What triggers Stress?
If you are suffering stress and anxiety you should try to:
- Limit your intake of tea, coffee and cola type drinks.
- Limit your intake of sugar and chocolate.
- Drink alcohol in moderation, and try to have two alcohol-free days a week.
- Reduce the number of cigarettes/cigars you smoke or quit smoking if you feel you are ready to stop for good.
The Importance of a Balanced Body
Your body’s biochemical, structural and psychological functions are delicately balanced to enable good physical and mental health. Any disturbance or upset in any one area can lead to problems in others. Look after your mind and body to maintain a healthy balance.
Improving general health and fitness can protect against and lessen the effects of stress. However, it is important to address the subconscious mental defence mechanisms that can act as barriers to adapting and coping with stress. Hypnotherapy helps you strengthen your emotional defences so that you can lead a healthier more enjoyable life.
Sleep is usually one of the first things to suffer when you are stressed, and too little sleep can leave you feeling tired, irritable and unable to cope. It is all too easy to get caught up in a negative cycle of sleeplessness that is difficult to break, from not being able to go to sleep, waking up frequently during the night or waking up too early in the morning. On the other hand, some people find that they sleep for hours and yet still wake up feeling tired.
A good night’s sleep is essential for your physical and emotional well-being. The stresses and strains of everyday life are much easier to deal with when you have slept well. This is often the best way to recover from illness or cope with stress, as the body repairs and regenerates itself when you sleep.
The amount of sleep needed to be fully rested varies from person to person, however most adults get by on seven to eight hours, though some Sleep Experts claim we need more. It is fair to say that in times of stress we often need more sleep than when life is running quietly and smoothly. Taking time to establish a calming routine that helps you unwind and relax before bedtime will go a long way to helping you get a good night’s sleep.
That annoying saying ‘You are what you eat’ is really true! Stuff yourself with junk food or drink too much alcohol, and you are bound to feel tired, irritable, stressed, bloated and sluggish. Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and you will feel much calmer, healthier and more energised.
One of the first things people tend to neglect doing when they are stressed is exercise. However, research has proven that regular exercise is a tremendous relaxation aid as it can improve your mood, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, promote sleep, reduce high blood pressure and help weight loss. When you exercise, your body releases adrenaline which builds up in your body when you are stressed, so although you may not feel like exercising, you will definitely feel better for it afterwards. Any form of exercise is beneficial, just make sure it is something you enjoy doing otherwise you won’t stick to it.
Vitamins & Supplements
Vitamins and nutritional supplements can be a great way to help you maintain a healthy, balanced mind and body. Vitamins B and C are particularly good for stress and anxiety. It is certainly worth considering taking vitamins if you feel you are lacking certain nutrients in your diet or if your immune system needs extra support in times of stress. Your local Pharmacy, Health Shop, or a qualified Nutritionist will be able to advise you accordingly.
Getting Help with Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy could help you find relief from the stress you are experiencing. It could also help you cope differently in future by making some positive changes to how you think and react.
There will always be a certain amount of stress in your everyday life but imagine how good you will feel when you cope with it differently.
Hypnotherapy could help you achieve a calmer, more relaxed approach to life so you can take things in your stride.
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