NLP Can Eliminate Stress And Anxiety So You Can Relax

More than ever before scientific studies are confirming the fundamental role of stress in causing and aggravating several psychological and physical disorders. In the June 6, 1983 issue of Time Magazine, the cover story described stress as "The Epidemic of the Eighties." The article also mentioned that stress is an extremely serious health issue. Indeed there is no doubt whatsoever that today's world has become a lot more complex and stressful in the last two decades since that article was published.

Several surveys show that almost everybody has the impression of being subject to a lot of stress. Researchers in the field estimate that around 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems.

Most adults report that their job is the main cause of their stress. And stress levels have also soared in children and the elderly population for reasons including: Peer pressures that often lead to everything from smoking to alcoholism and drug abuse; the wearing away of religion and family values; growing crime rates; fear for personal security; but also social isolation and loneliness.

Stress is a factor of problems such as diabetes, ulcers, low back and neck pain, hypertension, strokes and heart attacks. This is due to the augmented sympathetic nervous system activity and a high level of cortisol, adrenaline, and other hormones. Chronic stress is often associated with lower immune system resistance. Stress can be responsible for anxiety, depression, and its varied effects on one's organs.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "stress" as follows: "To subject to physical or mental pressure, tension, or strain"

The following is the definition of "tension" from the same dictionary: "Mental, emotional, or nervous strain"

The following is the definition of "anxiety": "A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties"

And it defines "depression" as follows: "The condition of feeling sad or despondent"

The following is the definition of "clinical depression": "A psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, anhedonia, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and thoughts of death."

We can nonetheless be sure that our mind is the main reason for our experience of stress, anxiety and depression. To put it into different words, what we think about, and our attitudes and the way we view our experiences dictate what we feel. So if we can discover how to alter our thoughts, attitudes, and points of view, then we can eliminate our feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression and attain a more positive state of being.

People have always sought out methods for getting rid of stress. The pharmaceutical industry seems to have a pill for everything. And to that end the industry has developed a wide array of anxiolytics from Valium to Xanax. If you choose to utilize these pills for relief, please make sure that you are aware of the side-effects by reading the fine print, which often include addiction and dependency. Indeed these sorts of drugs aim at treating the symptoms, but not the cause. So if one stops taking them, the symptoms can return.

A more appropriate way of getting rid of tension, stress, anxiety, and depression is to try to cure its actual cause, which as I said before, is generally our thought processes. Now, here is some good news. The main principle of hypnosis is relaxing. The AMA accepted hypnosis in 1958 as an effective method of treating stress and stress related symptoms. However unlike pills, there are totally no bad side effects.

Hypnosis is the Alpha level of consciousness. It's the daydream like temporary psychological frame of mind that we pass through as we are just about to fall asleep at night. And we pass through it another time as we awaken in the morning. There are several different ways to guide ourselves into this condition of tranquility, from step-by-step relaxation to visual imagery to listening to hypnosis CD's.

When we get into the hypnotic state, we can interact with our unconscious mind, which is the seat of our emotions. And it becomes easier to accept new points of view and ideas that will help us to eliminate anxiety, or even prevent anxiety from occurring in the first place.

NLP, which is a modern type of hypnotherapy, offers various wonderful techniques for getting rid of stress. Maybe the technique that works best is called the "swish" pattern - or the "flash" pattern. When you use this technique, your unconscious will automatically use bad, stress producing mental images, to generate tranquilizing mental images. In other words, your stressors will now trigger relaxation!

TO SUMMARIZE Our thoughts can activate depression, anxiety and tension. So if we change our attitude and the way we resent our situation and our experiences, we can eliminate these feelings at the source. Hypnosis and NLP are natural tools that allow us to change our attitude and point of view to rapidly eliminate the main cause of these negative feelings.

(c) Copyright 2007 By Alan B. Densky, CH. All rights reserved.

Alan B. Densky, CH has been in practice over 30 years. His Neuro-VISION self hypnosis website carries a broad spectrum of stress elimination hypnotherapy CDs, and advanced anxiety reduction CDs. Visit his site for the Free self hypnosis blog, and download a free MP3.