Stress can affect every aspect of our lives. We experience physical and emotional changes. Our behaviors alter, and we have trouble thinking.
The problem is: We’ve trained ourselves to believe these symptoms are “normal.” We've become used to it, and we fail to recognize just how detrimental it is to our health.
Common symptoms include:
• Emotional symptoms: Depression, anxiety, mood changes, loneliness, or feeling intensely overwhelmed.
• Physical symptoms: Aches, headaches, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, decreased libido, or increased colds and flus.
• Behavioral symptoms: Sleeping more, insomnia, procrastination, substance abuse, nervous habits, or eating more or less.
• Cognitive symptoms: Negative thinking, constant worry, poor judgement, inability to focus, or trouble remembering.
Negative thinking occurs automatically. Often, we don’t even realize it’s happening, and that’s when it’s the biggest problem.
Negative thinking might include:
• Filtering: Stress can be amplified when we focus on the wrong things, and that’s what filtering is. This form of thinking occurs when we choose to analyze experiences by filtering out all the positive aspects and focusing on the negative.
• Personalizing: Negative thinkers tend to blame themselves for everything. They internalize and make themselves believe bad things are their fault. For example, your friends cancel a planned trip; the personalizer would think they did it because of them.
• Catastrophizing: Do you expect the outcome to always be negative? That’s catastrophizing. For example, you might have a new project at work to do, and you think, I’ve never done this, it will be so terrible.
• Polarizing: You allow experiences to only be good or bad. There is no in between. You might have had a good experience. Or the worst.
According to The Mayo Clinic, positive thinkers experience much lower levels of stress and anxiety. Reframing your thinking to be more positive can also lead to an increased life span, reduced rates of depression, and better cardiovascular health.
When we fill our subconscious with positive reinforcement, we can overpower and release the negative thinking that inhibits our ability to manage stress.
• Reframing Negative Thoughts – Often, the mind has been conditioned to think negatively about stressful situations. These automatic thoughts amplify our stress.
With hypnosis, we can train the mind to recognize negative thinking patterns and also reestablish new ways to thinking about stress-inducing situations.
• Calming the Mind – Worry, anger, racing thoughts – when we experience stress regularly, the mind doesn’t shut off. It runs a constant loop of thoughts. Hypnosis provides a powerful tool for relaxation; in fact, in just a few minutes, self-hypnosis can quickly calm us down.
• Empowering Your Sense of Confidence. Maybe our stress is caused by a lack of confidence or an inner voice that’s not supportive. Hypnosis allows us to work on the subconscious and to teach it how to be more supportive.