More than ever before scientific studies are attesting the primary responsibility stress can play in causing and aggravating a lot of physical and emotional afflictions. A cover story in a 1983 issue of Time Magazine labeled stress “The Epidemic of the Eighties.” The article also claimed that stress is a critical health problem. And one has to admit that our world has become more and more complicated and stressful over the past two decades since that article was published.
A lot of surveys indicate that almost everybody is under the impression of being under a great deal of stress. Authorities in this domain estimate that around 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care doctors are related to stress.
Most adults report their stress is primarily due to their job. The levels of stress have also grown in children as well as the elderly population because of several reasons including: Peer pressures that often push people to everything from smoking to alcoholism and drug abuse; the loss of family and religious values and ties; growing crime rates; threats to personal safety; and last but not least social isolation and loneliness.
Stress is a factor of problems such as diabetes, ulcers, low back and neck pain, high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. This is because of the increased sympathetic nervous system activity as well as a high level of cortisol, adrenaline, and other hormones. Chronic stress is often associated with impaired immune system resistance. Stress can be responsible for anxiety, depression, and its numerous impacts on the body’s organs.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines “stress” as follows: “To subject to physical or mental pressure, tension, or strain”
It defines “tension” as follows: “Mental, emotional, or nervous strain”
The word “anxiety” is defined as follows: “A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties”
And the word “depression” is defined as follows: “The condition of feeling sad or despondent”
“Clinical depression” is defined as follows: “A psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, anhedonia, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and thoughts of death.”
One thing is for sure, our mind is the major cause of our feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. We could also say that, what we think about, and our attitudes and points of view about our experiences create what we feel. That way, if we can learn how to modify our thoughts, attitudes, and points of view, we can release our feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression and change them for a better state of being.
Since the beginning of time, people have sought out methods that would allow them to eliminate stress. The pharmaceutical industry seems to have a drug for everything. And to that end the industry has produced a large line of sedatives from Valium to Xanax. If you choose to utilize these pills for relief, please make sure that you read the fine print and learn about the side effects, which commonly are, among others, addiction and dependency. Indeed these sorts of drugs attempt to treat the symptoms, instead of the cause. So when one stops ingesting them, the symptoms can return.
A finer method to release tension, stress, anxiety, and depression is to treat its actual cause, which as I wrote before, is generally our thought processes. Now, here is good news. The essence of hypnosis is relaxation. The AMA recognized hypnosis in 1958 as an effective way to treat stress and stress related symptoms. And unlike anxiolytics, there are no undesirable side effects.
When you enter the state of hypnosis, you are in the Alpha level of consciousness. It is the daydream like temporary psychological state which we feel as we’re about to fall asleep in the evening. And we feel it again as we wake up again. There are lots of different ways we can guide ourselves into this relaxed mood, from step-by-step relaxation to visual imagery to listening to hypnosis CD’s.
When we enter a hypnotic state, we can interact with our unconscious mind, which is the center of our emotions. And one can more easily accept new ideas and points of view which can help us to dissipate anxiety, or even prevent it from occurring in the first place.
NLP, which is a modern sort of hypnosis, offers a lot of excellent methods for releasing stress. Maybe the most effective technique is called the “swish” pattern – or the “flash” pattern. When you use this technique, your unconscious will automatically use negative, stress triggering mental images, as triggers for relaxing mental images. Otherwise stated, what generally makes you feel stress will now make you feel more relaxed!
TO SUM THINGS UP Our thoughts can prompt depression, anxiety and tension. So if we change our attitude and the way we perceive our situation and what we have been through, we can dissipate these feelings at the root. Hypnosis and NLP are natural tools that allow us to change our attitude and point of view to swiftly dissipate the source of our negative feelings.