Stress can be defined as the way you feel when you’re under too much pressure. Pressure can be caused from work, home, our personal lives but more likely to be a combination of all of these things, possibly others as well. Maybe even workplace bullying!
Each individual will cope differently with their own levels of stress. What one person may regard as highly stressful, another person may only regard as only mild or of no impact at all. Problems occur when individuals perceive themselves as unable to cope with the level of stress they face, and feel they are not capable of dealing with the cause or the consequences of whatever it is that is a the root of their anxieties.
Contrary to popular belief, stress can be both positive and negative. As a positive influence it can motivate individuals to perform at their optimum level and boost energy, however as a negative influence stress can lead to adverse physical affects and be detrimental to health.
Stress is caused by the body's natural reaction to defend itself, so in an emergency stress will force us to exert maximum effort to protect ourselves. However when our body is prepared to face an emergency and no emergency happens, all the extra energy has nowhere to go, and negative stress is caused.
Feelings of anger, depression, distrust and rejection, ultimately leading to headaches, insomnia and high blood pressure can all be caused by negative stress and if left untreated can lead to significant physical ill health.
As each individual deals with stress differently it is hard to identify its exact cause. However, common causes include loss, change, an uncertain future, conflicts with your belief system or life cycle transitions. The brain does not distinguish between real or imagined stress and stress is often created by what we think rather than what has actually happened.
As it is not the situation itself that causes stress (or everyone would be stressed by the same situation), but rather our reaction to the situation, hypnotherapy can be effective for managing stress through the learning of mindful Hypnosis methods.
By altering our reaction to a particular situation during hypnosis to a more positive one, the feelings about that situation can also become more positive. When an individual then experiences that situation in real life, their reaction will often be much different because their mindfulness allows them to be in the moment rather that in the past or the imagined future.