What is Stress?

Stress happens! Yes, being stressed is unavoidable it seems, and it can and does happen to most of us at one time or another. The expression, “I’m all stressed out!”, is quite common today. Or perhaps your inner voice may be telling you that, ‘hey, things are getting quite overwhelming here’ or ‘I’m beginning to feel like I’m being pulled apart at the seams.’

So, you may be asking yourself, ‘how come I’m so stressed out all the time?’ Is there a way that I can avoid these many uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms that are affecting my work, relationships, and my health?

When a person is really feeling ‘stressed out’ in their lives it’s often because they may be experiencing more than one stressful event happening simultaneously. This feeling of being overwhelmed with stressful events that appear to be out of your control can open the ‘flood gates’ so to speak of your catecholamines which are the hormones made by your adrenal glands located on top of your kidneys.

Your adrenal glands send those catecholamines into your bloodstream when you’re physically or emotionally stressed because of receiving the communication between the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands about the fact that you seem to be fearful or afraid for some reason. This communication then sets into motion the hormones needed from your adrenal glands which is the result of your sympathetic nervous system being alerted of the necessity of your ‘fight or flight’ system to be utilized.

Why does this happen you may ask? Often, it’s our own mental dialogue that can sometimes be to blame here. Before I explain further, though, here are some of the many events that trigger stress and the mental and physical symptoms of stress and the many health problems created because of experiencing chronic stress….

What can cause symptoms of Stress?
Events that can cause symptoms of stress:
  • A new addition to the family like a new baby, an adopted child or an older relative moving into the household
  • Being a full-time caregiver for sick or disabled family member or spouse
  • Being over-your-head in financial debt
  • Children leaving the home
  • Changing schools
  • Changing your line of work
  • Death of a spouse, close family member, or a close friend
  • Major and minor violations of the law
  • Marriage—planning for, paying for, future expectations
  • Moving residences
  • Marital separation and/or Divorce
  • Personal injury or illness
  • Pregnancy—wanted or unwanted
  • Retirement from work or being fired from work or laid off from work
  • Sexual difficulties, loss of libido and desire
  • Taking out a new mortgage or just paying for a mortgage or qualifying for a mortgage
  • Trouble with your boss, disagreements with workmates, not enjoying your work
  • Vacation—planning for, paying for, traveling to & from
What are the Mental Symptoms of Stress?
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Powerlessness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Hostility
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Resentment
  • Phobias
  • Fears
  • Obsessions
  • Unwanted thoughts
What are the Physical Symptoms of Stress?
  • Muscular tension
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Backaches
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel
  • Ulcers
  • Chronic constipation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tremors
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Obesity
  • Physical weakness
What Major Health Problems Linked to Chronic Stress?
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Rapid aging
How can Hypnosis help me manage my Stress?

Have you ever wondered if your own mental dialogue may be part of the reason for these physical and mental symptoms of stress that you keep having? Are any of these statements true for you?

  • ‘If I don’t get this report done on time my boss is going to kill me!’
  • ‘I can’t be late again for work or else I’ll be fired from my job!’
  • ‘If I don’t get into the right lane, I’ll miss the turn off and I’ll be late for work’
  • ‘I have to get my daughter into that school, or she’ll never amount to anything in life, and I will have failed as a parent’
  • ‘How will I ever live without my husband here to support and love me?’

And on and on it goes…. There is a myriad of negative scary statements that we often say to ourselves that can set us up for becoming fearful and ultimately over stressed. And if we keep on saying these statements it only keeps perpetuating this feeling of being overwhelmed, unsafe, insecure, hopeless, and helpless. And because our mind and body are biologically programmed to react to this stress by activating our sympathetic nervous system, our bodies will be filled with adrenal hormones designed to help you during times of ‘fight or flight’.

If you never seem to resolve these negative and fearful issues or statements that you keep saying to yourself, you will keep your body flooded with all these adrenal hormones which ultimately causes you to endure the many physical and mental symptoms or side-effects of stress. Your mind and body will never seem to break free from all these fearful projections, so it does not go back to normal or homeostasis again, and you lose that feeling of being calm and control.

What if you could turn off the negative fearful mental dialogue in your head and instead speak more positively to yourself?
By seeing a hypnotherapist for stress relief, it can help you to:
  1. Learn how to relax again and let go of the ‘what if’s’ in life
  2. Learn how to change your focus on what is possible for you and realistic
  3. Give you the tools for you to change your outlook on stressful events that may be happening to you so that you do not get caught up in a whirlwind of negativity
  4. Helping you to learn how to live in the present moment and free yourself from negative projections
  5. Giving you a sense of empowerment by getting your subconscious mind to give you examples of past accomplishments instead of failures
How can hypnosis benefit me in managing my stress?

You will find hypnotherapy to be quite beneficial towards helping you get some relief from your stress. You may be surprised at how easy it is to do and how you can teach yourself new ways of handling tough situations that can happen in your life.

If you want to take control of your stress and the feelings of being overwhelmed our hypnosis sessions for overcoming stress will help you to feel calm, relaxed, and in control in most any situation in your life. If you are ready to take the first step book an appointment now!

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