Hypnosis: The Stress Management Technique


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Hypnosis is the ultimate Stress Management Technique.  Use it to reduce the stress in your life now and you will reap the multiple and profound benefits for a lifetime.

Many people's  experience confirm the statistics from doctors' offices and the soaring sales of drug companies that we are living in a very stressful era.  Estimates place stress related illness as responsible for up to 75% of visits to doctors' offices. 

Many more who never go near a doctor's office are steadily wearing down their immune system.  They continue to struggle through life with the anxiety, anger or fear that blocks their creativity and capacity to live a joyful life because they do not know how to manage the stress.

Benefits of Managing Your Stress

Investing a little of your time and energy in learning to manage stress reaps big rewards that last a lifetime - a lifetime that can be significantly longer as a result!

Here are just some of the ways you can benefit:

  • Avoid or lift depression
  • Give you back a sense of control over your life
  • Reduce/eliminate anger
  • Reduce/eliminate anxiety
  • Reduce/eliminate fear
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Reduce muscular tension
  • Improve concentration
  • Reduce/eliminate ulcers
  • Eliminate insomnia
  • Reduce weight
  • Eliminate chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce/eliminate tension headaches
  • Reduce/eliminate tension backaches
  • Improve digestion
  • Improve IBS
  • Reduce frustration
  • Increase creativity
  • Remove job stress
  • Improve relationships
  • Boost immune system
  • Increase productivity

To learn in more detail about the incredible toll  that stress can take on our health I recommend the book When the Body Says No, by Dr. Gabor Mate.

Understanding the cause of stress in our lives leads to a solution for  managing it.  This page looks in more detail at what causes our stress and how hypnosis provides a powerful technique to manage it.

Type As

You may experience a set of stressful thoughts that have been labeled

the Type A Personality. Do you recognize yourself in the following?

  • Prone to over achievement
  • Typically force yourself to work towards unrealistic goals
  • Consistently competitive
  • Quick to show anger
  • Cynical

People with these characteristics appear, and do for awhile, get a lot done. They often lead interesting lives until they burn out or have a heart attack. What is not immediately obvious to others (or the individual) is that such people are typically addicted to stress; to the adrenalin rush that stress brings on. It is now well established that chronic stress sufferers are doing immense damage to their health. If you do recognize yourself in this description please pay attention!

The good news is that you were not born with these personality charachteristics. Our personalities develop as our Subconscious Mind becomes programmed through life experience to form a set of beliefs about ourselves and the way it is the world works.

Hypnosis is a tool for communicating directly with our Subconscious Mind.  Using Hypnosis you can effectively  re-program your Subconscious Mind to guide you towards a much more relaxed and healthy approach to life. 

Catastrophizing

Many of us are driven to experience stress because we habitually catastrophize or awfulize every little thing that is experienced.  For example, for some, a momentary chest pain is a heart attack or the boss who comes in grumpy one morning is sure to fire you today (or so your thoughts might go). More often than not in cases like these, you are responding to an irrational belief:  An irrational description of the world that is stored away in your Subconscious Mind.

Do you regularly find yourself using words such as "should," "must," "ought," "always," or "never?"  When your Subconscious Mind is running a program that things have to be a certain way or that you have to be a certain way, then it is setting up a stressful situation for you.

Any deviation from the standard that people "should" follow is seen as bad.  It follows that anyone (and it may be yourself) who does not live up to the standard is also bad.  What is often "bad" is the standard that you are measuring yourself or others by and causing yourself so much stress as a result of it. 

Some typical examples irrational standards that Hypnotherapists often see causing stress in their clients include the beliefs that:

  • It is an absolute necessity to have love and approval from peers, family and friends.
  • I must be unfailingly competent and an almost perfect person in all I undertake,
  • People are fragile and must never be hurt (even if you remain a victim as a result)
  • I must go to great lengths to please others or risk rejection.

There are many more irrational, stress promoting thoughts that we can experience.  Do you have your own examples to add to this list?

The key point here is that these thoughts originate from your beliefs that are created and stored in your Subconscious Mind. Hypnosis is the most effective tool for "re-programming" your Subconscious Mind.  In Hypnosis we are communicating directly with the source of our problem; the Subconscious Mind. Using Hypnotherapy to re-program your Subconscious Mind you can finally relieve yourself of these catastrophizing thoughts.

Suppressed Emotion

A great stressor for many people today is the repression and refusal to accept or recognize important feelings such as anger, sadness or guilt etc.  When we find ourselves doing "too much" of anything - e.g. too much shopping, gambling, smoking, eating etc. it is typically an effort to distract our attention from a feeling that we may be having.  If you find yourself in the "too much" of something mode, you can help yourself by reflecting on what emotion you are trying to distract yourself from by this extreme behaviour. 

Not everyone initially wants to deal with their feelings. It is uncomfortable and they may not know what to do about it even they identify the feeling they are experiencing.  However, the reward for not doing the self-reflection  is more stress which can then lead eventually to distressing physical symptoms.

Modern Hypnotherapy methods are very effective at quickly helping you to root out and resolve any suppressed emotion that may be stressing you in your life.  Remember, it takes an awful lot of energy to repress an emotion on a permanent basis and the long term damage to your health can be fatal.  However, to be able to finally release the emotion is but a relatively brief moment and takes little energy in Hypnosis.


Why Some People Might
Choose Stress!

Is it possible that some people actually choose to stay stressed? Perhaps not consciously but never-the-less...

Check out the following and see if any ring a bell. If they do, Hypnotherapy can provide you with very positive alternatives to achieving the same objectives but in a much less stressful way!

  • Stress helps you seem important: It appears (you think) that you must be doing something very important because you seem to be working so hard.
  • Stress helps you avoid intimacy: With your stress levels you can not be expected to form emotional attachments to anyone (anyway, stressed out people are not much fun to be around).
  • Stress helps you avoid responsibilities: Clearly you are too stressed to be asked to take on more work. Or, you are obviously too busy to be asked to do any mundane chores - these are for others.
  • Stress gives you a chemical rush: Stress, the original cheap thrill - although the long term cost can be devastating. Chronically stressed people get so used to the condition they may not even be aware any longer that they are stressed.
  • Stress helps you avoid success: No need to take the risk of being successful when you can avoid it by keeping your performance level low by remaining stressed out.
  • Stress helps maintain your authoritarian management style: A work place atmosphere of permanent stress keeps the crisis atmosphere going in which the authoritarian "just do it" management style seems to be justified.

Increasing Our Stress

There are several physical conditions that we have control over that effect our susceptibility to stress. These conditions all have habits and emotional issues at their root.

All of our habits and emotions are under the control of our Subconscious Mind. Hypnosis, is the most effective and fastest way to directly communicate with our Subconscious Mind. As a result, using Hypnosis to work on these issues can provide you with significant and fast help, even if you have not been successful in dealing with these issues before.

We will experience more stress in our lives if we:

  • Do not get enough exercise;

  • Do not eat a balanced diet;

  • Are 25 lbs or more over our ideal body weight;

  • Use stimulants (caffeine, sugar, nicotine, colas etc.) excessively;

  • Do not develop a social support system;

  • Personalize all criticism;

  • Do not practice using our sense of humour;

  • Do not get enough sleep;

  • Act macho - never asking for help when we need it;

  • Procrastinate;

  • Worry about things we can not control;

  • Set impossibly high standards/Become a perfectionist;

Next Step in Managing Your Stress

To relieve and manage the stress in your life get Hypnosis working for you as soon as possible. You may experience hypnosis right now by joining the free 4 Step Hypnosis Challenge.  Learn more about the Challenge right here.

With you on the path to success,

Stephen Gruber MA
Consulting Hypnotist, Montreal


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