Anti-Anxiety Hypnosis (Stress Reduction) in Portland, Oregon

Stress is an inevitable part of life and a certain amount of it is not only normal and natural, but actually essential. All organisms must respond and react to their environment in order to grow and adapt. Stress can be a signal to take action and can mobilize resources we need in the short term to produce an adequate response.

The problem many people face in modern life is being continually over-stressed to the point where it can have damaging effects. While we cannot necessarily eliminate the stressors (causes of stress), we can certainly manage the way in which we react to them. In fact, stress can be divided into two types: distress (negative) and eustress (positive). While the mind and body need rest from both types of stress some of the time, eustress is a constructive type of stress while distress results when we get stuck in negative patterns leading to anxiety and/or depression. Often, the primary distinguishing characteristic between these two types is the way we perceive it.

Stress perceived as temporary and fleeting while leading to a positive outcome may often be characterized as eustress while chronic, unrelenting stress which seems to have no upside is of course distressful.

In addition to the external stressors that all of us must cope with, many people compound their own stress by reacting negatively to the stress with their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and thus create negative feedback loops which lead to even more stress: negative feelings and thoughts and destructive behaviors lead to more bad thoughts and feelings and more negative outcomes which feeds even more stress back into the system.

Fortunately, hypnosis can be very helpful in dealing with stress as it can be used to promote deep relaxation which is an antidote to stress and you can easily learn techniques of self hypnosis and achieve states of deep relaxation in a short amount of time, giving yourself a mini-vacation or “time out” frequently to give your mind and body a break from stress and to replenish your reserves.

Also, hypnotherapy is very useful for reframing our responses to stress and moving more of our experiences away from distress and towards eustress as well as assisting in interrupting negative feedback loops so that what stress we do inevitably have to manage is not compounded, but only experienced in the moment and then released.