Anxiety And Stress - Natural Techniques To Overcome Them So You Can Find Tranquility

Published: 15th July 2010
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More than ever, scientific surveys are proving the primary responsibility of stress in causing and aggravating a lot of physical and emotional afflictions. A cover story in a 1983 issue of Time Magazine labeled stress "The Epidemic of the Eighties." The journalist also claimed that stress is a critical health issue. And it is indisputable that our world has become a lot more complex and stressful over the past 25 years since that article was written.

Several surveys show that most adults feel that they are under a great deal of stress. Researchers in this domain estimate that 75 - 90 percent of all visits to PCPs (Primary Care Physicians) somehow have to do with stress.

Most adults say their stress is primarily due to their job. Stress levels have also increased in children and the senior population for reasons including: Peer pressures that often lead to everything from cigarette smoking to alcoholism and drug abuse; the dissolution of family and religious values and ties; growing crime rates; fear for personal security; as well as social isolation and loneliness.

Stress can be responsible for problems such as diabetes, ulcers, low back and neck pain, hypertension, strokes and heart attacks. This is due to the increased sympathetic nervous system activity along with a flood of cortisol, adrenaline, and other hormones. Chronic stress is often associated with weakened immune system resistance. Stress can cause anxiety, depression, and its various impacts on one's organs.

The following definition for "stress" can be found in the American Heritage Dictionary: "To subject to physical or mental pressure, tension, or strain"

The following definition is given for "tension": "Mental, emotional, or nervous strain"

The following definition is given for "anxiety": "A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties"

And the following definition is given for "depression": "The condition of feeling sad or despondent"

The following is the definition of "clinical depression": "A psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, anhedonia, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and thoughts of death."

We can be sure of one thing, our mind is the first cause of our experience of stress, anxiety and depression. In other words, what we think about, and our attitudes and the way we view our experiences strongly influence what we feel. So if we can learn to modify our thoughts, attitudes, and points of view, then we can eliminate our stress, anxiety, and depression and attain a more positive state of being.

Since the beginning of time, people have tried methods for eliminating stress. The pharmaceutical industry seems to have a drug for everything. And to that end the industry has produced a large line of sedatives from Valium to Xanax. If you choose to use these pills for relief, please make sure that you pay attention to the fine print and learn about the side effects, which commonly are, among others, addiction and dependency. Unfortunately, these sorts of drugs try to cure the symptoms, rather than the cause. So when one stops ingesting them, the symptoms can return.

A more appropriate method to eliminate tension, stress, anxiety, and depression is to try to cure the root cause, which as I said above, is generally our thought processes. Here is the good news. Hypnosis is all about relaxing. The AMA recognized hypnosis in 1958 as an effective method of treating stress and stress related symptoms. Moreover unlike drugs, there are totally no undesirable side effects.

When you enter hypnosis, you are in the Alpha level of consciousness. It is the daydream like temporary psychological mindset that we feel as we're about to fall asleep in the evening. And we feel it once again when we awaken in the morning. There are hundreds of different ways we can guide ourselves into this relaxed mood, from progressive relaxation to visual imagery to listening to hypnosis CD's.

When we access the hypnotic state, we can interact with our unconscious mind, which is the center of our feelings. And it becomes easier to acknowledge new ideas and points of view that will help us to eliminate anxiety, or even avoid it completely.

NLP, which is a new kind of hypnotherapy, has different great techniques for eliminating stress. Maybe the most effective technique is called the "swish" pattern - or the "flash" pattern. After using this technique, your unconscious will automatically use negative, stress triggering mental pictures, to generate tranquilizing mental pictures. Otherwise stated, your stressors will automatically cause relaxation!

TO SUM UP Tension, stress, anxiety, and depression can be activated by our thoughts. So by changing our attitude and the way we perceive our situation and our experiences, we can eliminate these feelings at the source. Hypnosis and NLP are natural tools that we can use to assist us to change our attitude and point of view to easily eliminate the main cause of our negative feelings.

Alan B. Densky is an NGH certified hypnotherapist. He offers a complete line of stress reduction NLP CDs, and advanced stress elimination CDs through his Neuro-VISION self hypnosis website. You can visit his self hypnosis blog, and download a free MP3.

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