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What is Stress *

Stress places huge demands on both the body and the mind. Stress occurs when an external situation is perceived to be a threat, a danger, and that is when the ‘stress response’ is created within the body and the mind. The threat may be real or imagined. If the threat is ‘real’, then the stress response of the body and the mind is appropriate; when we perceive a threat, a branch of our nervous system releases a flood of stress hormones (which include adrenaline and cortisol.) These hormones prepare both the body and mind for the ‘fight or flight’ response, which is appropriate behavior when a true threat is present. It enables the person to stay focused and alert and also gives sometimes, extraordinary muscular strength, which allows the person to respond to the danger. In this situation the only choices available are to fight or run; there is no energy spare to think about it.

There is no time to spend pondering or deciding on a course of action. In the body there will be a high and fast rate of breathing, fast heart rate and high blood pressure and most of the body systems like digestion and mucous and saliva production, as well as other systems, will either shut down or work overtime to free up the energy needed to respond to the situation of stress. When the person, perceives, that the ‘danger’ has passed, the mind and the body relaxes and the relaxation response will take over; this is where the heart rate, respiration and blood pressure decline, the digestion starts to function properly as well as an increase in saliva and mucous production.

Some of the symptoms of stress are: chest pains, depression, asthma, ulcers and recurrent infections, irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain, high blood pressure, persistent sleep disturbance, migraine and skin conditions. Phobias, burn out,  bi-polar episodes, loss of confidence, negativity, pessimism, perfectionism, anger, irritability, panic attacks and anxiety. The list is almost endless.

In life it is every day, normal situations that become troublesome and lay the groundwork for our response to stress. They can be external stressful situations, such as: marriage, divorce, moving house, finances, death, illness, children, relationships etc or internal stressful situations, such as: perfectionism, negative self talk, pessimism, fear, lack of assertion, inability to accept uncertainty and so on. Everyone will react in their own unique way. Some will thrive on pressure and actually perform better while others are frightened or even terrorized by those same pressures.

When suffering from stress a person can find their judgment becomes impaired and they are unable to make rational decisions. They find it difficult to concentrate and focus on tasks. They find their pleasure is reduced or non-existent. They often feel anxious, frightened of things that would normally not be frightening, like going to work, or travelling somewhere. They may suffer agoraphobia or claustrophobia. They may feel frustrated, and feel that sometimes they are ‘going mad’. They may feel overwhelmed; they may become neglectful of both themselves and others in their care; neglectful of important issues. Many of their normal behaviors will change as shown in the list above and they may also find themselves nail biting, or incapable of relaxing. They may become dependent on drugs, prescription or non-prescription, alcohol, cigarettes, food, gambling, shopping, etc. Addiction is a common response in cases of stress as the whole point of addiction is to change the way a person ’feels’ and the addictive usage of various substances and behaviours,  will initially change the way a person feels emotionally and give them an experience of feeling ‘good’ which is something they haven’t felt for a long time. It is easy, when looking at the circumstances regarding being trapped in the cycle of stress to imagine that a person might ‘want to feel good’, and using a drug or food or whatever to change the way they feel must be very attractive, in the short term. Unfortunately, the problems start when ‘short term’, becomes ‘long term’ and addiction occurs, bringing with it yet another set of stressors, besides the obvious physical and mental stressors of the drug of choice.

How I can help

Using a blend of hypnosis, Cognitive behavior therapy and Mindfulness I can help you start to learn how to respond to any stress ‘triggers’ you experience in your life. You can learn how you are affected by stress specifically, in your life. Together we can identify the sources of stress and you can learn how to work ‘smarter’, not ‘harder’; enabling you to lessen the energy required for any task and reduce your levels of exhaustion and therefore also, reduce your stress levels.

As you become more aware of levels of tension, physically, you will find yourself more able to resist stress. All the skills you learn can help to cope with your ‘stressors’. I can teach you how to use a variety of techniques which are hugely beneficial when added to your own  skill set and resources, enabling you to tackle the ‘stress’ which exists in your life.. Also you will learn to tackle the ‘faulty’ thinking process that will usually be present in a person suffering from stress. Looking at negative beliefs, thoughts, and images you will be schooled in how to challenge these thoughts, and to test them, to find the ‘reality’ within your beliefs, thoughts etc, rather than assuming something that is unrealistic. You will relearn how to process your thoughts and beliefs in a healthy way and this will help towards alleviating your suffering with regards to the amount of stress you experience. Your mood and behavior will often change radically and stresscan lessen with your newly adopted ways of ’thinking’.

 

*DISCLAIMER:Please note results may vary from person to person.

 

 

 

 

 


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