While stress is a natural and evitable part of life, the amount of stress experienced within the workplace can often be excessive, sometimes even extreme.
When you’re stressed out, you feel overwhelmed and out of control. Not only does can this interfere with your performance and productivity, it can also have a devastating impact on both your physical and emotional health. This can have negative effects on not just your career, but also your personal life too.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.
While it is obviously true that you can’t control everything in your work environment, you can control the way you deal with stress.
Hypnosis, particularly self-hypnosis, is an amazing tool you can use to perform at the highest level without experiencing burnout or any form of mental or physical exhaustion.
Meditation, along with mindfulness, has recently become very popular when it comes to dealing with stress. By comparison, very little is known about self-hypnosis. Yet self-hypnosis and meditation are very alike in the altered states they help people achieve.
In the 2003 article “The Science of Meditation and the State of Hypnosis”, Jean Holroyd actually outlines how remarkably similar the focusing procedures used in self-hypnosis are to Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and Jewish forms of meditation.
Both meditation and self-hypnosis begin with attempts to relax and concentrate the mind by focusing attention. In the case of meditation, you most commonly focus on your breathing. In self-hypnosis, on the other hand, you can achieve the desired state by focusing and sustaining attention on a single spot, or by repeating an affirmation silently to yourself. This concentrated focus allows you to block out all other stimuli and thoughts which distract you, allowing your mind to completely and utterly relax.
In order to understand why people are often overwhelmed by stress, you need first to understand how the mind works. While the Unconscious Mind plays a crucial role in maintaining your Automatic Bodily Functions and your Immune system, it is an understanding of both your Conscious and Subconscious mind that is of critical importance when it comes to dealing with stress properly.
Stop for a moment and think of the following: your address, your phone number, your alarm code, your route to work and what you ate for breakfast today. It will be absolutely no effort to recall this information instantly and effortlessly. Information like this, which you use on an everyday basis, is stored in the Conscious Mind.
The Conscious Mind also consists of the Analytical and Logical parts of the mind. When someone is talking to you at work, for example, the Analytical and Logical parts are at work, trying to make sense and evaluate what the person is saying to you. These parts also help you make difficult decisions.
The Conscious Mind is under stress all throughout your working day. While it is very able to cope with many things, there often comes a time when the pressure at work can become too much and you become overwhelmed.
It could be due to having to work extra hours, being given difficult targets to achieve or being uncomfortable with recent changes to your job. Whatever it is, there can come a time when you feel overwhelmed by stress. This can recent in a combination of physical and mental burnout..
While capable of doing many wonderful things, the Conscious Mind is extremely limited in its ability to adapt to stress. It is absolute impossible to properly manage stress whilst relying solely on Logical and Analytical thinking.
Quite simply, you cannot "out-think" stress. To quote Einstein "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
It is your Subconscious Mind which is absolutely able to manage stress. The Subconscious Mind is responsible for the automatically triggered feelings and emotions that you suddenly experience upon facing a new situation.
Let’s take a common work scenario as an example. Imagine you were asked to give a presentation at very short notice, about a subject in which you had very little knowledge or confidence. All of the feelings of fear and anxiety you might experience because of this would be initiated and controlled by your Subconscious Mind.
The way you instinctively and habitually respond to situations is caused by your Subconscious Mind. If your stress levels are controlling you, it is because your habitual responses to change are causing detrimental to both your performance and your emotional health.
Since it involves direct communication with your Subconscious Mind, you can use hypnosis to train your mind to cope with stress in a way that brings out the very best out of you.
Learn Self-Hypnosis and you will be able to perform at the very highest level without experiencing any form of burnout of excess levels of stress.
Paul Hurley gives regular Self Hypnosis workshops for corporate groups.
To find out more, go to his website www.callpaul.ie