Stress is taking a heavy toll on Hong Kong residents. A survey of nearly 8,000 students revealed that between 21 and 41 percent of them were struggling with moderate levels of depression, stress, or anxiety. A survey from the University of Hong Kong uncovered symptoms of PTSD in about a third of adults in the region. Managing that stress just might be the key to good mental and physical health. If stress is leaving you feeling overwhelmed and out-of-control, relaxation hypnotherapy can help you get your head back in the game.
Stress as an Adaptive Response
While stress can feel unpleasant at the moment, it is not altogether unnatural. When we face potential danger, our natural fight-or-flight response engages. The brain triggers a series of mechanisms, beginning with a flood of hormones preparing us to protect ourselves in a variety of ways: freezing, fleeing, or fighting. After the danger passes, the rest-and-restore system counteracts the fight-or-flight system to bring us back to our normal state by calming the physical response and relaxing the mind.
Chronic stress is different from acute stress, however. When you have chronic stress, your brain and body never really get the chance to relax. Your body adapts to the constant state of potential threat in a process called allostasis. As the allostatic load increases, so does the wear-and-tear on your body. Chronic stress has been linked to numerous serious health issues, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Autoimmune disorders
- Depression and anxiety
While you might not be able to eliminate all sources of stress from your life, you can take control of it. With hypnosis for relaxation, you can learn to respond in new and more effective ways. Hypnosis for relaxation and stress relief can give you powerful coping mechanisms to take your life in a whole new direction.
Relaxation Hypnotherapy and Resilience
Imagine sitting back, relaxing, and exhaling all your worries and stress. It might sound too good to be true, but hypnotherapy can make it a reality. As a stress-relief technique, hypnosis focuses your attention while activating your body’s rest-and-recovery system.
Long appreciated for its ability to relieve pain and other physical symptoms, hypnosis is now also earning recognition for its ability to calm the mind as well. Researchers have been studying its role in stress management both alone and in conjunction with other common treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. They have found that relaxation hypnotherapy can help people cope more effectively with the ups and downs in their lives.
In one study, people who used hypnosis for relaxation reported less stress and better overall health compared to the control group. In another study, the group using hypnosis for relaxation and stress relief had an improved emotional affect and immunocompetence compared to the control group. In a third study, the group using stress reduction hypnotherapy had markedly less stress and irrational thinking than the control group even though both groups had decreased irrational thinking using a variety of stress reduction methods.
During hypnosis for relaxation and stress relief, you can relax deeply and allow your body and mind to go to work repairing the damage caused by the stress in your life. While you are relaxed, your subconscious mind opens up and becomes more amenable to new ways of thinking. As you experience the process, you will be more prepared to accept new ideas, which can include new ways of looking at frustrating experiences, different stress management techniques, or even new coping mechanisms. Our hypnotherapist will work with you to find the best options for your needs.
Visit Renewed Edge today to learn more about using hypnosis for relaxation or schedule a consultation with our hypnotherapist.