Aug 07, 2015

Did You Remember to Forget Your Stress?


You’be been there…the pressure, the stress, the mounting tension. It doesn’t matter what it is or the reason for it. It may exist for a few hours, a few days, a few weeks. And, then, suddenly it’s gone! So, you take a deep breath and automatically relax, right? I mean, the pressure and tension are gone, so the stress should be, too, right? Wrong! And, here’s what happens to cause the retention of the feeling of stress.

Much like the people in the military who are in a battle zone or the police when they’re on-duty, we become hyper-vigilant when we have exposed to stress for extended periods of time. A ‘normal’ person has an ongoing stress-level of about 60% of capacity. That includes the “bad” stress and the “good” stress call eustress. As “bad” stress grows and accumulates, the mind has to move it somewhere to maintain sanity. It takes mental stress and converts it into physical response. This is called…wait for it…Conversion! Here are a few examples:

  • A perpetual scanning of the environment to search for threats or the “What’s next?”
  • An increased state of anxiety that causes you to feel exhausted
  • Lose connection to family and friends due to always being “on the lookout”
  • Overreact to loud and unexpected noises or become easily agitated
  • Feeling like you need to be in a hurry, even when you don’t
  • Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep
  • Becoming physically sick more easily than in the past
  • Here’s what is going on; much like physical pain that was needed when a part of your body needed to be cared for and has now become healed, sometimes the mind/body connection forgets to stop feeling the pain. (I.E., Phantom Limb) It remembers the sensation as it was previously, not as it is now. And, just the same, when you have been under stress for an extended period of time, your mind has become so used to being hyper-vigilant that it continues beyond the need for it. Does that make sense?

    So, what can you do to return to what is a ‘normal’ stress level for you? Sometimes it’s as simple as remembering to forget the need for the stress. It can be somewhat of an epiphany when you truly stop and consider, “Wait a minute! The reasons I used to be feeling so stressed have gone away and this means that I can stop being the way I was before when I was stressed in the past.” I’ve chosen these words carefully for the way they cause the neuropathways to respond to your thoughts and words. Your mind wants to know that it’s safe now and those things that were causing it stress are “in the past” and unable to affect it.

    A second exercise you can perform is the one I discuss in detail in my book The 90-Second Mind Manager. I describe, in detail, the only methodology known to help people survive “waterboarding”. This is different than “Wakeboarding”, at least for some. For me, it’s pretty much the same thing, but I digress. So, check out this simple and sustainable methodology for relieving the daily stresses and pressures by clicking here.

    Lastly, and the one that everyone of my clients are blown away with when they experience it, is the ability to have the stresses and anxieties completely relieved through hypnosis. Amazingly, it only takes about five minutes to facilitate the experience. When my clients come back from their unconscious state to their conscious awareness, they experience these profound side effects:

  • The room seems more clear and bright
  • An overall sense of relaxation
  • Happiness for no reason
  • A lightness in their body as they walk, etc.
  • So, if you’re willing to put up with the side effects, then you might fully consider hypnosis as a solution to remembering to forget your stress!

    Because you experience stress each and every day that can negatively impact your life, I hope that these tips will give you a sense of relief and release so that you will find more happiness and satisfaction in every aspect of your life!

    Dr. Edward Lewellen is a Master Executive Coach, leadership and sales expert, and keynote speaker for some of the largest global organizations.

    Author of The 90-Second Mind Manager