To some extent, stress is an unavoidable aspect of modern life and generally we cope well with everyday stresses and strains. However living with stress on an ongoing basis or extreme stress caused by specific events can take a heavy toll on our health and wellbeing.
While stress in itself is not an illness, many physical conditions have a documented link with stress, for example indigestion, insomnia, high blood pressure, headaches and more. Stress is also believed to play a role in conditions as diverse as asthma, IBS, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, excema, and chronic fatigue syndrome. If you believe you are suffering from any stress related illness please consult your GP in the first instance.
In addition to physical symptoms, stress may also increase the likelihood of emotional or psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger, and frustration. When you are under stress it can be difficult to see a way out of the situation, which may lead to the use of coping mechanisms such as alcohol abuse, drug use, smoking, or overeating.
Hypnotherapy can play a useful role in the management of stress disorders. Being in hypnosis triggers a relaxation response which in itself can help to reduce your blood pressure and help you feel calmer and more relaxed. Using hypnosis as part of a programme of therapy can help you to:
- Identify the sources of stress in your life
- Understand and resolve any underlying issues
- Learn how to relax and manage your symptoms
- Change your way of thinking about the issues causing you stress
- Develop positive coping mechanisms
- Feel calmer and more in control
Stress is a complicated issue and one size does not fit all in terms of treatment. Some people find that just a single session of hypnotherapy is enough to help them feel calmer and more relaxed, other people find they need more sessions to tackle the underlying issues.
If anxiety is a factor, I often recommend Brain Working Recursive Therapy or BWRT as a suitable therapy for my clients. To learn more about BWRT click here or go to my other website www.bwrtcotswolds.com
If you are feeling stressed and would like to know more about how I can help, why not contact me to book your free consultation?