Stress Management

Why do we feel stressed?

The stressed feeling – or ‘stress response’ – is produced by the body’s ‘fight or flight mechanism’. The fight or flight mechanism evolved to increase our ancestors’ chances of survival in short, but intense encounters, either through fleeing or fighting, when confronted with predatory animals or other mortal dangers. This mechanism produces adrenaline in the body, which in turn increases our readiness for action and boosts our ability to deal with challenging circumstances. When functioning beneficially, the fight or flight mechanism will return the mind and body to a calmer state again once the threat or challenge has passed. 

 

Woman looking stressed

 

Helpful stress and unhelpful stress

Stress becomes unhelpful when the body and mind are unable to return back to a state of calm and relaxation over an extended period of time. Today, the episodic, natural, mortal threats that our ancestors faced, rarely occur, and in their absence, the primordial fight or flight mechanism can be triggered by concerns over job security; workload; daily commuting; relationships; finances; significant life events; social status, and other matters we consider vital. The ongoing nature of modern pressures mean that in increasing numbers of people, the fight and flight mechanism struggles to return them back to a satisfactory state of rest and relaxation.

Symptoms of unhelpful stress:

  • Sweating.
  • Racing thoughts.
  • Feeling irritable.
  • Feeling bad tempered.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Drinking more alcohol.
  • Eating more.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle tension.
  • Dizziness.
  • Ruminating.
  • Acting out of character.
  • Acting unreasonably.

 

Managing stress 

With the demands and pace of modern living it’s easy to feel alone with the symptoms of stress, but it’s good to know that increasing numbers of people are turning to and benefitting from hypnotherapy for stress relief, relaxation and long-term stress management. If you would like to know more about how how this powerful and effective treatment can help you, call or book a free consultation today.

 

Man looking relaxed