Stress Reduction Fight or Flight?
We are all still hard-wired to deal with perceived danger, threats or attacks with a primitive survival mechanism known as the fight or flight response. When the conscious mind can no longer handle threatening stimuli, the subconscious prepares us for fight or flight. Our hearts pump harder, adrenaline races through our systems, blood pressure rises, super strength can be generated… We are ready for a physical confrontation. But sometimes there is nothing to fight. We can’t physically fight the environment or a job, an accident, a bad decision and so on. So, now what?
In situations where we are unable to fight, the reaction turns to flight, which can be equally impossible and a state of apathy or depression ensues. Negative input, futility, melancholy and overreaction to the senses develop together with a loss of tolerance. Now we begin to exhibit the effects of stress. Thankfully, stress is not always negative, certain kinds of stress that are very desirable (for instance: the stress of romantic encounters, job promotions, athletic competitions and such, but stressors that produce debilitation, depression, excessive smoking, overeating, anger, grief and other reactions that cause dysfunction and unhappiness need to be dealt with and released. Stress is a fact of life. We can’t eliminate all stressful situations any more than we can create a better past. The good news is that we can alter our perceptions and reactions to stress. Stress can be a reaction to people, places, events or things. Threats may be real or imagined. Remember, the subconscious mind does not analyze, and sometimes by the time depression appears, the conscious mind has lost its ability to do so too. However, the causes of the stress can be recognized, defined and often eliminated.
What Causes Stress?
We all have different tolerance levels, coping abilities, reactions and needs. Fears, real or imagined, lead to the symptoms of stress. Fears, when not dealt with, can expand into anxiety or phobic disorders. Unrelenting pain or worries over health situations, stifled emotions of hurt, anger grief, etc., or public speaking or performances of any kind can cause stress. Medical conditions and dietary deficiencies, environmental factors, such as noise or air pollution also add to the stress. People who are characterized as over-achievers, the highly competitive, or type “A” personalities continually expose themselves to the ravages of stress. Debilitating reactions and inadequate or inappropriate coping skills related to stress are often learned early in life from role models (parents, teachers, and relatives).
How Hypnosis Can Help
After discovering the stress stimuli and the physical and/or emotional responses, rapid change can be achieved through hypnosis. Deeply held emotions or hurt feelings can be brought to the surface and released and externally induced pressures can be relieved. Armed with new and positive re-programming to old disturbances, major positive changes in attitudes and reactions realized; and a greatly improved quality of life may be enjoyed.
Stress-Related Problems That Respond Well to Hypnotism:
Physical discomfort, sadness, fear, fatigue, diminished communication skills, anger, grief and loss issues, overeating, sleep problems, various health issues, life transitions, relationship problems, sexual problems, speech problems, learning and memory problems, smoking and more.