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Holiday Stress

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Handling Holiday Stress

The demands of the holiday season can easily increase our stress levels, with added financial and time pressures.  We also, tend to have an expectation or idealized idea of what our holidays “should” be, and when the reality does not measure up, as it often does not, we can be left feeling inadequate, sad and very stressed.  This year may be especially challenging with the issues of the economy being a concern. 


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Utilizing hypnotherapy in your stress management plan can make it much easier to change your unhealthy thought patterns into healthy thoughts and behavior patterns, and improve your health and emotional well-being.
Dramatic results can often be achieved with hypnotic techniques including visualization and guided imagery.  The key to guided imagery is to learn to deeply relax.  Relaxation for stress management is not achieved by watching TV, leisure reading, or sleeping.  Visualization and guided imagery therapy can teach you how to deeply relax, and give your subconscious mind suggestions that empower you to alleviate unhealthy stress.  
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Many of us are feeling financial stress this year.  All we need to do is turn to the media for constant reminders of economic strife, and even tips on where and how to do holiday shopping on a tight budget.  If watching the television news adds to creating fear for you turn it off and start reading the paper.  Skip over any headlines that sensationalize negative news stories.

We have helped many people through all kinds of issues and we have seen just how resilient people can be, and how creative problem solving is possible once the limitations of fear and self-doubt are removed.     

Emotional stress is something we perceive and what is stressful for one individual may not be stressful for another.  Much of what we call stress from the holidays comes from our own expectations of how things should be.  So I invite you to ask yourself a few questions:

     -What is the meaning of the holiday I’m observing? 

     -Is what I traditionally do in-step with the meaning of the holiday?
     -Are there other ways to celebrate the meaning of the holiday?

Stress often accompanies the feeling of being out of control.  An unwelcome change in employment or rising costs can trigger feelings of stress.  It is important to recognize that many things in life are beyond our control, but what we can take charge of is how we handle the changes.

Stress is a natural part of living. Without some stress we would lose our energy for a productive life. We thrive on certain amounts; but too much or too little stress will limit our effectiveness. Ideally, we find our optimal level of stress to be the balance at which we are most motivated.  Participating in psychotherapy can help us to find that balance, and learn skills and strategies for handling the times of added pressure.

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