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Managing your stress

 | March 23, 2012

When you wake up, you brush your teeth to keep it clean. When you have your bath you keep your body clean. Now, how about removing the debris in your mind daily?

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I was having a chat with a friend in a “mamak shop” in Bangsar last week and this friend popped a frequently asked question – “Does hypnosis help in relieving stress? The stress at my work and the lifestyle in the city of Kuala Lumpur is so hectic, that it is eating me alive!”

Stress is the reaction of the autonomic nervous system. Every action or reaction comes from stress. Some stress is good because it motivates us to grow. Everyone reacts differently to stress. Stress is like a ride on a roller coaster. There are those in the front, hands over their heads, clapping, who are eager to go again, and there are those at the back cringing, wondering how they got into this and how soon the ride is going to be over.

Too much stress can cause emotional breakdowns, fatigue, headaches, irritability, sleep disorder and the list goes on and on. In fact, stress contributes to all mental and physical illnesses and diseases.

Since control of all circumstances surrounding stress is impossible, it is necessary to handle the circumstances that you can. Changing to a better diet and getting the proper vitamins, minerals, supplements, rest, and exercise can help control stress.

On an emotional level, learning to balance life between family, work, spiritual pursuits, community, intimacy, self with realistic goals and expectations can minimise stress. The best defence against stress is a positive attitude. Living in the moment and flowing with life is a better way to control stress than fighting against it.

So are you coping well with stress? Think of your body as a car. Your heart is the engine, your backbone the axle and suspension, your muscles are the transmission and your legs and arms are the wheels. The big difference is that the body has a built-in driver which we call the brain and nervous system. So what happens when the driver starts making mistakes?

We rarely have to worry about our survival, as our primitive ancestors had to, but everyday we have worries that can be perceived as a threat to our lives: bills, the struggle to hold down a job and cope with personal and professional responsibilities can provoke enough worry to trigger a build-up of emotions that lead inevitably to stress overload.

Relax and live today

So how does hypnosis help in relieving stress? Hypnosis is a great and effective tool to very quickly help you relax without any pep-talks.

I have conducted many corporate stress workshops with hypnosis to help staff of organisations be able to relax yet keep a high positive state. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and almost everyone can use and do self-hypnosis.

Since everyone is different, each person will experience hypnosis in his or her own particular way. I believe that the only limits to self-hypnosis are the limits you place upon yourself.

We have heard a lot about the mind-body connection, but what really is this connection? We can use self-hypnosis to access this connection.

Relaxation plays a key role in stress reduction. Deep breathing, time off, aromatherapy, hobbies, yoga, tai chi, massage, meditation and self-hypnosis can help keep stress in check.

When you wake up, you brush your teeth to keep it clean. When you have your bath you keep your body clean.

Now, how about removing the debris in your mind daily? This is how you are more in control of daily stress. To believe that your mind never needs a spring cleaning would be like never cleaning your house. Relax and live today.

Julian is a London trained subconscious specialist with Hypno-Station. He is Malaysia’s most renowned clinical hypnotherapist, media personality, columnist, event host and book author. He can be contacted at julianleicester@gmail.com.


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