74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope in the last year a YouGov poll found. The festive season is well and truly over and the rest of winter stretches out ahead of us. Most of us are back in the swing of work or school, back to thinking about the realities of life, our finances that we neglected over Christmas. Perhaps worrying about the climate of political uncertainty, what will happen with Brexit. With no break or bank holiday for some months, for many of us this is the time of year where we struggle with our stress levels the most.
Taking steps to look after your wellbeing can help you deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. Resilience keeps us mentally healthy and able to cope with the stresses of life. Because every-day stresses are ongoing, the way you deal with them is crucial for your long-term mental and physical health.
The way you interpret and think about events makes a difference. You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can think about it in more productive and resilient ways. By focusing on what you can control, or learn from a situation you can respond to events more productively. Challenge yourself to consider a range of outcomes, instead of automatically thinking that the worst will happen.
Work towards strong connections within your family, friends and community. We all function best when we have support. Connect with and collaborate with your community in projects that make a difference. Social connection is central to good mental and physical health and giving makes us happier, maintains perspective on our lives and reminds us to be grateful.
If you’re struggling to manage your stress levels and feeling as though life is getting on top of you a few sessions with a hypnotherapist may help you achieve a different perspective. During sessions with a hypnotherapist you will learn skills that will enable you to manage your stress more effectively and to think about the events that occur in your life in more productive ways. You may also learn techniques that help you examine your short and long term goals, cultivate your purpose in life, and understand feedback from key people in your life.
Often change is subtle, as the hypnotherapist will be working with the subconscious mind, and a very positive shift in feeling and reaction to certain previously stressful situations can be noticed. Through working with a hypnotherapist you can expect to feel calmer and more confident, with less stress.
You can find a fully-trained, accredited and insured hypnotherapist near you by using the NCH directory.