What is stress and how to relieve it?
Stress is a word used to cover a large number of words which include fear, pressure, panic, conflict, anxiety, fatigue, burden, strain, discord, unhappiness, upset and tension. As well as there being different meanings for stress, there are also different types of stress such a physical, emotional and mental stress.


Stress is caused by any change, threat of a possibility of change in our environment, thoughts or our body. Stress can also be a result from having too few demands resulting to feeling bored and undervalued.
Hypnosis can help relieving stress through;
  • deep relaxation of the body and mind
  • teaching on subconscious level how to prevent stress
  • build stamina
  • boost immune system
  • address the causes of stress
As with any medical condition you should always see your GP first to discuss your symptoms and treatment options first and to rule out any potential underlying causes of your symptoms.

ABOUT STRESS

There is a difference between pressure and stress.

Pressure can be a positive and a motivating factor, and small amounts of it can be essential in in our daily lives, as it can help us achieve goals and perform well. However, when the pressure exceeds our ability to cope, this becomes stress.

Stress is in fact a natural reaction to too much pressure. It is the reaction to the state of arousal the body manifests in response to a perceived threat.

There are number of different ways people are affected by stress and what becomes stressful to one person can be a walk in the park for another! The factors to consider include the person’s background and culture, personality, skills and experience, health, other demands in and outside of work.

Stress can cause changes in those experiencing it. In some cases there are clear signs that people are experiencing stress and if these can be identified early, action can be taken before the pressure becomes a problem. It is important that everyone looks out for changes in a person's behaviour.

However, in many cases the changes may only be noticeable to the person subject to the stress and so it is also important to look at how you are feeling and try to identify any potential issues you may have as early as possible and take positive action to address them.

Over a long period symptoms of stress can develop into hypertension, heart disease, skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, metabolic issues, irritable bowel syndrome, impaired capacity to repair ulcers, depression or even post-traumatic stress disorder. These are serious health issues.

Stress can show itself in many different ways. The immediate physical reactions to stress may be;

  • Sweating
  • Breathlessness
  • increased blood pressure
  • insomnia
  • diarrhoea
  • palpitations

Mental chances can include for instance anxious and negative thoughts and low levels of energy.