We do a lot! Repeat; we do a lot. If you think about all the things you do in a day – I mean everything.
It’s actually quite amazing how much you get done. You probably manage your pressure well, most of the time.
A useful way to think about this is that you have a big pot of life simmering away on a stove. Most of the time it stays under control but when the heat gets turned up – as it inevitably does – it can start to boil over. If this goes on for long enough things rarely get the chance to calm down.
It is worth mentioning here that nil pressure for some people can be humdrum and downright dull. Maximum pressure will cause different problems. At this point maintaining a family or relationship, travelling, maintaining a supportive diet, exercise and all the things that support you can go out of the window.
We all have really different thresholds for pressure and stress. Some creative processes require you to ‘attend’ when the moment calls – it cannot be forced - I often hear this about writing. To the contrary certain professions prerequisites are speed and precision. Certain things we may have little control over – when baby needs feeding, baby needs feeding!
Into this mix we throw the bigger events of life: a promotion at work, bereavement, family difficulties, moving house and any serious loss that turns the heat up. Even this you can manage from time to time. You have reserves that can cope with temporary periods of ‘overdrive’.
Providing you have a period where the heat is metaphorically reduced by exercise, supportive eating, relaxation, down-time, holidays, time with loved ones, appropriate sleep and so on, the pot will once again return to a steady simmer. Things can become a problem for you if your pot is continually boiling over and you cannot put support in place. You could start to feel like you are out of control. Continual overdrive can be catastrophic.
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Anxiety can kick in. We all respond differently to this; some of us turn up our pace and go into hyper drive (at the moment when our body really needs rest), some of us will start doing less and metaphorically withdraw and others will go into closedown and stop or refuse to do anything.
At this point you may have noticed that you are feeling down, fed up, angry, you are finding sleeping a problem, sex is a rare and uninteresting event, you couldn’t care if you get the deal or not, the kids are a pain and quite frankly...Why am I doing this?
When stress becomes embedded it can manifest in clinical conditions e.g.: skin disorders, insomnia, panic attacks, unexplained thoughts or phobias , high blood pressure and possible cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease or even depression.
How Hypnotherapy helps
Hypnotherapy - from your very first treatment* – will turn down the heat. It is an inherently deeply relaxing tool.
I have worked with many, many people on stress management. We will work through the key triggers and begin to coach you in finding solutions and use hypnosis to direct the unconscious to come to your aid. Clinical Hypnotherapy is a powerful, safe and fast tool in the right hands. Look at How Hypnotherapy Works for a jargon free explanation of this process.
I can teach you how to work with yourself to induce relaxation at the most challenging times. We can look at your tricky situations and find ways of dealing with them. This allows you to operate effectively and support yourself in an independent and sustainable manner.
Resources for Stress and Hypnotherapy
The British Medical Association published a study in 1982 highlighting the efficacy of clinical hypnosis as an effective intervention. Research on hypnotherapy has tended to highlight three main areas in which its efficacy as a treatment has been demonstrated, Anxiety, insomnia and Psycho-somatic disorder, i.e., stress-related illness
Managing Stress with Hypnotherapy is fast and effective