Health and wellness are products of reduced stress in our lives. This observation is offered in consideration of some very simple physiological truths. By reducing or eliminating much of the stress in your life, you could be healthier, live longer and have a more productive life. This does not require miracle drugs or super vitamins, or some Chinese herb tea or elixir from a sacred lost Tibetan recipe. This is simple common sense. Well go through the medical descriptions first, then the common sense.
The brain controls all of your bodily functions without your direct intervention. Your heart beats at the correct and constant rate. Your digestive system produces acids and enzymes to digest your food and move it through your digestive tract. Your immune system monitors and produces T cells and Killer T cells to fight off infections. Your skin produces evaporative sweat to cool your body. Hundreds of other processes continue to take place every minute of your life. This is the function of the autonomic nervous system. It generally controls our involuntary body functions.
If stress threatens the systemin the form of anger, excitement, fear or panicthe autonomic system begins to exercise its role in preserving our well-being. It energizes the sympathetic nervous system to diminish or shut down our digestive system, conserve moisture by slowing or drying up the saliva in our mouth, and stopping the production of sweat and urine. It increases the adrenalin and sugars in your blood, for increased energy. Lastly, it draws the majority of our blood to the organs and constricts the blood flow to unnecessary areas. Higher thinking is reduced, and away we go, its fight or flight. This is all because of a perceived threat, or stress.
When the perceived threat passes, the sympathetic nervous system loses its grip and the parasympathetic nervous system resumes control. This is balance, or homeostasis. We sense safety, and life returns to normal. Our digestive system resumes its normal function. Our mouth regains its normal saliva. The heart slows a bit, and the adrenaline rush is at an end. Circulation is increased in our extremities, and our immune system begins to return to its normal function. Our higher thinking and problem-solving skills begin to rise, and we are, again, happy campers.
This brings us to the stress-reducing benefits of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy allows us to create the perception of safety, peace, relief and lovesometimes even in the face of serious injury or imminent danger. When we create and nurture a positive mental expectancy, we find inner peace, balance and relief from stress. In hypnosis, the actions of the immune system return, circulation increases, and recovery is accelerated. Things just work better when we are not stressed.
Hypnotherapy and hypnosis, in general, is the business of creating positive mental expectancy. Our subconscious mind is our imagining mind. We can imagine success or failure, health or illness, happiness or sadness. Imagination can be compared to potential. I know that some will look at this and say it creates false hope. I will tell you there is only either hope or despair; there is no such thing as false hope, just as there is no such thing as try. There is only do or do not. The athlete does not try to win. He sees himself winning, and then goes out and does it. Imagine that.
Robert Sieveking is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. He is the owner of Hypnotherapy Resolutions, 4249 E. State St., Rockford. Call him at 226-3800 or visit his Web site, http://www.hypnotherapyresolutions.com/.
From the July 12-18, 2006, issue