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How To Outsmart Life’s Stressors

Written by: Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Ph.D., Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


Since the beginning of human existence stress was a common theme. Tree and cave dwellers needed to vie for their safety against predators. Life was which would be prey or predator—human or animal?

In today's fast-paced world, stress continues to plague the majority of people. However, stressors today are less life threatening at the moment. Yet, the human psyche is conditioned to respond in a fight or flight mode, as if all stressors are life threatening. It has been passed down through the parts of DNA that turn genes on or off that are affected by stress. Those changes moved through subsequent generations. Most epigenetic changes that occur during a person's life don't get passed on.

Needless to say, when stress becomes chronic, it can lead to a wide range of health issues, including anger, sadness, fear anxiety, panic, depression, headaches, digestive issues, sleep issues, muscle tension, organ malfunctions, etc. The majority of people use substances that numb the senses with psychotropic OTC or prescription drugs to cope versus resolving the cause of their stress reaction,

Thankfully, The American Hypnosis Association (AHA) a national association for hypnotherapists offers insight into resolving the mindset that creates unhealthy stress as well as relaxation techniques that can help counteract the negative effects of stress.

The American Hypnosis Association (AHA) emphasizes that mindset shifts and relaxation techniques will reduce blood pressure, inflammatory cytokines, and oxidative stress. Mindset shifts and relaxation techniques also improve glycemic reduction in people with Type 2 diabetes. Some examples of relaxation techniques include autogenic training, Transformation Hypnosis, deep breathing, guided imagery, progressive relaxation, meditation,and self-hypnosis.

Deep breathing exercises, for example, lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels. Transformation Hypnosis is helpful in reducing blood pressure, and heart rate variability (HRV). Transformation Hypnosis reveals a high success rate for reducing self-reported stress, anxiety, panic, depression, etc. Progressive muscle relaxation has also alleviated stress and has a positive effect on releasing the cause of the stress.

Mindfulness meditation, which focuses on maintaining clear attention and developing increased awareness of the present moment, reduces symptoms of stress, including anxiety and depression. It also helps improve sleep quality. Additionally, focused attention meditation reduces blood pressure and cortisol levels.

Yoga is another mindfulness approach that eliminates a stress reaction. While the road to stress reduction is individualistic, studies have found beneficial effects of yoga on measures of perceived stress, and it has been recommended for anxiety and stress reduction.

When considering these approaches, it is essential to know your baseline, especially if you have high blood pressure or any hidden issues.

Additionally, it's important to remember that these practices are safe when performed effectively and efficiently with the guidance of a qualified practitioner. Qualified practitioners include a Certified Transformation Hypnosis practitioner, Yoga instructor, Meditation instructor, Mindfulness coach, and Exercise coach.

In conclusion, Transformation Hypnosis and relaxation techniques offer valuable tools in eliminating stress and promoting overall well-being. Also, Mindfulness, Self-Care, Relaxation, Meditation, Waling in Nature, Exercise, etc.

By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you can press the "reset" button on stress and maintain a healthier, happier life. Not only will you benefit, but everyone in your life—family, friends and colleagues will benefit.

Remember eliminating stress is a healthy gift to yourself and others.

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Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Ph.D., Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Ph.D. is a successful influencer in the public and private sectors, as a consultant, coach, and keynote speaker. She has 30 plus years of global experience in leadership development, behavioral change, and enhancing human potential ‒ i.e. you can achieve more than you think. Dr. Dorothy is passionate about developing great leaders. She works with senior and emerging executives to amplify their leadership skills and drive viable/sustainable organizations with relevant, adaptable, centered, and authentic skills. Her areas of expertise are:

  • Leadership/Sales Development

  • Behavioral Change

  • Business Strategy

  • Communication Skills

  • Diversity Coaching

  • C-Suite, Senior, and High Potential



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