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What is Stress?

Stress can be defined as an imbalance between demands and an individual’s ability to cope. It is the individual’s belief about coping that determines whether they feel stressed or not.

Not all stress is negative. Stress can be a great motivator & is a fundamental part of life. Stress can be experienced in a range of situations, from actual physical danger to the exhilaration of falling in love, or achieving a long-term goal.

Whether you are feeling stressed as a result of major life changes, an accumulation of small everyday challenges at work & home, or because of social stressors, it is your response to these experiences that governs the effect stress has on your life.

Interesting Statistics

According to a recent HSE research commissioned by HSE (Health & Safety Executive)

‘The UK has one of the worst records in Europe for the return of employees to work after long-term illness, and over the last six years there has been a rapid increase in the numbers of people who report they are experiencing stress.’

  • about half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress at a level they believe is making them ill
  • up to 5 million people in the UK feel "very" or "extremely" stressed by their work
  • work-related stress costs society about £3.7 billion every year

The working environment can be very pressurised. Some people thrive under pressure, whilst others break down under pressure. Our bodies can cope with extra pressure in the short term. The sympathetic nervous system becomes aroused & hormones such as adrenaline, are released into the blood stream to prepare us for ‘fight or flight’ to meet demanding situations.

Classic work stress triggers include:
  • Lack of control over work
  • Lack of job variety & interest
  • Excessive time pressures
  • Difficult relationships at work
  • Insufficient training & opportunities for learning new skills
  • Excessive or inflexible working hours
  • Uncertainty over job prospects

Physical Symptoms
Typical signs of the fight or flight response are:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased breathing rate

  • Increased sweating
  • Muscular tension
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Cold hands & feet as blood is diverted away the extremities & digestive systems, to the larger muscles that can help you fight or flight
  • .

The Effect of Stress on the Body

When the fight or flight response continues unabated over a period of time, due to stress, the body remains in a constant state of nervous stimulation & runs the risk of suffering long term negative side effects.

The adrenal glands start secreting adrenaline or epinephrine &
norepinephrine which hinder digestion, reproduction, growth tissue repair & inhibit the body's immune & inflammatory responses. Consequently, key functions that maintain good health start to shut down.

Long-term stress has been linked to cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, psychological disorders, depression, hypertension, ulcers, cancer, migraines, asthma & impotency amongst others.

How can Hypnosis & NLP Combat Stress?

The fight or flight response is an inappropriate way of dealing with long-term demands. Identifying the source of stress & learning new positive responses to stress triggers, is key to reducing stress & managing stress in the long term.

Fortunately the same mechanism that triggers stress can also disable it. Hypnosis & NLP activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for inducing relaxation. Parasympathetic arousal reverses the effects of the sympathetic nervous system, 'fight or flight' response; calming down the individual & generating feelings of well being.

Hypnosis & NLP are excellent de-stressers, allowing the individual to:

  • Let go of repressed emotions
  • Regain control
  • Eliminate negative beliefs & thoughts that maintain stress
  • Incorporate new positive responses into their life
  • Release muscular tension

  • Become a calmer, more relaxed, healthier person

  • Achieve feelings of well being & increase self esteem

All of the above stress symstoms & more have been successfully treated with Hypnotherapy & NLP.

Caring, experienced Hypnotherapy sessions are available with
Marilyn Harvey on the number below:

Tel: 07903 374 113
Tel: 020 8357 0981

Email: mharvey@londonhypnotherapy.net

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