14 Sep

Hypnotherapy for stress management.

In these uncertain times most of us are feeling a little more stressed that usual.

Why do we get stressed?

Our brains have evolved to help us survive.
When we feel threatened whether its something new, a challenging situation or that we are simply just feeling more stressed than usual, our brains fire off hormones like adrenaline and cortisol which increases our heart rate, our breathing becomes more shallow and gets faster and our muscles feel tense.
This is the ‘fight or flight’ response, and it serves us by giving our bodies the ability to either run away or fight.

Nowadays we aren't fighting lions, tigers or bears (oh my!!) but our brains still have this survival feature. 

In our modern life we experience different situations and circumstances that our mind interprets as a threat.
So, when your manager emails you with a tough deadline. Your brain still goes through the motions to prepare you to ‘fight or flight’, but instead of fighting your manager or running away from your desk, it’s more likely that you’ll stay sat at your desk.

Those stress hormones are still flooding round your body making you feel stressed. This feeling often dissipates rapidly, but when life is challenging and we are experiencing multiple stressors regularly, we can begin to feel in a constant state of stress and start to develop stress symptoms.

So how can stress effect you?

Stress can affect us in multiple ways 
It can cause strong emotions, mental and physical symptoms too. 

Some of the ways you may feel stress emotionally include:

• Anxious feelings
• Feeling overwhelmed and as if you can’t cope
• You may get easily irritated and angry
• You may find you have low in self-esteem and self-worth
These negative feelings may change the way you behave and interact with those around you.

Some of the ways you may feel mentally stressed include:

• Fast and overthinking
• You may have more difficulty making decisions
• You may find it hard to focus
• You may be constantly worrying
These feelings may well impact on your day-to-day life and over time, stress can lead to mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.

Some of the ways you may feel physically stressed include:

• Tension in your muscles
• You may get headaches
• You may feel dizzy or lightheaded
• You may have problems sleeping
• You may be tired more than usual
• You may experience changes in your appetite
These feelings can make you feel very unwell and may require you to take time off work to recover.

How hypnotherapy can help.

Hypnotherapy aims to break negative thought patterns and responses to stress and instead provide you with healthier reactions. 

Your therapist will work with your subconscious, the part of your mind that works automatically and is responsible for those fight and flight responses.

Your hypnotherapist will help you enter a state of deep relaxation. 

When you’re in this blissful calm state, your subconscious is more open to suggestion. The hypnotherapist will then make helpful suggestions supporting your mind and body to respond to stress in a better way.

Results happen rapidly quite often after just  one session. Responses to therapeutic intervention will depend on your individual circumstances and the depth of work needed. 

Often hypnotherapists will also teach you self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques. You can use these techniques after the sessions are over and we will leave you with a brain and body training audio. You can keep using your audio to reinforce the sessions and transformation process.

All our graduates are highly skilled in helping you to feel calm, relaxed, stress free and more confident in yourself. Our graduates are listed on our find a therapist page.  

Getting help.

The hardest part is often asking for help, do feel free to get in touch with any of our graduates.  They'll offer you a consultation and life can start to feel more confident, comfortable, calmer and more in control again.

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