what it is and what it may do to our mind and body is a very extensive
subject by it self. Here we give you some information that you can
decide if you are effected by stress. If you feel that you maybe
suffering from stress, you may want to read it through.
Becoming aware of your own
stress responses is not quite as it sounds. Stress distorts perception. We
do not notice what is happening as we keep driving ourselves harder. The
more stressed we are, the less chance we have of noticing it. Unless
of course by becoming over-stressed, which can cause the manifestation of
serious chronic physical conditions.
There are different personality
types in relation to stress response. One type is very ambitious,
competitive, hard working, impatient and aggressive, actually thrive on
stress. Such a personality can become hooked on the stress hormone known as
noradrenalin and they seem to produce it in greater quantities than other
Another type of person, often
labeled 'the over achiever' is equally at risk. This type of person gives
the impression of always calmly coping with everything life throws at them.
Being tough, proud of being able to withstand the pressure. They will deny
the dangers of stress and disapprove of others who 'give in', considering
that to be a sign of weakness. They are generally unable to admit any
limitations of vulnerability.
In reality, pure examples of
these character types are rare, most people combining and exhibiting the
different qualities according to changing circumstances.
Nevertheless, the beliefs that,
"stress is something that doesn't affect me" or "something I just have to
grin and bear", illustrated by both of these personality types, are
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Stress Management through
Hypnotherapy is a powerful,
safe and effective method of reducing, controlling and managing stress.
While in this state of deep relaxation, you can identify stress triggers,
understand the emotional and physical effects that they may produce, and
learn how to minimize or eliminate them. Here at Hypnotherapy Center
of Southern California, you will learn the techniques for proper relaxation
and meditation, which maybe essential for everyone these days with the
modern life and stressful issues. Through hypnosis positive new
responses can be created to replace the devastating reactions of the past.
Buried feelings can be brought to the surface and released. Outside
pressure can be relieved. And finally new responses to old
disturbances can be induced with major changes in attitudes and reactions.
Everyone can use a daily dose
of peace and relaxation. Regular relaxation sessions can act as a
counterweight to the stresses of your daily activities. Different
relaxation techniques can be used to encourage physical and mental
relaxation, including gentle stretches, visualization exercises, sound and
music experiences, and breathing awareness and meditation techniques. The
combined effect of these exercises in a weekly routine have the ability to
re-direct your energies into more creative and productive channels and often
result in deep physical relaxation and a greater sense of inner well being.
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Meditation trains the capacity
to pay attention, increasing both concentration and empathy, enabling a
meditator to pay closer attention to what is actually going on during the
day. This attention training is what sets meditation apart from other forms
of relaxation training. Meditation is one of the best methods for
attaining mental calm, that tranquil, quiet state of mind that allows you
more choice over your thoughts and actions.
Meditation is a very relaxing
practice that involves sitting quietly, breathing fully, and allowing the
mind to calm. It encourages the state of being fully present in each
moment, and discovering quieter and quieter spaces within. The results
include experiences of deep relaxation, and gaining mental calm, a tranquil,
quiet state of mind.
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A short list of common symptoms of stress
Many of us are so used to
experiencing the symptoms of stress that we don’t notice them anymore. You
may recognize some of these symptoms in yourself, and empowered with this
awareness, consciously choose to make positive changes in your life to
reduce your stress levels.
Nervous reflexes, which
includes biting nails, clenching the jaw, grinding teeth, hunching
shoulders, tapping feet, holding breath, etc.
Another way stress manifests is
through changes in mood, such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks,
frustration, habitual anger, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness,
impatience, irritability, restlessness, constant fatigue, and in general,
feeling depleted, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Different category are
stress-related behaviors, such as aggression, disturbed sleep patterns,
tearfulness, doing several things at once, emotional outbursts, leaving jobs
undone, over-reactions, talking too fast or too loud, taking your
frustrations out in interpersonal relationships, an increase in smoking,
eating or alcohol consumption and drug use. Increased intake of sugar and
caffeine, forgetfulness, and susceptibility to accidents are also
With continually over-stress,
we can develop serious chronic physical conditions such as asthma, chronic
back pain, digestive disorders, ulcers, migraines, chronic muscular tension,
hypertension and other cardiac conditions, skin disorders, sexual
dysfunction and chronic fatigue syndrome.
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