A Closer Look at Stress and the Ways We Can Manage It
Stress is all but a part of living. In fact, stress can be beneficial at a certain level because it allows you to survive by activating your “fight-or-flight” response to a situation.
But there also comes a time when too much stress becomes intolerable and it starts to affect your life before you even know it. When you’re trying to keep up with such a fast-paced world, stress could easily lead to more serious problems like anxiety and even depression.
In the United Kingdom alone, a 2018 study of 4,619 respondents revealed that 74% of people felt so stressed that they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope. But what exactly is stress and what can you do to manage it?
What is Stress?
In simple terms, stress is that feeling of struggling to cope with a demand or being overwhelmed by a certain situation. Although stress is essential to survival because it is the body’s natural response to danger, too much of it at one time could affect a person’s mental and physical health, and it could also lead to various health conditions.
When placed in a stressful situation, the body slows down its normal functions so that its energy can be focused on changes that are experienced during stress. It includes rapid breathing, muscle tension and a rapid increase in both heart rate and blood pressure.
What are the causes of stress?
The cause of stress is different for every individual and it’s because each of us have our own ways of coping with stressful situations. But some of the most common stressors include illness, rejection, grief, relationships, moving home, family problems and lack of money.
Some people also get stressed due to life events like pregnancy, miscarriage, fear of crimes, fear of an accident and uncertainties on situations that have no clear outcome yet.
What are the Common Symptoms of Stress?
Some of the most common symptoms of stress include being easily frustrated or irritated, feeling overwhelmed and having the need to be in control of things, low self-esteem and depression, having difficulty relaxing and distancing from social activities.
In the long run, stress can also manifest itself through physical symptoms like headaches, upset stomach, frequent colds, insomnia, nervousness, dry mouth, chest pain and even loss of sexual desire. Behavioral symptoms like procrastination, changes in appetite and increased use of drugs and alcohol can be manifested by people suffering from extreme stress.
How does Hypnotherapy Help with Stress Management?
Hypnotherapy is considered one of the most effective techniques in dealing with stress because of how it allows the mind to get rid of negative thoughts and responses that help in dealing with stress in a healthier and more positive manner.
With hypnosis, the mind enters a state of deep relaxation to open up the subconscious mind and suggest ways to deal with stress effectively. A lot of people who undergo hypnotherapy sessions actually feel a lot better and are now more efficient at responding to stressful situations.