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Hypnosis to Manage Stress

De-Stress for 2024: Reprogram with Hypnotherapy

May 10, 2024

Stress is like an ever-present shadow, affecting every aspect of our lives, whether we notice it or not. In today’s fast-paced world, the usual pressures of work and relationships are compounded by the challenges of navigating the digital landscape, taking a toll on both our mental and physical health. Can we use hypnosis to manage stress?

Modern Stressors: Navigating the Maze of 2024

The stress landscape of 2024 stands in contrast to that of decades gone by. While traditional stressors persist, the digital age has ushered in a host of new challenges. The relentless stream of information, perpetual connectivity facilitated by technology, and the pursuit of an elusive perfection fuelled by social media have added layers to our stress, oftentimes slipping under our radar without notice.

Unravelling the Unusual: Surprising Manifestations of Stress

Stress isn’t always straightforward to spot. It goes beyond the usual feelings of being overwhelmed or anxious; sometimes, it sneaks up on us in unexpected ways, kind of blending into the background of our lives. From decision fatigue and feeling totally drained, or when you get stuck in this loop of trying to make everything perfect and end up feeling stuck. Stress just has this way of creeping in, affecting us in ways we might not even realise.

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Why do we get stressed?

Our brains are pretty remarkable things. Back in the Stone Age, when our biggest concern was survival, they were our best allies. Whenever danger reared its head, our brains kicked into high gear, releasing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These little chemical messengers would rev up our heart rates, make our breath come quicker, and tighten our muscles. It was like flipping a switch to ‘fight or flight’ mode, giving us the physical boost we needed to either leg it out of there or face the threat head-on.

Despite the changing times and reduced threats, our brains still hold on to their survival instincts.

In modern times, our brains perceive various situations as threats – for instance, receiving an urgent deadline from your manager via email! Your brain still gears up for the ‘fight or flight’ response, but instead of engaging in conflict with your boss or making a hasty exit, you’re more likely to remain at your desk.

This leaves those hormones coursing through your veins, making you feel stressed.

Typically, this feeling fades away on its own. However, when we consistently encounter numerous stressors, we may find ourselves stuck in a perpetual state of stress, experiencing symptoms over time.

It’s often the accumulation of minor, everyday stressors such as job pressure or financial concerns that culminate in prolonged (or chronic) stress.

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Are You Stressed? Recognising the Signs

Stress tends to show up in subtle ways, impacting our mental, emotional, and physical health without us even realising it. Here’s a rundown of ten common symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  1. Persistent Fatigue:
    Feeling worn out all the time, even after a good night’s sleep, might be a sign of underlying stress.
  2. Increased Irritability:
    If you find yourself snapping at loved ones more often or feeling constantly on edge, stress could be to blame.
  3. Difficulty Concentrating:
    Struggling to focus or experiencing frequent memory lapses could point to heightened stress levels.
  4. Changes in Appetite:
    Whether you’re eating more than usual or finding it hard to eat at all, shifts in your eating habits can indicate stress-related disruptions.
  5. Sleep Disturbances:
    Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or restless nights could be a sign that stress is taking its toll.
  6. Physical Aches and Pains:
    Stress often shows up as tension headaches, muscle aches, or digestive issues.
  7. Increased Heart Rate:
    Feeling like your heart is racing or experiencing palpitations may be your body’s response to stress.
  8. Mood Swings:
    From feeling overly emotional to suddenly feeling numb, fluctuations in mood can signal underlying stress.
  9. Withdrawal from Activities:
    Losing interest in hobbies or withdrawing from social interactions might indicate heightened stress levels
  10. Heightened Anxiety:
    If you’re constantly feeling on edge, experiencing racing thoughts, or feeling like something bad is about to happen, it could be a sign of stress.

Spotting these signs is the first step in taking proactive measures to address stress and regain control over your well-being.

The good news? Once you become familiar with recognising these signs of stress, you can use relaxation techniques like self-hypnosis before stress becomes too overwhelming to manage.

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The Power of Hypnotherapy: A Path to Stress Relief

In the midst of today’s hectic pace, hypnotherapy emerges as a promising solution.

It aims to address negative thought patterns and stress responses, guiding you towards healthier reactions.

Operating within the subconscious—the part of our mind that works quietly behind the scenes—hypnotherapy offers a subtle yet effective approach.

Your hypnotherapist will guide you into a state of profound relaxation, known as hypnosis.

In this state, your subconscious mind becomes more receptive to suggestions. The goal is for the hypnotherapist to introduce alternative ways of responding to stress to your subconscious.

By tapping into the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy offers a pathway to reprogramming deeply ingrained beliefs and thought patterns that fuel stress.

Using relaxation methods and guided imagery, clients can alleviate tension, build resilience, and nurture inner peace.

Hypnosis to Manage Stress – The Evidence

Although a systematic review published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests that more research needs to be done into the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for stress, there is some evidence (alongside personal experiences) that it can help ease stress and related symptoms.

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Practical Tips for Stress Management

Alongside hypnotherapy, integrating mindfulness techniques, deep breathing exercises, and self-care rituals can be powerful tools for stress management.

Every person holds the ability to nurture a balanced life.

Navigating Stress with Hypnotherapy

Even though stress may feel ever-present, it doesn’t have to be the defining factor in our lives. Through hypnotherapy, we can explore the hidden effects of stress, taking back control over our thoughts, emotions, and actions.

If you’re ready to break free from stress and embrace balance and well-being, contact Richard to explore how hypnotherapy can help and download a free copy of my Stress-less meditation to reduce anxiety and stress here

Richard Kellow

Richard Kellow

Richard is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and Virtual Gastric Band Practitioner based in Rotorua in the gorgeous Bay of Plenty. With his personal experience and training from the UK, US, and New Zealand, Richard is a living testament to the power of hypnosis.

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