Stress Level

19 August 2019

DO YOU EVER WONDER why some people seem to easily cope with a stressful situation, some experience anxiety, while for others that same situation provokes panic? One reason is the level of stress they’re experiencing at the time.


An emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences, and capable of affecting physical health.


When under a lot of stress – work, finance, home life, health, etc – it reaches the point where the mind and body get overwhelmed. Anxiety and panic are essentially survival mechanisms; looking out for danger and preparing to face it when it’s perceived. When the mind is so overwhelmed, it cannot devote as much attention to this vital task, although it knows that life could ultimately depend on it.

So it makes much hastier snap decisions; airing on the side of caution and responding with anxiety or panic to situations it would normally evaluate more carefully. Under the circumstances it’s the best it can do, and if life might be at risk it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Panic threshold

Another way to look at it is that we each have a threshold above which the mind and body flip into that automatic survival mode; panic mode.

When experiencing a lot of stress, a person is much closer to their ‘panic threshold’ than somebody who’s very much calmer and more relaxed about life. That’s why learning something as simple as how to relax can lower your stress level and make a real positive difference in lessening the amount of panic and anxiety you might experience.


I’m sure I’ve said this before but it’s well worth repeating; the antidote to anxiety and panic is relaxation. In fact the two states are complete opposites, and it’s not possible to be both anxious and relaxed at the same time.

Calm and relaxed  =  Not anxious and panicky

So while it might be difficult to consciously stop feeling anxious and panicky, it can be very much easier to take a different approach and do things that make you feel calm.

Unlike your conscious logical reasoning, the subconscious part of the mind cannot think in negatives; that is, in terms of what you don’t want. This means it’s always better to think in the positive; about what you do want.

So in this case, instead of, “I don’t want to feel anxious,” think, “I want to feel calm.”

Or better still, “I am feeling calm,” because that implies that the calm state is already happening now, as opposed to maybe happening some time in the future.

Because these two states of mind cannot happen together, feeling calm must mean you no longer feel anxious.


So allowing yourself to unwind and feel calm really does help to diffuse panic and anxiety, and doing something as simple as learning to relax more in other areas of your life can reduce your background stress levels, thus lessening the likelihood of panic happening in the first place.

One excellent way to feel calm and relaxed is through self hypnosis, and this helps to keep stress at bay.

A calmer stress-free life

There are many ways to reduce your background stress level, and here are a few simple tips for a more stress free life:

  • Better time management; allowing a realistic time-scale for getting things done. There’s nothing more stressful that trying to do too many things in too little time.
  • Dealing with problems as they arise instead of putting them off and letting them grow and fester.
  • Improving diet and taking regular exercise; both of which help reduce health related stress levels, allowing you to feel much better overall. The mind and body are inextricably linked, and taking care of one takes care of the other.

So with these ideas in mind, you might find these self hypnosis downloads helpful in reducing stress, as well as improving your general levels of health and well being:

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We all have some degree of stress in our lives, and a small amount is actually beneficial in motivating us to rise to life’s challenges. Sadly though, very few people have the skills to deal with the heightened levels of stress so common in today’s hectic life.

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