Stress – ‘a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.’
We all suffer from stress from time to time. It’s normal. But what’s worrying is the knock-on effects it can have. It can cause mental health problems, which are responsible for approximately half of all absences from work.
Here we ask some of our team how they deal with stress.
“It very much depends on the nature of the stress. It is helpful to remove yourself from the situation or fall to introspection in an attempt to work out what in particular is causing the stress and what can be done about it. If this isn’t possible:
Reading is often a nice means of escapism, or I suppose to a lesser extent one of the typical “summer blockbuster” films that require little mental engagement – sometimes even temporarily getting it out of mind helps reduce it.
Other times, it can be nice to sit down with my kids (assuming it’s one of the rare times they aren’t the cause of the stress): reading or building lego with them or something – their enjoyment of such simple pleasures can help put some things in perspective.
If all else fails (and I don’t advocate exercise normally), I do taekwondo and have a punch bag so sometimes it helps to go out and practise on that. Probably running or any kind of sporting activity would do the same – something to get the endorphins going.” – Nic, Software Engineer.
“I enjoy walking the dog when I get stressed. In fact, I find that walking in general is always a good way to clear my mind. As is other forms of exercise, watching a film and talking about the causes of stress.” – Gavin, SEO Executive.
“I’ve found that listening to music is a great way to relieve stress. People often say to listen to relaxing music, but I find listening to my favourite music works best – something that I enjoy. Alternatively, finding somewhere quiet and peaceful can be a good way to unwind after a stressful day.” – Ryan, SEO Executive.
We all have our own way of dealing with stress – sometimes we can manage it, but other times we can’t. If you do feel stress is getting too much, you may want to explore hypnotherapy for stress.
In hypnotherapy sessions you, with the help of your hypnotherapist, will try to discover the root cause. This could be a situation, a past experience or even something to do with a personal relationship. Once the cause has been found, you will agree on a goal – this could be the way you feel or what you do when stress isn’t holding you back. Your hypnotherapist will then use a variety of hypnosis techniques to address the problem, with the aim of reaching your goal.
If you feel like hypnotherapy for stress could help, use our advanced search tool to find a hypnotherapist local to you.