Portland Stress Management, Stress Relief – A Comprehensive Program
An Epidemic of Stress
Stress management is becoming more and more important in our increasingly fast-paced world. When not cared for, chronic stress can result in health, emotional, and social problems.
Studies suggest that as much as 75 percent of doctor visits are primarily stress-related. In fact, stress poses a more serious mortality risk factor than tobacco.
Did you know that 8 out of 10 of the most frequently prescribed medications treat stress-related problems like depression, anxiety, insomnia, heartburn, ulcers, and high-blood pressure? In short, there’s an epidemic of stress-related problems.
Stress and Chronic Stress
The Mayo Clinic notes that we experience stress when we perceive a demand upon or threat to ourselves. It’s the body’s natural response. Typically after the threat passes, the body relaxes, and we are no longer stressed.
Chronic stress results from numerous episodes of stress, one after the other, or when stress is sustsained over time like unemployment. Prolonged stress can mistakenly teach the body to not relax. That’s when we especially need relief from stress. That’s when we can benefit from learning stress management skills.
The causes of stress are many. Some of us are by environmental causes such as weather, pollen, noise, traffic, and pollution. Others are stressed by social concerns like deadlines, financial problems, job interviews, presentations, disagreements, loss of loved ones, and demands for time and attention from colleagues and loved ones.
Of course physical problems such as illness, aging, injuries, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, and poor nutrition can cause upset. And emotions as well as thoughts which keep us hyperalert, never-resting are stressful.
Whether we are experiencing a brief and unusually stressful period or chronic stress, we can benefit from knowing how to relax our mind and body with stress reducing skills.
A Comprehensive Approach to Stress Management, Stress Relief
My Portland stress relief program is modeled after the stress management protocol described in The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook by Davis, Eshelman, & Mckay (2000). My stress relief program teaches you the following thirteen skills:
Body Awareness – Learn how to recognize your body’s signals that you are tense and stressed. If you don’t know you’re stressed, you can’t reduce stress.
Breathing – Learn how to breathe to control your body’s stress response and induce relaxation. Other than medication, deep breathing is the only known way to voluntarily induce the parasympathetic nervous system to relax and calm you.
Progressive Relaxation – Learn also how to deepen your ability to relax, because relaxation is an essential skill for stress management. (Profound relaxation occurs often with hypnosis.)
Meditation – Learn how to relax through meditation. Meditation is a well-researched method of stress reduction.
Visualization – Learn how to relax using pleasant visualizations – such as resting on a beautiful Hawaiian beach. Visualizations can foster calm, ease, and reduce stress. (Enhanced with hypnosis.)
Self-Hypnosis – Learn how to use self-hypnosis not only to promote relaxation, but also to control habits of thought and feeling that result in stress. Self-hypnosis is an important stress management tool that can be used anywhere.
Control Thought / Worry – Our thoughts and worries often plague us, and keep us awake at night. Effective stress management teaches you how to manage your thinking and feeling so that you don’t get stressed. (Enhanced with hypnosis).
Coping Skills – Learn how reduce stress by your coping and responding to stressful events in a relaxed and constructive manner.
Goal Setting & Time Management – Our lifestyles are packed with to dos and overwhelmed with busy-ness. Learn how to reduce stress by better managing your life, your goals, and your time so that you achieve what you must in an unhurried manner.
Assertiveness Training – Stress management is helped by your learning how to say no to unreasonable demands and how to say yes on behalf of your own needs.
Job Stress Management – Learn on the job skills that help you negotiate the daily stresses of the workplace.
Nutrition – Learn the essentials of nutritional well-being; a healthy body begets a better ability to cope with stress. Nutritional changes can sometimes be the easiest and quickest ways to reduce stress.
Exercise – Stress management benefits from your exercising regularly so that your body may be its best, supporting you when you are stressed.
When working with you for stress relief, we can work together on any assortment of the above skills.
My Portland Stress Management / Stress Relief Program
Of the above 13 stress management skills that can help you lead a healthy, a more relaxed lifestyle, hypnosis can explicitly teach you eight of those skills. With hypnosis, you can learn these important stress management skills: body awareness, breathing, progressive relaxation, meditation, visualization, self-hypnosis, learning to control thinking and worry, and coping skills.
In fact, hypnosis is such a relaxing experience that many times, new clients, who have experienced hypnosis for the very first time, emerge from trance with comments like, “This is the most relaxed I have ever been in my entire life.” That’s not hype. I’ve heard that and similar comments quite a number of times.
And so, to reduce stress some clients will schedule a once-a-month “relaxer” hypnosis session just to restore and refresh themselves. This isn’t necessary though, for I give my clients recordings of our relaxation work on CD, so that they can take home the work to relax deeply whenever they wish.
I might also add that in addition to my work as a certified hypnotherapist, I also other work as a counselor. My experience as a counselor brings a depth to my hypnotherapy work that few other hypnotherapists possess. My educational background includes a batchelor and masters degree in psychology, and I have been trained additionally in a variety of counseling modalities. These skills bring an added depth to my work with stress management clients. I also teach assertiveness training and meditation classes.