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Embracing Stress

At The Self Image Institute, we understand that life can be stressful. Mental health has never been more important and in trying times like these, it's important to look after yourself. With everything we are experiencing, stress, anxiety and depression are not uncommon. If you are suffering from any of these, it is important to understand that you're not alone. Often, our mental health suffers from these, as a result of our mindset and how we approach issues. So why not embrace stress?


Yes, life can be stressful, but adapting how we undertake life's stresses can help us in protecting our mental health and overcoming issues. To learn more, read on or contact us today to see how hypnotherapy can help you!


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A Guide on Embracing Stress

What is Stress?

Stress is the body's response to any demand placed on it. It is a normal, physical and psychological reaction that happens when we feel threatened or under pressure. Our bodies respond to stress by releasing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which prepare us to either 'fight' or 'flee'. This is known as the 'fight-or-flight' response and is a natural survival mechanism. However, in today's society, we often experience chronic stress from things like work, relationships or money worries. This can have a negative impact on our mental and physical health.


What Causes Stress?

Pretty much anything can cause stress in life. It can be caused by positive events like getting married or having a baby, as well as negative events like redundancy or illness. It can also be caused by daily hassles like traffic jams or meeting deadlines. Everyone experiences stress differently and what may seem stressful to one person may not affect another in the same way.


How Does Stress Affect Us?

When we experience stress, it causes physical changes in our bodies. We may feel our heart rate increase, our muscles tense up and we may start to sweat. We may also experience psychological symptoms like feeling irritable, anxious or depressed. If we experience chronic stress, it can lead to more serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease or obesity.


Embracing Stress

When we experience stress, it's easy to feel like we're in over our heads. We may feel like we can't cope and that everything is just too much. However, embracing stress can help us in protecting our mental health. When we face stressful situations, it can help us to understand our triggers and develop coping mechanisms. This can lead to us feeling more in control and less anxious. It can also help us to build resilience so that we can better deal with future stressors. Embracing stress isn't about denying that life can be difficult, but instead, learning how to deal with the challenges in a healthy way.


When we embrace stress, we can begin to thrive under it. We can start to see it as a challenge instead of a threat. This can lead to us feeling more motivated and empowered. We may also find that we perform better under pressure and that we're able to think more clearly. So, if you're struggling to cope with stress, remember that embracing it could be the key to improving your mental health.


How Can We Change Our Attitude to Stress?

There are many techniques to help us in embracing stress. What's important is understanding why we feel stressed to understand the cause of it. Then, we can begin to work towards finding a calm and healthy way to address stress and as a result, thrive.


One way to do this is to Identify situations when you have been challenged and felt stronger as a result. This can help us to appreciate that stress isn't always a bad thing and that we can often overcome it.


Another way to change our attitude to stress is by practising relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing exercises. This can help us to feel more in control and less anxious. Learning how to relax can also be a great way to reduce our overall stress levels

Anxiety can often be seen as a negative emotion deriving from stress, but in some cases, it can help us to rise to a challenge. For example, if we're feeling anxious about an upcoming presentation at work, it may motivate us to prepare more thoroughly. Or, if we're feeling anxious before a big race, it may help us to run faster. In these cases, anxiety can be seen as a positive force that helps us to achieve our goals. Understanding that stress-related anxiety can result in positive results can help us in embracing stress and the challenges we face.


The best way to deal with our emotions is by talking with those around us. Friends, family or a therapist can provide support and help us to understand our feelings better. In some cases, medication may also be recommended to help us healthily deal with our stress. Discussing stress with others can provide us with new ways of thinking. By gaining new perspectives, we can begin to understand our triggers to stress and adopt new, and healthy ways of approaching stress. This can help us in embracing stress as not only can we gain new perspectives, but we know that we are not alone in our feelings. This can go a long way in helping us overcome the negative effects of stress.


Hypnotherapy for Stress

One method which can be effective in embracing stress is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy can help us to understand our relationship with stress and how we can change our attitude towards it. It can also provide techniques to help us relax and reduce our overall stress levels.

If you're struggling to deal with stress, hypnotherapy at The Self Image Institute could be a great way to help you in embracing it. By understanding your triggers and learning how to relax, you can start to thrive under pressure. You may also find that you perform better under pressure and that you're able to think more clearly. So, if you're ready to take control of your stress and anxiety, contact us today on 07534448713 or yasminswilliams@gmail.com.


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