It is commonly known that too much stress over a long period of time has significant ramifications to your health. Yes, some stress may be good for us, but stress that persists day and night can be very harmful. Chronic stress can affect the nervous, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems of the body. A few common symptoms include: difficulty focusing, loss of energy, mood swings, low self-esteem, and physical aches and pains. Stress affects people in a multitude of ways and each individual responds to it differently.
It may be easy for someone to tell you: “just relax,” “stop worrying,” or “let it go.” But actually doing that is easier said than done. This is because most people try to make changes the hard way – struggling through with their conscious mind, trying to rationalize or analyze their way through the challenges and feelings.
Why is it so hard to change? The feelings and responses associated with stress become habits and start to feel familiar. It can get to the point where you feel more “normal” being uptight and stressed, instead of when you are relaxed and calm. Some people try meditation or deep breathing exercises, but these methods can be challenging because you need to make them a habit in order to benefit from them.
Medication is the typical solution for stress offered by doctors. But medication only eases the symptoms; when the medication wears off, more medication is needed. It can become a viscous cycle, making it difficult to function without it. This solution isn’t really a solution, because it only treats the symptoms and does not address the underlying issues of what is causing the stress.
Using hypnosis for stress management is a better way because it gets to the root of the problem and changes the way you respond to the stress. Using hypnosis techniques to deal with the emotional and physical stress in your life gives you back control. And it is completely natural – no side effects. It is a long-term solution because the changes are made at the core, rather than just being covered up.
How does hypnosis help? In simplified terms: when you go into a trance, you allow your conscious mind to drift off and your subconscious mind comes to the forefront – where it can learn to release emotional triggers and handle stress factors differently, with the right suggestions. Messages are more readily accepted by the subconscious mind in a hypnotic state, allowing amazing changes to take place.
Once you learn to respond to stress differently, you will be able to become more relaxed more often. It will also become easier to meditate and do deep breathing exercises. And once you are able to establish healthier habits, you will continue to perpetuate a calmer and more relaxed state. In addition, your clarity of mind will enable you to make good decisions and enjoy life more.
I offer a free relaxation MP3 that will give you a sample of what hypnosis is like, just go to the Free Hypnosis Audio page and you’ll find a link to sign-up and download the free file. Give Trisha a call today at 360-885-1965 to schedule an appointment or take advantage of a free assessment. I look forward to hearing from you!