Are you feeling overwhelmed, unable to cope with all the demands of work? Are you feeling slightly relieved at the idea of a quieter Saturday but stressed again at the end of the weekend? Does the idea of the Monday morning meeting create knots in your stomach? Are you feeling that you are shouldering too big of a weight on your shoulders? If you have answered yes to most questions, then hypnotherapy can help you.
Stress happens when you perceive a danger. While hundreds of years ago, people experienced stress after encountering a dangerous animal, nowadays, people may experience stress because of the prospects of losing a job, being passed over for a promotion, or the fear of looking stupid. The threat of disruption and the uncertain macroeconomic environment have increased the level of general stress and anxiety among workers. Not only there is more to do with fewer resources, but also the future looks more uncertain with potential layoffs.
There are two types of stress: good and bad stress. The difference lies mainly in their duration. In a singular stress episode, stress hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol are secreted into the bloodstream and help mobilize glucose and fatty acids from the liver. These extra resources can help you sustain a prolonged effort and face a threat. The heart dilates and large amounts of blood are diverted to the large muscle groups. Once the acute stress episode ends, the body returns to its normal stress.
You experience good stress when you are about to do something out of your comfort zone, for instance when you are about to give a presentation to your team, or clients for the first time. Good stress is not just for junior members of the team. More experienced professionals can face stress because of a new role where they get more visibility and the stakes are high. This stress lasts for short periods of time and helps you stay sharp.
Bad stress is chronic. It changes your physiology for the longer term and creates inflammation in the body. It keeps the body on alert even though our alert mechanism was designed for short bursts of time. Your muscles stay in a constant state of guardedness. Muscle tension in the shoulders, neck and head can cause migraines. Stress can also create shortness of breath or rapid breathing. Persistent stress hormones and high blood pressure can take a toll on the body. Chronic stress can lead to the development of numerous mental and physical conditions such as depression, a weaker immune system, chronic fatigue, diabetes, obesity…
For which type of stress should you use stress relief hypnosis? The answer might seem obvious to you at this stage. You need to manage chronic stress and you can do so using hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy can help you reduce stress and control emotions. By helping you activate the sympathetic system, you are enabling the body to repair and heal. Hypnosis for stress management can also help you reframe limiting beliefs, which may have created the perception of danger. For instance, a presentation that seemed daunting can then be viewed as a great opportunity to share your knowledge. If you step back for a moment, you might realise that among the events that stressed you in the past, many could be seen as innocuous. Your perceptions and beliefs drive the physiological responses of the body. The ability to change perceptions can accrue long-term benefits as you are harnessing the body’s natural ability to revert to a relaxed state.
Hypnotherapy made strides in reducing work-related stress by using a variety of techniques which include classical relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, breathing, visual imagery, and suggestions.
This method prompts you to scan different parts of your body in sequence and imagine that they are getting more relaxed. You might start with the muscles in the toes and work all your way up to the head. Many people use this method before going to bed. If there is a time where you need to be the most relaxed, that is certainly it.
I always ask my clients to focus on deep abdominal breathing. If the importance of abdominal breathing is unclear to you, here is what you need to know. The lungs have five lower lobes. And these lobes contain more alveoli and therefore bring more oxygen to all the cells of the body. All singers know that the power comes from the stomach area. They have to take deep breaths to increase the strength of their voice. Most anxious and stressed people breathe from the thoracic region or the shoulders, depriving themselves of valuable oxygen. By sending more oxygen to the brain while relaxing, you can bring the body in a more restorative mode through the activation of the parasympathetic system, the healing nervous system, which should be our default mode 97% of the time.
A picture is worth a thousand words. This saying speaks of the power of imagery and imagination. The mind does not distinguish between real actions and imagined actions. If you think about raising an arm without actually doing it, all the parts in the brain linked with that movement will get activated except the motor parts in charge of the movement. Athletes have been using hypnosis for performance techniques for decades and they understand the power of imagery. The more vivid it becomes, the more senses it incorporates, the better their performance. Getting into hypnosis and using imagery is like practicing in a simulator.
Hypnosis uses suggestions. What are they? Suggestions are the goals you are aiming for. They are what you seek to achieve. The success of a hypnotherapy session hinges on the suggestions you use. You can only start your journey in the right direction if you choose the right direction. While this may seem obvious, from our experience, we often see people come with the wrong goals. At first, they mention the kind of goals that keep them closer to the behaviour or thought they want to part with. Read our article on how to set goals in the most useful way for you. Once our hypnotherapist has helped you make your goals clearer, you have your suggestions and you can finally start making the life changes you wish for because in hypnosis, you can more readily accept the suggestions you have crafted for yourself.
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