Breaking the stress cycle
28th February, 20140 Comments
Everyone gets stressed from time to time, but if you find you are constantly feeling anxious or depressed then you may need help.
The long term effects of stress can be debilitating to general health and well-being, and can affect every aspect of life. At its worse, people can end up getting into a vicious cycle where stress and anxiety makes it hard to carry out everyday tasks. You find that you are not able to function at work, or begin to fail in your studies or find looking after your family a pressure. This in turn makes you feel bad and - guess what - you become even more stressed and anxious...sometimes even ending up with depression.
Can hypnotherapy help?
There are many things you can do to begin to break this cycle. Rebalancing your life, exercising, relaxing more, eating properly and breaking addictions to cigarettes or alcohol can all be steps on the road to well-being. But sometimes it can be hard to get started, especially if you are feeling down.
This is one time when visiting a hypnotherapist can be especially valuable.
One of the first things a good hypnotherapist will do is induce a state of deep relaxation. This in itself can be very beneficial. Hypnosis is a pleasant and natural state which you will recognise if you have ever become so absorbed in a film or a book that you were not aware of the world around you. A trained hypnotherapist can work with you to use this state to help your subconscious mind break the negative thoughts and behaviour patterns which can lead to stress. Your therapist will work with you to find better ways to manage your stress.
By teaching you how to relax, the hypnotherapist will prove to you that you can begin to control your feelings of anxiety immediately. Once you get to used to this and find you can start to control your anxiety, you are in much better place to make lifestyle changes and break bad habits.
There is a well known saying: ‘if you always do what you have always done then you will always get what you have always got.’ So, for permanent change, you need to change your lifestyle and patterns of living. This can seem daunting but there are many techniques which can help you map a new path.
Using cognitive behavioural techniques can help you see old situations in new ways and cope with things which you have previously thought were insurmountable. Your hypnotherapist may encourage you to keep a stress diary so you can see what you find especially stressful and the work out ways you can cope with or change these situations.They may also teach you some techniques for stopping and then changing negative thoughts around your everyday life.
Building up control
As you learn to use your mind to control your body’s stress responses, and as you begin to understand how to keep problems in their place, you will begin to feel the freedom of being in control again.
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