Stress is any external force that produces a strain on a structure. The degree of stress is dependent on the amount of strain and the properties of the structure. Stressors are those things in your life that can be physical or mental. Examples of physical stressor on your body could be illness which is negative stress also called distress; or exercise which is a positive stress call eustress.
Mental or psychological stressors can also be positive or negative. Love is the perfect example of positive psychological stress. Examples of negative mental or psychological stressors are listed here:
- Time pressures – The days never seem long enough to get everything done.
- Inadequate feedback on performance – We continually worry about how we are doing
- Unrealistic expectations – We want to be “Number One” and we’re often unwilling to accept less
- Lack of goals and direction – Without a specific direction we often waste valuable energy, and sometimes find ourselves at a dead end
- Isolation – No one to talk to
- Avoidance – Of uncomfortable feelings, uncomfortable tasks
- Life style issues – Not taking care of yourself
- Environmental – weather, noise, traffic, pollution
- Personal – deadlines, financial problems, job pressures, interpersonal conflicts, loss of loved ones.
After identifying our stressors, we need to recognize how we react to stress. Here are a few examples:
- Pupils dilate
- Blood pressure increases
- Heart rate increases
- Respiration rate increases
- Circulation changes and moves away from the periphery and into the muscles and vital organs
- Can affect functioning of immune system
When we use Hypnosis with relaxation it can reverse the negative reactions:
- Pupils normal
- Blood pressure decreases
- Heart rate decreases
- Respiration rate decreases
- Circulation moves back toward periphery of body
- Improves functioning of immune system
Hypnosis for stress management helps to reframe your perceptions which puts an old situation in a new light. Whenever you change your perception of an event, you also change your stress response. The real challenge is to be flexible enough to alter your perception when a situation is not working for you.
The cornerstone of stress management is the knowledge that gaining control over our lives depends not so much on what is happening, but on how we chose to react.
It is not our problems which disturb us; it is our lack of faith in our ability to solve them.
There is no ready make success formula which will suit everybody, we are all different, but, since humans are essentially rational beings, the better we know what makes us tick, the more likely we will be to make a success of life.