Cope With Stress

Before we can learn to cope with stress we must look at what it actually is. Broadly speaking stress is the result of any stimulus from the environment that disrupts the body’s balanced physical, chemical or mental functioning. This can be anything from a stubbed toe to a piece of bad news. When the brain is alerted by fear, the endocrine system is also alerted. Messages go to the hypothalamus deep in the brain and from there to the nearby pituitary, which triggers the adrenal glands to produce a hormone called adrenaline. This adrenaline can also be produced by excitement, pleasure and enjoyment. This acts on muscles, blood vessels, skin, sweat glands, the digestive system, almost every part of the complex human body.

Muscles tense, blood vessels constrict or relax, the heart beats faster, breathing becomes more rapid, the mouth may get dry, the skin sweat. The pancreas may pump out different levels of insulin. This at a more severe level is the “panic attack”, the “fight or flight” response from primitive times, where the body utilises its natural inbuilt defence mechanisms.

Some “stress” is beneficial and stimulating and different personality types have varying levels of ability to cope with their stress. Stress is rather like an electrical load on our circuit, some of us have 3 amp fuses, some a 13 amp and some even higher. Our “tolerance” is partly hereditary and partly environmental and self learned.

Excess stress can aggravate chronic health problems and lead to smoking, alcoholism, depression, migraine, asthma, ulcers – the list is endless.

Tranquillisers generally only remove or quieten the symptoms.

There are many techniques which have been developed to combat stress – including meditation, T.M., yoga and biofeedback, but here we are concerned with HYPNOSIS.

When used in stress control it is aimed at turning off the “fight or flight” response mechanism balancing the two branches of the autonomic nervous system – the sympathetic and the para-sympathetic – and at creating physical and mental relaxation combined with feelings of inner peace, harmony and well being.

So whilst not a panacea for all ills, once again hypnosis is a perfectly safe, effective and natural way to combat stress and to learn to RELAX.

4 comments on “Cope With Stress
  1. jan says:

    Hi I have got to the point in my life that panic attacks rule my life.I have had these for 23 years and I want my life back.I cannot travel due to the fact that my mind tells me I will need to use toilet facilities or I might not make it.this started to happen when my daughter was born and I suffered a prolapse.the only other issue is I would like to try some treatment but I cannot travel to get it .so I guess I’m stuck on that point.anyway website good and very informative.

    • Den says:

      Hi Jan
      I am so sorry to hear of your situation, panic attacks normally respond really well to Hypnotherapy. Are you quite sure you are unable to travel to my consultancy, you would be very welcome to bring a friend who could have a coffee with my receptionist while I saw you. I work from home and it is a very relaxed atmosphere.
      If you wish to call me on 866999 we could discuss further.
      Warm wishes
      Den 🙂

  2. Ros Talbot says:

    I would like to know more about your hypnotherapy sessions for stress. Sorry to ask but how much is it per session. have seen you in the county press on endless occasions.
    many thanks

    • Den says:

      My sessions are £70 plus a Cd if relevant for £10.
      If you need any more information, ring me on 01983 866999
      warm wishes
      Den 🙂