Are you feeling overwhelmed? Would you like to reduce stress in your life? These are my twelve top tips to becoming calmer and more confident.
1. Stress is a habit and habits can be changed
You may not have thought of it this way but how you deal with stressful situations is a habit that you’ve learned over the years. Like any habit, it’s possible to unlearn it and learn a new way of responding. For example, most small children cry when they fall over and graze their knee but it’s unusual to see an adult do the same. At some point the habit of crying changes and the distress lessens, even though falling still hurts!
A new study has found that people who are optimistic have a larger orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), which is the part of the brain behind the eyes, and are consequently less prone to symptoms of anxiety.
The findings of this study provide the first evidence of how important optimistic attitudes and behaviours are to our emotional wellbeing.
If you’re worried that stress may be affecting your health, this video could change your mind. Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist, suggests that stress itself is not bad for us, unless we believe that it is! Changing our attitude towards stress could even improve our health.
Another good reason to quit smoking!
New research from Kings College London has shown that smoking may increase the risk of schizophrenia. People who smoke may be twice as likely to develop psychosis (hallucinations and delusions). It is not clear yet whether smoking causes schizophrenia or whether, for people who are predisposed to the condition, it acts as a catalyst.
Welcome to the new website for Sea Change Therapy. This website brings together my two former websites for counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy together under one ‘roof’.
Counselling and psychotherapy provide a safe place to talk and work things through with a trained professional. The aim of counselling and psychotherapy is to help you pin-point what might be stopping you from reaching your full potential and help you find solutions.