Stress has always been a part of our daily lives, beginning with the fight or flight response we inherited from our early ancestors. Many of our stresses and anxieties are regular, ordinary reactions to circumstances where are bodies respond in a, to some degree, fortified way. This kind of stress could be seen as ‘positive’ or ‘important’ stress in light of the fact that without it we would most likely lead very dormant, dull and directionless lives. As James Tighe (from BBC Health) states:
Stress in itself isn’t necessarily harmful. Everyone needs goals and challenges. But too much can be damaging.
In our current society, people are increasingly experiencing too much stress, or what could be called ‘negative’ stress. This is the type of stress that can make you feel overwhelmed. Stress is a trigger for depression and can also affect your physical health.
There are a number of triggers for stress, however the following are generally the top reasons: any sort of loss, from bereavement, divorce and separation to a child leaving home; long-term illness and disability; marriage; moving house; a new job; holidays and work.
The symptoms of negative stress are well known to us, and include:
- Increased irritability
- Heightened sensitivity to criticism
- Signs of tension, such as nail-biting
- Difficulty getting to sleep and early morning waking
- Drinking and smoking more
- Loss of concentration
We all have a level of stress, including negative stress, which is manageable for us. This level will vary from person to person and is dependent upon a number of factors, for example, self-confidence and self-esteem, stability of lifestyle and relationships, unresolved issues from our past.
What is important when thinking about our stress levels is the degree to which our response to a certain trigger has been either appropriate or disproportionate. Equally important to consider is the degree to which stress is beginning to seep into all aspects of our lives.
How Hypnotherapy Can Help
If you are suffering with stress that is related to an upcoming event, for example, if you are due to sit an exam or are due to have an operation, then hypnotherapy will enable you to reduce your stress.
It will provide you with a greater sense of self; it will boost self-confidence and self-esteem; it will help you build on your self-belief and you will have a strong visual image of yourself being calm and self-assured. Hypnosis is well documented as being wonderfully relaxing and effective at reducing stress levels.
Here at Hypnotherapy North West we have substantial experience of helping people to reduce their worries and stress in relation to specific events, and you would need just one session a week or two before the event in question.
Ongoing and Pervasive Issues with Anxiety
Perhaps your issues are more long term, and you have found that your stress levels are having a limiting effect upon your life? Perhaps you are not sleeping at night? Perhaps you are constantly having arguments with those around you? Or perhaps you are beginning to take significant time away from work due to your high stress levels? In these circumstances it is likely that you would benefit most from a course of hypnotherapy to resolve the underlying issues that are increasing your stress levels.
At Hypnotherapy North West, we have found that stress can be very effectively treated and issues can usually be resolved within about 8 sessions.