World health day 7th April 2018 - stress, disease and hypnotherapy
We’ve all experienced stress and anxiety in our time. But where does illness fit in and how can Hypnotherapy help?
All kinds of situations or things can cause stress in our lives, but it’s how we cope as individuals to the stressor and the meaning we give to it that makes the difference. For example, not all events stress all people in the same way. It’s not the actual event in our lives that causes us to feel stressed, anxious, depressed or angry it’s the way we think about them.
We can’t control the events in our lives, but we can control how we respond to them. Learning to change our thinking habits can make a huge difference to or lives.
Physical symptoms of stress
- Tense neck and shoulders
- Digestive problems
- Sleep disorders
- Lack of energy
- High blood pressure
- Excessive sweating.
Emotional symptoms of stress
- Memory loss.
Psychological symptoms of stress
- Withdrawal from society
- Compulsive behaviours
- Eating disorders.
When a threat or a stressful situation arises, the body’s fight or flight response kicks in with the production of adrenalines. If the stressor continues, the body tries to cope with it but gradually the resources are used up. Once the body’s resources are used up, it can lead to illness as the immune system can be low. In simple terms, stress can suppress the immunes system or not let it function as effectively as it should.
So how can hypnotherapy help?
Relaxation has been proved to un-suppress the immune system and hypnotherapy can help to achieve a deep relaxed state. There are of course other relaxation methods such as yoga, meditation, exercise, listening to music or reading a book, which can help you to achieve a positive state of mind.
Studies have found that when people receive treatment for illness, those that have a positive attitude get well sooner than those that don’t. It’s a proven fact that a positive attitude increases the antibodies in the body. Whereas emotional stress decreases the antibodies.
Being in control and in a positive state of mind allows you to make the choice of how stressful an event can be. Helping a person to relax and focus on the positives is one of the things a clinical hypnotherapist can do to help a person with illness get on the road to recovery.
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About Caroline Evans
Caroline is a qualified and accredited solution-focused therapist, clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist. Using a therapy based firmly on the findings of modern day neuroscience that is led by up to date research. Helping you to take control of your life and achieve your goals. With a current DBS certificate and fully insured.