Hypnotherapy to manage stress

What is stress?

Stress is the way that you feel when pressure is placed on you. A little bit of pressure can be productive, give you motivation, and help you to perform better at something. However, too much pressure or prolonged pressure can lead to stress, which is unhealthy for the mind and body.

Everyone reacts differently to stress, and some people may have a higher threshold than others. Too much stress often leads to physical, mental and emotional problems.
 

Symptoms of stress

The following table lists some of the common warning signs and symptoms of stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.
 

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms

Cognitive Symptoms

Emotional Symptoms

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness

Physical Symptoms

Behavioural Symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

 

 

stress facts

Stress affects one in five of the working population.

It is now the biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK.

Over 105 million days are lost to stress each year – costing UK employers £1.24 billion.

Coping with stress

Since stress affects every area of your life, a variety of coping techniques seem to work better than just one technique. Some of these coping strategies include:

  • Don't worry about things you can't control, such as the weather

  • Prepare to the best of your ability for events you know may be stressful, such as a job interview

  • Try to look at change as a positive challenge, not as a threat

  • Work to resolve conflicts with other people

  • Talk with a trusted friend, family member or counsellor

  • Set realistic goals at home and at work

  • Exercise on a regular basis

  • Eat well balanced meals and get enough sleep

  • Use relaxation techniques

  • Do things you don’t find stressful, such as sports, social events or hobbies

Picture of a woman of was stressed before she relieved her stress with hypnotherapy in Croydon, Surrey

How hypnotherapy can relieve stress

Hypnotherapy is very effective in dealing with stress management.

All stress is triggered by an event. Once you learn to recognise what triggers your stress, you can look at introducing new behaviours to these stress triggers.

While you are in a hypnotic state, hypnosis equips you to recognise your stress triggers. In this relaxed and peaceful state, your thoughts can be reframed to help you develop new behaviours in your everyday life.

By learning to control your response to stress triggers, hypnotherapy provides a more relaxed, calmer response to whatever circumstances you may find yourself in.