Seven Ways To Reduce Stress

Most of us have a certain level of stress in our lives.

What is stress?

Stress is the perception of threat. In ancient times this response would help us survive. If we saw a tiger we could kill it or run away. This is the fight or flight response. The reptilian brain causes this reaction: increase in blood pressure, increased breathing, releases hormones, releases adrenalin, pupils dilate.

We don’t need this reaction any more. The response is still activated by modern life: arguments, traffic jams, economic troubles and so on. This causes inflammation and a reduced immune system. Chronic stress can lead to illness. Behaviours may change to abuse alcohol or take drugs in order to reduce this stress.

Many of us have a low grade stress all of the time.

Here are seven steps to help with stress:

  1. Get enough sleep. This detoxes the body.
  2. Laughter.
  3. Exercise
  4. Yoga
  5. Massage
  6. Listen to music
  7. Meditation.


Absence of stress leads to spontaneous creativity and the experience of flow. Flow is being present in the moment: lightness of being.

Hypnotherapy is a form of guided mediation. It can help you with stress reduction.

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