Anxiety And Stress - Natural Ways To Dissipate Them So You Can Relax

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Published: 01st March 2010
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More than ever before scientific surveys are attesting the essential role stress can play in causing and aggravating different physical and emotional disorders. In the June 6, 1983 issue of Time Magazine, the cover story described stress as "The Epidemic of the Eighties." The article also declared that stress is a critical health problem. Indeed there is very little doubt that the world has become a lot more complicated and stressful over the last two decades since that article was written.

Several surveys show that most adults are under the impression of being under a great deal of stress. Authorities in the field estimate that between 75 and 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are related to stress.

Most adults say that their job is the major reason of their stress. Stress levels have also increased in children and the senior population because of several reasons including: Peer pressures that often push people to everything from cigarette smoking to alcoholism and drug abuse; the loss of religion and family values; increased crime rates; fear for personal safety; as well as social isolation and loneliness.

Stress can cause and aggravate problems such as diabetes, ulcers, low back and neck pain, high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. This is because of the increased sympathetic nervous system activity along with a high level of cortisol, adrenaline, and other hormones. Chronic stress is co-morbid with impaired immune system resistance. Stress can be responsible for anxiety, depression, and its different effects 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 is the definition of "tension" from the same dictionary: "Mental, emotional, or nervous strain"

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

And the word "depression" is defined as follows: "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."

What we can be sure of is that our mind is the chief cause of our experience of stress, anxiety and depression. In other words, what we think about, and our attitudes and points of view about our experiences dictate what we feel. That way, if we can learn how to alter our thoughts, attitudes, and points of view, then we can be relieved of our stress, anxiety, and depression and attain a more positive state of being.

People have always looked for methods for eliminating stress. With the pharmaceutical industry there seems to be a drug for everything. And to that end the industry has developed a wide line of sedatives from Valium to Xanax. If you choose to utilize drugs for relief, please be sure to pay attention to the fine print and learn about the side effects, which often include addiction and dependency. Indeed these types of drugs try to treat the symptoms, instead of the cause. So as soon as one stops ingesting them, the symptoms can come back.

A finer way of eliminating tension, stress, anxiety, and depression is to treat its actual cause, which as I said before, is generally our thought processes. There is good news. The essence of hypnosis is relaxation. The AMA recognized hypnosis in 1958 as an effective way to treat stress and stress related symptoms. However unlike anxiolytics, there are completely no undesirable side effects.

When you enter hypnosis, you are in the Alpha level of consciousness. It is the daydream like temporary psychological frame of mind that we pass through as we are about to fall asleep in the evening. And we pass through it once more as we awaken in the morning. There are lots of different ways to guide ourselves into this relaxed mood, from progressive relaxation to visual imagery to listening to hypnosis CD's.

When we get into a hypnotic state, we are able to communicate with our unconscious mind, which is the center of our feelings. And one can more easily accept new ideas and points of view which can help us to eliminate anxiety, or even avoid it completely.

NLP, which is a recently developed type of hypnosis, has various really good techniques for eliminating stress. Maybe the most effective technique is called the "swish" pattern - or the "flash" pattern. When you use this technique, your unconscious will automatically use negative, stress producing mental images, as triggers for tranquilizing mental images. Put differently, what usually makes you feel stress will now make you feel more relaxed!

TO SUMMARIZE Our thoughts can activate depression, anxiety and tension. So if we change our attitude and the way we perceive our situation and our experiences, we can eliminate these feelings at the root. Hypnosis and NLP are natural tools that make it possible to change our attitude and point of view to quickly eliminate the source of our negative feelings.

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