Stress is a problem that we are all too familiar with in today’s world.
With the constant pressure to juggle both career and family life successfully it is no doubt that stress-related illnesses are on the increase.
Everyone suffers from some degree of stress at various times in their life.
This affects people differently depending on their ability to recognise the early signs of stress and manage it effectively.
What is stress?
When our body is under stress it responds by producing additional hormones to give us that extra energy boost, otherwise known as an adrenaline rush.
In many situations a certain level of stress is actually good for us as it gives us feelings of excitement and a heightened ability to meet the challenge. It motivates our body mentally and physically, enabling us to reach our peak performance.
However, prolonged and continual exposure to stress is harmful.
The effects of stress:
The effect of exposure to prolonged and high levels of stress has an immediate impact on our body and the way we function.
In the short term, stress creates muscle tension, an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, and a general feeling of anxiety.
Long term exposure to stress can be responsible for illnesses such as chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, peptic ulcers, migraines, heart conditions, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, and asthma.
Although conventional medicine can be prescribed to treat many of these symptoms, it does not address the root cause of the stress with the result that the body is still under an enormous amount of continued pressure.
Being able to manage stress is important in terms of looking after your health and well-being.
Combining hypnotherapy with the teaching of stress management skills can enable us to relax both mentally and physically. In this relaxed state your body is able to restore its own natural balance quickly, leaving you feeling calmer.
By learning self-hypnosis and using a combination of neuro-linguistic programming, breathing exercises and different relaxation techniques you can successfully manage stressful situations without suffering adverse consequences to your health.
Reflexology can also be really beneficial with reducing the impact of stress. There are specific reflex points located on the feet and hands which when massaged help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and physically relax the body. Either of these treatments individually has great benefits, but I also offer an integrated treatment to help you unwind and destress.
This involves a reflexology treatment combined with positive hypnotic suggestions so that you can unwind and relax more easily and mentally recharge your batteries quicker.
If you have any questions or need any information then please get in touch on 01635 791 301 or visit the contact us page.
The Total Health Team