Without a measure of stress (often termed eustress) in our daily lives we would not be alert and able to react to our environment. So the stress response is vital for our survival. However, when we are exposed to stress that we are unable to manage, is applied constantly or repeatedly, or experience extreme stress for a short period our body reacts in a manner that is harmful to us. During times of stress the body moves into 'short term' survival mode so that the maximum resources can be devoted to improving the survival chances; if this stress state persists then the body begins to suffer.
In the distant past, most stressors were in effect for a short time and the body was put into 'fight or flight' mode. When the stressor was no longer there the body returned to normal after a short time. However, in most modern work or domestic situations running or walking away from the stressor is not usually a possible or easy option so the body remains on alert and your health will suffer.
It is better to head off stress before it is noticed, not necessarily an easy thing to do as it is difficult to detect and some people find some situations very stressful whilst others do not.
Hypnotherapy offers an effective way of reducing stress, the very nature of the hypnotic trance induces relaxation and the application of self-hypnosis by individuals will help to head off major problems
Some of the effects of stress are;
|Hardening of Arteries||Anger|
|Heart Disease||Shortened Life Span|
|Stroke||Blood Glucose Levels Reduced|
|Hypertension||Feelings of Helplessness|
|Reduced Immune Response||Reduced Quality of Life|
|Damage to the Endocrine System||Embarrassment|
|Damage to Other Organs||Muscle Fatigue|