A certain amount of stress is necessary to provide the necessary mental and physical preparation required for meeting the challenges of day to day life, but stress becomes unhelpful when the body and mind are unable to return back to a state of calm and relaxation for extended periods of time.
The stressed feeling is produced by the body’s ‘fight or flight mechanism’ – an adrenaline fuelled bio-chemical readiness for action, that temporarily boosts our ability to deal with challenging circumstances, before returning the body to a calmer state again. Fight or flight evolved to allow our distant ancestors to flee, or stand and fight, when confronted with the threat to life and limb presented by predatory animals or other dangers.
The pressures of modern life, whilst rarely life threatening, are more constant and ongoing, and the fight or flight mechanism can become active in response to significant life events; worries over job security; workload; daily commuting; relationships; finances; social status and other important matters.
Common symptoms of stress include:
- Racing thoughts.
- Feeling irritable.
- Feeling bad tempered.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Drinking more alcohol.
- Eating more.
- Muscle tension.
- Acting out of character.
- Acting unreasonably.
More and more people are using hypnosis for stress relief, relaxation and long term stress management. Hypnotherapy is a powerful treatment that can help you to free yourself from unhelpful levels of stress quickly, so that you can live life in the way that you want to.