It can motivate certain types of people to work at their best however, it can cause major health problems too.
The body has the ability to defend itself and in an emergency situation, stress causes us to release two chemicals (Adrenaline and Cortisol) so our body is ready to face the emergency and either stay and fight or run away (flight.) When there is no emergency, all the extra energy has nowhere to go which can cause problems, leaving you with feelings of anger, depressions, distrust and rejection. These feelings, if they continue for too long, can result in your physical and mental health being affected. This in turn, can lead to headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure and weight gain.
Most people can deal with a certain amount, however there comes a point where just ‘coping’ becomes increasingly difficult and becomes psychologically and emotionally draining. This is known as ‘stress disorder.’
So the stress we are experiencing is often created by what we think may happen as opposed to what is actually happening. This can be due to a big change in your life, high pressure environments, constant worrying, not having enough going on in your life (or too much), no control over a situation and having a lot of responsibility to name but a few factors. Sometimes your stress may be due to one factor but often it is a big build-up of challenges that have occurred over time.
Different situations can cause stress too, and depending on how we perceive the event, how emotionally resilient you are and how you deal with pressure, depends on how it may affect you. Some situations you may find yourself in could be injury, illness or long term health problems, bereavement, breaking up from a relationship, divorce, being a long term carer, losing your job, retirement, problems with housing conditions and money worries. There are also happy events that can also cause stress, such as moving house or getting married. Along with the excitement there are often feelings of pressure and even the need to feel happy all the time.
You may feel or show some physical or emotional / behavioural changes. Such as: nausea, indigestion, headaches, difficulty in sleeping (or waking during the night) increased (or decreased appetite) irritability, tearfulness, palpitations, dizziness, feelings of fear, depression and anxiety, indecisiveness, become withdrawn (or more aggressive) to name but a few.
Hypnotherapy is effective in helping you to address and identify your causes of stress. The aim is not eliminate stress completely, but to help you find ways of managing it effectively so that you are better able to cope. I will work with you to identify and achieve your goals, this could include how you would like to feel and what you could achieve without stress holding your back. I will then work with you using different techniques such as relaxation techniques, breathing techniques, visualisation, self-hypnosis and looking at your life style and changes that you can make.
You may see an improvement after just 1 or 2 sessions and after attending a number of sessions, you may start to feel more relaxed and confident in the situations that previously caused you to feel stressed.