Stress affects one in five of the working population. It is now the biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK.

Hypnotherapy can help reduce stress

By learning to control your response to stress triggers, hypnotherapy provides with the tools you need to feel calmer.

Stress is a normal natural response- a biological reaction to a perceived threat or threatening situation. A stress response is a physical reaction; elevated blood pressure, a speedier pulse rate, energy levels increasing, creating more mental activity and strength of muscle. The body is preparing to race into “flight or fight”, the reaction is purely innate and mechanical.

To produce anything we need a certain level of stress; to pick up a knife and fork to eat; getting up in the morning; exercising; working. Employers have for a long time understood that to produce an effective worker the work environment needs to create a certain amount of stress… if not the environment, sadly, the workload! The saying, “Always ask a busy person to do something” directly relates to levels of stress.

Stress results from a psychological and biological reaction to a perceived threat.

A stress response includes increases in blood pressure, pulse rate, energy levels, mental activity and muscle strength.

Stress can present itself in a myriad of ways; excessive behaviours such as eating, spending, smoking, drinking…anything that alleviates the stress for a few small moments (only to create further stress later down the line), typical reactions can be being more aggressive, snapping at loved ones, being intolerant of minor mistakes right through to road rage.  Or being unable to sit still and relax, not be able to concentrate and even thinking that we may be going a bit crazy. Stress can affect us in all sorts of ways and can vary from person to person.

Hypnotherapy can alter the way we deal with stress by changing the way we “cope”…. by removing the “coping” and actively embracing stress as a bodily function. Hypnotherapy for stress will look at the external environment and how that environment is processed; the environment in some circumstances cannot be changed but we can change how we relate to the environment, and rather than “coping” and handicapping we can allow stress to become an asset for accomplishment.

I deal with stress a lot better, so experience less physical symptoms as a side effect. Through relaxation I’ve significantly improved my anxiety, and have created a more positive outlook on life. Andy had a huge role to play, and for that I will always be grateful. I appreciated learning techniques to be able to take control of my emotions and behaviour. And everything Andy helped me with, I have used ever since. It was great for relaxation, and I liked the visualisation part of it. I found the more therapeutic part of the sessions for helpful for my particular problems. Hayley

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