When people are unable to cope and start to break under intense mental pressure, they start to experience debilitating stress. Everyone undergoes stress at varying degrees during different points in time, including you and me. That said, not everyone copes with the feelings in the same way. What may be perfectly manageable for one may leave another in bed for a week!
Stressors can build up over time through many situations or events. Issues with finances or work can trigger stress to the point of it being chronic. Prolonged stressful periods can take a toll not just on one’s mental health, adding things such as anxiety. It can also manifest in physical ways.
More often than not, things or moments that are stressful aren’t always manageable or controllable. What’s possible to learn to control, however, is the way we react.
What brings on stress?
Part of evolution from the stone age onwards includes the brain. At the time, there were daily threats to human life. Hormones like adrenaline and cortisol were released by the brain whenever a threat would manifest. In turn, muscles would tense, breath quickened, and the heart would beat much faster. Essentially, the body goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode.
What are good ways for stress to be lessened?
As previously mentioned, it’s key to know what triggers your stress in the first place. Make a list of what makes you stressed and how you react. Then you can explore various ways to manage, such as the following:
- Communicate better and say no if you really can’t take something on.
- Connect with loved ones, such as friends and family.
- Engage in frequent exercise, which doesn’t necessarily mean the gym. It can be a yoga class, a walk, or even going for a swim.
- Make time for self-care, which can mean a number of different things.
- Engaging in meditation, therapy, or going into hypnotherapy for anxiety and stress.
Hypnotherapy in particular can be very helpful. There’s a state of deep relaxation—called hypnosis—wherein the hypnotherapist can help suggest other stress responses. There are also techniques that can be taught for relaxation and self-hypnosis for further help.
What are common symptoms of stress?
As previously mentioned, stress can trigger mental and physical symptoms. There are also emotional symptoms that come as well. A key way for managing stress includes figuring out your specific symptoms. This can include:
- Change in appetite
- Constant worrying
- Irritability or being angry
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
- Low self-worth
- Problems with focus
- Tense muscles
This can trigger heaviness to the point of needing to take a sick leave from work. It can be so intense that there will be a sudden urge to cope through drugs or alcohol.
Stress is rather rough and it manifests differently in people. There are emotional, mental, and physical symptoms. A great way to manage it includes hypnosis therapy in Leeds or elsewhere, which allows the body to go into a more relaxed state of being. It helps with finding better ways to cope with stress.
Are you in need of clinical hypnotherapy? Hi. I’m Paul Ramsden, the Leeds Hypnotherapist. We can work together to help you make any changes to your life.