“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one
thought over another.”
When your body experiences stress (either imagined and real), the brain releases chemicals around the body telling it:
to shut down digestion,
heart pumps increases production to send more blood to arms and legs for “fight or flight”.
It is a call to action, to be on guard.
With this adrenaline running through your body you may experience:
- sensations of clamminess,
- dry mouth,
- panic and
The theory is that when the threat abates, the body settles down to normal functioning but what happens if your fearful thoughts are driving the adrenaline rush around your body.
While you may “come down” from the peak of the effects of stress, the body does not settle completely and each time you perceive something stressful, the body is thrown into turmoil and all because of your thoughts. Stress management is a way of dealing with these thoughts – rejecting them or seeing what they are trying to tell you.
With hypnosis and NLP (neuro linguistic programming) I am teaching stress management skills:
- to stop these thoughts from wearing out your body.
- to ease muscle tension.
- these symptoms can be helped by learning how to first relax the mind and body (to give them a break as it were) and
- to work on subconscious programming – why you feel threatened in the first place and how you want to be the next time you are in a similar situation.
The wonderful experience of hypnosis while focusing on the change you want to make (in this case, calm and relaxed) is beneficial in that you are turning on your own self healing energy, all normal working order to be restored to the body and the mind).
The “threat” can be:
attending a meeting,
standing up in front of people,
– whatever causes you to feel like running away and makes you angry is your “threat”.
Because the perceived threat re-enforces the fear and panic, that strong neural connection in your mind must be broken. But before breaking it, we need to understand why you feel threatened:
is it a lack of confidence or
an inability to be assertive?
Whatever it is, we can work on it together and at the same time make new neural links (remember your brain is a mine of electrical activity and this is to our advantage in that we can re-wire your brain essentially). The new neural links become stronger as you practice your new skills.
You want to be able to manage your stress better but do not know how. With hypnosis and NLP, you focus on how much better your life would be without such stressful thoughts running through your mind all the time. The first thing you will notice is how great it feels to just switch off the chatter in your mind:
You can think about how you want to be –
how would you hold yourself,
how would you feel being confident and assertive?
What would be great about your life with this change made?
All hypnosis is self hypnosis and you are learning how to adapt these processes into all other areas of your life – you gain your rightful place – as the controller of your mind and its working all with the help of hypnosis and NLP. It is about making you the best you can be and bringing out the best of you so that you can be happier and more content with your mind free to concentrate on the things you really want to think about. Take a moment to close your eyes and image yourself being able to manage your stress, to have that ability to just switch off.
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