People in Hong Kong are among the most stressed in the world. From long hours at work to financial struggles, Hong Kongers are dealing with stress on many fronts, leading to poor work-life balance and high work-related stress. Managing stress is not just about the quality of your life but also health. Chronic stress is linked to serious health issues, including anxiety, depression, and several health conditions. Hypnotherapy can help you better manage and address the stress in your life.
Rest and relaxation might sound like worthy goals, but for many of us, they might also seem unattainable. We have jobs, busy schedules, and personal lives that take up the lion’s share of our days. If you are like many people, you run from one task to the next with little time to spare for self-care. When you do get some time to sit down and breathe, you might find that your adrenaline is still running high, and you are unable to genuinely relax. You are filled with anxiety, which triggers more stress.
Self-hypnosis can calm your mind and help you develop the coping skills you need to take control of in any scenario. Often in stressful situations, your body goes into fight-or-flight mode. You begin to react to the situation around you, and your actions become automatic. You are on autopilot. Hypnosis can help you calm the stress response and remain in control of your actions. You can remain thoughtful and empowered in the face of even the most powerful triggers and stressors.
Research shows that hypnosis can offer powerful stress relief. In one study, people who were struggling with stress and anxiety completed a 28-day program during which they used self-hypnosis and relaxation. They felt a greater sense of change and treatment efficacy from self-hypnosis after the study. Randomized controlled trials also show that hypnosis can ease anxiety as well as stress-related symptoms, such as insomnia, and can promote relaxation.
Stress can pull you into a negative cycle. When you experience too much stress for too long, you can become burned out and be unable to get back to your baseline. You might struggle to fall asleep at night and may feel more irritable during the daytime. You begin to experience brain fog and lose energy. You have difficulty starting or completing simple tasks. Powerful cravings have you turning towards unhealthy foods, which in turn trigger weight gain and more irritability and stress.
Self-hypnotherapy triggers the parasympathetic nervous system or the rest-and-relaxation system. The parasympathetic nervous system counteracts the fight-or-flight system, essentially acting as the brakes to your body’s stress response. It can help you calm your mind, relax your body, improve concentration, alleviate pain, and restore healthy sleeping patterns.
The process even has protective effects for the immune system, which has been shown to suffer under the influence of stress. With self-hypnosis, you can learn improved coping skills going forward to better manage the stress in your day-to-day life. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, tired, and burned out, you can develop a healthier work-life balance that can serve you both now and in the future.
Contact Renewed Edge today to learn more about how working with a hypnotherapist for stress management can benefit you or schedule your appointment today.