Stress is a major issue for UK workers, accounting for 35% of all work-related illness. While stress can have its benefits in moderation, such as helping to motivate you, excessive stress can quickly have a detrimental effect on your performance, happiness and your personal life.
While many companies are increasingly waking up to the negative impact of stress, it is likely to remain a significant factor for many for the foreseeable future. This is especially true for those in larger companies and for people in management roles, who often have more pressure and responsibility to cope with.
Learning how to effectively deal with stress can be hugely beneficial, allowing you to work better, feel happier and achieve more. Hypnotherapy can be a highly effective way of dealing with stress, leading to real, tangible improvements.
In this article we look at stress and hypnotherapy, including how to identify if you are stressed, how hypnotherapy for stress works and the kind of results you can hope to achieve.
How to know if you are stressed
Stress can have a number of symptoms, both mental and physical. While you may not experience all of these symptoms, if more than a few of them sound familiar it could be a sign that you are dealing with stress.
Common mental symptoms of stress:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling anxious or fearful
- Low self-esteem
- Racing thoughts
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty making decisions
Common physical symptoms of stress:
- Constant tiredness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Eating too much or too little
- Muscle pain or tension
Common causes of workplace stress
The causes of workplace stress are varied and can be external or internal. Some of the most common causes are:
- Long hours
- Heavy workloads
- Bad organisation
- Poor time management
- Company culture
- Work environment
- Lack of support
- Hostile work relationships
- Not feeling appreciated
It is also quite common for issues outside of work to lead to difficulties coping with the normal stresses of your job, which might previously have not been a concern. Personal issues which can lead to trouble dealing with stress include:
- Relationship difficulties
- Problems with money
- Issues with your living arrangements
- Any other significant changes to your life – this can even include positive events, such as getting married or having children, which can put greater pressure on you outside of work, leading to higher overall stress levels
Solution focused hypnotherapy can help you find strategies and solutions for many of the causes of workplace stress, leading to significant change in your life.
Using hypnotherapy for stress
Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy can be very effective at helping people overcome stress. The process involves the use of a light trance to put you in a receptive state, where the hypnotherapist can then begin to use various relaxation and positive suggestion techniques to help modify the neural pathways in your brain. Clients tend to find this process very enjoyable and the positive effects can usually be seen very quickly.
Solution focused hypnotherapy also relies on good personal coaching, so will involve working with you to establish your goals and the main causes of your stress. You will then be encouraged to devise strategies for changing yourself, the way you work and your environment as appropriate. This can help reduce the causes of your stress while also making it easier for you to deal with stress that cannot be avoided.
Hypnotherapy for stress will generally also involve introducing various tools and techniques you can use between sessions so you continue to see positive change. To get the most out of the process you need to be genuinely committed to achieving change and your success will ultimately depend on how committed you are.
The exact length and number of clinical hypnotherapy session needed to help a client with workplace stress will vary depending on the client and their exact circumstances. However, 6-8 sessions are commonly enough to achieve significant positive change.
How hypnotherapy for stress can improve your work and personal life
Ultimately, the value of any form of therapy comes down to what results you see. Using solution focused hypnotherapy for stress is popular with clients because it achieves real results. Hypnotherapy clients suffering from stress typically see improvements such as:
- Being able to cope better with the demands of their job
- Increased confidence
- Feeling calmer
- Improved concentration
- Finding it easier to make decisions and tackle difficult tasks and situations
- Better sleep
- Increased alertness at work
- Feeling physically better
- Enjoying their work more
The sort of improvements you can achieve will depend on your exact issues and goals, but, in general, solution focused hypnotherapy can help you achieve improvements with any issues caused by stress.
Get expert help with stress and hypnotherapy
At The Coach Approach, we use the very latest techniques in clinical hypnotherapy and personal development coaching with our clients. This approach can be highly effective for workplace stress and a range of other issues and enables our clients to achieve more, both professionally and personally.
Offering a structured approach designed around your specific needs, we will help you identify the sources of your stress, ways you can address those issues and what inner resources you have to help you take up this challenge.
We have a strong track record of success with clients suffering from workplace stress and related issues. We believe that The Coach Approach offers a genuine opportunity for you to learn and grow, allowing you to become less stressed, more successful and, ultimately, to be the best possible version of yourself.
The Coach Approach is run by John Shallcroft who is a fully qualified, accredited and insured coach and clinical hypnotherapist. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and an Accredited Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). He is also registered with the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH), the National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
To find out more about how the Coach Approach can transform your professional life, call today on 01326 352535 or get in touch.