Stress

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Stress can be defined as the way you feel when you’re under too much pressure. This could be pressure can be caused from work, home or our personal lives, and each person will cope differently with these levels of stress.

What one person may regard as highly stressful, another person may only regard as mildly stressful or not stressful at all.

Problems occur when a person perceive themselves as being unable to cope with the level of stress they face, and feel they are not capable to combat their stress.

It is true that stress can be both positive and negative. As a positive influence it will motivate a person to perform at their optimum level and to boost energy

Unfortunately though as a negative influence stress can lead to adverse physical affects and be detrimental to health.

Tips for managing stress:

prepare to the best of your ability for stressful events
try to look at change as a positive thing, not as a threat
try not to worry about things you have no control over
exercise
eat a well-balanced diet
try to get about 8 hours sleep per night although some people need more or less
set achievable goals
Ask for help from family, friends and professionals.

Signs of stress:

Physical Symptoms

  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • upset stomach
  • indigestion
  • weight loss or gain
  • pounding heart
  • chest pains
  • dizziness

Emotional symptoms

  • anxious
  • nervous
  • depressed
  • mood changes
  • irritable.
  • Mental Symptoms
  • negative thinking
  • lack of interest
  • loss of concentration
  • confusion
  • Forgetfulness.

Cause

As each individual deals with stress differently it is hard to identify its exact cause. However, common causes include loss, change, an uncertain future, and conflicts with your belief system or life cycle transitions. The brain does not distinguish between real or imagined stress and stress is often created by what we think rather than what has actually happened.

Treatment

As it is not the situation itself that causes stress (or everyone would be stressed by the same situation), but our reaction to the situation, hypnotherapy can be effective for managing stress. By altering our reaction to a particular situation during hypnosis to a more positive one, the feelings about that situation can also become more positive. When an individual then experiences that situation in real life, their reaction will often be much different.