How many times have you heard, “I’m so stressed”? How many times have you said it yourself? Stress affects everyone. It’s a normal reaction to any obstacles or problems in our lives. There are two types of stress you need to be aware of: Eustress and Stress..
Eustress is your helpful type of stress. Eustress is that anxious feeling associated with anticipation. You may experience eustress as “butterflies” just before giving a speech or presentation, at a job interview or when you are trying something new and out of your comfort zone.
Eustress occurrs right before you need to exert physical force as your body releases adrenalin into your blood stream to prepare your body for whatever is about to happen.
It’s that feeling you get before getting on the monster roller coaster, or anticipating the take-off of your flight, or dropping on a knee to propose to the light of your life. The key here is Eustress prepares you for those exciting but non-life threatening events that have a positive outcome.
The mind / body connection triggers the “fight or flight response” and reacts by dumping hormones such as adrenaline into our blood stream that signals to our body that we’re under ‘attack’. While it can save us from real danger or perceived danger, our body should return to natural state of alertness in a short amount of time after the danger has passed.
The negative problems with stress occur when our “fight or flight response” remains turned on and doesn’t return to a normal level of awareness. It’s more than a nuisance; it’s a health risk. Our minds and bodies work together, so the continual adrenalin fueling the fear, anxiety, negative thoughts and emotions have profound consequences on our bodies and mind. Many health problems start from a state of stress that continues to put pressure on the body.
Research shows that many heart attacks and strokes are stress-related. Doctors report the majority of their patients’ complaints are caused from stress.
So what can you do to reduce your stress?
You need to take some time to think about your life priorities. What is important to you? What will make you happy? Is being on every school committee making you happy or harried? Put yourself first, so you can pursue a path that is in alignment to your priorities.
You can find many stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, exercise, hypnosis, breathing, and other methods. Hypnosis is a powerful tool in helping your mind and body return to a relaxed and comfortable state.
Research shows hypnotherapy helps relieve problems based in emotions, such as stress and anxiety. Your therapist will guide you to a relaxed state, so that both your mind and body feel at ease and comfortable.
When you’re stressed, you mind races with a circle of worrisome thoughts, and your muscles feel tense and painful. In hypnosis, you reduce negative thoughts and feelings while releasing the built up tension in your body.
Over time, your body rids itself of stress symptoms.
When you feel a threat in your life, or a period of change, your body reacts. Change is a fact of life, but how you react to it affects your life. Contact me, and learn how you can reduce stress, increase positive thoughts, and improve your health.