How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Manage Your Stress
When we talk about stress, it’s often negatively. Stress is a positive thing in some situations. Without it you probably wouldn’t meet your deadlines or prepare for exams. Stress is energising in the right doses and helps us get through the more challenging aspects of life. Without a small amount of stress, you could have a worse life than you think. Like many things, it is a fine line, because too much stress is, well, stressful!
What is stress?
Stress describes the feelings when particularly overwhelmed or under pressure. The feelings are physical, mental and/or emotional. Stress is similar, if not the same as anxiety, but generally considered a result of an external trigger. Stress should go away when the stressful event or thing is over. Whereas anxiety is a result of an internal trigger, and therefore tends to remain until you deal with the internal battle. If the external trigger of stress remains, the stress will remain and cause the same problems as anxiety. Both stress and anxiety respond well to the same management tools.
Hypnotherapy for Stress
Hypnotherapy for managing stress is something many people bring into their life. As stress is an intermittent problem with a clear trigger, hypnotherapy generally focuses on the trigger. However, most importantly, when you use hypnosis, you take your body out of the physical state of stress. As your brain waves drop down into the slower – closer to sleep – levels, your body moves into a calmer state.
When in hypnosis, you’ll have more focus, so what seemed overwhelming before becomes clearer. When you work with a hypnotherapist seeking hypnotherapy stress relief, your therapist will personalise the session to you, give you tools to use at home, and help you find a way to manage stress in the future. However, if you have a restriction to personal therapy sessions, listening to a hypnosis audio at home every day will help reduce your stress.
Hypnotherapy for Performance Anxiety
Although stress happens with deadlines and large projects due to overwhelm, many people experience stress due to performance anxiety. A fear that you cannot complete the task sufficiently. The fear of failure is so strong it prevents you from starting. It is a normal reaction to something stressful, but only heightens the stress levels. Performance anxiety hypnotherapy will help you feel confident enough to start the task or feel brave enough to combat the stage fright.
A little-known trick is that your brain does not differentiate between real and imagined situations. When you use your imagination to run through something, your brain will process the experience as if it happened. When you feel stress or anxiety about an upcoming task, using hypnosis to imagine yourself completing the task will reduce the fear of failure and make getting started easier.
Stress Reduction Techniques
Most of us live in a society that feels hectic, with high expectations of achievement. We have technology that makes us contactable twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and we anticipate instant response. We feel stress under expectation, and we feel stress when others do not meet our expectations. Without stepping away at regular intervals, the stress will remain.
To step away from the hurley burley of life, commit to natural time every day. From my perspective, natural time means taking yourself back into the environment you belong in. The world that evolved, rather than the one created by humans. Walk in the forest, swim in the sea, jog through the fields. Whatever feels good for you, get out there and immerse yourself in it. Ideally, leave the technology at home and go with only your mind and body. You’ll find that your stress levels reduce and your creativity increases, so your ability to complete your task will feel easier.
A lack of nutrition can put your body into a state of stress without any additional challenges. When you have a particularly overwhelming situation ahead of you, ensure you feed yourself adequately. A nutritional therapist will give you thorough personal guidance, but if you do not have access to this, Dr. Chatterjee has brilliant tips on his website, such as the rainbow and alphabet charts.
There are many ways to help reduce your stress levels, some of which you’ll find here. However, to prevent further overwhelm, begin by making just one small change and introduce another only when that feels a normal part of your rhythm.