Thinking about it, who isn’t aware of stress? Do we really need a special week to remind us to be aware of stress? I think perhaps we do.
Often, I see clients whose lives are so busy that they don’t even realise that they are stressed. Someone may call me and say that they are suffering with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), or that they can’t sleep. Perhaps they have developed tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or they are putting on weight. These people are usually successful – and usually extremely busy.
The way I see it, these physical problems aren’t really the problem. Our modern lives have become so pressured that we feel obliged to be constantly doing something. If we aren’t working, we are at the gym, seeing friends, checking our social media, making sure we look good. In short, conforming to a way of life that is far removed from the way that our ancestors lived.
Ancestors – what have they got to do with it?
Our human ancestors knew how to really live. They got up with the sun, spent most of their time outdoors, used their bodies to find food and to travel. There was no pressure to look a certain way, or to ‘achieve’ anything other than being a part of the tribe. Of course there were stresses, but these stresses were real challenges for the moment – and the adrenaline produced would have been dissipated once the threat had disappeared. Hunting a mammoth would have been stressful, but only over a day or two, followed by feasting and celebration. And they knew how to relax. Doing nothing would have been a perfectly acceptable activity!
Busy doing nothing
When was the last time you totally relaxed? Allowed yourself the time and space to really do nothing at all? And what difference did it make to you when you did? Clients often report better creativity, decision making skills and pain reduction when they start giving themselves the gift of ‘nothing’.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy can give you the space to rediscover yourself – the real you. Self awareness goes hand in hand with stress reduction. When you learn to recognise your own signs of being or becoming stressed, you are able to step in and do something to change it. Hypnosis itself is a very normal state of mind – akin to daydreaming. Science is still trying to work out exactly how it works, but many agree on its’ effectiveness in reducing stress and anxiety. Click on the link to the right to read the New Scientist article about hypnosis.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Hypnosis in a powerful combination to create change.
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