What is stress?

Stress is a normal reaction that the body has when changes take place. It can respond to the changes either emotional, physically and mentally or all together.

Stress will occur when there is an adjustment or response required. The body will react to these changes with mental, physical and emotional responses. Stress is a routine part of life, and it can be experienced from your body, thoughts and the environment. Even if you have positive life changes like the birth of a child or a promotion, it can still produce stress.

Does stress affect your health

Our bodies are designed to experience stress and then react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us motivated, alert and able to avoid danger. Stress becomes a negative problem when a person is facing constant challenges without relaxation or any relief between any stressors. The person can become overworked, and the stress-related tension builds up.

The bodies nervous system has a built-in stress response that will cause the physiological changes that allow the body to fight stressful situations. This is a stress response, that is known as a fight or flight response which gets activated in an emergency. This response though can become chronically activated if there are long periods of stress. Having a prolonged activation of stress response will cause wear and tear on the body both emotionally and physically.

If there is prolonged activation of the stress response, it causes wear and tear on your body, both emotionally and physically. Stress that goes on without any relief can lead to distress. Distress is an adverse stress reaction that can disturb the internal balance of your body or equilibrium, which leads to symptoms such as an upset stomach, headaches, chest pain, elevated blood pressure, sleeping problems and sexual dysfunction.
Stress can become harmful when people are engaging in the use of substances or behaviours in an attempt to relieve stress. Such substances can include alcohol, food, drugs, sex, gambling, shopping and the internet. Instead of reducing the stress levels and returning the body to its natural calm state, the compulsive behaviours and substances will often put the body into a stressed state which will just bring on more problems. The stressed person will just become trapped in a vicious cycle.

Stress management and hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is one of the least understood treatment tools. People think that hypnotherapy is a way to get someone to bark at their command or take off their clothes when a certain word is mentioned. Hypnotherapy is nothing like this description. Hypnotherapy is a valuable tool that helps people to overcome their fears, improve their ability to manage stress and withstand pain. You can be hypnotized by a professional that you trust to achieve the goals that you set out for yourself. You can save money and time to learn hypnotherapy for yourself using your thoughts and your own voice. This practice is known as self-hypnosis.

How does hypnotherapy work for stress?

Hypnotherapy is used in stress management in two different ways. First off, you can use hypnotherapy to get into a relaxed state, fighting the tension and triggering off your relaxation response. This will help you to prevent any health problems that are due to suffering chronic stress. Hypnosis can help you to achieve the various lifestyle changes that can help to lower the amount of stress that you are going through in your life.
You can hypnotize yourself to stick to programs like exercise and meditation. It will help you to feel more confident in setting boundaries. You can use hypnosis to lower the level of anxiety that you go through when you encounter situations that trigger the stress like intimidating social situations. Hypnotherapy will help to overcome negative habits that you may have taken on to help you cope with the stress, like compulsive eating or smoking.