Stress Reduction/ Management
A trial into Stress Reduction compared Hypnosis with biofeedback or a combination of both. All 3 groups had significant reduction in blood pressure. (1). However, at six-month follow-up only patients receiving Hypnosis had maintained the reduction. (2)
References: (1) Friedman, H. & Taub, H. (1977). “The Use of Hypnosis and Biofeedback Procedures for Essential Hypertension.” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 25, 335-347. (2) Friedman, H. & Taub, H. (1978). “A Six Month Follow-up of the Use of Hypnosis and Biofeedback Procedures in Essential Hypertension.” American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 20, 184-188
Appropriate and inappropriate levels of stress
Everyday thousands of Australian’s take time off work because of stress. It is reported that stress-related illness has almost doubled since 1989-90 and levels are growing every year.
It is important to realise that not ALL stress is bad stress. A certain level of stress in life is essential for survival. It keeps us alert when we need to be, creative when we want to be and active when we should be…
However it is when stress levels are heightened for extended periods of time, or when multiple causes of stress are layered one after the other without any form of appropriate and necessary recuperation periods that our physical and emotional wellbeing are then compromised.
Potential Causes of Stress…
There are many different causes of stress and people have very different strategies and coping mechanisms to handle stressful situation. For example one person’s most stressful moment might be public speaking whereas for another person it might be easy and enjoyable.
Causes of Stress can be any one or a combination of these:
• Type ‘A’ People – Type A people are normally more analytical than most, they are over achievers; they can be quick to anger and competitive. They often reach for goals that can be unrealistic. Type ‘A’s’ can seem to become addicted to stress, when things quieten they will create events or circumstances to create change. Often their motto can be: bite off more than you can chew…then chew really, really hard…!
• Grief or Loss – this could be job-loss, loss of health, loss of a loved one or loss of confidence or self-esteem after a potential mistake
• Internal Conflict – feeling stuck or trapped, unable to make decisions
• Work Related – long hours, long periods without time off, increased workload due to downsizing, bullying in the workplace
• External Conflict – between friends, family or colleagues, neighbours
• Change – Circumstances change such as marriage/divorce. A career/job change or financial difficulties, house move or state/country move
• Unresolved past issues/emotions – these can alter or colour our present perception of reality
• Trauma – accidents, injuries to our body or that of a loved one, perhaps witnessing or being victim to a crime
• Heredity or Learned Behaviours – if our parents didn’t have appropriate reactions to stress their reactions can often become the same way that we react now. This is a learned behaviour that if not dealt with, can eventually become part of our natural response or sense of self
• Poor Sleep Patterns – can cause long term stress/depression
• Excessive demands or deadlines – need I say more on that!
• Denial or lack of acceptance to what is – Denial, ignoring or non-acceptance of pain, fear, loss, depression, anger or even sorrow can cause prolonged stress. Over time the issue can seem to get worse than it originally was.
The Effects of Stress:
- The American Medical Association has stated that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease
- It is estimated that businesses worldwide lose billions each year to stress related productivity loss and the treatment costs of stress related illness
- A 20 year study done at the University of London concluded that unmanaged reactions to stress were more dangerous risks for cancer and heart disease than cigarettes or high cholesterol foods.
How we Treat Stress with Hypnosis
- I offer a variety of methods suitable for reducing and managing stress with hypnosis
- I recommend between 3-6 sessions depending on individual needs
- I provide a number of stress release tools and suggestions within hypnosis to lower stress levels to more appropriate levels
- In the sessions I also teach you how to use various methods of Self Hypnosis in order that you are empowered to manage and continue to reduce stress levels long after you complete your sessions with me
- I also run one day Self Hypnosis and Stress Management Courses throughout Australia