Hypnotherapy for Stress Sheffield

What is Stress?

There’s no medical definition of stress, but stress is considered as feeling emotional or physical tension. It all links to the evolutionary fight or flight response, which is our body’s automatic psychological reaction to something we perceive as stressful, frightening, or threatening. Therefore, we feel stressed when we are faced with a demanding challenge. Experiencing stress is healthy in short bursts, as it can positively influence and motivate you to achieve your aspirations, meet deadlines at work or school, and manage demands at home. Whilst some people thrive under pressure, often feeling stressed for a prolonged period can have a dramatic negative effect on your physical health, mental wellbeing, and behaviour and can lead to bodily burnout.

What are the Symptoms of Stress? 

Stress has various symptoms and displays itself differently, dependent on the individual. These symptoms include:

Physical Symptoms

  • Headaches, dizziness or feeling faint;
  • Muscle tension or pain;
  • Stomach cramps, diarrhoea or constipation;
  • Chest pain or heart palpitations;
  • Low libido or sexual problems.

Mental Symptoms

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions;
  • Feeling overwhelmed or overly emotional;
  • Constantly worrying;
  • Being forgetful.

Behavioural Changes

  • Being irritable or snappy;
  • Sleeping too much, too little, or struggle to fall asleep;
  • Over or under eating;
  • Avoiding certain social situations or locations;
  • Drinking or smoking more.

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Jordan H.
Jordan H.
I had suffered from panic attacks regularly in the past due to anxiety, it got to a point where I felt like I couldn't cope anymore. I visited... Richard for an initial consultation where he gave me some tips on how to cope until our first session and even that was an unbelievable amount of help. I have had only one session with Richard and I feel as if the anxiety has near enough disappeared from my life. I finally feel like my old self again. Highly recommend, such a lovely man and so easy to get along with, felt like I had known him for years.read more
Gabriella L.
Gabriella L.
I got in contact with Richard because I was struggling with confidence and anxiety around my placement as a student paramedic. I had previously been... having CBT sessions, which were okay but not impactful enough for me. Whilst having an occupational health check, I was encouraged to try hypnosis, and a Google search later, I came across Richard. I was a little dubious at first, because I thought that I would not be able to go into trance and that it wouldn't work for me. But Richard had no doubt about the former. He talked me through all my questions and concerns and reassured me that if it wasn't for me, I would get my money back. He also highlighted to me that hypnosis is not a magic wand, it doesn't solve the problem for you; it gives you the tools to help you help yourself.Listening to Richard is like being immersed in honey; his words and the way he speaks makes you feel safe and calm. Being in a trance is like that period before you fall asleep. And it was so easy to get there. I was aware of everything at the time, but now I look back on it, I wouldn't remember the things that Richard was saying to me. If I wanted to move, I could have done, but I was so relaxed that I didn't even want to move my hand to scratch my nose. After every trance, I awoke feeling absolutely amazing and so good about myself. I don't feel like hypnosis particularly helped me when I think about it. However, it must have done, because I have since become a qualified paramedic. My mentor said that the change in my behaviour and confidence was profound. Maybe my conscious mind is unaware of the changes in my subconscious and that's why I don't feel different? I don't know how this stuff works, but I suppose it did! So, thank you Richard, you've helped me open the door to my brand new career.The only reason why Richard doesn't get 5 stars is because he forgot about one of our appointments and turned up 15minutes late, and I wasn't emailed a copy of our second recording session and was therefore unable to listen to it in my free time.read more

What Causes Stress?

Your stress will normally be triggered by a demanding situation, or a build-up of small pressures in your life, otherwise known as stressors. These stressors can be caused by:

  • Being under a lot of pressure at work or school; 
  • Facing big challenges;
  • Worrying about something, such as financial issues, deadlines, or relationship breakdown;
  • Having little control over the outcome of a situation;
  • Having responsibilities that you’re finding overwhelming, such as caring for an ill relative;
  • Not giving yourself enough time;
  • Change in a situation, such as loss of job or changing schools;
  • Times of uncertainty, such as the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Grief and loss.

How Does Hypnotherapy for Stress Work?

Experiencing stress for a prolonged period can have a dramatic effect on your mental wellbeing, physical health and can affect your behaviour in relationships and at work. Whilst it is true that we will never control the stressful events or situations that life throws at us, hypnotherapy can help you control your reaction to them. At Focused Hypnosis, we will help you achieve a state of total relaxation and work with you to break the negative thought patterns that occur with stress. Our Sheffield stress services will equip you with the tools to help you cope when you are under pressure. We will suggest different, more healthy ways of responding to overwhelming situations, so you can tackle them head-on when you meet them in real life. Visit our blog to find out how does hypnotherapy work.

What to Expect from a Stress Hypnotherapy Session?

During your first hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist will begin by explaining how hypnosis works. After that, you’ll have a conversation to establish what you believe has been causing your stress and agree on the methods that your hypnotherapist will use.

Then, the hypnotherapist may:

  • Use guided relaxation techniques to lull you into a deeply relaxed state of mind and body;
  • Use your agreed method to help you achieve your goal. For example, teaching you coping methods that can you can use when you’re stressed.
  • To conclude the session, your hypnotherapist will gradually bring you out of your trance-like state.

Benefits of Treating Stress with Hypnotherapy

  1. Hypnotherapy sends you into a deeply relaxed state of mind and body, which will help you deconstruct your stresses so that they become more tolerable.
  2. Hypnotherapy empowers you to take control of your life, body, relationships, and surroundings. It offers you the tools to think about yourself more positively, which will allow you to face overwhelming issues or situations in a calm and collected way.
  3. Unlike many other forms of psychological treatment, hypnotherapy is self-led, as you can control the methods that your hypnotherapist will use, and you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state whenever you want to. 
  4. By learning how to control your reactions to stressful life events, hypnotherapy offers you independence, which allows you to take charge of your self-management and self-care.
  5. Hypnotherapy is all-natural and has little side-effects or complications.
  6. Hypnotherapy is cost-effective and a cheaper option for psychological treatment, as it only requires around six sessions. Please view our website to find out more about how much does hypnotherapy cost.
  7. Hypnotherapy teaches you self-sufficient coping methods that can be practised and have effects that last for the rest of your life.

What can Help Reduce Stress?

There are several coping methods that you can use alongside Focused Hypnosis’ Sheffield services to help you control your stress, such as:

  1. Exercise;
  2. Use natural supplements, such as lemon balm, green tea and lavender;
  3. Take a moment for self-care;
  4. Start journaling your worries;
  5. Find stress relievers, such as chewing gum and origami;
  6. Socialise with friends and family;
  7. Spend quality time with your pet;
  8. Be selective about the workload you take on and take time for yourself;
  9. Lean self-motivation techniques to avoid procrastination;
  10. Take yoga or meditation classes;
  11. Practice mindfulness and deep breathing;
  12. Listen to calming music, podcasts, or read a book;
  13. Challenge yourself by taking on a new challenge or aspiration;
  14. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and drugs;

Will Hypnotherapy Help Decrease Stress?

Hypnosis can be an effective, efficient, and accessible form of treatment if you need help dealing with stress. However, hypnosis is not the right form of treatment for everyone. For example, if you are not open to hypnosis, you will not achieve a trance-like state. Also, for some serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, hypnosis can have detrimental effects as it can create false memories.