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Stress and Mind/Body Health: An Introduction

Stress–we recognize it when we become overwhelmed and when it causes problems. On other days, we tolerate it, resigned to living in a world where new stressors emerge whenever a familiar stressor wanes. We usually locate our stress outside ourselves, in the environment and in the apparent sources of that stress. According to national surveys, the top sources of stress include money, work, health concerns and the health of our families, news of world events, and children. These surveys also reveal that Americans who report more stress are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as comfort eating, smoking, and being sedentary and inactive.

Coping with Stress

But how well do you really understand your stress and your coping with stress? Have you ever noticed that an event that causes you very little stress on one day will hit you like a brick on another day? Therapists and healthcare workers understand that stress is cumulative–it builds up–and that our capacity to manage stress depends on many factors that fluctuate from day-to-day or even hour-to-hour. Better self-care and overall mind/body health are important. People with more social support tend to cope better with stress and more readily rebound from its effects. Having regular physical exams to catch early signs of stress-related problems is also a good idea.

Managing Crises

It is important to recognize that we all have moments in our lives when we become overwhelmed and over-taxed by our circumstances. Psychologists talk about “crises” being those moments when a stressful event overwhelms a person’s resources for coping. During these times, it is important to reach out to family and friends, community supports, and perhaps a professional to help you through difficult times. Managed well, most people are able to demonstrate their resilience, bounce back, learn from their struggles, and move forward with their lives. Managed poorly, a situational crisis can become a chronic struggle.

Stress Triggers

Understanding stress can help you manage it. However, it is even more important to understand your particular stress response. What triggers your stress? What do you worry about? How does your stress response “show up”–in your body (tension, breathing, heart pounding), your mind (worrying), your emotions (anger and irritability, sadness), and your behavior (isolating, unhealthy habits)? If you are unaware of your stress until it erupts into your life as problems in these areas, it may be time for you to “tune in” to what your mind and body are telling you–and time to learn more effective strategies for managing stress

Can Self Hypnosis Improve Body Health?

Hypnotism is a change of perception. Most people consider hypnotism to be some strange type of magic that is mainly used by stage performers to get normal ordinary folks to do incredibly strange things, such as barking like a dog or doing embarrassing stunts. Although this type of hypnotism exists, there is a very useful clinical advantage to using hypnotherapy for making life changes. A medical professional with proper certification conducts these treatments and will not make you bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken.

Hypnotism is defined as a feeling of being relaxed or in an altered state of consciousness. Imagine that you are awake, yet it is almost as if you are watching events rather than being in control of them. In this state, your mind is open to suggestions. And it is because your mind is so relaxed that hypnosis and self-hypnosis are effective in boosting your body health.

Professional hypnotists who work with people to solve their problems use this state to help you make changes in your lifestyle by suggesting things to you while you are under hypnosis. In this state, your conscious mind listens to these suggestions and stores them in the mind for future reference.

Although professional hypnosis can be very helpful, there is danger in using it. In the wrong hands or a person conducting hypnotherapy that isn’t qualified to practice, it can cause you a great deal of damage. Simply put, you wouldn’t trust a chef to fix your engine, you would use a mechanic. So if you are considering hypnotherapy, make sure that the person you are using is a properly qualified professional, able to help you with your problems both in and out of your hypnotic state.

Another useful way to use hypnosis to help with your problems or to enhance your lifestyle is to try self-hypnosis. With the use of CDs and self-hypnosis tapes you can provide suggestions to yourself and be in control of what is being suggested to you without the risk of your state of altered consciousness being abused. Self-hypnosis can be very effective and there are fewer dangers using it than using a professional service.

During self-hypnosis, your hypnotic state will not be as deep as when you are being hypnotized by a professional since you will need enough control over yourself to be able to make the suggestions. While in this state, you will be able to suggest things to yourself such as changing eating habits, being more confident or, basically, anything that will help to enhance your lifestyle.

To practice self-hypnosis, you will need CD, tapes or a guide, as well as a quiet place to use your techniques. Self-hypnosis uses a state of complete relaxation. Not only do you feel relaxed and refreshed after a session, you are also able to use this technique to overcome issues, which will inevitably boost your physical health