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How to manage stress in Singapore

Things aren't always what they seem

Effective solutions to manage stress!

Are you looking for a permanent solution to your stress?

Have you tried everything you can think of?

Are you at the end of your tether?

Then look no further; help is at hand!

There are many ways to help people with distress (stress) and one of the most effective is hypnotherapy and here's why!

Stress is the brains response to a sensory stimulus that occurs outside of conscious awareness, although the 'feelings' we associate with or call stress, are actually a part of a separate system, and, one that seems fairly unique to us humans. It is actually possible to be (dis)stressed without having any conscious awareness of being so and often that also means that we are unaware of the causes of our distress. This lack of conscious awareness can affect our behaviour in ways which may allow us to believe that others are the source of our problems (if it wasn't for you syndrome) when in reality, they are merely responding to what they see as dysfunctional behaviour! Overreacting to events or responding in ways that are out of context or too severe, i.e. above and beyond what would be deemed a reasonable response etc. are also characteristic traits of a chronically stressed person.

Another aspect of what we call stress is anxiety, anxiety is the anticipation of danger or something fearful. No matter whether we are suffering from stress or anxiety, the system behind these experiences is the fight or flight response and it is activated in the brain by the HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis). The stress response (fight or flight) occurs in a few milliseconds and happens outside of and before we could possibly have any conscious awareness. However, it has to be said, that under normal circumstances, this system works extremely well to keep us safe, the caveat being; we are only supposed to experience it now and then, specifically, when we are in danger or under the threat of attack or when there is a real or apparent threat to our life circumstances or the potential for injury. 

Some examples of modern life stressors are:

  • you are in debt and interest rates rise, making an already bad situation worse
  • you're in your late 40's/50's etc. and get retrenched and feel threatened by younger people in the job market
  • you become obsessed with the amount of negative news you hear every day but look at the news sources even more (a confirmation bias)
  • you are in line for a promotion and a new colleague, that everyone like, including your boss, shows up and you feel threatened
  • you grow distant from your family and believe your spouse or partner may be cheating on you
  • you begin to get feelings of paranoia and believe people are out to get you
  • you start having some health issues, e.g. forgetfulness (which is a symptom of stress) and think you may have the onset of dementia
  • you seem to have more arguments than usual and people start avoiding you

These are just a few of the many ways that modern life can affect our mental health but there are many more and the symptoms of stress are just as many and varied. This can be paradoxical because the stress response follows a known and predictable pathway (as mentioned above the HPA axis),  yet the way we experience and respond to the stress response can take many forms and affects us in many ways. To find out more about the symptoms of stress or anxiety, go here

Stress becomes a problem for us when things go awry or when we face problems or think we do! The brain begins to experience non-threats as threatening and, worse still. when there is no prospect of an endpoint or outlet for the fight or flight response. E.g. you work under a tyrannical boss, long hours, few breaks, impossible deadlines, toxic colleagues or bosses, or just a downright unpleasant or maybe a dangerous environment. This is the stuff that chronic stress is made of. However, there are ways to change the reaction your brain and mind have to these circumstances and that comes under the banner of "Stress Management!"

Hypnotherapy is a method of communication with the brain's unique language, the mind. The mind, in a simplistic sense, is merely a word that describes the way in which communication occurs within the brain, a process of electrochemical transmission. What, I believe, makes us different from other mammals, is that we have a spoken language and this becomes an interface between the world we live in and how we process that. That is why nice pleasant and complimentary words make us feel good and harsh hurtful, derogatory ones make us feel bad! In essence, the mind omits, distorts and generalises language at deeper levels, what John Grinder referred to as deep structure language. In essence, then, hypnotherapy rebalances the structure of our deeper, subconscious language and that allows the mind to better communicate with its host, the brain!

We can't always choose our circumstances and often we cannot change the ones we choose either, but, we can choose how we respond to the way life unfolds. And it is when we make better choices that life can become more pleasant, more exciting and more fun! So, if you want to change the way your "Inside", responds to your "Outside," hypnotherapy is well worth a try; all you have to lose is "Your Stress!"

 

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