All about stress
Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension and there are a number of different reasons why we feel affected by it. One is that we are overworked or we feel like we don’t have the time to get a job done.
Another cause is anger. Stress reduction can seem impossible when we are constantly fuming over something or someone.
A third reason we feel stress is nervousness. When life just doesn’t seem to be going our way and we have problems with anxiety, chronic stress can ensue.
Sometimes, a one-off, significant event leaves us feeling severely stressed. Two good recent examples include Covid and the lingering cost of living crisis. When compounded by an unexpected redundancy or injury, the stress we’re exposed to can be immense and may also impact out immune system too.
Other times, people just seem to have a run of bad luck that exposes them to a long run of stressful experiences. These events can leave you feeling perpetually ‘switched-on’ and hyper-vigilant.
A common problem that won’t go away
Many of us struggle on with mild forms of stress every day, while others find the weight of their perceived problems almost unbearable.
When we feel stress, the chemical cortisol floods our systems. In short bursts – such as when fleeing a burning building – this has obvious advantages. But most of the time, stress hampers our physical relaxation capabilities and gets in the way of enjoying life to the full.
Just imagine if you were better able to cope with stressful situations – if you could be immersed in something unpleasant, but not react to it in the way you currently do.
We can’t make stress disappear once and for all – because the world will keep on throwing difficulties at us. What we can work on is our response to these challenges. Hypnotherapy helps you to ‘dial down’ the response and be better at carrying on – bypassing your usual response (anger, feelings of helplessness, anxiety and so on).
It’s also a fast-acting solution, as it rapidly equips you with tools to manage your emotions.
Why stress relief is important
In order to better manage stress and feel better equipped to cope with stressful events, many people need to make some important changes in their lives. These can include consciously reducing the number of things that cause them stress, or trying mindfulness training techniques. They can seek help for treating anxiety, too, or look at other ways to improve their wellbeing.
Often, though, making these positive changes is not easy. As a result, the symptoms of stress – such as sleep problems (insomnia), trouble staying calm in social situations and a variety of mental health conditions – all persist.
How Hypnotherapy for Stress can help you
Some of the best ways to tackle stress involve changing your beliefs and learning effective coping strategies. Equipped with these skills, the next time you are in a situation where pressure could easily rise, you are better able to stay calm. This is where stress hypnosis with an expert can really help.
Unlike other therapies, hypnotherapy is something that works quickly. During a session, I first discuss with a client the reasons behind why they are feeling stressed. Sometimes, there can be deep, underlying cause of stress – meaning that we need to look at people’s values.
The power of positive suggestions
My work as a trained clinical hypnotherapist makes it possible to help people deal with the emotional impact of difficult situations so that they can leave feeling better equipped to face the world in a positive, relaxed manner. One way I do this is by using the power of positive suggestions during hypnosis.
Other therapeutic techniques include targeting the amygdala directly – the amygdala being your ‘freeze, fight or flight’ response that can cause so much stress and anxiety. These hypnotherapeutic techniques can be highly effective at changing your unconscious response to things.
During a hypnosis session, we will help you find ways to deal with stress and handle your day-to-day life with a different, calmer mindset.