A research project from the University Of Canterbury in New Zealand has established that people who are struggling with stress reduction are better off dealing with the problem, rather than putting it off.
Depression, anxiety, illness, financial worries and other psychological health issues, all play their part in contributing to our stress levels. In many cases we avoid dealing with these issues as we don’t feel equipped to cope or just don’t have the motivation to tackle them.
Coping strategies for stress reduction play an important role in the stress response. In the study they assessed a number of stress reduction coping strategies in a trial of working adults as part of the study. It involved almost 1500 research participants from across the world.
Avoidance is an attempt to achieve stress reduction by ignoring it, distorting it or staying away from it. These are just a few of the stress reduction strategies people use to cope.
In some instances, avoidance coping may be beneficial during or after an event like an earthquake, but it is maladaptive when it is the only coping response to all issues. People often avoid dealing with issues from the past because they do not want to stir up memories or emotions.
Maladaptive avoidance often limits a repertoire of coping responses and opportunities for personal growth, such as learning from the experience, seeking help, becoming more resilient and getting on with life and living.
The findings from the New Zealand study showed a link between avoidance coping and reporting higher levels of depression, anxiety and insomnia, stomach upsets and loss of appetite.
The subjects that tended to avoid conflict said they believe that they would feel more stressed in a conflict situation compared to subjects that did not avoid conflict.
It is likely that people that tend to avoid conflict may anticipate the conflict to be worse than it really is and, therefore, avoid it rather than deal with it in a constructive way. Avoiding conflict can lead to unresolved personal or work issues, which could lead to other problems that simply add to the stress levels.
Paul White, Director of the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, said “The research shows that by not tackling problems, although somewhat beneficial in the very short term, it can lead to much bigger problems later on. By using hypnotherapy for stress reduction we help our clients find appropriate ways of tackling the situations in their life without increasing the stress levels. We help clients to take control of the external situations that cause them stress and allow them to feel much more in control of their lives.”
Stress is a normal part of life. Without some levels of stress, you would not be stimulated to eat, work, have relationships, or even get out of bed in the morning.
It is when the amount of stress increases past the point of where it is comfortable, that’s when most people start suffering from the symptoms of over stress. This is the point where they tend to consult a hypnotherapist.
Hypnotherapy for stress reduction
When you use hypnotherapy for stress reduction we teach your subconscious how to deal with stressful situations in a more appropriate way.
Everyone reacts to stress in different ways and to different degrees. Some people have more stress in their lives than others.
Some people handle stressful situations better than others. Each person is triggered by different stressful situations, depending on their own make-up. What may bother one person may not affect another person.
This does not negate your stress, it merely points out what situations you react to in a stressful manner. Our hypnotherapy for stress reduction programme takes into account the individuals circumstances and we create a unique plan for that particular individual.