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Don’t let feelings of stress get the better of you

We all go through times of stress but no matter its cause, any amount of stress can be both emotionally and physically taxing. Most of us do our best to push the feelings away but ignoring the effects of stress can increase the risk of developing long-term health issues like heart attack and diabetes.

Stress is generally built up over time and it doesn’t discriminate. Anyone is susceptible to feelings of stress; students as they prepare for exams, a heavy workload at the office, financial strain or personal problems. All these issues tend to create stress for us.

Treating stress isn’t as simple as going on medication – it’s impossible to completely remove stress from your life. However, there are ways you can manage your stress and prevent it from overwhelming you:

  • Do a stock take – think about what things in your life act as triggers for stress. This will help you to eliminate unnecessary stresses in your life, while those you can’t get rid of you can better prepare yourself to manage.
  • Manage it sooner rather than later – once you are familiar with your sources of stress, you will be able to develop your own action plan and before the stress builds up and creates bigger problems, you will be able to deal with it.
  • Stress as a motivator – sometimes stress can be a good motivator for getting tasks done, so if you take the time to track whether the stress you’re feeling is helpful or not, you’ll be able to recognise the different degrees of stress you feel and manage it accordingly.

If stress has become harder to manage and you find yourself being burdened by its power to overwhelm you, you might consider an effective, non-invasive form of therapy such as hypnosis. The process of hypnosis is rewarding, positive and safe. Hypnosis calms your nerves, mind and the whole body, alleviating the stress that hinders your everyday life. It can be a truly beneficial solution for those who often feel defeated by stress.

When a person undergoes hypnosis, they are placed into a deep state of relaxation whereby the subconscious mind becomes receptive to positive suggestion, new ideas and perspectives. It is then that a therapist can provide motivational encouragement, confidence building statements and a stronger means of managing stress.

If are finding yourself under a constant cloud of pressure and stress, you might like to consider hypnosis as a form of treatment. If you would like to find out more about how hypnosis can help you lead a happier life, contact a member of the Brand New Mindset team today.

 

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Emotional check-up – 5 ways to better manage your emotions

Whether you’re having a laugh with friends or getting frustrated in traffic on the way home from work, the emotional highs and lows we experience each day have a big impact on our overall well-being.

Some emotional responses are perfectly fine and appropriate to the situation. However, if you find that your emotions are over the top for the situation or you get enraged on a regular basis by things that you used to just shrug off, it might be time to get some help.

Here are few simple things you can do to help manage your emotions:

  1. Avoid your triggers – Do your best to avoid situations that trigger your frustration and anger. If running late makes you frustrated, make sure you allow yourself extra time. If there is an acquaintance or colleague who pushes your buttons and puts you into a bad mood, do your best to limit the time you have to spend with them.
  2. Take a more realistic approach – If you’re someone who aims for perfection, you probably find yourself feeling disappointed a lot of the time. Of course there is nothing wrong with challenging yourself, but if you are feeling constantly let down by your efforts, you might like to rethink your expectations. Set yourself a few smaller goals before aiming for the big milestone at the end.
  3. Focus more on you and less on everyone else – It’s human nature to compare ourselves to one another, but doing this can make you feel jealous and even embarrassed. Instead of comparing, try shifting your focus back to what you’re doing and channel that envy into a drive to improve yourself and your confidence too.
  4. Consciously regroup – While your heart beats faster and you feel an outburst coming on, make a conscious decision to stop, close your eyes, take deep breaths, and attempt to calm yourself. It sounds pretty simple but if you force yourself to stop and regroup, you’ll be amazed by the results.
  5. Change your thought process – Your emotional responses reside in your subconscious mind. This controls your emotions and is responsible for feeding your feelings to you at a conscious level. If you’re finding it difficult to consciously manage your emotions, you might consider hypnosis as a tool for reprogramming your responses. Through hypnosis you can access your subconscious mind and change your emotional response to any situation, circumstance, person or event.

 

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Do you have a fear of change?

Most of us associate fear or feelings of anxiety with some kind of danger. But fear or anxiety can also be a reaction to something that simply pushes you outside of your comfort zone, and more often than not you can have these feelings without anything bad having happened. We’re talking about a fear of change.

Change, really? Why be afraid of change? Well in fact there is some sense to it. From early on in our lives routine and structure make us feel safe, confident and in control of what’s going on in our lives. When a change comes along – positive or negative, big or small, it disturbs the norm. The fear of the unknown can cause anxiety and while we can’t stop change from happening, there are things you can do to help how you respond to it:

  • Get organised – The more organised you feel, the better equipped you’ll be to deal with change.
  • Get familiar – Be prepared. We tend to fear that which we don’t know so why not tackle the fear by building your knowledge and familiarity with those things that make you nervous. Taking on a new position at work? Why not reach out to a friend or a family member who has been through a promotion recently and ask about how they managed the change.
  • Get excited! Embrace it! – As mentioned earlier, we can’t stop change from happening so instead of hesitating or feeling nervous by it simple embrace it. It will help you adjust better and settle in quicker to the change.
  • Get out – While facing our fears and anxieties is one of the best ways to overcome them, sometimes it is necessary to leave or remove ourselves from the source of our stress or anxiety. It can be just as effective to take a step back and take care of ourselves.

If your fear of change is limiting your life or causing you stress, contact a member of the Brand New Mindset team today.