goal could include how you would like to feel and what you would like to do in life without stress holding you back. Your hypnotherapist will then work with you to achieve your goals using a variation of different techniques. Each therapist might use different techniques, but they all will work towards the same goal.
Hypnotherapy for stress can start to work in a few sessions, but it entirely depends on your reaction to the therapy. After attending a number of sessions you may start to feel more relaxed and confident in the situations that previously caused you to feel stressed.