Modern life is often hectic and stressful at the best of times. Any major life event just adds to that stress. This can be a tragedy such as the loss of a loved one or even a positive event such as planning a wedding. Sometimes we find ourselves feeling stress at times when we would expect to be excited and happy. Relaxation is a healthy way to reduce stress and learn to manage the demands we all face more effectively. We are surrounded by pressure all the time and have little knowledge of how to relax. Stress is the body’s natural reaction to fear and change. At times you may be able to identify the source of your stress and at others you will not. Maybe there is a very specific trigger such as a phobia or maybe you have general feeling of anxiety most of the time.
We know that a certain level of stress can aid performance for example when preparing for an exam or to go on stage. This pressure can allow you to focus and aid motivation. However at times pressure just becomes too much and we can feel overwhelmed.
Using relaxation techniques and hypnosis I can help you to manage stress effectively. In hypnosis we work with the subconscious part of the mind. The role of our subconscious is to ensure survival. If we feel threatened it is the subconscious that triggers the so called fight or flight reaction. Increased heart rate, faster breathing, butterflies in the stomach all these symptoms preparing us to run from danger. This reaction is the same if you are faced with a tiger or if you are faced with an important meeting with your boss. In the case of the tiger this reaction helps you to run away. Unfortunately most of us cannot run from our boss, at least not without considerable embarrassment! Continuous exposure to stress at work, home and from the wider word is detrimental to both our mental and physical wellbeing.
Using hypnotherapy and relaxation reduces stress and anxiety. It can also reduce blood pressure decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke, reduced risk of depression, improves memory, boosts the immune system, improved sleep and libido. I can teach you relaxation techniques to manage stress and allow you to get on with your life.
Fitting relaxation into a busy schedule:
Start small: try one-minute relaxation techniques, such as calm breathing or a short 5 minute muscle relaxation exercise.
Short and quick: practice short and quick techniques through the day.
Make a new habit: make relaxation a new habit. Think how you will fit this into your schedule. What suits you best – breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, visualisation.
Good times to relax:
Before bed when you have nothing to do but sleep. This will also help you unwind and prepare for sleep.
Attend a yoga class, paining,music, running, walking or tai chi – all good opportunities to relax.
Try relaxation techniques first thing in the morning – this can help to calm and energise you.
Consider other times of the day which may suit you coffee break, lunch time, right after work.
Schedule your relaxation and make this self-care routine a priority. Relaxation can become as regular as brushing your teeth or eating lunch.