Stress Response

Stress can bring a feeling of tightness, anxiety, a feeling of being trapped,  having too much to do and not enough time to do anything, and bring on fears for the future.

Today’s world seems to be geared towards stress, with the rushed pace of life.  A survey of British women, in May 2017, revealed that 52% had been stressed in the past year. Stress is not  a disease, but, if unchecked, can lead to mental and physical ill health. Unchecked stress can lead to resentment , anger and illness.

Researchers at the University of Michigan published, in January 2018, in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, showing that stress interrupts the cells which are supposed to protect the body, leaving it open to attack from viruses and bacteria.This can result in IBS, asthma, lupus, and other autoimmune diseases – they claim.

Deloite’s Shift Index Survey,  in June 2017, concluded that 80% of people in the UK hate their job, and carrying on leads to stress. According to a government report, in 2008, a third of the population is using alcohol to cope with stress.  Hypnotherapy can help you control both alcohol intake, and the stress that lies behind dependence.

Government statistics for the year between 2011 and 2012 say that 40% of all work related illness was due to stress, and on average, each person suffering from stress took 24 days off work. Employers should realise that the costs mount up. Not only on sick absences, but reduced work performance, increased complaints, and loss of reputation.

The Independent reports, in April 2013, on how excessive anxiety is increasingly treated with medication, rather than therapy. They worry that the medications are addictive and may cause a bigger problem than the stress that they are prescribed for. But,  according to the British Medical Journal, only 50% actually benefit from antidepressants, whilst the others are misdiagnosed.

Some people respond by getting angry, irritable,  upset or angry, some suffer physical ailments, some can’t sleep, others may be overwhelmed by emotion, and not able to cope. Men and women tend to deal with stress differently – men tend to react aggressively (fight) whilst women are more likely to flee (flight) and turn to others for help. But in a lot of cases we cannot flee and we cannot fight and the internal chemical hormones released into our blood systems (adrenaline and cortisol) to  prepare us for action, are not used up. This can lead to complications. Too much cortisol in the bloodstream damages the immune system,   – leading to regular infections .Also,there is a lot of evidence that too much cortisol in the bloodstream leads to people eating  more than they need to. Our muscles get bound up with the unused energy , becoming a pocket of  tightness, and stressed people get fat.

When stressed, we get an energy rush that rallies us to fight. Blood flows to our hands, our hearts pump faster, we breathe harder, pupils dilate, we sweat. in a survival orientated sense we want to retaliate in order to protect ourselves.

In antiquity people who were under threat from a wild animal could use up the extra energy, and their system would return to normal. But if we do not have the outlet to use up the energy produced by the sympathetic nervous system,we need to activate the parasympathetic nervous system to relax the muscles,and return our system to normal. Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool for controlling the parasympathetic nervous system.

People who respond poorly to stress often see their cholesterol levels rise, and risk heart disease. There may be irritability, argumentativeness, moodiness, and reduced ability to function as normal. Stress also attracts cancer cells to grow. Here are a few more stress related diseases –

Anorexia, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Asthma, Allergies, Skin Diseases, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Constipation, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Migraines, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Hypertension,  IBS,Muscle Stiffness, Sleep disturbances, Stroke and Ulcers. From the heart to the immune system, stress has a real physical effect.

What makes us ill is social stress – the elements of everyday life which grind us down and we  feel powerless to change. At first we fight our situation, then we become resigned. We become anxious and depressed – our immune system is impaired, and recovery is stalled.

Continued stressful situations tend to lead to memory loss. Hypnotherapy can form an important intervention. Research at  The Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, has shown that stress prevents quick healing. The results, published in June 2010, suggest that learning a relaxation response is better for healing.

Research published in The Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, in May 2013,  shows that work stress can lead to raised levels of bad LDL cholesterol, and lowered levels of healthy HDL cholesterol. This can trigger dislipidemia, which makes it more likely for people to develop blocked arteries – risking cardivascular disease.

Hypnotherapy can help with relaxing you to such an extent that your cholesterol levels will go down.

One solution  may be found in vitamins – you can fight stress by taking B6 and B12 – or just a B complex. Another stress buster is Magnesium. But they may not deal with the underlying cause of the problems. Foods that reduce stress may be useful –Bananas ,Cucumbers, Avocados, Blueberries, Asparagus, Celery, Milk, Almonds, Oranges, Salmon, Spinach, Turkey, Oatmeal.

Many products claim that they will help people to look younger but the latest research from Noble prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn shows us  that it is possible to reverse the aging process.

When we quieten our minds we allow our bodies to relax and let go of tension and stess.  This leads to the process of our cells repairing and rejuvenating – which has an effect on our DNA.

Ongoing stress damages the telomeres at the end of DNA strands, which then fray and allow aging to begin. Inflammation and deterioration of muscle follows.

But when we relax these telomeres reknit themselves together. So relaxation increases longetivity and muscle tones benefit too.

Meditation and hypnotherapy can teach how to make relaxation a part of your life.

Hypnotherapy can help by dealing  with past experiences, providing Anger Management, Stress Management and Forgiveness Therapy. Hypnotherapy can protect you against stress, anxiety and panic attacks.

The benefits of controlling stress are many –

Decreased Heart Rate, Lower Blood Pressure,  Decreased Muscle Tension, Reduction of Cortisol, Stress Release, Calm Internal Dialogue, Expansion of Attention, Happiness, Decrease in Rate of Aging, More Energy.

When we learn a new way of reacting to something, our brains change. This is the process known as neuroplasticity – there are changes in the neural pathways and synapses in our brains that help us to retain the knowledge. This can lead to life change – so that we are not victims of circumstance but can become masters of our future.

The Lancet published the results of The Global Burden of Disease study in December 2012. This reported that High Blood Pressure is the highest cause of death worldwide. High Blood Pressure is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease and death in Britain, causing 60% of strokes and 40% of heart attacks.

We know that 16 million suffer from high blood pressure in the UK, but the report says that millions more probably suffer when it is masked by other conditions.

The wonderful thing is that the subconscious mind has got the power to recover from high blood pressure. There is a wonderful immune system already installed, and the effect of hypnosis can be to awaken this wonderful system, and relax the body so much that healing can take place.

Stress can be destructive in regards to fertility too. The Mail on Sunday ran an article, on 3.2.13, stating that a woman who had been trying to conceive for seven years, and was just about to have IVF, tried hypnotherapy. She was hypnotised into believing that she was pregnant, and four weeks later, had conceived naturally. Now she has had a daughter. She said that hypnosis had helped her to relax and calm down because she was so worried about not  having a baby.This is a great example of how the stress response can really stop the natural bodily functions, and how hypnotherapy can restore them.   We wish mother and daughter the best.

Alternatively, Professor Ian Robertson, of Trinity College, Dublin, says that you can use stress to your advantage, by transforming it to excitement -in his book  ‘The Stress  Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger And Sharper’. But  by the time people get to read this, the damage to their bodies and minds may already be done.

Matthew can use hypnotherapy to control your stress, and teach you self hypnosis to prevent it coming back. Try hypnotherapy from an anger therapist.

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