De-stress with Self Hypnosis

December 25, 2009

Using NLP to proactively manage stress

Stress is a major issue for people living in the fast passed modern world, juggling the many balls that represent different areas of life. The advertising industry sends out messages of the perfect man or woman who is healthy, wealthy, has balanced relationships and enjoying a perfect life. Unconsciously, we strive to do well in different areas of life balancing career, with home life, being healthy, enjoying positive relationships with family members and intimacy with our loved ones. The thing is, we get overwhelmed and go beyond our stress threshold and as a consequence the stress response kicks in. There is a shift in our body and behaviour as result of the stressful situation.

HERE ARE SOME FACTS ABOUT STRESS



  • In 2007/2008 13.5 million working days were lost due to ‘stress, depression and anxiety’

  • An average of 28.5 days were taken off for each case

  • Up to ½ million people in the UK have work related stress often resulting in illness

  • Up to 5 million people in the UK are ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ stressed through work

  • ‘Stress, depression and anxiety’ are the second most commonly reported work related illnesses


WHAT IS STRESS?



  • Stress is physical change that produces a difference in behaviour. Your central nervous system mediates your experience with the external world. The central nervous system regulates motor responses to sensory impressions via the brain and spinal cord. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulates the internal systems. These internals systems are usually not under our voluntary control, until you learn self hypnosis and NLP that is. They include the heart beat, pulse, glandular activity and digestive processes. The autonomic nervous system has within it two systems ‘the sympathetic system’ and ‘parasympathetic system’.


When you’re experiencing stress your sympathetic nervous system is aroused. When you are relaxed your parasympathetic system is active. The interesting thing is that the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems cannot be active at the same time.  Therefore a highly effective way to deal with stress is to use a method that directly connects with the parasympathetic system, e.g. hypnosis.

DE-STRESS WITH SELF HYPNOSIS



  • Whereas many systems for dealing with stress attempt to override stress with a behavioural shift, this is akin to putting headphones on to drown out a persistent noise, the minute you take the headphones off the noise is back. Self hypnosis on the other hand is means of working directly in the autonomic nervous system, which is the part of the nervous system that creates the stress response in the first place. In the new DVD de-stress with Self Hypnosis, I talk about natural trance like states people experience every ninety minutes or so throughout the day. These day dreaming states are where the conscious mind is taking time out and the unconscious mind is assimilating the data that has been inputted through the senses. When you are stressed the natural cycles get disrupted ”“this self hypnosis is an excellent way to de-stress. Click this link for an easy to follow self hypnosis induction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIGSEGfd5Ds


WHAT ARE YOUR STRESS TRIGGERS?

While stress is an internal response there is usually an external factor or series of factors that trigger the internal response. The external factors are called stress triggers. Stress triggers exist in work and home situations. For example the sound of a certain individual’s voice might routinely trigger a stress response or maybe being asked to deliver a presentation. Sooner or later, we can internalise those stress triggers, so we only have to think about that person’s voice and experience the stress response. In self hypnosis we can review the ‘stress triggers’ and create different responses. If you are experienced with self hypnosis you can follow the format below.

1. Induce self hypnosis
2.  In trance create a screen or stage
3.  View the stressful situation
4.  Be aware of stress trigger points
5.  Stop at key points, recognise the choices
6.  Are there positive benefits?  What other response could you have that preserve the benefits
7.  Imagine you are reliving the context with a different response

If you are not experienced in self hypnosis the new DVD will be out in January. As well as helping you de-stress, self hypnosis has many other benefits including breaking habits, increased confidence, and becoming slimmer. Watch the NLP Academy site for hypnotic events and products.

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