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There are many causes of insomnia.  However, research shows that the biggest single cause is stress and anxiety.

The Sleepora program includes over ten exercises which can be used to help reduce stress and anxiety, plus each one is accompanied by bespoke brain entrainment audio developed exclusively for Sleepora.  This resource can be used as a separate module within the program and individually the specific exercises and brain entrainment can help to reduce anxiety and stress.  However, we’d recommend that you use them together as they are even more effective.  While the Sleepora program was developed to address insomnia and sleeplessness, the flexibility of the program allows you to use Sleepora to effectively address the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

What is anxiety & what is stress

In the free introductory ebook we’ve included the gift of an effective exercise which is designed to help people overcome anxiety. It has all the steps which you can follow and refer back to. Best of all it is a straightforward process.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.

What is stress?

Stress is caused by two things. Primarily it is down to whether you think situations around you are worthy of anxiety. And then it’s down to how your body reacts to your thought processes. This instinctive stress response to unexpected events is known as ‘fight or flight’. It is a hard-wired reaction to perceived threats to our survival.

How Do We ‛Do’ Stress?

Unpacking the sequence leading to stress can give us a useful answer. There are four steps involved.

1.    Stress Activating Event

2. + Thoughts/Perceptions/Beliefs

3. + Interpretation of Event

4. = Stress Response (positive challenge stress or
distress)

How we create (dis) stress for ourselves:

1.    We are exposed to a ‘stress activating’ event.

2. + We evaluate the experience using our thoughts,
perceptions and beliefs.

3. +  We interpret the event, applying meaning to it and assessing our ability to respond effectively.

4. = How we interpret the event triggers our stress response.

Creating Positive Challenge Stress

When we believe we have the resources to respond effectively:

  • Our interpretation of the event and stress response are positive.
  • We are open to change and responsive to the needs of others.
  • We have the ability to learn from the experience and may even call it exciting, challenging and stimulating and fun!

What Happens Too Often

When the event is interpreted as unfair, unreasonable or beyond our ability to respond effectively, we have a negative stress response.

  • We resist change and become less responsive the needs of others.
  • Over time anxiety can cripple our productivity and ability to learn new job skills
  • and this is over and above the health issues  associated with negative stress!

The good news is that you’re in control. In other words stress is an inside job

  • The critical difference is in how we interpret the event.
  • ‘It isn’t life’s events but our interpretation of those events based on our perceptions and beliefs
  • that determines whether we experience positive challenge stress or distress.

This may seem an over simplification, yet even after traumatic events our long-term recovery will depend on the beliefs and perceptions we have about our ability to respond effectively.

More good news — stress without distress

While we can’t always control our exposure to ‘stress activating’ events:

 

  • We can control our response.
  • We can change the way we interpret events by changing our perceptions and beliefs and by acquiring new skills.
  • With the resources to respond more effectively distress becomes positive challenge stress.

 

Anxiety is a learnt behaviour. The brain does not differentiate between a wanted or unwanted behaviour. It just does things to get results. So, where you have learnt to feel anxious in a situation, you can unlearn that too.

You can also learn positive behaviours instantly. If you change your hair style and everyone tells you how great it looks, you automatically style it that way more often.

Every time you have a moment of realisation like this, your brain makes a new connection and you are learning.

And it is in this ability to use NLP techniques to unlearn unwanted behaviour, and learn desired behaviour, that one solution to anxiety lays.

There are numerous NLP based exercises within the Sleepora program to help to reduce your levels of stress and anxiety.

 

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