Stress is part of all our lives. The way in which many of us now live virtually ensures that we tend to experience stress on a daily basis … and most of the time we cope with this very well.
After all, a degree of stress can be necessary to propel us into taking action; pushing us to perform better, to achieve more.
Our stress responses are part of our natural survival instincts – the famous “fight or flight” response to danger.
When dealing with stressful situations our bodies release chemicals which affect how we react, which speed up our actions, make us think faster. Our heartbeat quickens, our blood pressure rises, we may breath more rapidly. These help us react to an emergency
But while occasional stress is inevitable and often necessary, too much. can be harmful and can cause problems. Mental problems, physical problems, social and personal problems. The consequences can become disabling – leading to the feeling that life is “out of control.”
Allowed to continue for long periods, stress is known to cause depression, trigger headaches, hypertension, cause upset stomachs, become a factor in heart disease and there is also evidence it can be linked to the development of cancer. Therefore stress has probably become one of the most common causes of ill health.
What surprises many people is discovering how our bodies respond much the same to both physical or emotional challenges. So, for example, whether the stress originates in our working conditions or our personal relationships, the consequences can be equally serious.
Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. In fact it is often the cause of a range of issues such as high blood pressure, it can reduce the immune system and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. You may find it helpful to look at our list of some of the most common physical and psychological symptoms.
Fortunately hypnotherapy can be a really effective way of quickly, safely reducing the symptoms and pain of stress.
Working with a combination of relaxation techniques, learning self-hypnosis, all backed by confidence boosting therapy, you can overcome excessive stress – putting yourself back in calm control of your life.
If excessive stress has become a problem for you, discover how you can deal with it quickly and easily. And remember, you can arrange a free consultation with the Therapy Partnership to discuss how hypnotherapy can help you.