Have you experienced any of these physical symptoms of stress?

  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach: diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches and pains
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire

You're not alone. Stress affects almost everyone. You may notice it when you're at work, when coping with your kids, or when coping with a difficult relationship. Stress is everywhere. A little stress is fine, and may even be good for you, but too much can be overwhelming and it can make you ill.

What is stress and how does it start?

Stress is the body's reaction to harmful situations, be they real or imagined. People have stress reactions every day. You might worry about your daughter getting home from school on time… or a report getting to the boss on schedule… or any of thousands of scary little imaginings throughout the day. Most of them are completely below your awareness, and normally would be no big deal, but stress is cumulative. You become like a bathtub with the drain plugged. Even a little drip will eventually cause the tub to overflow.

When people suffer from chronic stress the body and brain stay in a permanently high state of arousal. The body and the brain become exhausted and become unable to return to a resting state. You become hyper-vigilant, like a soldier guarding the fort without sleep. If this chronic stress and anxiety last for too long, you will experience physical and mental symptoms.

Hypnosis has had a long history of helping to reduce stress.

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How does hypnosis work?

In hypnosis, the suggestion turns down the body’s hyper-reactivity. Hypnosis may desensitize you to these triggers so that you begin to maintain a state of calm relaxation. Self-hypnosis reinforces this new response so that calm becomes your new norm.

In fact, hypnotherapy could be very effective in treating all stress-related problems. Stress reactions are physiological as well as psychological. The trigger is psychological but the response is physiological. Once patients understand this connection, the rest is easy.

With chronic stress, our brains get stuck in that emotionally and physiologically hijacked state. We can no longer return to a state of calmness. The stage is set.

Your threshold has been lowered so that anything can set it off. It’s kind of like a motion detection burglar alarm. If it’s set too low, a breeze can trip it. And that is what a panic attack is. It is an overly sensitized response with a very, very low threshold.

Luckily, the brain can be taught to raise the threshold and become less sensitized to every upset. We can learn to trigger a calm attack just as we can train ourselves to trigger a panic attack.

How could hypnosis help with stress and anxiety?

  • It may help you to gain control of racing thoughts that cause stress
  • It may help you make lifestyle changes that reduce your overall stress level
  • It may help you gain control over your responses
  • It may help to desensitize you to your triggers
  • It may help you uncover and resolve past events that may also be related

How many sessions could I need?

Most issues require four to eight sessions for complete success.* Of course, this varies depending on the particular issue, on secondary contributing factors, such as sleep distress and stress levels. You may even have a noticeable positive change after the first session.

How Susan French Can Help

Susan French has received specialized training in panic attacks, anxiety, and phobias using the 5Path Hypnosis Technique from Cal Banyan, Phobia Certification from HMI and the American Hypnosis Association, the National Guild of Hypnotists, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, and Phobias training from Uncommon Knowledge in the UK.

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