Modern life means the world has become a stressful place. On top of that we have had 2 years of a pandemic, inflation is spiraling out of control, and we can at times feel a lot of pressure.
Have you ever done something really stupid and ended up questioning your actions: “What was I thinking?” I hear you say.
Is life getting on top of you meaning you are struggling to cope?
Read on to find out why we can all become unrecognizable sometimes and now more than ever is a time where we should be proactive in managing our stress levels.
What is stress?
According to the charity https://www.mind.org.uk/, their definition of stress is twofold:
- Situations or events that put pressure on us. For example, times where we have lots to do and think about, or don’t have much control over what happens.
- Our reaction to being placed under pressure. Specifically, the feelings we get when we have demands placed on us that we find difficult to cope with.
What causes stress?
It could be too many little things building up or one big thing, everyone’s reaction to stress is different.
- Too many things going on at once
- House move/wedding (the 2 biggest causes)
- Grief/loss of a loved one
- Work pressures
- Poor work life balance
- Being under lots of pressure
- Big changes such a family break ups, divorce
- Lack of control over a situation
Signs of stress overload
This will be unique to everyone as we all cope with stress differently. Symptoms can include but are not limited to the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Appear to have lost sense of humor
- Physical symptoms such as back ache, IBS, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, chest pain, heartburn/indigestion.
- Uninterested in getting dressed, taking a shower, basic appearance, and hygiene.
- Sense of dread
- Worried about health
- Irritable and short tempered
- Unable to enjoy life
- Racing thoughts
- Not coping with things, you normally handle well
- Lack of sleep
- Feeling anxious or nervous
- Panic attacks
- Over emotional
- Muscle tension
- Nail biting
- Avoiding situations
- Smoking/drinking a lot more than normal
For more information about stress, causes, developing resilience and coping strategies look here:
Why am I acting out of character?
Have you ever been so wound up that you have acted irrationally and later thought “I can’t believe I did that!”
Watch this You tube clip to help you understand why this happens:
For anyone not wanting to watch, the answer is this: The emotional part of the brain takes over the thinking part of the brain, more commonly known as an amygdala hijack.
This sometimes means we can make bad decisions that we regret because our thinking brain has been hijacked.
Road rage is a great example of an amygdala hijack in play.
How can I manage my stress levels?
Ever heard of self-care?
A few examples:
- A great work life balance
- A positive mindset
- Finding ways to physically relax
- Relaxation classes
- Making time for Hobbies
- Taking care of your self so that you can take care of your loved ones.
- Talking through your concerns with a friend.
- Walking in nature
More information on self-care here:
How can hypnotherapy help with stress management?
When the body is constantly stressed it’s in a state of fight or flight which can put health at serious risk. More information on that here: https://www.healthline.com/health/stress/effects-on-body
Hypnotherapy puts the body in a natural state of healing more commonly known as rest and digest.
A trance simply quietens the mind, lowers brain waves and begins the healing process.
I offer a number of therapies for stressed clients including:
- Clearing protocols (Where we clear out of the mind anything that no longer has benefit)
- Relaxation using guided imagery
- Blended therapies of either hypnotic reiki or hypnotic relaxation
- Specific work can be tailored to individual clients based on their needs.
General information about hypnotherapy and how it can help with stress management can be found here: https://www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/articles/stress.html#signsofstress
Get in touch if you are having trouble managing your stress levels.
Fluent-therapy (DipCHH) is a member of the GHR Registration number 8936.