How many times have you worried about something but you didn’t want others to know you were concerned? Well, maybe there’s not a definitive number that can be applied here, but I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
What is worry?
Often, worry comes from being afraid of something happening that would be bad, either for ourselves, or for someone we care about. One thing to ask yourself is, Do I have control over this? If the answer is “yes,” then take control and do something about it. If the answer is “no,” then you can find out who does, and appeal to them to do the right thing.
But what if you don’t know who has the control, or there is no way to reach them, or it isn’t a personal control issue at all? Then what?
What if disaster strikes?
Here in our area we have had fires, flooding, and an impending dam failure. No one is really able to control this type of thing. What do you do?
My advice, in any case, is that you take immediate action, without showing fear. Fear can be contagious and it escalates from worry to panic, which is never good. So begin with yourself. Control what you can, and get yourself and loved-ones away from the danger as soon as possible. That’s just common sense, and our fight-or-flight mechanism helps us to respond to it.
What about everyday stress?
Day-to-day stress is worry. It is a form of worry that stays just below triggering fight-or-flight, and it can affect many parts of your life and health. Unrelieved stress can severely impact your well-being. Our modern Western lifestyle can be very stressful. We commute to work along with several thousands of other people who are all trying to drive on the same highway at the same time. We work in buildings that have unhealthy air-delivery systems; we sit most of the time and rarely get outside to exercise and feel the sun on our skin; we stare at flickering computer screens and sit under flickering fluorescent lights; our families have time and attention needs that are strained by the commute or other obligations; or the paycheck doesn’t keep pace with the rising costs of daily life.
But what can I do?
Hypnotherapy can help. When you feel weighed down by the stresses of life, hypnotherapy can help you identify the root causes and address them. Unlike psychotherapy, we don’t label you with some neurosis. Instead, you discover your own core truths by getting in touch with your body wisdom. Through deep relaxation, you get below the layer of acculturation and the inner critic. Once you’re there, you can learn what’s most important to you, and your inner knowing can help to guide you to a more comfortable experience in life. It is a client-driven process that is a partnership of involvement between the client and the hypnotherapist. I like to think of it as a way for you to fully enjoy life, again; a way for you to Be Happy! It’s not a command, it’s an invitation.
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