Stress in a crowdHypnotherapy appointments to treat Stress are available at the Highgate Consulting Rooms, West Hill House, Swains Lane, Highgate.

Appointments are also available at the Fierce Grace Therapy Rooms in Kilburn Lane, Queens Park, and at City Road Therapy, City Road, EC1.

Hypnotherapy can help you to change your response to Stress

Stress usually refers to the feelings of pressure people feel, when certain life events, or internal and external stressors create more pressure than they can handle.

A wide range of factors can contribute to stress. Major life changes over which you have little or no control can cause stress. These include marriage, bereavement, serious illness in the family, moving home, having a baby or redundancy.

On the other hand, a long period of difficult circumstances can also cause stress – for example troublesome relationships, unemployment, difficulties at work.

Work related stress is very common and can include overwork, dealing with difficult people, worries about job-related performance, concerns about your relations with superiors, as well as anxiety over deadlines, meetings and presentations.

Stress is not always a bad thing. A certain amount of stress can be positive – it’s good to have some changes in your life and deadlines can help to spur you into action. It can actually be just as stressful sometimes not to have these things in your life, as it is to have too much of them. What’s needed is a healthy balance.

It’s also important to recognise that people are different. The level of stress that one person can deal with, and even find stimulating, can be detrimental to another, especially if it is heaped on top of other stresses that they are already experiencing.

The physiology responsible for feelings of stress is known as the Fight or Flight Response.

How do you recognise when you are stressed?

The symptoms of stress can include difficulty concentrating or making decisions, sleep difficulties, headaches, anxiety, depression, ‘feeling low’ and irritability.

A sustained period of stress can lead to an increase in ailments and illness by lowering the immune system response and making you more susceptible. Of course there may also be other reasons for any physical condition. However the degree of stress you are under is something that should be considered since it tends to worsen physical symptoms.

Hypnotherapy can directly address feelings of stress by introducing a form of relaxation. It helps you to normalise your breathing, focusing firmly on you being in control. It can address some of the knock on effects of stress such as smoking, over-eating and sleep difficulties. It can help to increase your personal resilience so that the effects of stress can be minimised.