How Do You Manage Stress?

It’s Been an Unusual Year and That’s Putting it Mildly!

Are you feeling more stressed and overwhelmed than ever before?  You’re not alone.  If nothing else 2020 has given us many insights into what is truly important and yet at the same time has caused stress levels to soar in people, communities and countries around the world.

Natural Responses to Stress

The natural response to situations where your physical or emotional wellbeing feels threatened is what is commonly known as the “fight or flight” response.  This response is designed to protect you and keep you safe when there is real eminent danger.  If you were in a jungle and being chased by a large, wild animal this response would help you to escape the danger.  When faced with danger, whether is it perceived or real your body responds to deal with it.  Your heart rate increases, adrenaline levels rise, breathing quickens and your senses become more heightened.  All of these physical reactions help you handle the situation.  This is of course a good thing under many circumstances.

What happens when you are constantly feeling threatened by circumstances you can’t control?  In the midst of a pandemic fears are elevated personally and globally and over a prolonged period of time.  The addition of this fear, stress and frustration to the everyday stresses of life can become overwhelming.   Physically the impacts of prolonged stress can increase the risk of many health conditions such as a heart attack, poor sleep, constant muscle tension in various parts of the body (the jaw and shoulders are very common examples) and headaches, etc.   So, do you fight, flee or surrender into handling the circumstances in a useful, calmer way?  Some people turn to overeating, eating “comfort” foods and/or smoking in an attempt to feel better.  Of course these ways of coping lead to further health issues.  You may feel good in the short term but in the long run these ways add to the stress when you feel guilty about making poor choices and/or when your health deteriorates noticeably.

What Can You Do to Manage Your Stress Better?

The good news is that you can learn different ways to feel more calm and manage your stress in useful ways during these uncertain times.  How you respond to situations and events makes all the difference in the world.  With customized Stress Management Programs at Fraser Valley Hypnosis, you can learn how to respond more resourcefully to the circumstances and events in your life.

To see if hypnosis is right for you, give us a call today at 604-394-2094 for your FREE screening. Your health depends on it!

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Fraser Valley Hypnosis is helping people stop smoking, lose weight, reduce stress as well as overcome fears and unwanted habits in the Abbotsford area.  Serving Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge, Mission, Langley, and surrounding communities.

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