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,
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
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
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
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.