Stress and It's Impact on the Body
Stress is an accepted fact of everyday life and whilst some stress is an important element of peak performance, there are documented to be in excess of 360 physical symptoms of stress, ranging in degrees of severity. If we become attuned to recognising our own early warning signals of escalating stress we can help to improve our coping mechanisms and as such can intervene before our health starts to deteriorate.
Let's look at stress and it's impact on the body:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome is exacerbated by stress. We may talk about being gutted or sick about various stressful situations. If we are sufficiently distressed by these situations our bodies may well internalize the stress and start to manifest physical symptoms to reflect those feelings. Other people may prefer to hold onto their feelings and not speak out, swallowing them down, churning inside as a consequence. Again those symptoms are increased through stress.
Irritable bowel syndrome can be helped by using hypnotherapy and stress management techniques to improve assertiveness, confidence and self-esteem. Hypnotherapy can also utilise visualisation techniques to soothe and maintain a calm, clear gut, whilst self-hypnosis can be taught to support ongoing healthy bowel functioning.
- Pain management techniques and hypnotherapy can help improve the quality of life of people in chronic pain. Relaxation techniques, better quality of sleep and improved outlook on life are all important factors for pain sufferers. Stress is an additional factor for people in constant pain as they often hold their bodies awkwardly to try to minimise or accommodate the pain. The long term implications of ongoing stress is often low mood, referred pain or further complications.
Pain caused by stress can manifest itself in headaches, tension in the neck and shoulders and a miscellany of aches and pains throughout the body. Learning to recognise the signs of over-tiredness and stress can help with the early treatment of stress and it's impact on the body.
- Sleep is often disrupted through stress. When a person has a lot on their mind, is over stressed throughout the day and is feeling increasingly under pressure it can be difficult to switch off, relax and be able to sleep. Some stressed people may find that they do go to sleep but wake up in the early hours, their mind racing. Other people may sleep but wake up feeling unrefreshed, increasingly jaded and out of sorts.
Hypnotherapy can help to introduce balance into life, learn to develop a healthier perspective with more appropriate priorities. Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to heal, renew, replenish itself both mentally and physically. Committing to take care of oneself, to eat well, exercise, have fun and some personal time is important. Then start to prepare each night for bed by winding down an hour or so before and find that this supports a good nights' sleep.
People typically find that stress builds up gradually over time. They may start to notice that other people's demands, opinions and pressures gain more and more dominance in their lives. This stress may be to do with family, work or a personal desire to do well, but finding ways to look after oneself whilst maintaining important areas of concern supports better longterm health and helps to minimise the negative effects of stress and it's impact on the body.
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