Anxiety & Stress
"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another" ~William James
Most psychologists define stress as the psychological and physiological response to the feeling of being under too much under emotional or mental pressure. This turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. Knowing the signs of anxiety and stress is crucial to better ubderstand them.
What causes us to get stressed?
To understand the signs of anxiety and stress better, we need to know about the reasons behind. These can include divorce, death of a family member, marriage, retirement, pregnancy, even vacation. Also, problems we experience everyday ,like having troubling thoughts about the future; not getting enough sleep; physical appearance; too many things to do; misplacing or loosing things; not having enough time to do things; concerns about parenting/relatives/friends/; socializing or being lonely.
Stress in the workplace
Perhaps there is no more troublesome source of stress than the workplace. There are at least 9 factors that can contribute to feeling stressed out. These are: workload, evaluation criteria, physical variables, job status, accountability, task variety, human contact, physical challenge, mental challenge. Workplace stress can be especially problematic for women because of sex-specific stressors. These can be discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace, or difficulties combining work and family roles. Job stress can have a variety of consequences. Perhaps the most frequently cited is reduced effectiveness on the job that can also lead to accidents, substance abuse, anxiety (with or without panic attacks).
Responding to anxiety or stress
How do you respond to stress? When under stress our entire system changes in the way we think, feel or behave. In fact some signs of stress include loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, insomnia episodes, feeling anxious, having panic attacks, racing thoughts or worry all the time. Stress can affect our physiology too, experiencing headaches, muscle tension, high blood pressure, dizziness. Certain hormones in our body are also being released to better deal with pressure, or the so called “fight or flight” response, involving a lot of changes in the body. It prepare us to take immediate actions to better cope with the threat. What happens is that this response gets hard-wired into the brain, corresponding to the area called hypothalamus. When stimulated, it initiates a sequence of nerve cell firing and chemical release, that prepares the body to either run, fight or freeze. When either response is active, depending on the threshold of the individual, adrenaline and cortisol are released into the bloodstream. This can cause dramatic changes in the body. Our heart rate increases, blood is directed into the muscles and limbs, requiring extra energy for running or fighting. In other words, we become prepared to either fight or flight, bypassing our rational mind to move us to attack mode. Therefore, any rational thoughts or beliefs are being stuck in survival mode, which brings burnout, overwhelming thoughts, fear, anxiety.
Managing Anxiety and Stress with Hypnotherapy
Understanding and managing anxiety and stress is vital. There are several factors that seem to contribute to lowering levels of stress/anxiety. Turning off the stress response has much to do with being able to quiet the mind, common to anxiety disorder. Cognitive Hypnotherapy employs certain techniques to help individuals to understand why they think the way they do and how these thoughts can be positively transformed to manage stress. You will also be taught some techniques that you can use for yourself to transform unwanted feelings into something more useful and pleasant. But also moving towards feeling calmer, with more in control with your life, and better understand the signs of anxiety and stress.
If you think you might benefit from Cognitive Hypnotherapy to better understand and manage Stress or Anxiety, do contact me for a consultaion.
Daniela Marinova is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist who specializes in helping clients overcome Anxieties, Fears, Phobias, as well as enhancing clients confidence level while taking back control of their life. She has extensive experience in this area and particularly in helping expectant moms to experience more positively the birth of their child. Get the full story and reap the rewards TODAY at http://www.richmondmindtuning.com