So much is said about stress and to put it simply there are two types of stress, good, and the bad.
The good kind raises your heartbeat, elevates your blood pressure, and gets you alert and ready for anything. You will easily know the difference between good and bad stress and when it suddenly flares up it might happen during a business meeting, excitement at a sports game or even when you’re driving and someone cuts you off.
This type comes and goes quickly You feel your adrenaline pumping in your veins and you are sharper, quicker thinking and your reflexes become faster. You will feel your stress going away after a while as your adrenaline levels return to normal and your blood pressure stabilizes.
The stress we really have to be careful of is the second type of stress. This stress is chronic, you feel exhausted and worn out because you have been stressed over a longer period of time and it feels like it you have no way out and no peace of mind. This creates havoc on your body, and your normal body systems begin to break down sometimes to the point of creating chronic diseases in our body. Because chronic stress exposes us to cortisol and other stress-related hormones for longer periods of time than short term stress we can eventually find ourselves suffering from any of the following:
- Concentration and memory problems
- Increased blood pressure
- Loss of energy
- Lower or Weak immune system
- Aches and pains
- Type-2 diabetes
- Digestive problems
- Higher risk of heart disease
There are many ways to treat your stress, such as meditation, exercise or massages, all of these will initially help you to relax and unwind and get some relief from your stress.
These practices should become part of your self care plan, however, this is just dealing with your stress on the surface. If you really want to get to the bottom of your stress and your anxiety, you have to dig down deep and find the source, a bit like pulling out the weeds by the roots instead of just trimming the surface.
That’s what hypnosis does, it helps you to get to the source of your stress. Hypnosis is probably one of the least-understood therapy techniques, even though it has helped with many physical and mental ailments over the years.
What are the benefits of using hypnosis to treat stress?
1. It’s time-efficient. One of its benefits of hypnosis is that you can get right to the source of your stress usually during your first session, which is quick compared to other methods of treatment.
2. Gets to the bottom of things. Through hypnotherapy, you can find what triggers your stress and anxiety. It could be due to a negative past experience, a certain situation that left its mark, or an illness yours or someone else’s. Regardless, your therapist can help you diagnose and treat your stress through hypnosis.
3. Hypnosis is Holistic. Hypnosis treats your body, mind, and soul as one entity.
4. Hypnosis is gentle and gradual. Your session allows you to be safe and to explore where and how your stress is manifesting, what you are feeling and where all this is showing up in your body. Hypnosis will help with the self sabotaging thoughts that keep you stuck and because it is gentle and gradual you will be able to do this without feeling lost or alone.
5. You’re in control. In spite of what many claim or believe, during hypnosis, you’re awake and remain conscious the entire length of the session. The only part the licensed hypnotherapist, someone whom you trust, plays during the session is to listen to you, guide your suggestions of how you’re feeling, where it hurts, and how to get rid of the pain. Other than that, while you are undergoing hypnosis you stay conscious and in control the entire time.
The reason why hypnosis is successful is because when you’re in a trance, you’re in a state of deep relaxation.
This is when your brain is open to suggestions. It’s a way for you to unlock and change your negative thoughts into positive ones, allowing you to break free of negative patterns, and learn how to react when you are faced with stressful situations.
Finally Hypnotherapy can help you change your perception of the stress-triggers that you have identified, in your life.
And since stress is created through your thoughts and perceptions, Hypnotherapy is a great way to lower your levels of anxiety and reduces stress, and if you can lower your levels of anxiety and stress, you are on your way to a happier, healthier, more balanced you.