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Stress

Stress

Stress

Stress is a natural response to a life threatening situation. Everyone experiences stress. You would think we don’t need stress since we have created a large man-made world around us with all its modern conveniences. But stress is a complex interaction of our body’s organs and chemical systems in times of great danger, something that we have left over from our early biological history.

When we are under stress our nerves first fire up in response to an outside stimulus we instinctively feel threatens our survival. This affects the brain centers causing the heart to beat faster, blood pressure to rise, and organs to go into high chemical production.

The adrenal glands release high quantities of adrenaline and cortisol which are the main stress hormones we produce in times of danger. We feel tightness in our stomach, sometimes nausea. Our heads pound. Our minds race. We start to breathe faster and shallower. Our muscles and heart start to take in more oxygen and blood away from the rest of the body.

This whole operation of organs and chemical systems in overdrive induces our flight or fight response, and is an outward expression of what we fear.

The Effects of Stress

When we experience stress for short durations it can be beneficial for us, to some extent. Stress keeps us sharp and focused, and we are also capable of great physical and mental feats. Stories of amazing strength abound. For instance, a mother working on her farm, drives a tractor and runs over her daughter in an accident. She was able to lift the tractor by herself and pull her daughter out from the tractor, then rush her to the hospital. She collapsed from complete exhaustion afterwards.

The truth is we just cannot sustain stress for a long time. Like the mother who saved her daughter will eventually collapse, or worse, die from the stress. African bushmen hunt deer over long distances, a stress which the deer cannot sustain. The prey will eventually die from the stress and its resulting exhaustion. The bushmen kill their prey as an act of mercy.

Long term stress for humans is an unhealthy condition. We need a lot of energy to cope with those short bursts, and our bodies only have so little capacity to produce stress hormones. We are literally draining ourselves of the very sustenance we need to live. The same mental clarity and physical prowess we can achieve in short burst of stress dissipates very quickly after the danger is over.

The pattern of survival in our evolution was to forage for our food, face dangers for short periods of time, bring the food home and feast with our clan. Once the danger was over we could feed, rest and let tomorrow bring us another day. We were never meant to sustain stress over long periods of time.

Long term stress produces very toxic side-effects in our bodies. Under stress our appetites are poor so we tend to eat poorly. A poor diet results in fewer nutrients and energy, essential to a good immune system. Because stress shuts down our immune system, we are wide open to opportunistic infections from viruses and bacteria.

Our circulatory system is also prey to degeneration. Stress is a major contributing factor to high blood pressure, heart disease and arteriosclerosis.

Because our breathing tends to be shallow we are not getting enough oxygen, and so our brain is affected. The combination of poor oxygen supply and increased pressure damages cells throughout our body, especially our brain.

Prolonged stress also results in mental lethargy – we just don’t want to work nor can we think clearly. The quality of our sleep is poor because our minds cannot slow down.

Some Symptoms of Stress

Are you:

  • aggressive on the road?
  • snapping at people, over minor things?
  • irritable?
  • impatient?
  • sleeping poorly?
  • unable to concentrate?
  • not productivities at work?
  • easily distracted?
  • depressed?
  • experiencing ‘acid stomach’?
  • tired and lack energy?
  • having low self-esteem?
  • having low sex-drive?
  • having no interest in things outside of work?

If you chronically experience some or all of these symptoms together you are very likely under stress. You should realise that chronic stress is not something you can sustain for a long time.

Sooner or later you will either blow up or lose the respect of people around you, or you will simply have a nervous breakdown. You have to develop an outlet to neutralize the stress from your everyday living.

Stress Alleviation

Over the thousands of years of our human existence we have developed many ways to cope with stress. So how do people typically alleviate stress?

  • drinking
  • high risk activities (bungee jumping, extreme snowboarding)
  • consuming controlled drugs (marijuana, cocaine)
  • taking prescribed medication (sleeping pills, tranquilizers)
  • listening to music
  • watching plays, movies, videos
  • exercise (yoga, pilates, running, swimming, hiking)
  • proper diet
  • mental relaxation (meditation, breathing, concentration)

The first few forms of stress alleviation can be very hazardous to our health and are not for those with weak hearts. The best stress alleviation methods put back into our systems what the stress takes out. Exercise, proper diet and mental relaxation are the best ways to deal with stress.

Stress Management with Hypnosis

Recall that stress is induced when your brain centers are activated to an external stimulus. The key point is that the brain centers are active, or more correctly hyper-active. In contrast, when you are in a state of hypnosis you are calm and relaxed. The deeper the state of hypnosis the deeper the relaxation.

Stress cannot exist while you are in hypnosis, and this is because the mind cannot be in two dominant states at the same time. This is precisely why hypnosis is one of the most effective ways to counter stress.

Day to day stress can be easily handled with the technique of hypnosis. However, some stress is the result of very traumatic events which have left deep psychological blocks in a person’s psyche.

In modern times the most commonly known of these is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. During World War I, many soldiers suffering from shell shock were successfully treated with hypnosis. For PTSD, you may want to seek the help of a qualified professional hypnotherapist.

A hypnotherapist will be able to guide you into hypnosis, to the point of the event which traumatised you. The point of going back to that event is to get you to re-experience it so that its effect on you is reduced. You can then realise that you are safe from it, and that you can re-build your thought patterns in a positive way around that event.

Would you want to manage your stress?

Hypnotherapy is a very effective and permanent solution to your problems. When you require my assistance, please do not hesitate further and contact me.

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