September 24, 2013

Anxiety & Stress


Stress is a fact of life in the modern world. We are busier in our lives and expected to give more in our jobs. Many people are balancing careers and a busy family life. Some stress is good for us but if it becomes too great, problems begin.

It is important to understand stress.

stressOur behaviours and emotions are driven by knowledge, beliefs, values and attitudes stored in the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is an automatic program run only to react that is designed to protect you. Everything that comes through your senses, everything that you see, hear, feel, etc. creates a tiny movie that is recording everything around you and stored in the unconscious mind.

These tiny movies are stored in related memory groups which hold encoding related to different things, like self-image, relationships, what trees are, what a cat is – it just stores information about “stuff.” It is a recording system and all memories are stored in the same way.

When something happens in consciousness (NOW) that is related to the encoding in a memory group the unconscious mind automatically brings up the thought- feeling- reaction that is associated with that memory into consciousness. That then triggers behaviour which has helped in the past and the thoughts and feelings that are imbedded in that memory are then creating a new memory and stored in the same way.

In other words, our minds are just reacting to behaviour that would have worked once for us in the past and made us feel safe or happy. The mind then thinks it is a really good idea to keep producing that behaviour in situations it feels fits the scene.

I find that a large number of clients with high stress levels who simply lack direction in life have two parts to their self-image.

These self-image groups start forming in the first 5-7 years when our minds have no ability to analyse or question the information being absorbed from our environments. We are sponges absorbing information, everything we record is recorded as fact. Your awareness of your emotions becomes particularly important. Negative experiences take on a vast level of significance. We take on the learning from the people and circumstances around us in these first 5-7 years.

People have been known to value material things as being better than the next person and the way this is portrayed we tend to process this input builds a well-established negative self-image. High levels of anxiety can develop in these first years but do not present themselves till later in life.

What happens from then on, is when something happens in consciousness, what happens in now, that is related to the similarity in memory, what happens is you have one part comes up saying you can’t do it, your useless, so don’t even try and at the same time you get another part coming up say you can, you’re ok, you have done it before and this creates two different beliefs and it can even feel like there is two of you in there. The rest of the mind interprets this as serious conflict or confusion and produces physical changes, pouring adrenalin into the system. Adrenalin is a useful hormone it is used to protect you.

The stress you experience is actually a mechanism for survival and has been around since the beginning of time.  Whenever you perceive danger, or threat, a message goes from your brain to the amygdala which is there to regulate fear responses and your stress response automatically kicks in.  Many or our body functions are then switched off.  These include your digestion, salivation, immune response, sex drive, growth hormones, and even intelligence.  Your survival instinct takes over, instantly. In the caveman era we were always on the alert for that wild animal, or any other threat to our safety.  The moment we sensed danger, when our life was at risk, the brain would signal a survival message to the body. Instantly it would prepare us for fighting, running, or staying absolutely still “fight or flight (or freeze) response”.

In today’s busy world, we cannot run away or fight or freeze our many threats. Threats today are our perceptions, our self-image, expectations of ourselves and of others, our relationships even things like paying bills, traffic jams, time pressures, work pressures, money, grief, the list could go on.

If you have experienced a significant emotional event, or been engaged in prolonged stress experiences the part of the brain the called the Amygdala can set its self to hyper sensitive alert and when this happens we experience anxiety disorder. It is very important to understand that the brain cannot distinguish between what it a real threat and what is imagined. When we get into “what if” thinking, future paced thinking, we start to get panicky, worried and that fight or flight response kicks in with the result of anxiety. We can also experience depression, or focusing on the past. We become lethargic, we start to withdrawal from life. Feelings of anger, numbness, feeling like we cannot cope and possible suicidal thoughts.

It is important to know that all of these symptoms are simply the body’s way of alerting us to pay attention. They are coping mechanisms to remove us from a threat. This can be a useful state to be in the right terms unfortunately we can experience this on a day to day occurrence   which in turn our body’s stop function effectively and we can get sick and our biochemistry can alter.

Repressed stress can surface as panic attacks, anxiety, phobia’s and as physical symptoms. If your brain is on hyper sensitive to the fight or flight response it  causes  an increase of adrenalin & cortisol and over an extended period of time, has a very negative effect on your body, your mind, and can severely impact on your life. Too much adrenalin can cause rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, anxiety, weight loss, excessive sweating, and insomnia. And too much cortisol can bring about weight gain, skin infections, weak muscles, brittle bones, irregular menstrual cycle,  infertility, low libido, and impotence, anxiety, irritability, frequent headaches, depression and chronic fatigue.

Neurotransmitters are the chemical equivalent of a thought they are groups of chemicals primarily in nerve cells and are used to transmit signals when the body is deficient in certain nutrient the neurotransmitters cannot function triggering the nervous system to breakdown and malfunction

Some people turn to alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, etc. to cope with stress. These may start off as just a distraction, but can become addictive, causing even more difficulties, and even more stress.

Biochemistry must be addressed, correct nutrition is the key to reducing stress and then working with any emotional memory issues that the unconscious has been producing.

Symptoms of long term Stress and high anxiety levels

  • Lack of energy – lethargy. Do you find it difficult to get
  • Trouble getting out of bed in the morning
  • Experience panic attacks
  • Extreme mood swings – depression is common
  • Cravings for sweet foods
  • Headaches
  • Poor balance or feelings of dizziness.
  • Poor concentration – foggy mind
  • Poor memory

Easy ways to release stress

It is really important to release daily stress before it accumulates. One great way is through regular relaxation.  This may seem simplistic, but relaxation can have great benefits on managing stress. There are many ways of relaxing such as:

  • Exercise
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Self-hypnosis
  • Meditation
  • Listening to relaxing music
  • Reading
  • Painting
  • Gardening
  • Or something else that you enjoy.


girl-blowing-glitter-113790I would highly recommend seeking nutrition advice from a orthomolecular Practitioner. Looking at the number of effects Gluten and Sugar  have on the body.
The damage to the villi, or small fingers of tissue that extend inward from the lining of your small intestines. Over time, this damage interferes with your ability to effectively absorb glucose, vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and other vital nutrients from your meals and snacks.

80% of serotonin is also found in the gut and if the gut is not functioning you can be left feeling tired, sluggish and lack motivation to move your body. Serotonin creates Melatonin which is the sleep hormone vital to getting a goods nights sleep.

If you do experience any stress related symptoms Hypnotherapy is the fastest effective treatment you have been searching for emotional memory and thought processes. Using Hypnosis to reprogram your mind with easy techniques followed by simple lifestyle changes and diet can improve the overall quality of your life. As countless individuals struggle with understanding how to deal with stress, anxiety and depression everyday one measure that you can take is Sleep Hypnosis for anxiety and depression through Hypnotherapy . Thousands of people have been looking for proven ways to deal with their everyday sleeping and stress problems. If you are one of the individuals who have been struggling with these problems, you’re probably looking for a real solution. For some people, Hypnotherapy are the best ways to go. When it comes down to it, your health should be the most important thing to think about. When you want to learn how to deal with stress and anxiety, contact the professionals who understand hypnotherapy Auckland  and it could make a world of difference.

Stress and Disease

Auto-Immune Disorders and Hypnotherapy

The Immune System begins to develop from Stem Cells in utero in a little as 5 weeks of conception when many women are not even aware they are pregnant yet.

A Healthy Immune System distinguishes between its self and the body’s tissues and organs and anything that is not self-such as a virus or bacteria or a foreign substance that it can protect by rejecting or attacking

This also is why when fertility patients can have trouble through the IVF process if the foreign bodies are rejected by the body as a protection mechanism.

The same with an Auto-Immune Disorders the immune system cannot distinguish between its self, body’s tissues and organs, it gets confused and starts to reject or attack itself there are approx. 80 different Auto-Immune Disorders and 1 in 20 people are affected in Australia & New Zealand The cause of an immune disorder is simply the immune system cannot recognise itself the self is unfamiliar.

The below are what can contribute to the risk of being affected:

  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • Diet / Nutrition
  • Sex Hormones
  • Gender (approx. third of those diagnosed are women)
  • Infection Sunlight / ultraviolet rays
  • Hidden Substance released accidentally

Hypnotherapy can be used to: Relieve / Manage Symptoms Including Stress Triggers Minimise Damage Preserve Organ/Tissue Function and They Can Potentially… REVERSE Damage To Organs & Tissues RE-EDUCATE The Immune System Response REDUCE & Potentially Eliminate Symptoms Manage And Release Stress, Depression And Trauma That Exacerbate Symptoms POTENTIALLY ELIMINATE The Disorder

A research study involving over 100 patients who suffered from stress-related conditions found that 75% felt their symptoms were improving after 12 weeks of self-hypnosis practice, within one year 72% of the group reported complete remission of their symptoms as a result of the self-hypnosis (Maher-Loughnan, G.P. 1980, Hypnosis: Clinical application of hypnosis in medicine, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 23: 447-55)
Over a six year period, 173 successive patients suffering from asthma were treated using self-hypnosis,82% were either much improved or experienced total remission of symptoms (Maher-Loughnan, G.P. 1970, Hypnosis and autohypnosis for the treatment of asthma, Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis. 18: 1 -14

This just shows the power of hypnosis and body mind connection, using diet and nutritional needs, reducing stress on a regular basis and changing your environments can influence your results with greater success.


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