What is excess stress?

Some stress is just fine - it gets us moving and helps us persevere through tasks. Excess stress makes a person feel overwhelmed and keeps them stuck in unhealthy states of mind and body.

 Why is it important to learn to manage your stress?

Excess stress interferes with the ability of the body to heal by putting the body into a fight or flight reaction, engaging the limbic nervous system and
impeding appropriate functioning of the immune system (American Psychological Association, 2006).


In addition, an over-stressed lifestyle can cause negative behavior. When under pressure, some people are more likely to drink heavily or smoke, as a way of getting immediate chemical relief from stress.

Others may have so much work to do that they do not exercise or eat properly. They may cut down on sleep, or may worry so much that they sleep badly. They may get so carried away with work and meeting daily pressures that they do not take time to see the doctor or dentist when they need to. All of these are likely to harm health.

Stress and heart disease: The link between stress and heart disease is well-established. If stress is intense, and stress hormones are not ‘used up’ by physical activity, our raised heart rate and high blood pressure put tension on arteries and cause damage to them. As the body heals this damage, artery walls scar and thicken, which can reduce the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. This is where a fight-or-flight response can become lethal: Stress hormones accelerate the heart to increase the blood supply to muscles; however, blood vessels in the heart may have become so narrow that not enough blood reaches the heart to meet these demands. This can cause a heart attack.

Other effects of stress: Stress has been also been found to damage the immune system, which explains why we catch more colds when we are stressed. It may intensify symptoms in diseases that have an autoimmune component, such as rheumatoid arthritis. It also seems to affect headaches and irritable bowel syndrome, and there are now suggestions of links between stress and cancer.

Stress is also associated with mental health problems and, in particular, anxiety and depression. Here the relationship is fairly clear: the negative thinking that is associated with stress also contributes to these.

How can hypnosis help? By learning how to focus your thoughts and attention, letting outside pressures and distractions fade away, you will regain a sense of peace and clarity. I will teach you how to instantly let go of stressful, toxic thoughts and emotions throughout your day and how to gift yourself a relaxing and rejuvenating self-hypnosis session any time you desire.

 Anxiety, at its core, is a helpful response to a situation. This response alerts us to the presence of danger or risk of some type. The problem with chronic anxiety is how it becomes hard-wired, so that people feel anxious even when they don't need to. This can be very frustrating, as many people discover that they aren't able to "think" their way out of anxious states. As a result, anxiety can restrict the way they live life - avoiding places, people or environments that may exacerbate the anxious response. Anticipatory anxiety describes how a person feels when they even begin to think about engaging in those things.

The good news is that hypnosis is an excellent modality for helping the brain and nervous system re-wire those anxiety patterns. I use a series of different approaches to help you access more helpful neural pathways, strengthening them so that they start to become your new normal way of thinking, feeling and responding to life.

Most people find relief in our first session together and permanent solutions within just a few appointments.