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Work related stress

Stress and Anxiety are very common

It’s obviously true that the things that happen around us affect us, and can cause stress and anxiety. It is often thought that stress is always a bad thing but this isn’t true – you learn from new experiences and they can help you to develop, even when things are a challenge. However, events in our personal lives and at work can sometimes make us feel overwhelmed, and when this happens, then we “suffer from stress”. Everyone’s response to stress at work and in other areas of their life is different; some people find that the adrenalin produced by the body during stressful episodes gives them energy and makes them feel driven to achieve more; others find that stress causes unpleasant physical sensations and negative thought patterns. If you are finding that stress is affecting you negatively, there is so much you can do to help you cope.

It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s how you respond

Thousands of years of psychology, philosophy and religion have taught us that what really matters isn’t what happens to you, but how you choose to react to what happens to you. Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy will teach you to learn to react positively and to feel in control. Hypnosis enables you to switch on powerful feelings of relaxation in order to manage stress and focus away from your anxiety. Imagine your mind has two filing cabinets – one labelled “Can control” and one labelled “Can’t Control”. Hypnotherapy teaches you to let go of the things you can’t control – to close and lock that cabinet. This leaves you more time and energy to think about the things you CAN control. It’s very tempting to think about negative things – because you feel like we want to fix them, to resolve them; they feel like they need your attention. But often the things you feel anxious about are not things you can change, or prepare for, or control. All that worrying achieves nothing except make you feel tense and anxious.

Learn self hypnosis to help stress and anxiety

Learning, through hypnotherapy and self hypnosis , to use relaxation for stress relief is beneficial in itself. You will learn self-hypnosis – hypnosis and relaxation techniques are clinically proven to lower blood pressure and heart rate: EEGs show that individuals in hypnosis and self hypnosis have a lesser reaction to usually threatening stimuli. In addition, suggestions made in hypnotherapy (including when you use self-hypnosis), are used to help you deal with specific instances of stress at work.

Physical effects of stress

The short term effects of anxiety include upset stomach, constantly feeling exhausted, headaches/migraines, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, increased consumption of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs, needing the loo, aching muscles (especially back, neck and shoulders), palpitations, dry mouth, sweating and feeling physically sick. It is believed that longer term problems include an increased propensity to heart problems, cancers and strokes due to suppression of the immune system.

To add to this unhappy list, stress at work is worsened because your lack of ability to concentrate, or your feelings of disinterest, make you unable to do your job to your full ability and hence more fearful of errors, and the fear of making mistakes at work adds to the feelings of stress, anxiety and worry. When you suffer stress at work, this can have a knock-on effect on those working with you, causing others to experience stress.

Learning techniques for stress management, whilst in hypnosis, significantly lessens both short and long term risks associated with stress and anxiety.

How can hypnosis help?

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy uses a number of techniques to overcome stress in the workplace. These include visualisation of potentially stressful situations whilst you are in a very relaxed state (this is the same technique which is used for curing phobias. Your mind then becomes conditioned to associate the formerly stressful situation with a calm mind and a feeling of being able to cope. Breathing and relaxation techniques can also be taught, together with forms of “thought stopping’ – a method of training yourself to STOP negative thoughts (“I’ve got far too much to do”; ‘I’m going to miss the deadline”; “I can’t cope”; “I’m going to lose my job” ) as soon as they begin. You will also be taught to recognise the early symptoms of stress and anxiety, and given ways of learning to react more positively to those events which are affecting you. Self hypnosis can be taught to enable you to reinforce your new thinking patterns.

Assertiveness Training

One thing which can cause stress – at work or somewhere else – is the inability to say no to requests. You worry what people will think of you if you say you can’t stay late, or can’t take on any extra work. You feel anxious about talking to the person who isn’t pulling their weight, but is giving you more and more to do. Perhaps the demands being made on you are unreasonable, but you don’t know how to deal with this. Assertiveness is about the ability to stick up for yourself, to say what you think, to say no, to respond to criticism, and to express your own opinions – without anxiety, embarrassment, shyness or self consciousness. The therapists at Stockport Hypnotherapy are all experienced in assertiveness training, and can help you to use assertiveness to manage your workload and your relationships at work.

“Speaking from Experience”

Pam Newbury has extensive experience working in a very stressful and competitive environment, having worked for 17 years as a commercial property lawyer, in the City and for a number of major regional law firms and multinational corporations. She fully understands the pressures and problems of working in fast paced, highly pressurized surroundings and is familiar with the temptation to feel that it’s overwhelming, that there are too many impossible deadlines, that a small error could have huge repercussions, financial or otherwise, that it will never all get done – etc etc. However, having had hypnotherapy whilst a newly qualified solicitor, just to see what it was like, she found she was able to avoid stress at work; that horrible feeling of rising panic and anxiety and not knowing which way to turn just didn’t happen. When she eventually chose to leave the profession it was entirely because she wanted to help people cope with difficult events and stress – at work or elsewhere – in the way that she was taught, using hypnotherapy and relaxation!

Find a Hypnotherapist in Stockport

The therapists at Stockport Hypnotherapy have over fifteen years of experience in treating insomnia, anxiety and teaching self hypnosis. If you want to find a hypnotherapist in Stockport to help stress at work, stress and anxiety, emotional problems such as jealousy or insecurity, or low self esteem, then go to any of the independent websites which list and give reviews of hypnotherapists (for examplewww.freeindex.co.uk – Google also displays reviews) and you will see the excellent results which Pam and her team have achieved. If you would like further information about hypnosis in Stockport, forinsomniapanic attacksself esteem and confidencedepression, for help with weight loss, to break bad habits, help tinnitusor for any other problem, please call 07779 575 816 for a free, no obligation, confidential discussion.

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