Managing Stress with Hypnotherapy
Managing Stress in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills with Hypnotherapy
What is Stress?
The dictionary defines stress as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
The stress response is the body’s way of protecting us. In emergency situations, stress can save our lives, giving us the extra strength we need to defend ourselves against harm. In some cases, stress can be a powerful driving force, motivating us to action. Whether it is positive or negative, too much stress in our daily lives can be detrimental to our minds, bodies, moods, relationships, productivity, and emotional states.
We all experience stress differently. Our ability to tolerate stress depends on our outlook on life, genetics, emotional intelligence, and the quality of our relationships. However, studies show that optimistic people tend to have a higher resistance to stress and anxiety because they embrace challenges more easily and accept that change is a part of life.
Stress and Your Health
Stress is often the underlying cause of serious health problems, including depression, anxiety, overeating, insomnia, high blood pressure, infertility, heart attacks, strokes and a number of other illnesses.
All of our internal systems are connected. For example, lack of sleep increases stress, and stress decreases concentration. Sometimes we become overwhelmed by our external stressors such as our jobs, financial situations, or relationships. If we don’t know how to handle it, the stress consumes us, resulting in anxiety and panic attacks. It is critical for our health and well-being to balance our internal processes and learn how to manage the external factors in our lives, whether through professional help or finding other effective ways to relief stress.
All too often we bring about our own stress simply by taking on too much. We don’t know how to say no or set appropriate boundaries. At other times we allow perfectionist tendencies or incredibly high expectations to create a chronically stressful environment and get in the way of enjoying life to the fullest.
Our ability to deal with stress in a healthy manner can mean the difference between thriving and surviving (a reaction based life). Just by virtue of being alive, we are bound to find ourselves in stressful situations at home and at work. At times we may even become so familiar with being stressed out that it just seems normal, as part of life.
Stress doesn’t just go away, but we can learn to manage it. Developing the skills and acquiring the tools to deal effectively with stress will help you move forward and ultimately lead a healthier, more productive life.
Hypnotherapy and Stress
Hypnotherapy and life coaching can help you manage stress. You can learn how to choose your reactions and take charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedules and environments. As Albert Einstein said, “the mind is a faithful servant”. Once we learn to incorporate new thoughts in our minds, we start experiencing everything around us in a different way. We are empowered to deal with stress positively and even make it work to our advantage in some cases.
Venting is another way to release stress. Sometimes just getting it all off your chest helps you feel immediately lighter and happier. A trusted life coach can give you the space to vent and help you examine negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs and work with you to shift and release them.
It is also important to know how to calm and soothe yourself when you’re feeling sad, angry, afraid or overwhelmed. The ability to bring your emotions into balance helps you bounce back faster.
Ultimately, de-stressing has a beneficial effect on our whole being. We make clearer, better choices and decisions. The best answers and solutions come to us when we are calm and relaxed, not when our minds are crowded and chaotic. We sleep better, we are more productive and, in the end, we have more energy. We can focus on what is really important in our lives and work. As Terri Guillemets says, “Give your stress wings and let it fly away”.
If stress is having a negative impact on your happiness, health, or success, we can help. Contact us for information now and change your life for the better. Make an appointment to see us. We also offer phone and Skype appointments.
To your success!
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