Hypnosis Meets Stress – Specialized Training Course Certification
Specializing in Brain training for taking control! How to create instant calm, resilience and change responses to stress!
Stress is blamed for a numerable amount of things, from weight gain and poor sleep to acne and digestive issues; from anxiety and fatigue to high blood pressure as well as poor immunity. It is a huge problem and is the root cause of many ailments we experience today.
We know that too much stress is not good for us, but what exactly is stress?
Fight or Flight
The word stress is defined as hardship, adversity, force or pressure. When our body is faced with it, whether from internal or external sources, a vital response process kicks in. Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental and emotional responses. Stress is a normal part of life. You can experience stress from your environment, your body and your thoughts.
This is referred to as the Fight-or-Flight response.
Ions ago, the likely threat a human being would encounter to set off this response would be a wild animal, someone screaming at you, or weeks without food. It makes sense, then, that you’d need the strength to fight back or to run away fast.
When our body is in fight or flight mode, adrenaline and cortisol is released. The heart rate goes up and blood gets pumped to the limbs and away from our digestive and reproductive systems. Pupils dilate to help us see and the mind becomes hyper-vigilant. The blood sugar levels go up as well.
In a healthy stress response, the cortisol level rises and falls quickly – as soon as the presumed threat is out of the way.
Cortisol is often referred to as the stress hormone and is intended to protect us from danger, damage and inflammation. It responds to light and dark, when functioning normally, it follows nature’s rhythm. It is part of regulating our circadian rhythm – the levels should be higher in the morning and then taper off throughout the day, so that by bedtime, when it’s dark outside, our cortisol level is low and we feel calm, relaxed and ready for sleep.
Cortisol levels rise when our body notices a stressor which could be an email from our boss, sleep deprivation, or our own to do lists, relationship issues, any number of physical, emotional or mental issues or concerns..
So what happens when the perceived threat is always there? When our phones are notifying us every minute, emails being sent non-stop, and the work/life balance is non existent? The cortisol level rises and then stays high! This chronic stress is a big issue in our modern and can lead to weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, thyroid issues, fatigue and even autoimmune conditions to name a few.
50% of doctor visits are stress related!
More people are missing work from stress related problems than ever before!
You can liken stress to “STRAIN” on your bodies “ALARM SYSTEM.”
Let me be clear; some stress is good and we need a healthy stress response! A little stress might make you perform better under pressure, increase your focus, and help you meet an important deadline.
It’s the CHRONIC STRESS we need to combat and prevent.
It takes conscious effort in today’s busy go-go-go society to carve out the time to prioritize, rest, sleep, and to generally slow down.
Maintaining a diet that keeps blood sugar in check should also be considered for preventing stress from internal inflammation.
Stress is crucial and fresh air and daylight helps regulate cortisol as well.
What happens when you have greater control over stress?
The research is there – if you have greater control over the stress in your life, you will feel better and live longer.
Your immune system will be stronger
Your stamina will be increased
You will make better decisions
The overall quality of your life will be significantly enhanced
You will experience less anger, less fear, less physical discomfort and a greater sense of background happiness and well-being
You will achieve deep states of relaxation
You will have more energy
You will be more effective in your every-day life
You will access your body’s natural ability for instant calm and deep relaxation
You will change your response to stress and worry and stay at your best for longer
Hypnosis will give clients the life-skills and strategies to create calm in their lives.
The nervous system does not differentiate between real and pretend. When we believe we are stressed, this is simply the result of one system (the stress response) doing too much, and the other system (our natural relaxation) doing too little.
Our hypnosis techniques are a distillation of what many of the world’s leading doctors say will improve health and efficiency.
Our focus as Hypnotherapy Practitioners should therefore center around:
Interrupting the Stress Response
Managing negative self-talk and re-interpreting or re-framing events
Eliminating or minimizing the stressors
Teaching the client techniques that give the mind and body recovery time
Teaching the client the difference between tension and relaxation
How can Hypnosis Help?
Hypnosis can be used for stress management in two ways. First, you can use hypnosis to get into a deeply relaxed state, letting go of the tension and triggering your relaxation response or Hypnosis can also help you achieve various healthy lifestyle changes that can reduce the amount of stress you encounter in your life.
Research has shown that hypnotherapy can help relieve stress, fear and anxiety. It can also be used to help in coping with the symptoms of panic disorder.
This hypnosis program is conducted over an initial three week period. However, it may be that you may need more sessions.
(Note: There are no “one-session wonders” Some clients may need much more than these 4 Sessions.)
The three one-hour sessions are designed to bring about a gradual change to a client’s mindset – to give them a set of tools that can help them recognize their stressors, enable them to let go of the things that don’t matter, allow their mind and body recovery time, and focus their energies on what is really important in the present.
This is not just a short term fix – this is creating skills for life.
If the client uses these tools they will develop lifetime habits enabling them to be calmer and much more resilient to life events.
The program includes a support recording which the client is asked to listen to each day. This will reinforce the calmness state and rid the client of any build-up of smaller, day-to-day stresses.
Each case is unique and all sessions are client centered!!
For more information or to schedule an appointment call 704-287-1738
Everyday and in everyway I am getting better and better!