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Nowadays the word ‘stress’ seems to be a generic term which is used to describe feelings ranging from a little annoyance to a mental and/or physical breakdown. Stress is one of the greatest causes of absence from work in the UK.
We can all experience stress at one time or another – in both our personal and professional lives. But what one person may regard as highly stressful another may regard as a motivational challenge and thrive accordingly.
Examples of stressful situations could include:
It is important to note that stress can also arise with ‘happy’ things too e.g. getting married.
Problems arise when a person finds it difficult to deal with the level of stress they face which can then impact upon both their physical and mental health. Stress can lead to symptoms such as headaches, feeling sick, insomnia, palpitations, faster breathing, indigestion, aches and pains and high blood pressure.
When an event happens that causes stress the body goes into an emergency mode to try and deal with the situation (known as ‘Fight or Flight’) but when the emergency passes all the extra energy that is generated has to go somewhere and feelings of anger, depression, distrust and rejection can permeate. If these feelings are not addressed they can detrimentally impact both physical and mental health.
At its worst stress can be very debilitating and prevent fulfilling potential in both personal and professional lives.
There may be just one cause of stress but it can also occur because a number of issues have built up over time. The reaction to stress can depend on how an event is perceived as our view can be influenced upon past experiences, thought processes and our own self-esteem. The more emotionally resilient that a person is the more likely that the difficult situation can be overcome. Additionally some people are more able to deal with higher levels of pressure than others.
When dealing with a stressful situation it is beneficial to:
Hypnotherapy is very effective at identifying the cause of stress, offloading unwanted emotional baggage, focusing on achieving the desired goals and building confidence. The hypnotherapist may also use other therapeutic approaches to support hypnotherapy if deemed beneficial (e.g. CBT/ACT/Spiritual Healing). Clients often notice positive changes after just a couple of sessions e.g. feeling calmer, more relaxed and confident. The therapy for stress usually requires four to six sessions.
In addition to the actual hypnotherapy sessions a relaxation recording is provided (CD/MP3) and clients are taught self-hypnosis and mindfulness techniques to facilitate relaxation at anytime, anyplace and anywhere.