How to cope with stress and anxiety with hypnotherapy
Stress is something we all try to cope with in our day-to-day lives. While you might think stress is simply an emotion, a feeling, think again. Stress is actually a physical bodily reaction to real or imagined danger. This physical reaction creates tension and gives rise to negative emotions in our body such as fear or anxiety.
We experience fear and/or anxiety, from being under too much mental or emotional pressure. This pressure we feel, this anxiety, comes from being unable to cope with the thoughts going round and round in our minds. Everyone experiences stress and anxiety, so ask yourself:
- Am I feeling tense, anxious and stressed?
- Do I have knots or butterflies in my stomach?
- Do I feel burdened, weighed down or have a heavy heart?
- Am I unable to sleep or relax
- Do I constantly feel irritable?
- Are my thoughts going round and round in my head?
With constant pressures from work, family, relationships, etc. many of life’s demands today can cause stress or anxiety. It can affect everything you do and get in the way of sorting out issues. Stress can affect how you think, feel, behave and how you cope with everyday events. In fact, the common signs of stress include:
- loss of appetite
- problems with sleeping
- difficulty concentrating
- panic attacks
- low self-esteem
- short temper
- overly cautiousness
- muscle tension or pain
- recurrent headaches/dizziness
Have you ever heard of the “fight” or “flight” response? This is when, due to stress, a huge surge of hormones are released telling your body to fight the danger or run from it. It is our innate human survival instinct. When stressed, these elevated hormones, change our behaviours and actions. For those of us who are constantly under stress, due to our work, family life or relationships, these hormones will remain in high elevations in our body, leading to chronic symptoms of stress or acute anxiety.
Managing your stress in daily life
In themselves, stress and anxiety are not illnesses, however can cause serious illness if not addressed. It is so important to recognise the symptoms of stress as early as possible because recognition will help you figure out ways of coping and will save you from adopting unhealthy coping methods, such as smoking or drinking. By spotting the early signs you are also able to prevent any symptoms of getting worse and potentially causing serious complications, such as panic attacks or high blood pressure.
Luckily for us, there are many things we can do to manage our stress more effectively. We can learn how to use deep breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, exercising regularly and self-hypnosis/meditation.
Recognising your stress/anxiety triggers
Keep a diary if you are not sure what is causing your stress; make a note of your stressful episodes for two to four weeks. Spot your triggers and write them down:
- What you were doing at the time of the stressful episode?
- Write down the date, place and time.
- Whom you were with?
- How did you feel emotionally?
- What were you thinking?
- How you felt physically?
- Use a stress scale (0-10) one is the least stressed you feel and 10 is the most stressed you could ever feel).
Take action to tackle your stress quickly
There’s no single method that will work for everyone. However, there are simple things you can do to change and help relieve the stress and anxiety like for instance relaxation techniques, exercise and discussing ones issues. Who would have thought that simply by breathing and talking one could actually reduce stress?! How cool!
Get support for your stress
You might be wondering, “I have tried exercising, I have tried relaxing and yet still nothing still seems to be working. Why?” Not to worry, stress anxiety hypnotherapy can help you relax, better your sleep patterns and improve your relationship with people around you. Hypnotherapy can help by exploring your inner-mind for different options in changing your perspective; making positive changes for a calmer and better lifestyle, likewise increasing your confidence; and it can help by facilitating your relaxation to let go of stress and anxiety.
Hypnotherapy is one of the best modalities for those people who are otherwise healthy.
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