lowering stress levels

As a therapist I am always talking about the importance of keeping our stress levels down, when we have our stress levels managed, we are operating within intellectual control.

What I mean by this is that we have two significant parts in our brain. Our primitive part that is responsible for our fight, flight, freeze responses. This area of our brain can be enormously powerful and, in some cases, overactive causing us to respond in ways that are inappropriate to the perceived threat.

Then our intellectual area of our brain that is generally positive and makes a balanced assessment of our situation.

 For example if we are under stress and we get a phone call about a change in plans, or something unexpected , our primitive brain goes into overdrive and we feel overwhelmed, out of focus , wanting to run away etc, but if our intellectual brain is in charge we will assess this new information and adjust to it, e.g. I can reschedule A or B and oh, this might work out better because I can now do X, Y and Z.

This is all stuff we can relate to, but the question is how do we keep our stress in a manageable place and what do we do when we have deadlines to meet, work life balance, relationships to keep etc, surely, we are going to experience stress?

Absolutely we are going to experience stress that is a part of life and for some of us we thrive on it. For others it takes over and we lose ourselves and where we want to be. So as a person and Hypnotherapist, I spend a lot of time researching and understanding our responses and how we can change them for better outcomes. If you are a client of mine past or present you will know that I talk a lot about the 3Ps, Positive thought, Positive interaction, and Positive action because when we start to embrace these steps into our everyday lives, we start to change our reality moment by moment.a little bit about stress