Using hypnotherapy to manage workplace stress Stress at work. Unfortunately most of us have been
there at one time or another or we know of others who have. For some, stress is very
obvious – feeling sick on the journey to work or before big meetings, dreading the email
notifications on your phone, increasingly nervous and jittery ahead of deadlines and
presentations or simply feeling so overwhelmed it is a struggle to get into work at all. Stress may be more subtle – prolonged procrastination
and indecision slowing you down. Exhaustion, lack of motivation or that feeling that your
‘mind’ isn’t on the job. Perhaps you are quicker to snap at your partner or children,
you have given up your fitness class and make excuses as to why you can’t meet friends
for a catch up – you don’t feel like it and can’t be bothered. Many people live with the symptoms of stress
and anxiety without realising or instead accepting it as an inevitable part of modern work life.
But whilst we cannot remove stressful situations we can control our response to them and that
is where solution-focused hypnotherapy can help. Our physical responses to stress – heart
racing, sweaty palms, feeling shaky and sick is of course just our body in survival mode
or flight/flight. When we are operating from this part of the subconscious brain we do
not have access to our intellectual conscious mind where we find solutions, focus, perspective
and motivation. Instead, we have the cognitive skills and rational ability of a three year
old having a tantrum! With a better understanding of how brain works,
and the tools to manage stressful situations at work, hypnotherapy can restore our ability
to perform, or at a more generic level, to be able to ‘cope’ with whatever life throws
at us. It can allow us to recognise our inner tantruming toddler and instead it can put
us in an outcome-seeking resourceful state with access to our fabulous skills and knowledge. Hypnotherapy can enable those suffering stress
to become aware of their triggers and in so doing spend less time as an irrational child.
The result is more time spent with access to our intellectual mind and its contents
and here we recognise we have the choice and control to feel motivated, inspired and energised.