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What is Stress?
Stress is a response to an external stimulant resulting in feelings of frustration, anger and even anxiety. Stress is a biological reaction to outside pressures, when the subconscious mind feels threatened in anyway it creates these feelings by employing a complex network of arousing or inhibiting neurotransmitters in our brains that either excite us or calm us, this is due to our bodies natural reaction to fear and change, or even fear of change, it is this fight or flight survival mechanism that our subconscious mind uses to keep us alive and safe.
How does Stress Occur?
Stress is a negative emotional experience resulting from a person feeling a mismatch between their environment and their ability to cope with that environment, even a change occurring in a person’s life can cause a fear of that change; these pressures can vary from simple changes in one’s environment, work, family, or social changes, to major life changes like a new job or even bereavement. If we ignore the problem that is causing us stress, it will eventually affect our bodily organs and our general health and also our well being.
Is all Stress Bad?
We all need to have some form of stress in our lives to help us to survive, and need stress to some degree to help keep us motivated and on our toes, but each of us handle stress differently to each other. There are various forms of stress and although each one may present the same symptoms, each one should be treated accordingly to their underlying issues.
How Does Stress Affect Us?
People suffering from stress can also be affected mentally and physically and present issues with psychological changes such as depression or acute anxiety and it isn’t always in conjunction to a specific cause. Stress can also lead to sleep disturbance and insomnia and be linked to sexual dysfunction in both men and women.
The first step would be to examine the general cause or causes of the stress reaction, this would establish what type of stress it might be and how best to treat it. When determining the type of stress associated with you there may be anxiety attached to that stress; this would have to be identified before proceeding for various reasons. There may be some underlying psychological or physical reasons that are causing the stress that are not best treated by hypnotherapy alone, if there are any such issues you’d be referred on to the appropriate help, or if there is some neurological condition consent from your Doctor must be approved before proceeding. If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have a medical condition, you should consult your GP for advice before starting any alternative therapies or treatments.
If you currently have any kind of stress in your life and would like to be more in control of it, please call me to discuss how I can help you.