What is Stress and How Does Affect Us?

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There are many external and internal forces that trigger stress within our bodies and throw our lives out of balance. Many people will say “that type of thing always stresses me out” or “she or he stresses me out”.

 

Stress is any change in the environment that requires your body to react and adjust in response and can be triggered by relationship difficulties or breakdown, workplace related stress, and environmental stress. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses and these emotional stresses store themselves in the body in what are commonly called emotional blockages.

 

Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress and seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. The earlier we detect and relieve stress, the quicker we can get ourselves back on track.

 

The first thing we need to understand about stress is it is created from within. It is not the event that causes the stress in our body… it is how we interpret, react and respond to the event or embedded internal triggers which creates the stress and creates what are commonly called emotional blockages within the body.

 

So the event is outside, and the stress and emotional triggers and blockages are created from within.

 

When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, Cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action.

 

 

Stress related issues arise when we put our bodies into unnecessary states of stress or by becoming stressed in inappropriate situations. This can lead to an inability to ‘think straight’; and if not addressed, can lead to panic attacks, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and depression.

 

Stress also targets the weakest part of our physiology or character; if you are prone to lower back pain, joint pain, headaches, acne or eczema, this will flare up.  If you have low levels of patience or tolerance for others, this will be the first area to present under times of stress.

 

Many people will try to relieve their stress by turning to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to try to relieve their stress. Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a natural relaxed state, these substances tend to compound the problem by keeping the body in a stressed state which eventually leads to more problems… physical, mental and emotional.

 

Unless these emotional stresses are addressed; they can build up on top of each other and eventually show up in the body as chronic pain (often lower back pain), excess weight and, when years of stress blockages build up, disease in the body.

 

Fortunately Hypnotherapy is a powerful way to address and release emotional blockages and stress triggers from your body and mind. Hypnotherapy is holistic in nature and is about bringing about harmony and balance within… emotionally, physically and mentally.

 

Hypnotherapy is not something that is done to you. The hypnotherapist merely guides you into a deep state of relaxation, also known as a trance, where you are able to shut down the conscious thinking mind for a short time in order to communicate with the unconscious or subconscious mind and uncover tools you can use to enhance your life and wellbeing.

 

Hypnotherapy is not like the common talking therapies such as psychology or counseling. The hypnotherapist works on a deeper level… with the unconscious or subconscious mind (which actually runs the show) rather than the talking to the conscious analytical thinking mind.

 

Hypnotherapy is NOT like what you see with stage hypnotists… we don’t make you run around like a chicken… a hypnotherapist is a healer and may incorporate several different methodologies within the hypnotherapy session including; Erickson Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy and the Rewind Technique.

 

The outcomes and powerful results that can be achieved through hypnotherapy are many and varied and can include personal, professional, emotional and health benefits at extraordinary levels.

 

Paul Holcroft is a certified Hypnotherapist trained in Erickson Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Regression and Time Line Therapy and the Rewind Technique which is specifically designed for dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Phobias. Message me or call on 0424 671 411 to arrange an obligation-free initial consultation to see if I can be of help.

 

However stress is not all bad, stress is necessary and can sometimes even be desirable. Exciting or challenging events such as the birth of a child, participating in a challenging sport, completion of a major work project or moving to a new city generates as much stress as does tragedy or disaster. And without it, life would be dull.

 

In the modern world, the ‘fight or flight’ mode can still help us survive dangerous situations, such as reacting swiftly to a person running in front of our car by slamming on the brakes. The blood flow is going only to the most important muscles needed to handle the situation.

 

Are You Under Constant Stress?

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Did you know that being under constant stress (family, relationships, workplace, and environment) can lead to emotional blockages within the body? These emotional stresses store themselves in the body in what are commonly called emotional blockages.

These emotional stresses show up in the body as chronic pain (normally lower back pain), excess weight (reason which store in the body as fat, chronic pain (in particular lower back pain) and, when years of stress blockages build up, disease (dis-ease) in the body.

Some of the signs of stress build-up in the body include:

  1. Lack of worthiness, self esteem and confidence
  2. Tension in neck and shoulder areas
  3. Lower back pain
  4. Weight gain (just cannot lose even when exercising and dieting)
  5. Weight loss (usually combined with low energy levels)
  6. Feeling overwhelmed
  7. Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  8. Get frequent headaches (migraine headaches)
  9. Feeling angry and irritable all the time
  10. Hormonal imbalances including fluid retention (mood swings)
  11. Worsening pre-menstrual tension symptoms
  12. Feeling cold all the time
  13. Mentally foggy
  14. Feeling fatigued even though getting plenty of sleep
  15. Low sex drive
  16. Feeling bloated or sickly
  17. Worrying all the time, sometimes for no reason.

The good news is these types of high emotional stress levels in the body can be released through a holistic approach incorporating specialized hypnotherapy (using a mix of traditional hypnotherapy, NLP, time line therapy visualization, and body wisdom techniques), mind-body coaching, and specialist massage techniques like Quantum massage.

Incorporating these holistic methods will in most cases eliminate all the emotional stress blockages from your body leading to elimination of the above mentioned aliments and lead to a happy disposition, increased positive outlook and more balanced life.

If you, or someone you know, are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, please contact us through the Facebook messaging system. We offer a free 1st consultation to ascertain whether we can help with your particular condition. If not we will refer you to someone who can… you don’t have to live with it.