How does stress affect us?

A certain level of stress is important for our motivation and can often be useful. For example, if we have a deadline at work, a small amount of stress enables us to work faster and in a more concentrated fashion so that we are more likely to complete the task in time. If we are performing in a concert or a show, we may feel nervous, which helps us to stay alert and perform better.

When does stress become harmful to us?

Each of us is able to cope with differing amounts of stress; some people appear to cope better with stress than others. Where stress becomes harmful is when people feel that they are not able to release their emotions, leading to a build-up which can affect us in a physical or psychological way. We may also view life in a more negative way.

How to recognise the signs

Some signs to look out for are:

  • Boredom and a general lack of motivation
  • Physical symptoms such as a racing heart
  • Sleep and sex drive may be affected
  • Lack of concentration
  • Feelings of constant worry or erratic moods

How can hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy can be an effective way of helping a person to deal with stress. In most cases, a hypnotherapist is able to help a client recognise the trigger that causes the stress, teach methods of relaxation, and introduce strategies that will support clients in dealing with stressful situations.

It may be the case that some clients have more deep-rooted or long-term issues that are causing stress, which need to be addressed during hypnotherapy.

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