Stress and the Mind

Cells of the bodyStress is the most common disorder known to man and in fact affects the majority of people on the planet in some way or another. It can be debilitating and the cause of hundreds of physical dis-orders, particularly stress, as our levels of anxiety increase with every negative event, preventing us living our lives in fulfillment and in optimal health.

 The thought of fear can cause our bodies to become tight, our stomachs turn to water perhaps, the acidity of gastric reflux, the brain cannot think, and over time cause permanent damage and manifested physical problems.

 Spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome, bedwetting, gastric reflux, a major part of dementia, amnesia and Alzheimer’s, headaches, migraine, gallbladder, problems, vaginal, and urinary disorders, study and exam problems, panic attacks, even arthritis and cancer are just a few physical manifestations of stress.

 How then do we have any chance of overcoming these overpowering problems ourselves?

 By our thoughts .  . . .

 By realizing that each and every one of us has the ability to change our feelings by changing our thoughts regarding stressful situations, and with just a few realizations we can change ourselves and our circumstances.  The principles helping us are presented here and are applicable to people of all beliefs and in no way conflicts with the ideals of race, gender or religion.

 Helping yourself can be very simple.

 Help is at hand from the realization that our own brain is the culprit and cause of our stressful reaction to problems. It is possible that the brain can add past negative experiences or perceptions of self or the thought of not being able to cope with current problems, turning the smallest problem a tidal wave of impossibility.  One simple fact can help us all to overcome stress.  That fact is that every thought we think affects every atom of our bodies. Therefore a thought, for example, of fright can cause many feelings associated with fright take overtake our bodies and thoughts.  Thinking stops, there is a coldness or tightness in the core of our bodies, all originating from the thought of anxiety or fear.

 The merest thought of “I can’t” for example can stop us from succeeding at anything. That one thought has been proven to reduce one’s physical maximum ability to about 60% of maximum effort with that one single thought.  Logically it can be shown that the thought of “I can” enables unrestricted effort and performance can be 110% of best effort due to the lifting of limitations of the mind detracting from physical performance.

 The realization that we can help ourselves then put us on a path of discovery which gives us a tool for overcoming the most stressful or depressing feelings. So thoughts in turn affect our bodies in every way. Thoughts of difficulties, fear or hurt for example physically impact upon our solar plexus, the area just below our ribcage, which in turn affects every organ in our bodies.

 Looking for the smallest positive thought about losing a job for example can help us handle a very upsetting event. Perhaps new opportunities can be seen, or the event showed that it was the wrong job, or the people there really didn’t treat us well, or we have the ability to do something completely different, something that can earn more money perhaps. Any of these thoughts can lessen the dreadful feeling of becoming unemployed. Stress added to hormonal swings and changes can be debilitating. Thoughts are confused by emotional changes these in turn create physical problems which can manifest and confine some women to bed regularly.

 Thoughts of calmness are essential at such time and many medical and herbal products help do just that, as does hypnotherapy.  Realizing this is something natural which will continue during cycles of life creates an acceptance, not anger or fear. The body can relax to a great extent and mood swings, pain, and physical side effects kept to a minimum.

 Distractions such as reading a book, watching TV, and going for a walk, to work or gym can be a great relief simply by their distraction from the main problem.  The breakup of a relationship can show us perhaps that may have been the wrong person for us; or seeing yourself so very strong finally puts an ending to a perhaps very bad situation.

 If we seek positive thoughts about a situation, we become stronger not the victim of whatever happened and physically feel better from those thoughts.  Appreciating the love of a dog or a cat, or one’s own family and children can make us feel better about ourselves.  The loss of a loved one can be one of the most upsetting experiences we can be put through, but just one positive thought can help us through.

 Thinking perhaps of being stronger at the time of loss, not the victim of loss is always a great help. Thoughts about all the self-punishment you inflict on yourself because of that loss will not change the fact of loss. Thoughts instead of coping with your own responsibilities at such a time or perhaps immersing oneself in work or the help of our children can accelerate healing.  The appreciation one can get from small things can change our overall perception of our situation little by little.

 Appreciating the blue sky or birds or the warmth of the sun, rather than ignoring these seemingly small things can help us through rough times by creating a moment of peace, or a moment of distraction from grief or sadness which can greatly help us to physically feel better.

 Therefore feeling better about ourselves helps us feel better about things that are happening, problems don’t seem so bad, and solutions start to come to us rather than the fear of the problem.  We then feel stronger and more capable.

 Stress can create tunnel vision and stop our ability see detail around us, so deliberately looking at trees, leaves on the trees or birds in them can take our minds off problems, even momentarily, creating a distraction from troublesome thoughts, on turn creating a degree of good feelings, reminding us of what changes can occur when we are calm.

 Simply looking out a window and thinking the words of what we see, sky, birds, trees, grass, takes our minds off problems for a time and creates feelings of inner calmness. This is the control we truly have which can overcome the effects of stress.

 Hypnotherapy also can help by putting such thoughts and words into the subconscious and creating good feelings by simply reminding a person that “I’m Okay” or that you helped someone, or are in fact a good person by remembering something good about yourself can create therapeutic, healing feelings.

 Simple suggestion given to the subconscious can help someone whilst under hypnosis to reflect upon a bad occurrence or past abuse from a state of feeling calm. This feeling alone gives them an alternative to perceiving such an event with feelings of fear.  A calm perception of a situation can be a life changing experience.

 To perceive a traumatic event calmly can put it into the past where it truly belongs instead of haunting person every minute of every day, affecting their every thought, and stopping them from moving forward with their lives.  They can get on with their lives and feel good about themselves often for the first time since their childhood.

 The brain is our worst enemy. It remembers old thoughts, old wounds, old uncertainties, and reminds us about them constantly. These thoughts magnify present day problems into unmanageable tidal waves.   People can’t think or feel good about themselves when constantly reminded of nightmares.

 Hypnosis puts these thoughts into the past where they belong by momentarily suppressing the brain and putting realistic thoughts of well being into the subconscious. The body immediately feels calm, even confident once more. Giving an alternative to feeling stressed, Feeling calm is a much better alternative and everyone will choose this feeling once they have actually experienced it and know they can become and remain calm.

 This can overcome many years of fear or depression and set a person on a solid footing. I have helped people after as much as 32 years of depression.  This change of feelings brings on clarity of thought, so one can face the future, or that all-important meeting or exam with absolute confidence.

 Ref: Arthur Long (C.Cht) Clinical Hypnotherapist
Email: art@hypnotherapysa.co.za