Stress management and stress control sessions in Sheffield

Sheffield is the second most stressed city in the UK.  Second in the country! While the individual casues of stress vary between individuals there are many factors common between people. The effects of stress are different for different people but again there are some similarities.

You may have reached a tipping point recently.

  • Did something happen and you snapped?
  • Maybe you had a huge outburst at someone who didn't deserve it.
  • Maybe you focused inwards and had a melt-down and felt like you couln't cope.

However you found yourself at this stage the important thing is that you have started to look outside of yourself for a way of tackling your stress levels.

What is stress?

Stress is the body's reaction to a real or imagined threat. It is the body reacting to try and minimise the threat of the situation and help you deal with it as best you can. It is tied in with the figh, flight, freeze response.

There can be significant and serious reactions within your body to stress. If you are regularly stressed then you are putting your body under a lot of pressure and this could lead to health problems.

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Valerie B.
Valerie B.
During lockdown (Covid 19) I barely used my car. When restrictions were eased I travelled to see friends using the motorway which had suddenly become... a very frightening, stressful place for me. Everything seemed so busy with lorries thundering past and I had a complete panic attack whilst on there. I really thought I would never be able to travel on there ever again which limited travel for holidays and social events.I spoke with Richard at length both on the telephone initially and then face to face at the first consultation. He listened carefully to everything I said and was so reassuring.At the first session I was a bit nervous but he soon relaxed me and I listened to his voice, unaware that I was actually in a trance - it didn't feel like I had lost control or anything - it was just like listening to music and relaxing. During the following session he made things personal to me and had clearly spent a lot of time tailoring the session.He gave me useful techniques to practice in between sessions and then it was time to put it all into practice. I did it!! I went on the motorway for one junction and back again. I was calm and in control. I then progressed over a few days to travelling further and overtaking the lorries I had been so freaked about before. I was absolutely buzzing and I cried with relief as I can now get on with my life and visit friends.Richard has taught me how to iron out the daily stressed of my life as well as the issues I was having on the motorway. He has changed my life and I can't thank him enough for it. I went into hypnotherapy with an open mind and I came out a calmer, happier more
Conrad G.
Conrad G.
Ultimately, I realised hypnotherapy isn't what I am looking for but Richard nevertheless gave great advice and showed a real understanding of my... issue. With his help I am confident in moving forward and thinking more about the future and less about the past!read more

What are the symptoms of stress?

Stress is subjective. It can be experienced in a seemingly endlesscombinations of symptoms that also could evolve over time. Below are some of the possible symptoms of stress.

Some of the emotional symptoms of stress are:

  • Frustration & moodiness
  • Feeling like you have lost control over yourself
  • Not knowing how to become more calm or how to slow down your thoughts
  • Avoidance of situations or people
  • Having a low or negative self opinion

Some of the physical symptoms of stress are:

  • Aches & pains, often in joints and tendons
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Digestive problems like nausea & diarrhea
  • Sort of energy and easily tired by things you managed easily in the past
  • Palpatations
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Drop in libido
  • Teeth grinding

Some of the cognitive symptoms of stress are:

  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

Some of the behavioral symptoms of stress are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Putting things off and avoiding people and situations
  • Nail biting, hair pulling and restlessness

Stress symptoms can lead to...

  • Heart disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Obesity
  • Skin conditions like eczema

The relaxation response is the perfect counterbalance to stress and can cancel out many of the negative aspects of the stress response. The more you practice relaxing and the better you are at processing your daily experiences and dealing with them and the less stressed you can be.

One on one stress management can help

Stresssed man holding his headWe frequently see people at our Sheffield hypnotherapy clinic whose problems and difficulties in life boil down to their stress levels being too high or mismanaged. Most people who are stressed don't need to take a stress test, they just know! Stress hormones go into overdrive all because of their thoughts.

Different people experience stress in different ways but getting personalised and individual hypnosis for stress could help you manage or even remove your symptoms.

How could stress control hypnosis help?

Many people's stress is not down to the situations they face but how they think and feel about those situations. Through hypnosis it can be possible to find the stress relief you have been looking for. You could alter your thoughts and feelings and as a result can experience situations with less stress.

You get more of what you think about. Hypnosis could help you be calmer, more relaxed and more detatched from the present moment. In this thinking space hypnosis could then help you focus on the future, what you want to achieve or feel. With this clarity of direction and calm focus in the present it becomes easier to see what needs to be done to make that change happen.

What happens in the hypnosis sessions?

Your hypnotherapist will talk to you about your circumstances. they will take the time to find out what is going on in life now and where you want to be in the future. With this information they will develop a tailored plan to help you achieve your specific goals.

Sessions will be recorded so you get to listen again at home and reinforce what is done face to face.

What else could you do to reduce and manage your stress levels?

There are a lot of similarities between hypnosis and mindfulness and meditation. They all tap into a very similar part of your brain. We highly recommend looking into mindfulness as it is very compatible with hypnosis and the two can work hand in hand.

Mindfulness for stress control

Mindfulness is basically an increased aweness of the present moment and an acceptance of what you notice. Taking the time to become quieter and acknowledge that you are responding with stress in that moment but knowing that the experience will change and you will be less stressed in teh future can help that transition.

Mindfulness is much more available these days and is widely acknowledged to be highly beneficial for many people with stress related issues. It can help quieten your mind, reduce blood pressue and make it easier to focus on solutions.


You may want to look into mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) courses near you or maybe start with some free online mindfulness sessions. There is also this free online mindfulness resource too.

Other stress management ideas to consider

  • Cut out caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. They are stimulants and depressants and make it harder to regulate yourself naturally.
  • Talk - this could be to a stress counsellor, a hypnotherapist, a friend or a family member. As Bob Hoskins once said, "It's good to talk".
  • Be more active - this could be walking round the block, going for a run or getting off the bus a few stops early. It does not have to involve huge exertion but any increase in activity levels will help.

"I can’t believe the difference in myself. I am now able to cope better with stress and I feel so much happier and more relaxed"

Review by Lucy

Help is available - stress levels CAN be reduced

As part of working with us we can teach you how to put yourself into the deeply relaxed frame of mind that is developed during a hypnotherapy session. This means that you will be able to practice at home how to unwind and it means that you can be generally more relaxed.

When you do encounter a challenging situation you can go into it as a relaxed person rather than someone who is already suffering from stressful thoughts.

Just remember....No situation is stressful or relaxing in itself and no situation is good or bad. How you think about that situation is what decides how it will affect you.

The video from Ted-Ed gives you a great run down on what stress is. Have a watch. It could help.