Stress Management Hypnotherapy
Are you feeling stressed out? Are things getting you down? Feeling overwhelmed?
Stress can be defined as the way you feel when you’re under too much pressure. Pressure can be caused from work, home or our personal lives, and each individual will cope differently with these levels of stress. What one person may regard as highly stressful, another person may only regard as mildly stressful or not stressful at all. Problems occur when individuals perceive themselves as unable to cope with the level of stress they face, and feel they are not capable to combat their stress.
Hypnotherapy is the most effective therapy for managing stress.By altering our reaction to a particular situation during hypnosis to a more positive one, the feelings about that situation can also become more positive. When an individual then experiences that situation in real life, their reaction will often be much different.
As each individual deals with stress differently it is hard to identify its exact cause. However, common causes include loss, change, an uncertain future, conflicts with your belief system or life cycle transitions. The brain does not distinguish between real or imagined stress and stress is often created by what we think rather than what has actually happened. Different occupations will have higher stress levels than others, and stress is recognised to be one of the main causes of sick absence from work. Changes in personal lives, such as the death of a loved one, a new relationship, a job promotion or the birth of a child can also cause stress as adjustments in our lives are needed to be able to cope.
Do you have these Signs of stress?
|Physical symptoms||Emotional Symptoms||Mental Symptoms|
weight loss or gain
lack of interest
loss of concentration
Research suggests that about half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress that they believe is making them ill.
Stress Release Options –
You have three healthy options for coping with stress
Express yourself immediately but appropriately
- Express yourself immediately but appropriately –Some situations, such as your child doing something dangerous, or a sales objection during a closing interview, will need an immediate response. You may find emotion reflected in your voice and your breath in the first example. In the second example, you may wish to take a deep breath first, then simply express yourself calmly and confidently. In some situations, such as a customer providing a bizarre excuse to avoid paying for an item–or with your own children– you may wish to find the humorous side of the situation. Laughter can be a good release. Sometimes tears release stress; sometimes, one word spoken firmly; sometimes sarcasm; etc., etc. You decide.
Express yourself later at a more appropriate time and place
Express yourself later at a more appropriate time and place – This option might be in your best interest if an associate at work pushes the wrong button while others are present. Some people will accept your opinion much more readily in private over coffee or tea rather than in front of peers. Furthermore, parents often find it more enjoyable at mealtime to insist that their children wait until after dinner to solve their arguments. One value from my childhood that still remains with me is my father’s advice: good manners begin at home, and the table is a place of peace.We were NOT permitted to argue at the dinner table! Neither were we punished at mealtime unless the infraction took place at the table…in which case we were asked to leave the table. To this day, even at age 56, I am still grateful to my father for preserving peace at mealtime.
Release and let go
Release and let go – or, forgive. If you don’t choose either of the first two options, choose this one. Forgiving does not mean condoning.If you think someone else owes you an apology, you are the one in bondage to that belief. By freeing others from their emotional debts, you actually free yourself. Therefore, the key forgiving is to release the other person from the apology they used to owe, and also to forgive yourself for buying the stress in the first place. You can still disapprove of the action, even though emotionally detached. (Remember this option next time someone engages in road rage and cuts into your lane! This option might literally save your life.)
In going through the healthy scenarios during self-hypnosis, remember to rehearse each of the three healthy choices. Your response to the actual stress situation in real life is like the performance–which is made much easier by proper rehearsal during self-hypnosis. You are giving yourself post-hypnotic suggestions to allow your subconscious to respond to a given signal, and you are the one who decides when to give the signal.
This simple technique alone can increase commissions for many salespeople. The reason is that emotion can be transferred from subconscious to subconscious. If you are in a sales interview and you fear losing a sale after an unexpected objection, your prospective customer may subconsciously pick up on that fear even if you use every physical sales technique in the book to cover it up. Your fear is that you might lose the sale, but your prospect’s fear will be fear of making a decision–so he/she will want to “think it over” and avoid giving you the real objection. By maintaining confidence, such confidence also comes across at a subconscious level. The prospect will be more prone to buy confidently, or have the confidence to tell you the real objection so you know where you stand. Remember that a firm “no” is better than indecision, which can drain your physical, mental, emotional and financial resources if you let it.
Practice the coping skill several times in the rehearsal room of your imagination while in a state of self-hypnosis. This helps your subconscious mind accept the desired technique at a quiet time when your emotions are not getting in the way. This is like the rehearsal, which any musician can tell you is essential before a good performance.
How about some free Tips for managing stress:
- prepare to the best of your ability for stressful events try to look at change as a positive thing, not as a threat
- try not to worry about things you have no control over
- eat a well-balanced diet
- try to get about 8 hours sleep per night
- set realistic goals
- ask for help from family, friends and professionals.
Our aim at Out of Sight in Your Mind is never to eliminate stress completely, but to help you find effective ways of managing it and using it to Your Advantage!
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