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:
- Get enough sleep. This detoxes the body.
- Listen to music
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.