Stress

NLP AND  LIFE COACHING IN READING, BERKSHIRE HELPING WITH STRESS

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A certain level of stress is actually useful to you and help your body to prepare for certain challenges, so it’s probably impossible to live without any stress. But too much stress, especially if it’s day in, day out, can cause physical and emotional problems. Common causes of stress include stress at work, redundancy, money worries, illness or injury, marriage breakdown and bereavement.


Stress can cause symptoms such as high blood pressure, headaches, insomnia, palpitations and can eventually lead to stress related illness such as ulcer, hypertension and (IBS) irritable bowel syndrome.  It can also lower immunity and cause low morale, relationship problems and lower motivation in personal life at work and at home. Everybody has a different threshold to stress.

Stress and anxiety often lead to one feeling overwhelmed, which is when the body’s natural defences are triggered, and the hormone cortisol is released into the blood. This has the effect of raising heart and breathing rates – in preparation for the stress of the situation at hand. If this is not properly managed this scenario can lead to a perpetual feeling of pressure or nervous tension, which can be exhausting for sufferers. 

Stress can lead to a person’s immune system being affected so they are more susceptible to illness. Stress also drives people into finding ways to cope with how they are feeling, sometimes turning to excessive drinking, drugs or other behaviours which may provide short term relief but are often damaging to their health, relationships and self-esteem. This can ultimately leave them feeling much worse and quite powerless.

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Some things you can do to help are:

  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Healthy eating and a healthy diet
  • Have lots of sleep
  • Sufficient rest and relaxation time

And by

  • Limiting stress or stressful situations in your life 
  • Other disciplines such as yoga, Tai chi, meditation, simple breathing exercise and self-hypnosis are increasingly utilised alongside these techniques to aid recovery and healing
  • Stop watching the news or reading newspapers

Symptoms of stress can include:

  • Sleeping problems – insomnia, frequent waking and night terrors
  • Changes in eating habits such as eating bad foods, binge eating or struggling to eat
  • Drinking alcohol or using drugs, both legal and illegal
  • Stomach pains or IBS
  • Headache or Migraines

Stress and anxiety are related as anyone feeling overly stressed will be anxious that the stress levels will continue; and anyone suffering from anxiety will have a level of stress on them. We all need some level of both stress and anxiety to survive, compete and grow and develop as individuals. Also a certain level of stress is useful for things such as exams, interviews and for sporting events, as it helped to keep you alert, focused and keep your mind on the goal.

Using NLP and life coaching to discover and work on any key issues and any root cause is always where I would suggest starting and after we can work on the present, the here-and-now and for real life situations. It is very important to manage stress in order to feel happier and calmer and more in control through life. Within hypnotherapy, NLP, breathing, visualisation, learning to use your imagine better and through ideas from positive psychology there are plenty of options on how I can help you overcome both stress and anxiety.

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The Rahe Stress Scale

To measure stress according to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, the number of “Life Change Units” that apply to events in the past year of an individual’s life are added and the final score will give a rough estimate of how stress affects health.

Units = Adult Life Changes
100 Death of a spouse
73 Divorce
65 Marital separation
63 Imprisonment
63 Death of a close family member
53 Personal injury or illness
50 Marriage
47 Dismissal from work
45 Marital reconciliation
45 Retirement
44 Change in health of family member
40 Pregnancy
39 Sexual difficulties
39 Gain a new family member
39 Business readjustment
38 Change in financial state
35 Change in frequency of arguments
32 Major mortgage
30 Foreclosure of mortgage or loan
29 Change in responsibilities at work
29 Child leaving home
29 Trouble with in-laws
28 Outstanding personal achievement
26 Spouse starts or stops work
26 Begin or end school
25 Change in living conditions
24 Revision of personal habits
23 Trouble with boss
20 Change in working hours or conditions
20 Change in residence
20 Change in schools
19 Change in recreation
19 Change in church activities
18 Change in social activities
17 Minor mortgage or loan
16 Change in sleeping habits
15 Change in number of family reunions
15 Change in eating habits
13 Vacation
12 Christmas
11 Minor violation of law

Scores of 300+: You are at risk of illness.
Score of 150-299+: The risk of illness is moderate (-30% from the above risk).
Score 150-: Only have a slight risk of illness.