Simply blow stress away!
24th November, 20140 Comments
Written by: Pamela Windle - Bsc Hons, Dip Hyp, GHR Reg, GQHP
How much stress do you have in your life? The chances are the answer to that question is “too much”, for almost all women today.
Never before have we been expected to do, and be, so much. Mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, professional, worker, housekeeper and more. The demands of modern day life are intense, from money woes to work worries, parenting stress and concerns over the well-being of our own parents. There is an ever increasing expectation for women to do all of this and still look good too.
Many women are chronically sleep deprived, burning the candle at both ends takes its toll and sleep becomes an elusive old friend. Even if you are not battling with the sleepless nights of early motherhood or the menopause, it's quite likely that your body is producing too much cortisol (a stress hormone) and not enough melatonin (a sleep hormone) at night in order for you to rest fully.
Signs of too much stress in your life are not always what you think they may be either. The stereotypical tension headaches, insomnia, digestive disturbances and grumpiness can often be masked by less obvious symptoms of too much stress and anxiety including gaining weight (or an inability to lose weight), hair loss, erratic periods and inhibited fertility, lowered libido and acne. A large proportion of these effects are caused by the disruption in hormone levels experienced when we spend too long in a state of nervous arousal. Our bodies enter into survival mode when we are stressed or anxious, slowing our metabolism, increasing our appetites (and especially sugar cravings), increasing oil production in our skin and raising our levels of the steroid hormone cortisol which causes weight gain, lowered sex drive and mood swings.
Hypnotherapy is a time honoured, simple and effective treatment for stress and anxiety, and along with it all of the negative effects of stress listed above. The aim of hypnotherapy for stress is two fold.
Firstly it will help you to learn to relax and manage your anxiety levels, through the practice of visualisation, deep controlled breathing and techniques such as hypnotic anchoring. Hypnotic anchoring is just using one or more of the senses to associate with a good, positive feeling. We possess many of these positive triggers naturally; for instance for many the smell of lavender instantly helps them to feel relaxed, or a specific piece of music may make you feel happy, particularly if it is linked with a happy memory. Through the use of all of these techniques it is possible to not only 'turn down' anxiety levels but also to prevent them from increasing in the first place.
The second aim of hypnotherapy is to look at any triggers that may be causing stress levels, for instance an event that may have happened in the past that the person is having difficulty 'moving on' from. Through the safe mechanism of hypnosis it is possible to loosen some of the hold these memories have and to replace them with far more positive thoughts and feelings.
Simply using hypnotic relaxation allows the body to produce calming chemicals and hormones while reducing the production of stressful and negative ones. Allowing the individual to regain control of their life and their body and to look forward to the future again.
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