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Health: Causes of Stress

What happens to your body when you are stressed?

It is quite natural to feel stressed at certain times, like work deadlines, around exam times or having to speak in public at a business meeting. Perhaps you have to deal with certain individuals, maybe juggling the school run and sorting out after school activities. Most days have some element of stress in them but actually, we are physiologically designed to deal with stress. In these situations, our bodies release stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol and they help us to cope with what we believe at the time is the threat or danger. It sort of helps us to stay alert and focused to deal with the task at hand.

Then normally when the pressure subsides the body rebalances and we start to feel calm. However when we experience stress too often or for too long or when the negative feelings overwhelm our ability to cope, then problems will arise. The thing is when we continue to activate the “Stress Response” it starts to have a knock-on effect on our Mind and Body.

It can affect firstly our immune system. This is because when too much Cortisol is constantly released into the bloodstream it actually suppresses the immune system and this can lead to being more susceptible to illness. Secondly, we tend to tense all our muscles up when we are stressed which may result in tension headaches and migraines. It also can bring on shoulder and back problems in some cases. Long periods of stress can cause damage to our blood vessels and arteries, which can lead to increased blood pressure.

It is not uncommon for a lot of people to suffer stomach problems and this is because stress can cause unpleasant gastrointestinal effects, like heartburn and acid reflux and additionally bloat, nausea, diarrhoea or and constipation. Increased levels of stress also affect our sex drive and menstrual cycles.
There can also be small indicators that all is not well: starting to bite your nails for the first time in years. Your appetite can change, eating more or less than you typically would. Usually-decisive people can find it hard to make decisions.

One of the biggest effects of stress is Sleepless night or complete disruption of our sleeping patterns, such as not being able to fall asleep or falling asleep but waking up multiple times during the night or in the worst case insomnia. This lack of sleep then leads to impairing our concentration, learning and even our memory.
The way we cope with stress has an additional indirect effect on our health. As under pressure, we tend to adopt harmful habits such as smoking, turning to drink too much or reaching for that big bar of chocolate and all the high carb foods or even taking drugs to help relieve the stress.


So how can hypnotherapy help you with Stress?

It can help you take that initial step back and regain control. Hypnosis has long been used to alleviate stress and anxiety. When you experience hypnosis, you experience deep relaxation and this happens in both your body and mind, it helps you to disengage with your thought process but you are always in control.
During this deep relaxation, when your mind is quiet, your mind becomes more open to change and it is during this time the hypnosis helps you to change your emotional responses and encourage your mind and body to produce a relaxation response. So we are retraining your brain, we are not born anxious and we are not born stressed, we learn these responses.

Hypnotherapy helps retrain your brain to respond in a better, calmer and more relaxed way which helps you live a healthier, happier and more balanced life. I work with my clients to help them find ways to remain calm and manage their feelings when things begin to overwhelm them. You will learn how our brain works to create anxiety and stress, and what we can do about it.

If you feel that everything is getting too much, please get in touch for a confidential chat. We can work together to help you feel in control again and replace feelings of excessive stress with ones of being calm, in-control and confident.



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