Stress vs. anxiety part one
In the following article, the author explores the main attributes of stress and anxiety. What creates one and the other? How are they connected and what are the main differences between them? At the end, the author provides solid scientific arguments of how and why hypnotherapy is one of the best ways to tackle stress and anxiety and how it can help to leave them behind forever. The author is referring to the material of Dr. Joe Dispenza and hypnotherapist Marisa Peer.
Part one: when stress becomes an addiction
Stress has become one of the most common issues in the western modern world. In fact, it’s become so much of our daily routine and conversations that many don’t even recognise it anymore as an issue. “I’m so stressed today!”, “The stress is killing me!”, “Stop stressing me, I’m stressed enough as it is!”. Sounds familiar? It seems the stress is all pervasive and always there. Everyone seems to have it on a regular basis. One could easily say that stress has become part of our lifestyle. Yet, everyone knows that stress is damaging.
For every mental or physical condition, stress is one of the main factors that’s causing it. Again, we are all aware of that fact. How much do we actually invest in ourselves to reduce stress? What is stress and how is it created? We all probably heard about stress being an emergency mode of the body, and the fight or flight response to a threat, e.g. a lion back in the day. But since there are no lions at present threatening us, how come stress is so much part of our lives?
Let us look at the typical example of being attacked by a lion again. Our survival instinct moves our body into an emergency mode, also called stress, which means activating the sympathetic nervous system. In this process stress hormones are released (adrenalin and cortisol amongst others), the heart rate increases, breathing becomes more rapid, a person experiences loss of peripheral vision, pupils become dilated, sweating increases in order to cool down the body etc.
Since there is no lion in the room what is it that is similar in today’s situations that are causing that same body response? It is the feeling of being trapped, of feeling helpless, feeling powerless. These are the feelings that are causing stress. It’s actually the same feeling as when you are attacked by a beast. It’s the feeling of: I must do something, but I believe there’s nothing I can do. This creates a certain pressure under which the body responds with fight or flight survival response.
Common areas where people experience stress are:
- At work: too much is expected of me, everyone is so competitive, the boss is constantly checking, deadlines etc.
- At home: too much is expected of me, my partner doesn’t know how to communicate so we fight, not enough time, not enough money etc.
- In public places: traffic jams, public speaking, being seen by other people – what do they think of me etc.
What’s more interesting is that stress can be triggered by a thought alone. Just thinking about the problems activates stress response. Why do we think about our problems even when they are not there? Or even why do we like to think about our problems? Why do we think about all the things that could go wrong?
Firstly, human beings are wired to look out for danger in order to protect themselves. The issue arises when people get more fixated on the problem than on finding a solution. Sometimes it even seems that people don’t want to find a solution in order to keep the problem going. Which brings us to the second reason: Dr Joe Dispenza found out in his research of human consciousness that the stress response creates chemicals which are highly addictive.
People use their problems and conditions in their lives in order to reaffirm the addiction to the emotion which generates the rush of adrenalin. People become addicted to their thoughts, they cling to the emotions so that they get their fix of chemicals. Feeling stressed, therefore, becomes an addiction.
The majority of people tackle stress by having relaxing breaks, holidays, spa, massages etc. All of which helps on the short term but not in the long run. It helps when they relax for that short period of time, but it doesn’t have any effect after they get back in their daily routine. So they keep repeating the same pattern: creating stress – relaxing – creating stress. Stress creates chemicals in our bodies which keep accumulating over time. After some time it shows as a mental or physical illness.
Since stress is created internally, it needs to be addressed internally and not externally. People can change their environment, jobs, partners, homes, but if they realise that the same stressful situations are happening to them over and over again then it’s time to look inside oneself. Your subconscious mind really has all the answers to your questions.
To be continued: In the next part of this article, the author will continue with the connection between stress and anxiety and how hypnotherapy is the best solution method for both.
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