Today’s world is often full of frustrations, deadlines, family issues, rushing from one place to the next, meeting demands at work, making ends meet at home or other external pressures that all act upon us an individuals.


Stress often kicks in as a response to these events or episodes. However, stress is not always a bad thing. Everybody needs a little stress in their lives to help motivate them to perform well and to overcome temporary hurdles.

The ‘stress response’ is effectively the same thing as our ‘flight or fight response’ which I have spoken about in other sections of this site.

When we encounter a threat or danger the stress response is triggered causing our heart rate and breathing to increase, our blood pressure to raise, our senses to sharpen and our muscles to tighten. At the same time our nervous system releases the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol which prepare the body for action. All of these events within the body will result in an increase in speed, strength, stamina and reaction time, enabling us to successfully deal with the danger or threat in front of us!! Essentially, the stress response can save our lives. It can be the reason we slam our brakes on in time to avoid an accident. It can drive us on to succeed when we need to.

So far this all sounds pretty good right? What an amazingly wonderful thing the human body is!

Ideally, once the threat or danger is over the stress response should effectively settle down and our bodies should return to normal.

However, this does not always happen especially when people are being exposed to constant stressors as part of their everyday lives. When the human body is running at constant high stress levels it can be an extremely destructive force to both a person’s health and to the factors external to them such as relationships. The longer and more often the emergency stress response is switched on, the easier it can be switched on and the more vulnerable you become to anxiety, depression or severe physical health issues such as heart attacks or strokes.

It is also worth noting that not all stress is triggered by external events. It can also be triggered internally by our negative self-talk or constant worrying.

It is important to recognise when you are becoming over-stressed and take action to install balance back into your life!

If you are experiencing low moods, irritability ,agitation, sleeplessness, inability to relax, inability to concentrate, constant worrying, anxiety, depression or unhappy thoughts, extreme pessimism, memory problems or even physical symptoms such as constant colds, chest pains or other aches and pains then these could be signs of stress overload.

Hypnotherapy can help you unwind and allow you to take control of your stress levels instead of allowing them to control you!!

Like this page? Please share it with your friends!
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Pin on PinterestEmail this to someone