Stress in it’s many forms has become synonymous with many parts of normal every day life. Unpredictable future, unpredictable employment, moving house, changing jobs, divorce and even stress from commuting to and from work.
Prolonged stress can weaken our immune system and in some cases cause our health to fail catastrophically. Stress has strong links to comfort eating high carbohydrate food which can over time lead to diabetes and even metabolic syndrome.
Becoming irate many times throughout the day equates to activating our stress response many times throughout the day. Each activation, each time you get angry, anxious or simply wound up activates the sympathetic nervous system.
The crazy thing is many aspects of life we get annoyed with are either way beyond our control or simply not rationally justified or even worth it anyway. Here are some examples of what people, can and do get wound up over.
- Incorrect spelling / Partner fidelity
- Lack of communication / Cold calling
- Cars ‘parked’ on double yellow lines / Dirty washing on the floor
- Long telephone waiting on call centres / Queues at the supermarket
When we get agitated for ( to some ) these unavoidable aspects of life, our heart rate increases, our bodies dribble adrenaline into our blood, our blood pressure increases and most of the time for no life threatening reason at all.
Do this kind of activation of your bodies stress response throughout the day and you are literally experiencing many small scale stressors all day long. If you are really worrying many times during the day you are doing the same thing with your body. You are activating your sympathetic nervous system.
Stress and Your Health
There was an interesting study linking excessive stress to a reduction in the body’s immune system. Volunteers were squirted up the nose with the common cold virus at the UK common cold unit. Those exposed to more stress were three times as likely to develop a cold. Excess stress weakens our immune system.
People who undergo great stress have a tendency to seek out high carbohydrate foods. Interestingly these foods do have the effect of lowering stress and making us feel good in the short term. This can over time be a contributor to type 2 diabetes in certain circumstances.
Exercise is an excellent way to combat stress though many stress people are too stressed to exercise. Lack of exercise, poor diet and lots of stress are a good formula for either diabetes, hypertension and even heart problems. A few of these conditions can lead to metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic Syndrome is a grouping of heart attack ‘risk factors’. The primary ones being abdominally overweight, hypertension and high LDL cholesterol. Neither one of these ‘symptoms’ on its own is a predictor of cardiovascular disease it is when these symptoms are experienced together as risk factors.
You can check this our for yourself by way of your own experience. If you are chronically stressed, overweight or worrying excessively how is your health? How are your eating habits? What is your blood pressure? Do you exercise?
Hypnotherapy Newcastle for Health
One of the most obvious benefits of hypnotherapy is the relaxation aspect. When we relax the sympathetic ( stress ) nervous system is switched over to the parasympathetic system of rest and relax.
In parasympathetic mode our heart rate slows, blood pressure drops and our bodies are more capable of healing.
If being overweight is an issue and you have a habit of comfort eating hypnotherapy can help you change your habits in eating and help you to address the issues that you are comfort eating to ease.
Hypnotherapy can help you with :
- Anxiety and worry
- Weight loss and better eating habits
- Coping with stressors
For a complementary consultation call Nigel on 0770 481 8467. Please leave the minimal details of your name, number and a brief outline of what you would like help and assistance with.