We all need a little stress to motivate us at some point in our lives. Let's face it, how many things would not get done in this world without life giving us a kick up the backside now and again?
But, as with many other things, it's a question of balance and too much can be as bad, or worse than, too little.
A study by YouGov on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation in 2019 found that 74% of people had at some point in the previous year felt overwhelmed or unable to cope, with a surprisingly high 32% having suicidal thoughts as a consequence (i).
Stress is then a widespread and very serious problem leading in the long term to problems with the cardiac, digestive or immune systems, skin conditions and even self harm.
Taking exercise, eating healthily and making lifestyle changes all help but ultimately we need to change the way we think and the way we react to life events - which will happen, whether we like it or not.
One way to do this is to raise our levels of Emotional Intelligence - becoming more aware of our feelings, emotions and reactions, their nature and their origins, thereby becoming better able to cope with stress (ii).
I offer hypnotherapy with Emotional Intelligence and stress management techniques over 3 sessions at a fee of £45 per session.
As always, a free, no obligation introductory consultation is available or I'm happy to receive any queries you might have via email here or by phone or text on 07761 198 504
I look forward to hearing from you.
Please note, stress shares many symptoms with those of other conditions, don't forget to get them checked out by your doctor.
(ii). Jaemin Cha, Ronald F. Cichy & Seung Hyun Kim (2008) The Contribution of Emotional Intelligence to Social Skills and Stress Management Skills Among Automated Foodservice Industry Executives, Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism, 8:1, 15-31, DOI: 10.1080/15332840802274411