Stress describes the feelings people experience when the demands made on them are greater than their ability to cope. This can cause people to feel overloaded, under tremendous pressure and very tense or emotional.
Symptoms of stress can include increased heart rate, sweaty palms, muscle tension, sleep disturbance, fatigue, vomiting, dry mouth, headaches, nausea or dizziness, heartburn, sudden weight loss or gain and sexual dysfunction. Psychological symptoms may include anxious thoughts, irritability, low self-esteem and confidence, inability to concentrate, feeling fearful or unable to cope, having difficulty making decisions, feeling negative, lacking interest in life, frustration or confusion.
Stress can depress the immune system, making people more susceptible to illness. Stress and negative thinking have been linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke, so it is vitally important that stress is treated and kept under control.
Trauma, life experiences or daily hassles are all sources of external stress. We can also be affected by internal stressors such as unrealistic expectations, uncertainties, low self-esteem and worries. Stress can be caused by repressing feelings that are perceived as too painful to deal with such as hurt, anger or sadness. Research has shown that negative thinking can increase stress. During therapy you will learn to change any negative thinking patterns and develop a more positive outlook.
How can Hypnotherapy help?
An important aspect of treating stress is to learn how to relax, and also to recognise the triggers causing you stress. During hypnotherapy, we will use suggestions focused on encouraging you to take the time to relax, notice that your thought process is clearer; and enabling you to cope and recover from stressful situations.