Piece of Minds




Everyone lives with a certain amount of stress in their lives.  After all, it helps to motivate us to get on with life and drive us to overcome a whole variety of challenges such as public speaking, competing in sporting activities, taking on more responsibilities at work and so on.  However stress can easily become a problem.  There are, of course, two sides of the condition.  Life with no stress often causes people to become bored, isolated and depressed.  There are many examples where apparently successful people leading stress-free lives turn to drugs, alcohol, abuse or crime in an effort to find stimulation.
Of course, too much and continuous stress over a long period is potentially dangerous.  Too much stress can promote a variety of health problems and symptoms.  In the short term, the sufferer may have more headaches, stomach upsets (including Irritable Bowel Disorder, - IBS) and could also suffer from anxiety.  Chronic stress can lead to more serious problems including high blood pressure, heart disease and even a stroke.  Prolonged exposure to stress can actually lead to changes in the structure of the brain which can impair memory and stimulate aggressive behaviour.
Too much stress usually affects both working and personal relationships leading to increased feelings of anger, distrust and fear.  In too many cases this also leads to confrontations and breakdown in relationships which add to stress levels.
The typical causes of stress are well documented.  These include, for example, the death of a close relative or friend, divorce, redundancy, moving house, or even changing job.  In some cases, the symptoms may be acute and short-term.  However, these events can also lead to chronic stress and a downward spiral. 
Day to day stresses can also mount up.  Stress in the workplace or at home can build when demands become too much and the victim lacks the capabilities or resources to deal with the problem.   This often leads to poor performance, fatigue and a variety of  physical and psychological disorders.  In turn, this can trigger ineffective and unhealthy behaviours including overeating, smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

Stress is a widespread and costly problem in western society.  Chronic stress is debilitating and leads to absenteeism and ill-heath.
Of course, hypnosis cannot always eliminate the causes of stress but it is very effective in treating the symptoms of stress, while reducing the health risks. 
Therapy typically involves programming the sub-conscious with strategies to cope with stress more effectively.  In some cases the causes of chronic stress can be identified and eliminated.  In these cases, sessions may include techniques to build confidence and self-esteem.  These sessions equip the client to have a positive and optimistic outlook - breaking down the negative stress spiral.
Hypnosis is a naturally relaxing process.  Clients often remark at how relieved and refreshed they feel after their treatment.  CD or MP3 recordings are also provided to the client to support their recovery.  Used regularly, these recordings enable patients to continue to deal effectively with stress – reinforcing their coping strategies while promoting relaxation.