Normal stress is part of the intelligent system of the body that alerts us to avoid any potential danger. However, excessive stress is a threat to our system. With the lifestyles of the modern day, we continuously experience stressful situations. We deal with stressful situations at work, on the road, at the mall, in public places and even at home; even the poor quality of the food we eat can cause stress to our bodies. Thus, our minds and bodies are continuously under negative stress. A condition called ‘distress’ occurs when there is no relief of continuous negative stress. This negative stress is one of the main factors in many diseases and illnesses, and it is a big threat to our mental health.
Many people use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs to relieve stress. These substances keep the body in more stress and therefore have an adverse effect on the body and the mind.
Here are some facts on stress from webmd.com:
- Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
- Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
- Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.
- The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.
Relaxation is vital to our health. When we relax we allow our bodies to release stress and rejuvenate. Studies have revealed many benefits of regular relaxation treatments. The most notable benefits are decrease in risk of heart attack, strengthened immune system, enhancement of memory, increase of mental focus, and protection from mental health problems.
Our overall mental and emotional wellbeing depends on our thinking capacity. A mentally healthy individual is able to make greater decisions, make the right choices in life and establish a healthier relationship with others within the society. Other great benefits of relaxation treatments are energy restoration, bodily repair and mood improvement.
There are three kinds of relaxation: physical, mental, and transcendental. With therapeutic hypnosis one can experience all three at the same time. Hypnosis is best known to provide a complete state of relaxation. Therapeutic Hypnosis is one of the most effective therapies to release stress and create a state of relaxation for the body and the mind.
- Other benefits of relaxation and stress release:
- Heart rate and the rate of respiration regulate.
- Blood pressure regulates.
- Muscle tension regulates.
- The metabolic rate and the consumption of oxygen regulate.
- Release of anxiety.
- Decrease in number and frequency of panic attacks.
- Increase in energy levels and in general productivity.
- Improvement in concentration and focus.
- Memory enhancement.
- Decrease in fatigue.
- Sound night sleep.
- Improved self-confidence.