You're stressed, feeling out of control, you've had enough and you want things to change. But you are not sure how? Unfortunately I can't change your workplace, your family situation or other stressful challenges that might be affecting your life. But as an experienced hypnotherapist my purpose is to enable you to change by helping you feel more in control, more resilient and more resourceful when dealing with those inevitable ups and downs that come your way.
Strategic Solutions for the Stressed
If stress is casting a shadow over your enjoyment of life, or affecting your health and wellbeing my aim is to help you:-
- Take practical action to support and de-stress your body and mind
- Learn to really relax at will, perhaps more deeply than you’ve ever been aware of before
- Understand where your stress comes from
- Build self-esteem and confidence
- Start to accept yourself and your limitations. You are only human after all
- Choose new and more helpful attitudes and patterns of behaviour
- Learn to respond rather than react
- Learn how to access your inner resources so that you can be calmer and feel more in control
More about Stress
If the health and safely experts could, they would surely put a warning label on Life itself with its rich but uncertain variety of experience, and its inevitable stresses and anxieties.
A certain level of stress is usually manageable (and this level will vary from person to person) and indeed can be useful in terms of motivation and performance.
But for many stress, whether in the workplace, through illness, or family issues, not only interferes with daily life but can also make it a misery. Depression, anxiety and sleeplessness are common symptoms of stress and it can be a contributory factor in many illnesses such as heart disease, digestive disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and high blood pressure.
Do you React or Respond?
We often experience stress when we feel out of control, or when we don't know how to cope with the obstacles and difficulties which seem to come our way. Headaches, tightening of the stomach and difficulty in sleeping are examples of how we might react physically to stressful situations. But try changing the word ‘react' to ‘respond' and immediately there's already a greater sense of choice and being in charge.
The point I'm making here is that whilst we can't always control what life throws at us, we can learn to control how we are going to be about it. In many situations we can actually choose to allow ourselves those automatic reactions or we can learn to respond to situations in new and positive ways.
Symptoms of Stress
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you feel exhausted or have a sense of being physically run down?
- Do you feel angry at those making demands?
- Do you criticize yourself for putting up with the demands?
- Are you cynical, negative and irritable?
- Do you have a sense of being besieged?
- Do you explode easily at seemingly inconsequential things?
- Do you suffer from headaches and gastrointestinal disturbances?
- Have you gained or lost weight?
- Is your sleep disturbed?
- Do you feel depressed?
- Are you short of breath?
- Do you have feelings of helplessness?
- Do you notice an increased degree of risk taking?
- Do you have difficulty in prioritizing/making decisions?
- Do you have occasional dizzy spells
- Are you drinking or smoking more?
- Do you have odd aches and pains?
- Are you more forgetful than usual?
- Do you have feelings of being unable to cope?
- Have you lost interest in your appearance?
If you are stressed you may well recognise a number of these symptoms and be wondering about their deeper effects. If so it may be time to take action because stress left untreated can affect your life and your health quite profoundly.
The Effects of Stress on Your Health
On your Mind
- Prolonged stress can lead to chronic anxiety, that is to say continued feelings of fear and apprehension accompanied by symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, dizziness or difficulty breathing.
- It can develop into depression, feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, that there’s no point in anything.
- Eventually it could cause mental breakdown, even suicide.
On your Behaviour
- You may turn to excessive use of alcohol or other substances.
- You may lose confidence and self esteem.
- You may find you become increasingly socially isolated. It’s just all too much effort to get along with others.
- You may find yourself becoming impatient or aggressive.
On your Body
- Stress can lead to digestive problems such as constipation or diarrhoea. It is often the underlying cause of irritable bowel syndrome. It can cause nausea and vomiting.
- Stress lowers your resistance to infections.
- It can exacerbate problems such as asthma, dermatitis and psoriasis.
- It can affect sexual function.
- There is an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and even cancer.