Stress! So much a part of our everyday Lives!
It may be hard to believe, but Stress can be good. Stress can be
a burst of energy when we're facing danger that tells us to Move - Now! It tells our brain to produce hormones / chemicals
to rev the body up to deal with danger.
for the most part, when we're talking about Stress, we're talking about an unhealthy Stress. It can be caused by traffic,
work related, family, the weather, a flat tire, politics, loud noises, scary movies. But the thing is - stress is not
equal in all people. Have You noticed? Let's take traffic for example. You're driving on the highway and
traffic is barely crawling, and all of a sudden You feel that stress feeling - tightening of the hands on the steering wheel,
knots in the stomach, etc. Then You look to Your left - the person over there is all red in the face and beating on
the steering wheel, honking the horn. Then You look to the right. And that person seems to be calm and relaxed,
smiling, maybe singing along with the radio. What's the difference You may ask Yourself? Well one person is letting
Stress be in Control, and the other person has chosen to be IN Control and just relax!
One big factor a lot of people don't realize is how much impact Stress can
have on Your Health! Stress can complicate and add to the negative effects of disease. It can lower Your immune
system and make You much more prone to common diseases - flu, colds, and allergies. And of course Stress can be increased
by disease - cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, fibromyalgia, IBS, etc. Doctors and other health care providers
sometimes refer their patients to me just to help them better control stress.*
What can You do about stress? The number one thing is learn how to Control it by using
some very simple stress reduction techniques. In my Dallas / Fort Worth Hypnosis office, EVERY client is going to learn
several ways to control stress. Here are a few of the favorites my clients enjoy. Simply Day Dreaming - about
the Beach, walking in a park or forest, a mountain top. Taking an imaginary shower and letting the stress go down
the drain. Consciously being aware of breathing - slowing it down and feeling relaxation flowing through the body and
mind. Taking a short break, getting comfortable and doing a gradual relaxation of the body. Listening to soft
music. Taking a real walk in Nature! This is my favorite!