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Stress & Anxiety
Advanced Hypnotherapy for Stress & Anxiety
With today’s modern society we’re under increasing pressure; workload, threat of redundancy, information overload, relationship problems, children, family and financial pressures etc. put us under strain.
Potentially stressful situations are an inevitable part of modern life; however how you deal with it affects both your physical and well-being. Hypnotherapy helps by changing your attitudes and instinctive reactions towards stress and potential ‘stressors’.
The Western World’s No.1 Killer – Stress
Stress is responsible for causing and/or encouraging the vast majority of ALL illness and dis-ease in the body from the common cold to more serious and potentially fatal problems, including heart disease, respiratory disease, arthritis, diabetes, heart problems and cancer.
95% of ALL illness and disease is caused by stressDr. Bruce Lipton
According to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), 90% of illness and disease is caused and / or exacerbated by stress, which is a build up of situational stress and other factors over time! Dr Bruce Lipton’s research at Stanford University Medical School has shown that the real number is closer to 95%.
What is Stress?
Stress is a natural reaction of the autonomic nervous system to threat(s). It’s the instinctive defence against attack, and it kicks in regardless of whether the threat real or imagined.
Stress is the reaction of the autonomic nervous system to attack, whether real or imagined. Stress is our natural, instinctive defence against attack and in ancient times it was essential to the survival of the human race.
In the event of threatened physical attack, the system releases adrenaline to help either fight off the attacker or run away. This is known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. (Some people experience ‘flight’ or ‘flight’ as feeling like falling down and feeling very weak. Animals often ‘play dead’ if there is nowhere to run and the predator is too powerful to fight. This is also a natural survival reaction as many predators only want ‘fresh meat’.)
In our cavemen days, this instinctive ‘fight or flight’ mechanism was very useful. E.g. imagine, being approached by a sabre-toothed tiger; you would want to be able to react FAST, not have an intellectual debate. The system works at a faster rate…
- breathing gets faster to take in extra oxygen
- your heart pumps faster and blood pressure rises
- blood is pumped into major muscles for physical action and away from non-essential functions such as digestion (this explains why chronically stress experience digestive problems)
- concentration improves and pupils dilate to take in, process and react to potentially life-saving information
- if anxiety is severe we may feel sick or defecate (making us less tasty to predators)
- saliva production closes down – mouth is dry and swallowing difficulty
- and eating is not required when adrenaline is flowing.
Once the threat subsides, the system returns to normal because the adrenaline has been used either in fighting or running. This system works brilliantly for actual physical threats, but it wasn’t designed for modern day stress and without an outlet for the excess adrenaline produced inappropriate reactions to stress can make us ill.
Major modern stressors include
- Divorce/major change of lifestyle
- Moving house
- Work pressures
- Financial problems
- Injury/Illness to yourself or someone close to you
- Inability to achieve your goals
- Plus for many people, stress is cumulative… a seemingly small issue, perhaps an addition to your workload or life, can be “the straw that broke the camel’s back”.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is described as by dictionary.com as ‘feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome’. In ancient times anxiety kept us alert to potential danger. Today most ‘survival’ threats are more likely to be staying in a job or an unhealthy relationship; however the same anxiety reaction occurs as if we’re under physical threat.
A little anxiety can be helpful, for example in motivating us to revise for an exam, but long-term or chronic manifestations of anxiety lead to stress and stress-related disease. Anxiety tends to be so habitual it can no longer be obvious to the person suffering – it becomes a way of life.
The Vicious Circle of Stress & Anxiety
Our body-mind system is completely inter-related and a corresponding secretion accompanies every emotion from the endocrine system e.g. the production of adrenaline by adrenal glands. If adrenaline enters the system and is not used during the a ‘fight or flight’ response, it continues to circulate in the system, weakening the organs, particularly the kidneys.
To compensate, the body produces the antidotes – Noradrenalin. This induces a feeling of euphoria, well-being and analgesia. This makes the person feel good and they can, in extreme cases, become a ‘stress junkie’ – hooked on the buzz of extreme stress and its relief (e.g. journalists and media executives, city brokers etc.).
This in turn can lead to a lifestyle of extremes – taking ‘uppers’ (speed/amphetamines/cocaine etc.) to keep going and ‘downers’ (tranquillisers/sleeping pills/alcohol/opiates – at extreme Heroin/Morphine) to get sleep or rest. These damage the nervous system, lowering the body’s immunity and harming the vital organs etc.
When people have traumas stored at a subconscious level, circumstances and/or people can remind them of the old trauma without them consciously understanding how or why. They can then develop irrational fears/phobias/dislikes so that when the innocent ‘trigger’ occurs (e.g. a person enters the room etc.), it triggers the ‘fight or flight’ programme (causing a release of adrenaline into the system).
As it would be inappropriate to run away or fight in these situations, the person keeps swallowing the ‘negative emotion’ (fear/anger etc). The adrenalin cycle is set off, leaving no appropriate outlet to ‘work it off’ except through ‘displacement activities’ – without resolving the original issue.
When a person has suffered a stressful episode, they usually look to outside sources to relieve the stress and ‘unwind’ –e.g. alcohol, opiates etc.
The vicious circle continues…
Breaking the cycle of stress with hypnotherapy
Stress builds up over time, and just like putting the rubbish out, it’s important to release stress on a very regular basis. Meditation, guided relaxation and yoga are a few popular de-stressors but if you want something that really works quickly and efficiently, hypnosis is top of the list.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Albert Einstein
You can’t expect to de-stress by continuing to do the same things stressing you in the first instance. However, it may be not your fault. We are all subject to stressful situations in life. The secret lies in changing your attitude from worrying to being able to take life in your stride.
If you’re experiencing a short-term stressful period in your life, you may simply need to learn how to dump the daily build up of ‘rubbish’ in the mind. For this, self-hypnosis is excellent. Self-hypnosis reduces the effects of stress on the body by deeply relaxing you, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure and relaxing muscle tension. Learning how to de-stress naturally releases energy, currently spent on worrying, to help you create a more enjoyable life.
For more severe ongoing stress and anxiety, your natural reaction to stress may require “re-wiring”; similar to fixing the over sensitive car alarm which goes off when a cat walks past it or during the rain.
Different people’s reactions to the same situation differ. What stresses one person is of little consequence to another. The reason is due to how they were ‘taught’ to react in situations as children. As children, we learned, either by habit or as a result of an incident, how to react to certain situations.
For example, nervous or stressed mothers are likely to react in a very different way to calmer mothers if their child has an accident/illness, or if they disagree with their partner. Sophisticated age regression techniques allow us to access early memories to locate the root causes of stress / anxiety and reprocess the reaction in a more appropriate, calmer way. It is this ‘rewiring’ of past situations that changes your reactions to stress in the present and future.
Our Stress Relief Hypnotherapy Programmes
We offer two levels of hypnotherapy for stress relief programmes. For long-term results, we strongly recommend our advanced treatment, but we do offer a one off ‘quick fix’ session if you a desperate for relief from the effects of a temporary stress.
De-Stress ‘Relief’ Suggestion Hypnotherapy
- Single session therapy designed as a ‘quick fix’ for short-term stress
- 2-hour intensive suggestion hypnosis session
- ‘De-Stress’ suggestion therapy
- Self-hypnosis training
- Take-home relaxation training CD
- Suitable for if you are looking for quick relief for a short-term temporary stress situation. For some clients, this therapy is enough to learn how to relax, but for others, this is immediate relief for a longer-standing issue, requiring more in-depth advanced therapy. The most appropriate programme for your particular situation would be discussed during your complimentary pre-therapy consultation call.
2. Long-Term Results:
Advanced Therapy for Long-Term Stress & Anxiety Relief
Advanced hypnotherapy offers an effective, long-term solution to chronic stress, plus the tools and self-care take home techniques to effectively manage everyday stress on a daily basis.
Our advanced hypnotherapy programme uses regression therapy to address the root cause of your stress reaction and to ‘re-wire’ your reactions to stressful situations or ‘stressors’, rather than simply giving you tools and techniques to relax.
Finally, suggestion hypnotherapy is applied to retrain your mind to react to previously stressful situations in a more healthy and appropriate way and to be able to release stress naturally. We also teach you skills to use at home by yourself….. self-care techniques, including stress recognition and avoidance tips, plus the essential skill of ‘self-hypnosis’ for deep relaxation to protect yourself from the build up of future stress.
Advanced Hypnotherapy Stress Relief Programme includes:
- Up to 6 x advanced hypnosis sessions
- Regression & suggestion hypnosis
- ‘Mind virus’ elimination and stress response ‘re-wiring’
- ‘De-Stress’ suggestion therapy
- Stress recognition and avoidance training
- Self-hypnosis, self-care training
- ‘Homecare’ e.g. PERSONALISED take-home self-hypnosis CDs
This comprehensive advanced hypnotherapy programme, designed to give permanent results, is usually completed within 6 weeks or less.
Still stressed? Get help today
If you are desperate to relax and/or are concerned about long-term effects of chronic stress on your health, contact Katie Glen or Jenny O’Kelly on 020 8712 5981 for you complimentary 15-minute telephone consultation.
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