Is Hypnotherapy Safe for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Hypnotherapy can certainly help PTSD. But hypnosis can hinder people with PTSD. Just like depression, which is a kind of symptomatic trance in itself, it is vital to see a well trained and experienced counsellor and hypnotherapist for trauma based syndromes. PTSD is a difficult and debilitating psychological condition. Historically, PTSD is a relatively new inclusion to the Diagnostic and...

Top 11 Stress Facts


Stress is something that most of us are familiar and unfortunately there are very few people who don’t encounter it on at least a semi-regular basis. In fact, stress is one of the key challenges of modern living and one of the things that can most impact on our happiness and well-being. It can prevent us from relaxing on our time off, it can cause us to make silly mistakes and it seriously...

Tinnitus Stress – A Vicious Circle


Tinnitus describes the phenomenon of hearing a persistent noise in your ears that no one else is aware of. This can be heard as a ringing sound, a ‘whooshing’ noise or a buzz. In any case, the sound can often be distracting and will commonly lead to headaches, frustration and stress. As it turns out, tinnitus is at least partly caused by stress as well. And as it both causes and leads...

Taking a Chainsaw to the Stress of the Mundane


Routine procedures and actions assist us to simplify many aspects of life and allow us to perform things on autopilot. Doing the same thing repeatedly can make it mundane and ordinary. It’s ironic in a way that too much routine can be stressful. The stress is generated by boredom. May I encourage you to break up some of those routines and to replace them (even temporarily) with some new...

What Is Oxidative Stress?


Generally, most of us would consider oxygen to be pretty good for us. After all, we need to breathe in order to stay alive and this is entirely due to the huge number of crucial roles that oxygen has inside our bodies. Without oxygen we wouldn’t last very long at all. But while oxygen is very good for us, what’s also important to remember is that it’s highly reactive. This is...

‘Take a Breather’ – The Top Breathing Exercises for Stress


Do you struggle with chronic or acute stress? If so, then one of the best things you can possibly do to get it under control is just breathe. When we breathe deeply and slowly, this helps us by engaging our parasympathetic nervous system. This is the process that acts as the polar opposite of the sympathetic nervous system. Whereas the latter triggers the ‘fight or flight response’...

Stressed Out Because You Can’t Say No


Why is one of the smallest words in the English language so difficult to say? The word is NO and many people find it difficult to say because as children it was considered very rude to say NO and the word was thereby expunged from the infant vocabulary. There are some occasions when using the word NO is easy. “Would you like another large helping of pudding?” – “No thank...

Taking Stress Out of the Closet


Most of us have experienced the anxiety and irritation of looking in the wardrobe and finding nothing that’s clean, ironed, fits or is otherwise acceptable to wear. When this happens at the start of a working day it’s even more stressful and can impact on the rest of the day. To take stress out of the closet, start by uncluttering your life of clothing you don’t use. Freedom...

Top Benefits of Yoga for Stress


There are many good reasons to take up yoga. Not only can it help you to increase your flexibility but it’s also excellent for toning up muscle, for losing flab and for combating chronic pain. But did you also know that yoga is brilliant for fighting stress? There are many aspects of this activity that make taking up yoga for stress a smart move. Read on and we’ll look at some of the...

The Social Readjustment Rating Scale


This Social Readjustment Rating Scale was created by Thomas Holmes & Richard Rahe, University of Washington School of Medicine to provide a standardized measure of the impact of a wide range of common stressors. Using the Scale To use the scale, simply add up the values for all of the listed life events that have occurred to you within the past year. If a particular event has happened to you...

Keith Hillman

Keith Hillman

Keith Hillman is a full time writer specializing in psychology as well as the broader health niche. He has a BSc degree in psychology from Surrey University, where he particularly focused on neuroscience and biological psychology. Since then, he has written countless articles on a range of topics within psychology for numerous of magazines and websites. He continues to be an avid reader of the latest studies and books on the subject, as well as self-development literature.