Module Five Essay: "Discuss the relationship between stress, anxiety, habits and phobias and describe how you would treat these with hypnotherapy"
When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body's defences kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight-or-freeze” reaction, or the stress response. The nervous system responds to threat by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline, adenosine triphosphate and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action. The heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and senses become sharper. These physical changes increase strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus— preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand. This stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges for example presentations at work, crucial sporting situations or when threatened by an aggressive person. The concentration is sharpened and focus on the task in hand is increased. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to health, mood, productivity, relationships, and quality of life.
The bodies’ response to stressful situations over short term due to an immediate fear or over long term due to constant exposure to what a person would consider to be stress situations could commonly materialise in what we know as neurotic conditions. An outline of stress, anxiety, phobias and habits is given below.
Feelings of stress come from any situation where we feel frustrated, angry or anxious. We all need a certain amount of stress (Eustress), which is beneficial for our motivation however chronic stress (constant stress over long periods of time) is responsible for many emotional and physical difficulties. Acute stress is what we tend to classify as 'stress' where tension and physical disturbances occur with episodic acute stress and chronic stress being more...
References: 1. Year one Chrysalis - Hypnotherapy and counselling skills Module 5.
2. Hypnosis for Change. Third Edition. Josie Hadley and Carol Staudacher.
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