Do you often feel nervous, tense, restless or overwhelmed? Can you be moody, angry or irritable? Do you sometimes feel a sense of loneliness or isolation? Is it difficult to control your thoughts and emotions?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then it is possible that you are suffering from stress. While some of you may be thinking, ‘tell me something I don’t know!’ others may not have realised that stress is at the root of many of their issues. In today’s fast-paced world, with all of its pressures and demands, stress has become increasingly common with an estimated 1 in 7 of us suffering with the condition. Frighteningly, studies have shown that almost 80% of physical and psychological problems are stress related
Unfortunately, many of us don’t know how to deal with our stress in a positive way, and we can often turn to alcohol, food, smoking or other short-term strategies which offer only temporary distractions to the problem. Learning how to deal with stress in a more productive way is becoming more and more essential.
To measure stress according to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, the number of “Life Change Units” that apply to events in the past year of an individual’s life are added and the final score will give a rough estimate of how stress affects health.
Life change units
|Death of a spouse 100||Child leaving home 29|
|Divorce 73||Trouble with in-laws 29|
|Marital separation 65||Outstanding personal achievement 28|
|Imprisonment 63||Spouse starts or stops work 26|
|Death of a close family member 63||Beginning or end school 26|
|Personal injury or illness 53||Change in living conditions 25|
|Marriage 50||Revision of personal habits 24|
|Dismissal from work 47||Trouble with boss 23|
|Marital reconciliation 45||Change in working hours or conditions 20|
|Retirement 45||Change in residence 20|
|Change in health of family member 44||Change in schools 20|
|Pregnancy 40||Change in recreation 19|
|Sexual difficulties 39||Change in church activities 19|
|Gain a new family member 39||Change in social activities 18|
|Business readjustment 39||Minor mortgage or loan 17|
|Change in financial state 38||Change in sleeping habits 16|
|Death of a close friend 37||Change in number of family reunions 15|
|Change to different line of work 36||Change in eating habits 15|
|Change in frequency of arguments 35||Holiday 13|
|Major mortgage 32||Christmas 12|
|Foreclosure of mortgage or loan 30||Minor violation of law 11|
|Change in responsibilities at work 29|
Score of 300+: At risk of illness.
Score of 150-299: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).
Score <150: Only have a slight risk of illness.
The good news is that there is something that you can do to alleviate the majority of these symptoms. Through hypnotherapy we can assess your stress and identify the root of it, whether that is a situation, a physical issue, a past experience or a relationship. Your problems may stem from things that have happened to you in the past that you haven’t dealt with or let go of. Hypnotherapy can help you change the way your mind interprets these situations, which will reduce stress and make you feel better, healthier and happier.
Hypnotherapy is usually a very pleasurable experience that involves deep relaxation. Once your conscious mind has become relaxed, positive suggestions can be made to your subconscious mind that will permanently change your perception of your issues and provide you with tools to help you manage difficult situations.
Many people are unsure of exactly what hypnosis involves and worry that they will lose control of their mind or divulge deep secrets. This is not the case, and in fact hypnosis is very similar to the state between sleeping and waking, or the relaxed state of focus you feel when engrossed in a book or TV programme.
If you are feeling the effects of stress in your life, I would definitely recommend hypnotherapy as an option. It works.
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