What is Your Brand of Stress?
It can be helpful to find out what is causing your stress. It’s easy to identify sources of stress following a major life event such as changing jobs, moving to a new home, or losing a loved one. But pinpointing the sources of everyday stress can be more difficult.
With hypnosis, you will leave your first session with a clearer, calmer mind, and new tools that will help you manage your stress.
It’s easy to overlook your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contribute to your stress levels. Sure, you may know that you’re constantly worried about work deadlines, but maybe it’s your reaction to the deadlines, rather than the actual job demands, that is creating the stress.
Once you figure out what is causing your stress, then you can take steps to decrease those feelings of stress. It’s important to remember that stress isn’t caused by something that happens to or around us. Stress is caused by how we react to those things.
Hypnotists help people change their minds. I like to ask my clients the magical “What if…?” questions. What if you change the way that you react to situations in a way you experience less stress? What if you can prevent the stress you do experience from becoming harmful to you and those around you?
What if this could be the easiest thing you do in a long time?
The Stress Diary
Keeping a Stress Diary can be useful, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. Stress Diaries can give you important insight into how you react to stress. Stress Diaries can also help you to identify your healthy level of stress, and when your levels of stress become damaging.
To use a Stress Diary, just jot down some notes about what you are experiencing. As you keep a daily log, you will begin to see patterns and common themes. You can download our Stress Diary using the link in the email we sent you.
Use the Stress Diary every day for about a week. Add as much information as possible for each stressful event. After about a week, you can look back and start to take action to change the way you interact with situations that cause a feeling of stress.
What’s the next step?In the next issue, we will talk about what to do with the information you collected in your Stress Diary.
The Stress Diary
Date and Time
What Caused the Stress?
What Physical Symptoms Did You Experience?
What Emotional Symptoms Did You Experience?
How Did You Respond to the Stressor?
How Effective Were You in What You Were Doing (when you started feeling stressed)? (0 - 10)
What Did You Do to Make Yourself Feel Better?
How Effective Was Your Remedy? (0 - 10)
About the Author
Karen Gray is a Certified Hypnotist, a Registered Nurse, and the Director of Green Mountain Hypnosis, a solution-oriented hypnosis practice in Hanover, New Hampshire. Her goal is to help her clients to empower themselves to achieve changes such as reducing stress and anxiety, overcoming fears, eliminating procrastination, removing unwanted habits, and relieving pain. For more information, visit www.GreenMountainHypnosis.com or call (802) 566-0464 for a Free Confidential Consultation.