Hypnotherapy For Stress
Clinical hypnosis or Hypnotherapy has a well-documented history with the successful treatment of people that suffer from negative type stress & anxiety. There are no drugs or chemicals involved, and the mind and body can benefit greatly from hypnotherapy as an effective intervention. Hypnosis is a natural altered state of consciousness, that if induced and managed correctly, produces positive changes, psychologically, physiologically and emotionally. The therapy given whilst in hypnosis can result in personal empowerment, and a greater sense of general health & well-being for the client. A suitably qualified Hypnotherapist can teach a person self-hypnosis which will equip him/her with a powerful tool to further assist in creating on-going positive changes in his/her life. With self-hypnosis, he/she can learn to program their own subconscious mind (autosuggestion) with positive thoughts and ideas, that can move them forward towards their goals and aspirations. When a person feels confident, in being able to respond and work through any event or circumstance that may arise in their life, negative type stress can be reduced and a more positive mindset can become the norm.
What is Stress?
The Mosby’s Medical and Nursing Dictionary (2nd Edition) defines stress as; “any emotional, physical, social, economic or other factor that requires a response or change”. It goes on further to refer to ‘General Adaption Syndrome’ which is defined as; ‘the defence response of the body, or psyche, to injury, or prolonged stress. It consists of an initial stage of shock or alarm reaction followed by a phase of increasing resistance or adaption, using various defence mechanisms of the body or mind, and culminating in either a state of adjustment and healing, or exhaustion and disintegration’.
Stress is the energy exerted by one thing or another. It is those energies and tensions that move through our central and autonomic nervous systems that allow us to function as living human beings.
It can be defined as being either an essential or positive type, or undesirable or negative type. Positive type stress are those energies and tensions that allow us to achieve our goals, succeed in our pursuits, experience health and vitality, happiness and a sense of well-being.
Negative type stress is the undesirable excess energies and tensions that, if are experienced for prolonged periods of time, can result in physical and psychological ill health, even to the point of debilitation and death.
The Nervous System
The human nervous system comprises of the central nervous system, which controls all of our voluntary actions, or conscious actions, and the autonomic nervous system which controls certain types of involuntary actions or subconscious actions. The autonomic nervous system is divided into two parts; the parasympathetic nervous system, and the sympathetic nervous system.
When a stimulus is mediated through the parasympathetic nervous system, a person can experience feelings of wellbeing, relaxation, harmony and stabilizing emotions. The role of the parasympathetic nervous system is to bring the body back to its normal relaxed harmony between stresses. It helps to promote healing and repair the body. When a stimulus is mediated through the sympathetic nervous system, this causes a person to experience stress. The stimulation of negative emotions such as fear, anger, resentment, hatred over prolonged periods and if repressed, can lead to psychosomatic illness and other stress related diseases. The normal role of the sympathetic nervous system is to set the body into the “Fight or Flight” state, as a normal reaction to an outside threat or danger. However, it is when these actions of Fight or Flight are not acted out physically, and the negative emotions continue to be stimulated and repressed, that a person can suffer stress related illness.
Postive vs Negative
As mentioned previously, stress can be either positive or negative. Positive or desirable stress is necessary for living, good health, success and achievement. For-instance, daily or regular exercise is necessary in order to continue to maintain good health. Laughter and fun activities, group activities, personal growth and development, career or work challenges, sport, hobbies and interests, family and friends are all forms of positive type stress.They are necessary to a person’s psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. When the imagination is fed with positive ideas and our thought processes are geared to think positively, our performance is affected also, in a positive way. So the effects of positive stress are beneficial to our entire health and wellbeing, and propel us forward to achieve and succeed in fulfilling our desires and goals.
Negative stress is mismanaged stress and, in the same way that positive stress can produce a positive spiral moving us towards success and attainment, negative stress can produce a downwards spiral leading to more unhealthy stress levels, and negative thinking, physical and psychological ill health and debilitation. Often a person’s belief is that the world is a dangerous and stressful place to be and therefore it has become his/her self-fulfilling prophesy. “As a man thinketh, so is he”. The belief and expectation together are a powerful combination when used positively or negatively. Effects of negative stress are not confined to just the person suffering from it, but also the families and friends associated with the person are affected. Families can disintegrate, friends no longer feel that they can help, or they may find that the person is just not pleasant to be around anymore.
Stress and associated anxiety can indeed be classed as one of the leading causes of disease and ill health that exists today. Heart attacks, strokes, cancer and many of the major types of life threatening diseases can in many cases be traced back to high levels of negative type stresses i.e. prolonged repression of anger, resentment, fear, hatred, and prolonged periods of anxiety.
Hypnotherapy is an effective and natural intervention for reducing or eliminating negative type stress. If you are suffering with stress and anxiety issues, call now to find out how hypnotherapy can help you.