In todayâ€™s modern life, stress is an inevitable factor of everyoneâ€™s life. In the continuous race to accomplish various personal and professional goals, a stressful daily routine is a new normal. Chronic stress, when left untreated, can affect the body metabolism to adversely affect the overall mind-body health.
What is stress?
Stress can be defined as your bodyâ€™s unpleasant response to various events happening in the life. In day to day life, some common stress triggering situations are:
- Performance pressure in job/ academics
- Job interviews
- Any chronic health disorder
- Lack of harmony in relationship with family and friends
- Death of a loved one
- A sudden accident or life threatening experience
Stress triggers a chemical change in your body- your body would consume more energy and nutrients than normal to affect the body metabolism.
According to a report published by the researchers at the University of Miami, Florida, USA- chronic stress can play a predominant role in the development (or worsening) of below listed health issues:
- Cardiovascular problems- High blood pressure, Angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, heart attack
- Depression and anxiety
- Digestive system related disorders- Ulcer, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, Hyperacidity, Crohnâ€™s disease
- Autoimmune skin disorders- Psoriasis, eczema and scleroderma
- Sleep disorders
- Chronic headache and migraine
- Problems related to hormone imbalance
- Sexual disorders and fertility issues
How to deal with Stress?
Dealing with stress is no more a spoon-feeding task. One can overcome oneâ€™s own stress with practice and time. Stress is to be managed by changing the perception of the event, managing our emotional resilience and alteration in the way to deal with stress. The theme of stress management aims at not eliminating the stress completely, but, finding effective ways of managing it and using it to our advantage. Few of the ways to deal with stressful events includes having an optimistic approach, physical workout, eating a balanced diet, taking a full 8 hours of sleep and practicing relaxation techniques such as Yoga, meditation and tai-chi.
Stress Management techniques (Can be carried by oneself)
Heather J. Ferris, a certified life coach from Canada outlines these below stress management techniques which can be practiced by an individual without any expertâ€™s supervision to combat the daily life stress:
- Deep breathing: Loosen up your body and take a few deep breaths- Inhale and exhale slowly a number of times by focusing on the breath itself. Imagine that with inhalation, positive energy is entering your body and reaching every corner of it from head to toe. With exhalation, negative thoughts and diseases are making a way out. Practice this exercise a few times a day as per your convenience. It would gradually change your breathing pattern for good. Then, try to adapt this deep breathing pattern in those moments of stress, anxiety, anger and nervousness. You would notice that the moment you shift your focus on the breathing pattern and take a few deep breaths, the intensity of stress and anxiety would go down automatically.
- Quietening of the mind and body: Lay on the bed, close your eyes and make your body fully relaxed. Concentrate on the breathing process and observe this natural, involuntary process of breathing. Initially, it would be very difficult to focus on the breathing cycle because your mind is just like a wild animal- roaming continuously in the past and future. So, the moment your mind goes off the breath, bring the focus back on the breathing process. Gradually, with continuous practice, you would observe less traffic of thoughts in your mind and you would find it comparatively easy to focus on the breathing process. Less the number of thoughts, more would be the relaxation. It would calm your mind and bring it to a relaxed state.
- Talking with family and friends: Family is a positive power in everybodyâ€™s life. Talking about your stress with your family members, asking for their support and extra pamper are proven ways to bring down the stress level. Similarly, friends are a family outside the family to depend upon. Many times, we just canâ€™t share everything with the family members and we need close friends to bank upon. You can share any kind of feelings and stressors with your friends, especially the personal and family stressors.
- Positive visualization and affirmation: Creative visualization and positive affirmation is a very good tool to develop self-love and self-acceptance. Just close your eyes and imagine that you are enjoying a stress-free and disease-free life with an attractive and pleasant personality. Few of the affirmative sentences that you can repeat are:
- I love myself as a whole
- I am a calm and relaxed person with a positive outlook towards the life
- I have an attractive personality and everyone around appreciate me for that
Hypnotherapy and stress
When the level of stress becomes extravagant, then you need professional help. Hypnotherapy can prove handy in such situations- it is a proven therapy to cut down the stressors in life. Sometimes, you just need a calm listener and analytical professional help- a capable, professional hypnotherapist can do this very efficiently.
Hypnotherapy identifies the root cause of stress and then aims to re-program your mind to change the perception about them for your benefits.
What a Hypnotherapist does?
A professional hypnotherapist works by setting a goal you wish to have; you would like to be and the things that you want to do in your life. During the sessions, they will first make you open-up and confident enough to share your thoughts. Next, they will find out your goals. At last, they will work along with you to reach your goals using different methods. The way of achieving the goal is different for different therapist. The techniques are chosen depending upon your reaction to the therapy.
How Hypnotherapy works?
Hypnotherapy works by re-programming your brain. The first step involves talking about the problem. During the discussion, the hypnotherapist gets involved with an intention to look for a viable solution. In the second step, the critical conscious mind is made to relax. It is done by mind bending language that interferes with the thinking patterns. Third is accessing the resources. In this, you are helped in finding the alternative solutions and asked to react in a different manner. It is a way of reframing the outlook towards the thing that brings about stress. Neurons are fired up, to find an alternative solution. Fourth and the last step is transforming the problem. Taking appropriate positive actions to turn the things around.
How fast Hypnotherapy works?
Generally speaking, people experience significant results after 5 to 7 sessions. Again, it depends on the individual- some people take more time to respond while others respond early. After a few sessions, you may start feeling more confident and relaxed. You will feel relaxed even when surrounded by stressful events. Perceptions become more clear and so is the thinking process. You will find it easy to make decisions and as a result your work efficiency would improve. After 3 to 4 sessions you start feeling contended and happy. The happiness comes out by breaking the negative thought patterns from the mind. At the end, your reaction to the stressors become positive and confident. All in all, your reaction turns up by 360 degree resulting in a positive attitude and stress free life.
Stress is physically and emotionally draining. It affects almost every aspect of your life to disturb the mind-body harmony and wellness. Hypnotherapy helps in stress management by identifying the root cause of stress and then working on a mutually agreed goal with the individual to establish a stress-free, positive outlook towards lifeâ€™s challenges.