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Hypnosis for Stress Management: Teaching the Mind and Body to Relax

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There are two types of stress. Good stress helps you achieve your goals and excel. Bad stress, on the other hand, is killing you. Each of us finds different ways to deal with the negative effects of stress. Some people like to exercise, some prefer to listen to music, others immerse themselves into a hobby. All these activities require you to have a tool, to get hold of a person or to be in a particular place to release stress. For some people suffering from injuries, some of these activities may simply be out of reach. Yoga or cardio exercise have tremendous benefits but not everyone can do them. There is a much better way to deal with stress. It is called hypnosis. Stress relief hypnosis helps you reframe the causes of stress and achieve more calm and balance in your life. In addition to being effective, hypnosis is safe and non-invasive.

Stress can Harm You

The physiology of stress is simple. The body shuts down functions which are deemed non-essential in the flight-fright-or-freeze mode by diverting the flow of blood to large muscle groups. The reproductive system, the immune system and the digestive system are put on hold to save energy. The stress hormone called cortisol is secreted in greater quantity to help the body access more resources by increasing the metabolism of glucose. But cortisol if left for too long in the blood stream can harm the body. High cortisol levels can lead to weight gain, blood sugar imbalances, fertility problems, and the suppression of the immune system.

Causes of Stress

The causes of stress can be internal and external. External causes of stress include major life changes, work or school-related pressure, financial problems, and relationship issues. Internal causes comprise negative self-talk, perfectionism, the lack of flexibility, pessimism and the need for security.

In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Hahe compiled a list of stressful events.

Here are the top ten most stressful life events for adults in the The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale.

  1. Death of a spouse
  2. Divorce
  3. Marital separation
  4. Imprisonment
  5. Death of a close family member
  6. Injury or illness
  7. Marriage
  8. Job loss
  9. Marriage reconciliation
  10. Retirement

This scale includes job loss. Losing a job can be a stressful event, not only because it deprives you, only momentarily, of an income but also because it can rock your sense of purpose and self-esteem. Retirement makes it in the top ten list of stressors for the same reason. Some people have defined themselves during their whole life through their occupation or job title. When retirement comes, they need to find a new sense of purpose.

Another overlooked source of stress is the caregiver stress. Caregivers have to look after a person in need. The constant attention and responsibility can take an emotional toll on their emotional state and eventually lead to burnout.

The Benefits of Hypnosis for Stress Relief

Stress is the body’s response to a perceived danger. The stress response was intended as a survival mechanism to react quickly to life-threatening situations. Many of the stressors we face are actually not life-threatening. Hypnosis can help one reframe the situation and erroneous beliefs and therefore reduce the intensity of stress or eliminate it altogether.

There are two central nervous systems and at any given moment, only one can be activated. The parasympathetic system relates to relaxation and should be the dominant system 98% of the time. The sympathetic system is attached to the stress mode. A hypnotherapy session often starts with relaxation, which activates the parasympathetic system, the central nervous system in charge of healing and cells’ regeneration. The relief achieved with a hypnotherapy session also contributes to activating the same system. Visualization and imagery which are also commonly used during a session can also stimulate the same central nervous system and bring about relaxation.

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