What is stress?
Stress is a condition or feeling experienced
when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social
resources the individual is able to mobilize.
Why is it important to learn to manage your stress?
Stress interferes with the ability of the body to heal by putting the
body into a fight or flight reaction, engaging the limbic nervous
impeding appropriate functioning of the immune system (American Psychological Association, 2006).
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.
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
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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
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