We’ve all experienced stress and anxiety in our time. But where does illness fit in and how can Solution Focused Hypnotherapy help?
All kinds of situations or things can cause stress in our lives, but it’s how we cope as individuals to the stressor and the meaning we give to it that makes the difference. For example, not all events stress all people in the same way. It’s not the actual event in our lives that causes us to feel stressed, anxious, depressed or angry it’s the way we think about them. We can’t control the events in our lives, but we can control how we respond to them. Learning to change our thinking habits can make a huge difference to our lives.
Physical Symptoms of Stress
- Tense neck and shoulders
- Digestive problems
- Sleep disorders
- Lack of energy
- High blood pressure
- Teeth grinding
- Nervous tics and twitches
Emotional Symptoms of Stress
- Memory Loss
Psychological Symptoms of Stress
- Withdrawal from society
- Compulsive behaviours
- Eating disorders
When a threat or a stressful situation arises, the body’s fight or flight response kicks in with the production of adrenalines. If the stressor continues, the body tries to cope with it but gradually the resources are used up. Once the body’s resources are used up,it can lead to illness as the immune system can be low. In simple terms, stress can suppress the immune’s system or not let it function as effectively as it should.
So How Can Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Help?
Relaxation has been proven to unsuppress the immune system and a key part of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is the safe use of a trance state which is a natural way to achieve deep relaxation. When we are in this relaxed state the amygdala that triggers the flight or fight response is turned off and stress hormones such as adrenalin are inhibited. Being relaxed is opposite to being stressed. Relaxation through clinical hypnosis is a highly effective tool in giving the body a chance to heal itself.
Using a Solution Focused approach, we can work to focus on the goals in life and what we want to achieve. When we focus on what we want, we start to find those previously elusive solutions, because we change our view from a problem focus to a solution focus. When we change our thoughts in a positive way we start to see things differently. When we are positive, we cope better with setbacks and are able to remove obstacles.
Studies have found that when people receive treatment for illness, those that have a positive attitude get well sooner than those that don’t. It’s a proven fact that a positive attitude increases the antibodies in the body. Whereas emotional stress decreases the antibodies.
Being relaxed and in a positive state of mind allows you to make the choice of how stressful and event can be and helps restore intellectual control. Helping a person to relax and focus on the positives is one of the things Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can do to help a person with illness start to “fire on all cylinders” again and get on the road to recovery.
When you book an Initial Consultation, I provide a full explanation on how hypnotherapy works and how it may help you. You will also receive a Complimentary Relaxation CD or MP3 download.
Tel: 07765 692 072