We will all experience stress at some time in our lives, but contrary to general belief, stress is not always bad for us.  There are two types of stress; eustress, which means stress that is positive, and distress, which is stress that is negative.   The beneficial effects of eustress (which is generally short term) include the increased ability to concentrate and focus our energies, an improvement in performance and a feeling of excitement.   ‘Distress’ or as it has now been shortened to by common usage, ‘stress’ , is the polar opposite, can be very damaging to our health, be long term and have symptoms which include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Mood changes
  • Irritability
  • Lack of interest
  • Loss of concentration
  • Confusion
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches 
  • Upset Stomach
  • Indigestion
  • Weight Loss Or Gain
  • Palpitation
  • Chest Pain
  • Dizziness

You will probably have heard the term ‘fight or flight’ response.  This is our physiological response to danger; we receive a rush of hormones to the brain that allows us to either fight or flee from a perceived threat.  Whilst this response is seldom actually required these days, we are still flooded with the stress chemicals, but will normally have to ‘control’ ourselves, and remain sat in the car in the huge traffic jam, or at our desks quietly having to deal with the awful day at work.   When the perceived threat is gone, systems are designed to return to normal function, but in our times of chronic and long term stress, this often doesn’t happen, and the constant build-up of the ‘negative’ chemicals with no release ultimately results in the damaging physical and mental symptoms of stress. 

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is used extensively to relieve stress, particularly where there is a major cause (i,e divorce, redundancy, house move, family or financial issues).    Whilst TFT cannot remove the cause of the stress, it has an extremely high success rate in removing the symptoms. 

Hypnotherapy helps to relieve these symptoms, by teaching self hypnosis and breathing techniques, encouraging deep relaxation, and implanting in the subconscious mind powerful and beneficial suggestions to increase relaxation, improve self esteem and start living your life more confidently and positively.  

If you have been suffering from long term stress or severe depression caused by stress, I would advise you to consult your GP.