Decrease the Stress in Your Life
I know your life is stressful. Stress is completely pervasive in this day and age- everyone experiences it, and likely on a daily basis. Stress plays a huge role in the status of your health. Stress is known to cause chronic diseases, depression, anxiety, and poor sleep quality (sorry- did that stress you out?). So what can you do about it? Read on to learn what stress is and how you can decrease the stress in your life.
What is Stress?
Stress, also known as the “flight, fight, or freeze” (FFF) reaction, is a primal physical response to a perceived threat. This vital reaction is one of the reasons we are here today. When our ancestors came across a lion on their hunt or forage – the FFF reaction enabled quick action improving their chances of survival, thus continuing the human race.
The way our bodies handle this stress reaction has changed little (if at all) since the start of humanity. However, today there is rarely a lion, just chronic body-draining stress. When your boss gets mad with you, when your friend or partner is unhappy, when your child throws a tantrum… this same systematic stress hormone release occurs, just as it did thousands of years ago.
The Physical Stress Reaction
When we feel stress, immediately the body gets prepared to take action. The hypothalamus produces corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) which in turn creates a cascade of events. The adrenal glands release epinephrine and norepinephrine that:
Increases pulse and blood pressure
Decreases blood to the perimeter of the body, shunting it towards the heart and brain
Dilates pupils for better eye sight
Revs up metabolism to quickly break down fat stores and flood our bodies with glucose and oxygen
Thus giving us the energy we need to hightail it out of there. But unlike our ancestors, you are not running across a savannah to rid your body of these stress hormones, you are sitting at your desk, sweating and heart pounding. Plus when stress is chronic, this reaction also causes immune system depression (so you get sick more); poor digestion and stomach discomfort; as well as decreased sex-drive and sleep (Rankin, 2014).
Chronic stress also leads to unhealthy coping habits such as poor eating and/or over eating, alcohol and cigarette intake as well as feelings of anger, aggression, depression, and anxiety. Over time these negative habits and emotions in conjunction with the constant barrage of stress hormones take a toll on the body. Sickness develops such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, headaches, bowel dysfunction, and chronic fatigue syndrome… all signs of dis-ease.
What Can You Do About It?
Enter hypnosis, an incredibly effective technique for stress management. Hypnosis changes the way you perceive and deal with stress. Most stress is subjective – it’s how you view and interpret a situation. Two people may look at the same “stressful situation” in completely different ways and therefore feel very differently about it. For example, your boss is unhappy with your work. One person might get anxious, experiencing extreme stress. They might feel inadequate and fear of losing their job. At this point their body is flooding with stress hormones. Whereas another person might reexamine their work and learn from their mistakes, feeling empowered by growth. No stress hormones here.
Hypnosis retrains your brain to view life from a positive perspective and dismiss stressful situations. It gives you tools to calm your nervous system and inhibit the FFF reaction. Hypnosis also changes the way you deal with stress, for example instead of reaching for wine or chocolate, you take a walk instead. Hypnosis is tailored to your life: the stressful situations you encounter and the coping mechanisms you’ve developed. Hypnosis can help you make any changes you want.
You can’t ameliorate all the stress in your life. But you can take steps to ensure stress does not affect your mental and physical health.
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