Stress – What is it and what can you do about it
It is unfortunate that in the last few years, due to the stresses and strains of daily life, many people have suffered with bouts of stress and the corresponding stress related illnesses and symptoms that come with it.
So what is stress?
Well stress is a reaction usually to a situation or circumstance which creates feelings and emotions within ourselves. In reality, we actually need a certain amount of stress to live, it is what motivates us in many ways, however it is when the stress levels become too much that we notice the problem. Although there are stressful events which affect almost everybody, one of the key problems with stress is that in many ways it is subjective, what some would consider stressful, others would not. Typically life events, such as marriage, divorce, the loss of a loved one will generally create stress, and is an unfortunate fact of life, however other stressors which may not be as obvious can have a stark effect on our lives, this can include work stress, issues with family, illness etc. The fact is that prolonged stress can be dangerous and will almost certainly have a significant impact on the health of the individual. These impacts on our health can range from symptoms such as racing heart, palpitations through to insomnia and general feeling of malaise. The long term effects of stress can be the onset of more serious stress related illnesses, which is why we need to learn how to reduce our stress levels.
So what can we do to reduce the effects of stress?
As the infographic below indicates there are quite a few things that can be done to reduce the effects of stress on ourselves. These include laughter, a healthy diet in addition to simply learning to relax. Books such as The Stress Management Kit, offers a simple means to learn to relax, with simply instructions, advice and guidance.
The truth of the matter is that for many people, this is easier said than done, which is why many turn to an alternative option that is natural and inherently enjoyable, hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy has been shown to have a long lasting positive effect on an individual and enable them to enjoy life without the effects of stress taking its toll.