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According to the National Health Interview Survey, 75% of the general US population experiences some level of stress every couple weeks. And, according to the American Psychological Association, 54% are concerned about their stress levels. Of course, when referring to here is distress, which is overwhelmingly negative stress. When it of gets out of hand, it can cause cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and even physical symptoms.
If you are concerned that your stress level is getting out of control, their specific symptoms for which you should be on the lookout. These include: (cognitive) memory problems, poor judgment, negative thinking, excessive worrying, being overly anxious; (emotional) irritability, feeling overwhelmed, feeling lonely, depression, moodiness; (behavioral) changes in eating habits, wanting to be alone, using cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol for relaxation, sleep disorders, nervous habits; (physical) frequent colds, changes in your heart beat, loss of sex drive, bowel issues, and unexplained aches and pains. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should immediately seek help. Such help should include both medical and psychological. Failure to receive help could result in severe physical and mental consequences.
Of course, you still may have concerns even if you don't feel that your situation is such that professional care is required. In that case, you may still want to consider an effective self-management program. This should include efforts to achieve balance in your life. Activities such as meditation and self hypnosis should be considered. Other activities could include spending more time with friends and pets, going for long walks, listening to relaxing music, and beginning a creative hobby.
As a clinical hypnotherapist I also recommend that you learn just about any form of self hypnosis. This could be as simple as sitting down in a comfortable chair, closing her eyes, counting backwards from 100 to zero, and with each breath out giving yourself the suggestion to relax. While doing this you may imagine your body slowly dialing down its stress level to a point where you feel extremely relaxed. Your goal for the sessions should not be to go to sleep (although using this exercise for that purpose may be helpful if you are experiencing sleep problems). Rather it should be your attention to achieve a medium trance, which is also known as somnambulism.
When you are in a somnambulistic trance, you're also at level that medical doctors call the parasympathetic state. Remaining in the state for a prolonged period of time is considered good for your health. Your cells are more likely to receive needed nutrients and your digestive system functions more efficiently. In your brain the hyperactivity of areas associated with worry, rumination, obsessions, and phobias are quieted. Together all of these positive changes give you a sense of increased well-being. If you think about this for a moment, it makes a lot of sense. When you are ill, medical doctors normally recommend periods of rest. Essentially, what they are looking for is for you to move your body and mind into a parasympathetic state and thereby facilitating your healing.
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