Not all stress is negative, for some stress can be a motivating force to action, stimulating problem solving. The negative and positive qualities of Stress can be understood through the terms of eustress and distress.
For one person there reaction to stress may seem them thriving whilst for another the same demands on a person can cause situation can cause considerable distress as they question they're ability to cope.
The term Stress is a general term that refers to two distinct concepts, stressors which can be internal (our thoughts and feelings) and strain which is our reaction the stressor (Beehr and O’Hara 1987; Knapp 1988).
How you react to an event is based upon many factors including your personality, past experiences and learned patterns of response. The repetition of these patterns hard wires these patterns.
The good news is that anything that has been learned can be unlearned by creating a different response.
Thoughts influence body, body influences thoughts. When you feel a sensation in your body such as hunger or thirst that causes you to feel an emotion or think a thought. Sometimes there is confusion like when we are stressed out with a sensation of needing to eat to pacify ourselves.
Our mostly unconscious conditioned patterns of viewing the world (schema), formed as result of early life experiences, influence our reactions to and ways of handling stressors, internal or external. If our childhood was relatively healthy and stable then our schemata are also likely to be relatively healthy and stable, however if our childhood involved trauma or abuse, then these schemata are likely to be unhealthy and maldaptive. When we are not experiencing a lot of stress, these schemata remain dormant, but when we experience elevated levels of stress these schemata are reactivated. If we grew up in a critical environment, we are more likely to be particularly sensitive to situations that signal criticism, resulting in a ‘hyper-activation’ of that particular schema. Life scripts…
The role of Hypnotherapy I relation to stress is that it can help to build resources to cope with the perceived stressful event.
How you respond to a situation how you perceive yourself and what you do is what hypnotherapy can help you with??? Stress is an internal response to an external event.
more due to the perceptions we have of it and our perceived abilities to deal with the event. The event can trigger the stress response but not necessarily be the main cause of its activation. Often our beliefs distort the importance of an actual or feared event.
“Our general state of health is directly tied to our feelings, thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and intentions – our consciousness if you will. Our bodies are constantly renewing themselves and our consciousness can affect the regeneration of cells and organs, positively or negatively.A change in our health either better or worse involves a change in our consciousness.”
Dr Galitzer MD
While certain types of stress may be good for you, such as the stress of getting ready to go holiday..(making sure you've packed everything you'll need (your passport!) making sure everything Is switched off and the house is locked), other types of stress such as
What do you believe is the cause of your stress ?
Stress is experienced through our fears, our catastrophising and our shoulds, how we believe things should be. When we catastrophise we focus on the nightmares of life and the worst case scenarios expecting imminent danger at every turm.
The way that we interpret and understand whats going in our life determines or emotional and behavioural responses, when we are stressed our thinking and our emotions
can become distorted, leading us to behave….