There is a definite link between stress and your physical well being that you should be aware of. In this post we will also look at how hypnosis can help you mitigate the effects of stress.
There is a metaphor that compares the cells in your body to a community like the town or city that you live in. Each individual cell is reliant upon the others just as you rely upon the community around you in order to survive and thrive. An interlocked system of resources as it were.
One set of essential resources are the public utilities like water and electricity.
Chances are you have encountered the experience when during a really hot summer day the electrical supply has a brown out or black out because everyone is cranking up their air conditioning . The demand at those times outstrips the capacity of the electrical grid.
Another example is when the fire department has to use a lot of water in order to put out a major blaze. You may notice that the water pressure in your home drops due to this added burden.
Your body has finite resources too, some refer to this as your life force.
Stress puts extra demands on your available resources, due to what is known as the fight or flight response.Our remote ancestors were hunter gatherers and dealt with considerable danger in their daily lives. As a result the fight or flight response evolved in order to prepare the body for actions needed for continued survival.
Stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are released into the bloodstream that prepare the body to make a rapid escape or engage in combat. Once these actions are taken, these stress chemicals are discharged and the organism returns to a state of equilibrium or what biologists refer to as homeostasis.
Fast forward to modern times and for most of us, physically dangerous situations are mercifully relatively rare. However the fight or flight response is often triggered inappropriately by emotional stress such as getting a large, unexpected bill in the mail or if you have to give an important presentation at work when you feel less than confident.
Nature intended for the physical stress response to be activated for short periods of time. If we are continually in a state of alarm, it can disrupt the normal functioning of the body.
In times of crisis the body will divert energy from functions that are not essential for immediate survival. One of these are the digestive processes. If someone were being chased by a pack of wild dogs, digesting food would not be a high priority. Continued stress can negatively impact digestion which will harm your health if this goes on for an extended period.
The body will also increase inflammation when in fight or flight since it would enable you to fight off infection if wounded in a conflict, which was valuable in the days before antiseptics and antibiotics. However, excessive inflammation over time depresses the immune system and your ability to heal.
Another function that is interrupted is the ability to sleep soundly since it wouldn't make much sense to chill out during a crisis. Much of the body's healing and repair processes take place during sleep. Being sleep deprived aggravates a host of physical and emotional ills.
So how can hypnosis help with unhealthy stress?
First, the process itself can guide you a deep state of relaxation, which many people seldom if ever experience. Its amazing how relieved some people look after a hypnosis session because they have released so much of the tension they were carrying. From this point they can start to learn how to access those positive sensations more often.
Hypnosis can also enable you to alter perceptions, so that your everyday stressors don't bother nearly so much. It's all about regaining your personal power and self-control.
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