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De-Stressing through Hypnosis: Increase Effectiveness & Avoid Burnout
What is Stress
According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition, stress is a “constraining force or influence: as a state resulting from a stress; especially: one of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium.”
Why we experience stress & the symptoms
We experience symptoms of stress when faced with
(a) loss (physical or abstract); change (new life circumstances)
(b) conflict (interpersonal relationships/facing a dilemma/difficulty making choices)
(c) unresolved issues (past negative experiences affecting the present).
Other stress scenarios include: fear (of failure or success); a lack of trust (in yourself or others); a lack of clarity (unclear goals/objectives); inability or unwillingness to accept responsibility or accountability and disconnect between thought and emotion (thinking and feeling).
If the demands of a situation we face outweigh the skills we possess to handle them we deem the situation/experience “stressful”. When reacting (negatively) to a stressor we activate our body’s stress response i.e. “flight, fight or freeze” reaction.
Stress Management Tips
How to deal with stress
While a certain amount of stress is essential for survival and to keep us alert, inspired and creative, science has proven the harmful and drastic effects of stress on our mental, physical and emotional health - from anxiety and impeding concentration to decreasing the effectiveness of our immune system.
While we cannot control external factors we can change our perception and how we react to them. We can start by practicing self-awareness and taking greater control over how we respond to external stimuli. A good stress management plan focuses on both, the physical and emotional aspects of health
1. Get Enough Sleep – Running on less than 7 hours of sleep per night will cause fatigue and unproductivity which in turn leads to frustration and increased stress.
2. Exercise Regularly – When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that induces a positive feeling in the body often described as “euphoric”.
3. Eat a Healthy Diet – Keep away from fatty, oily foods that provide no nutritional value and energy for your body. Instead, streamline your diet to vegetable, fresh fruits, whole grains and lean protein that are high in nutrients and help you stay mentally alert.
4. Practice Relaxation Exercise such as Visualization (soothing imagery) and Deep Breathing – Meditation helps reduce stress by allowing your body to learn how to control the fight-or-flight response. Positive effects of meditation include slowed heartbeat and breathing, reduced oxygen consumption and increased skin resistance.
- Manage Your Expectations (including being perfect) – Do not burden yourself with the need to be flawless and perfect all the time because life is a cycle of trial and error.
- Expand Your Support System (find a mentor) – Two is always better than one. Having a moral support by your side will help you lift your spirits when you hit ineluctable moments of weakness.
- Practice Being Objective (avoid emotional reactions) – Alter your attitude and approach in life. Instead of immediately reacting with emotions face situations with objectivity.
- Develop a Healthy, Positive Attitude Towards Yourself, Others and What You Do – As to the Law of Attraction, employing a healthy attitude not only changes yourself but also the people you attract. Surround yourself with positive energy + positive people.
When dealing with stress, each person is unique in tolerance levels, coping abilities, reactions and therapeutic needs. If you recognize the level of stress you are experiencing is beyond your control, driving you into a state of apathy, negativity, and/or depression, it is advisable to seek professional help.
Hypnosis is a safe and effective method that can clear stress by accessing the root cause, transforming negative emotions into positive feelings, releasing limiting beliefs that hold you back and clearing blockages that contribute to stress. It is possible to create new/positive responses that replace old/negative reactions to stressful events in the past/present. Effective and long-lasting relief can be accomplished through "desensitization", which can be brought about through Hypnosis.
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