Stress, or related issues, account for 20% of all visits to GP's and is directly attributable to 40% of workplace related sickness. Everyone experiences stress, to varying degrees, every single day. Note that we say 'experiences' rather than 'suffers' because it is widely accepted that a little stress can be a positive, motivating force for people; it is when these little stresses pile up and up with no release mechanism that the stress levels become intolerable and a person's health is affected in negative ways.
It's impossible to guess at how different people will react to different situations, since personality type, personal experiences and a whole host of external factors that can influence a person can contribute significantly to how they will react to
stress. It's common in workplace situations to see two or more people in a team exposed to the same daily stresses but reacting completely differently. It's not important how other people are reacting to a situation, what's important is how YOU react to it. If you are finding it difficult to cope with a situation, you CAN learn to manage how you react in a number of different ways, one of which is through hypnotherapy.
Coping with Stress: A Short Video
The Top Ten Signs of Stress
Cravings … although some people lose their appetite
Cuts & Bruises … and you don’t remember getting them
Hair Loss … increased prolactin and restricted blood flow
Hypnosis is, in our opinion, one of the most effective treatments for stress. It helps people on a number of levels:
1. RELAX: The hypnotic state that you enter is possibly the most relaxed state that you can experience beyond sleep. Just by entering this state for a short while, people feel energised, having released (some of) the physical symptoms of stress for a short time. If you think of your own stress as a pressure cooker, entering hypnosis is like the valve that releases some of the pressure and prevents the cooker from exploding!
2. KNOW HOW STRONG YOU REALLY ARE: Suggestion Therapy plays a massive part in ongoing stress management. Using powerful suggestions to boost self-esteem and raise self-confidence [LINK], a person can begin to realise that they are
in better control of any given situation, and experience shows that this will reduce the impact that stressful situations have.
3. SEE THINGS CLEARLY: Where stress is evident because of a specific event e.g. an upcoming best man's speech [LINK], a change of job, or even a divorce, the thought processes that are leading to a stress reaction can be guided, with the aid of creative visualisation, to allow you to see, believe, and KNOW that you can create a positive outcome from the event. This is one of the most powerful, and beneficial, uses of hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy for Stress
Equally, Analytical Hypnotherapy or Cognitive Processing & Integration Therapy can assist a person to 'drill down' into the subconscious to identify WHY they are reacting in a particular way to given situations, thus allowing for disruptive thought processes to be identified, and subsequently changed. This can be especially helpful if you are suffering from severe stress reactions, perhaps becoming isolated or reclusive in life and avoiding the workplace.
All conditions that we can treat with hypnotic techniques require two critical elements for success: your desire to make the change, and your maximum effort. If you have these, nothing can stop you!
The material included herein is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician, psychotherapist, or other healthcare professional, whom you should always consult about your circumstances before starting or stopping any medication or any other course of treatment, exercise regimen, or diet.
“… you’ve made me a man again! I can’t thank you enough, and neither can Mrs ******! I wasn’t able to perform [sexually], and have had it like that for years. Going back and finding out why this happened meant that I could deal with it. My only issue is that the sessions aren’t long enough. I felt so good that I didn’t want to come out [of hypnosis]”
“I don’t know how to write this, so bear with me. For years, … I’ve pretended to orgasm so often that … I didn’t think it was even possible. You blew that idea out of my head alright. When I think about it it feels weird. I go to ‘sleep’ and wake up able to have shuddering orgasms but I feel so good about it that I just disregard my own surprise. I will certainly be recommending you.”
“Colin, we’re just back from holiday … I did the self hypnosis trick you showed me and imagined the flight as I wanted to experience it. It was great to be part of the trip this time … I must admit that I felt a little anxious in preparation for the holiday, but stuck with your ‘homework’ and it paid off big time. Thanks, buddy, for all your help.”
“I’ve tried the patches, tried the gum, and it didn’t make a blind bit of difference. I was stunned by what you were telling me in our session, couldn’t believe it, but you took the time to explain it and it really hit home. I AM A NON SMOKER … and I love it. Thank you so much. Can you please tell me why is this not available on the NHS?”
Caroline, East Calder
“Thank you, Colin, for giving me back my self confidence. You know what it’s like and you gave me the encouragement to lose my weight. This time, the weight is falling off me!I’ve lost almost two stones already … I feel in control again.”