Coping with Stress
One short video I viewed recently explained that Mental Health is being introduced into the Education system so the message is getting out there. I strongly advocate Hypnotherapy as a tool to help combat Stress and associated symptoms, such as: anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, eating disorders and pain, to name but a few.
Did you know that RELAXING the body and mind (by engaging, for example, in Hypnotherapy), will give you the tools to help deal with Stress and Anxiety? Did you know that RELAXATION is just the ‘tonic’ to balance everything out? Think of Hypnotherapy as an internal ‘tonic’ – people often report feeling calm and relaxed after having a session with me – your nervous system will thank you for it.
- Do you notice that when you watch a film, perhaps a disturbing or scary film, you react as if it were really true? Our minds do not know the difference between real or imaginary.
- Did you know that we all have what’s called a sympathetic (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) that is part of the autonomic nervous system (ANS)?
One of the many benefits of hypnotherapy is that it helps to balance out the autonomic nervous system. I can hear you saying: “Hey, Colleen, what’s that?”
Here is a brief explanation of role of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS):
The SNS is responsible for stimulating activities associated with the fight or flight response. You know, when we were cave men and we found ourselves faced with a beast – we most likely would have ran. The body prepares itself for this activity. A part of the brain registers the site you ran away from and will remember this. It is not uncommon for people to develop fears of returning to the same place as a result of such a traumatic event, but this is another topic. Some stress is a necessary part of our lives and in some situations can even be beneficial; for example, when we need that motivation at the job interview or when we are about to perform on stage or give a talk. In this situation brain chemicals are released and we ‘perform’, usually at our best.
It’s what we do with the stress that’s important. How do you deal with your stress – do you find a way to de-stress? If we keep our bodies in stress mode too often, too long, we compromise our immune system, for example: how often do you feel stressed driving to work? Also do you feel you are operating in a stressful work situation? Are you running late and you are under stress? What about exam stress? I know how it feels to be in traffic – look at all the congestion on the motorways and around town, broken down cars on top of recovery trucks. Are you operating your mind and body in overdrive? Do you put your vehicle (if you have one), through the mill or do you service it? We expect our vehicle to perform at its best and it will if we look after it – we change parts that are worn and spend money on its upkeep. Do you give the same care and attention to your own mind and body? Are you accountable for the health of your mind as well as your body? If we are unwell we see a doctor. Do you look after your mind in the same way? Mind-body connection is real. If the answer is no and you would like to do something about your stress and anxiety, the good news is that you can. Now for the good news…
I would like to explain a little about the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The PNS is responsible for stimulating activities associated with the rest and recuperation, both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems complement each other. That is why it is vital to balance out the fight and flight with workable and achievable techniques such as, Hypnosis. Our brains release chemicals that help the body prepare to flee or fight. The pure state of just relaxation will help to balance our internal environment and our mind and body. Hypnosis can be practised both in a session and at home.
Hypnotherapy is steeped in history and grounded in science. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) have recognised Hypnotherapy for illnesses such as IBS. Hypnotherapy is also well established in the medical field and as an empirically supported clinical intervention. Hypnotherapy is also gaining recognition in many fields – even Olympians have hypnotherapists on site, they did at the Olympics! So, that is why I am so passionate about hypnotherapy.
If you or anyone you know would like to chat further, please get in touch.