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Stress management

Hypnotherapy and the management of stress

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Hypnotherapy can help you to manage stress. It can teach you ways to trigger the body’s natural calming mechanisms, thus reducing the effect that stress has on you. It can also help you to find alternative ways of coping and to choose the optimal level of arousal to deal effectively with whatever situation confronts you. Hypnotherapy can give you the tools to free yourself from the unpleasant and damaging effects of long-term stress.

What does it mean to be stressed? In everyday terms it is what happens to you psychologically and physically when you are under more pressure than you feel you can cope with. Stress itself is not necessarily bad. It is the body’s natural way of preparing to meet challenges. As part of the “fight or flight” response, it prepares the body to deal with a threatening situation. This essential response is normally a short-term reaction and has no ill-effects. Unfortunately, today’s stressed individual is much more likely to be persistently reacting in this way to problematic situations.

Some stress cannot be avoided – even in the best-ordered life – and it can aid performance; for example, in an examination. However, too much stress, especially when it is a regular and long-term response to life’s many and varied pressures, is detrimental to health and to the ability to cope. This is because being continuously stressed means that the body chemicals associated with the “fight or flight” response are constantly being released, producing unpleasant physical symptoms and mental distress. Long-term over-arousal from chronic stress is destructive.

Symptoms of Stress

“Everyone reacts to stress differently. However, there are some common symptoms to look out for. People who are chronically stressed may have: periods of irritability or anger, apathy or depression, constant anxiety, irrational behaviour, mood swings and be oversensitive, loss of appetite, a tendency to comfort-eat, an inability to concentrate or make decisions, loss of sex drive, an increased likelihood of smoking, drinking or taking recreational drugs. There can also be physical effects, which may include: excessive tiredness, sleep problems, tearfulness, frequent colds and infections, high blood pressure, skin problems such as eczema, aches and pains from tense muscles – including neck ache, backache and tension headaches, increased pain from arthritis and other conditions, feeling sick and dizzy, stomach problems including constipation, diarrhoea or ulcers, missed periods. In times of extreme stress, people may tremble, hyperventilate (breathe faster and deeper than normal) or even vomit. For people with asthma, stress can trigger an asthma attack.” – The Health Information Team at BUPA.

We offer all of our clients an initial consultation of approximately an hour-and-a-half. This gives you the opportunity to discuss whatever is causing concern and to learn more about the undeniable benefits of hypnotherapy. Each subsequent consultation runs for about an hour.