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If you are looking to decrease and manage your stress and anxiety better in 2014, it is very likely you have tried multiple other methods with varying success, including various self-help books, help and support from the NHS, increasing your exercise, trying to get more sleep or improve your diet with more fresh fruit and vegetables.

 

At Feel Good Hypnotherapy, we are very aware of the huge impact stress and anxiety can have on people’s lives. Before we go any further, it is worth explaining there are two types of stress – distress and eustress. Eustress refers to a positive response one can have to a stressor – this is the kind of stress people are referring to when they say they can perform a task or play sports at a higher level—they feel and need the pressure to perform at that enhanced level. This is a positive stress in our lives and can affect us in a variety of situations, i.e. the essay due next week, the big project deliverable due tomorrow, an important football match, competing in a tournament, engaging in physical exercise like running or biking, and even watching a scary or action thriller movie.

However, distress is what most people commonly refer to as stress. This is where someone is unable to adapt to the stress in their life, whatever it may be, resulting in various symptoms such as the following:

 

Emotional Symptoms:

 

Anxiety

Depression

Social Withdrawal

Mood Swings

Frustration

Irritability

Feeling overwhelmed

Inability to relax

Cognitive Symptoms:

 

Memory problems

Lack of concentration

Inability to focus on a task

Negative thoughts

Procrastination

Negative self talk

Indecisive

When you think about it, eustress and distress are two sides of the same coin; the only difference is how we respond to the stressor/event which is taking place. Using the essay or project example above, some people use that pressure and stress in a positive way, to help elevate their performance and push them to levels they cannot achieve without the stress. On the other hand, some people will be paralysed by being overwhelmed, not knowing where to start on the project and procrastinating, resulting in the body releasing adrenaline into the body system for minutes and hours, which is simply not healthy for a prolonged period of time, causing shortness of breath, sweats and insomnia. When the body is exposed to constant high levels of stress, the long term effects can be catastrophic – it is not unheard for people to experience hypertension, heart disease, ulcers, migraines, skin disorders, depression and addictions.

 

Hypnotherapy is very successful in this area because it deals with the unconscious part of your mind, which is where permanent change can take place. During the hypnotic trance, with the therapists’ guidance, you can let yourself become more mentally and physically calm, serene and relaxed. By using hypnotherapy to build a strong foundation of inner confidence and calmness, you can choose how to respond to stressing events in the future by taking greater control of your mind, your body and what feelings are exposed when you are in stressful situations. So for example, if a project is due next week, we can change feelings of procrastination and of being overwhelmed to being more decisive, relaxed, in control and greater concentration and focus.

 

Hypnotherapy for managing stress and anxiety will help you in many ways:

  • Feeling much more confident, happier and self assured

  • Discovering and enhancing your inner strengths

  • Feeling empowered to make positive and decisive changes in your life

  • Creating positive, confident thoughts and positive thinking

  • Preventing or avoiding the negative stress response when exposed to a stressful event

  • Owning and taking control of your response to a stressful event

 

When you are ready to choose how you respond to stress, when your motivation to reduce and remove negative stress symptoms from your life is high and you are ready to make the change to have new positive thoughts, feelings and behaviours about yourself, contact us for a free 15 minute chat so we can discuss how we might be able to help you, and answer any of your questions.

Physical Symptoms:

 

Headaches

Insomnia

Muscle Pain

Stomach issues

Chest pain

Palpitations

Low immune system

Low sex drive

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