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Stress Management

Stressors basically fall into two categories: (1) things happening to you that give you what you don't want, and (2) things happening that stop you from getting what you want.

However, the famous, stoic Greek philosopher, Epictetus, said: "It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters." and "People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." This philosophy forms the cornerstone of my approach to helping people better manage stress - that is teaching people ways to stress less and react to stressful events with less disturbance.

My Hypnosis treatment approach to stress management teaches you cognitive, behavioral and emotive coping skills that will enable you to stay calm, keep a cool head, and apply logical, rational, and effective ways to mastering the demands, uncertainties, disappointments, frustrations, and hassles of life.

So, what's so good about Hypnosis? The answer is that it makes the learning and mastery of these effective coping skills easier and quicker.

Staying calm means controlling the intensity of your negative emotions, such as anxiety, fear, anger, grief, sadness, rage, helplessness, alienation, cynicism, and so forth. When these emotions are not controlled, they impede your ability to think clearly and to process the information and facts around you in an effective and organized fashion.

Staying calm is a way of taming your emotional brain so that your executive, logical brain can rationally assess the facts in the present and plan your actions to be the most effective for your day-to-day living. Hypnosis can be used with your permission to re-program your emotional and logical brains so that you can learn to control your emotional reactivity.

The payoff for staying calm in the face of stressors and hassles is that you are able to see your options and choices more clearly and thus make the right choices. Staying calm enables you to ignore matters that could intrude and hinder you from achieving your goals. Here, we are referring to distractions that create noise and more anxiety.

The costs of not staying calm in the face of the demands and challenges of life involve damaging your health, family life, effectiveness on the job, and the possibility of ending up feeling miserable and hopeless.

When stress, disappointments and uncertainty are not effectively managed, your body may become a dumping ground, and you may experience a variety of bothersome physical symptoms. Ineffective management of chronic stress and uncertainty can lead to a chronic sense of feeling alienated from your social world. This can manifest in the form of cynicism, rejection of moral and religious principles, and the feeling that life has no meaning, causing you to feel lost, dejected, and adrift, without purpose or direction.

Vulnerability stems from the feeling that you have no control over the outcomes of what happens in the world. Feeling vulnerable can lead you to feel more endangered and threatened. It can shatter your basic sense of trust and security in the world, your belief that the world is a relatively safe place to live in, and your expectations that you will be here tomorrow.

Your vulnerability can become a breeding ground for fears of all types, and erode your feelings of comfort and security in carrying on your day-to-day activities. The lack of adequate support and connectedness to other people can also become a breeding ground for alienation and depression.

My Hypnosis approach to Stress Management will help you to identify, build on, and increase your Inner Strength. You will learn to:

  • Replace dysfunctional and self-defeating behaviors with adaptive behaviors.
  • Develop greater awareness of and control over your emotions.
  • Learn to use your imagination to create and rehearse positive daydreams.
  • Identify and replace negative thinking patterns with adaptive, positive thinking.
  • Resolve internal conflicts that cause stress.
  • Remove negative subconscious suggestions and replace them with positive ones.
  • Improve your interpersonal problem solving skills.
  • And, take better care of your body.