Stress in The Workplace – What it is and How to Use it Productively

Talking about Stress at Work by Graham Howes

Stress is one of the biggest killers in the World today.

However, there is no reason why Stress could not be harnessed in a more productive way.

Stress is a normal, necessary function of everyday life.

There is stress when you must meet a deadline, drive in heavy traffic, or run late for a meeting.

Stress is a natural and essential component of human existence, and in moderate doses, stress is even healthy and beneficial for mental and physical functioning.

During times of stress our brain pumps specific hormones and neurotransmitters, such as cortisol and adrenaline. These chemicals are associated with the “fight-or-flight” response in our bodies. This might have been useful when facing a sabre tooth tiger – but we don’t need the feelings of hyperstimulation, anxiety and panic, in most every day situations: such as explaining to the accountant about a minor overspend!

When these chemicals are released they excite our nervous system, increase our blood pressure, make our heart beat faster and raise blood glucose levels.

Our senses sharpen and we receive “a short-term buzz”, according to psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Tan of Montefiore Medical Centre in New York City, in an article on stress and mental health, for American Television.

Moderate short-term stress is beneficial because the chemicals released help to strengthen our immune system, improve performance and memory, and encourage positive mood. In all, stress helps us to accept challenges, take risks, and react quickly in an emergency.

Our bodies create a burst of energy and “we can feel as if we are ready for anything.” However sometimes this can lead to severe and paralysing anxiety, “feeling stressed out” or even a Panic Attack.

Stress on the body and brain is necessary for us to react appropriately to situations, however, stress becomes unhealthy when the “fight-or-flight” response becomes overactive and inappropriate.

The physical and psychological dangers of chronic stress are prevalent and can affect all aspects of daily life:

A human body: “doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats,” explains Jeanne Segal, PhD, in her article published on – “Understanding Stress: Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Effects.”

For instance, when one is stressed over a busy schedule, argument, traffic jam, or finances: “the body reacts just as strongly as if it were facing a life-or-death situation.”

While experiencing high amounts of chronic stress the nervous system continually releases large amounts of hormones.

The brain does not get an opportunity to reach a healthy level of homeostasis or mental equilibrium.

Thus, the over-activity and excessive stimulation of these hormones, that are supposed to be used for only short-term instances, can kill brain cells, and cause many other unhealthy consequences; such as high blood pressure, muscle tension, mental and physical exhaustion.

“Chronic stress affects nearly every system in your body,” Segal explains. People who suffer from chronic stress also experience emotional sensitivity, and other physiological symptoms, such as headache, diarrhoea, nausea, restlessness, loss or increase of appetite.

Chronic Stress can also “suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the ageing process.

Long-term stress can even rewire the brain leaving a person more vulnerable and susceptible to anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.

Mindful Hypnotherapy is one modality for retraining the person to use stress in a calm and productive way, to utilise the buzz of adrenaline, and yet to avoid getting into the hyper stimulation of fight or flight or chronic stress.

We spend a fortune on physical wellness and neglect mental wellness.

One related approach is using the NLP process of anchoring  – or training through Hypnosis to use Mindfulness in a constructive way. 

Each person is unique and so is my approach for each person.

Graham Howes Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner Stress Management

About Graham Howes: I was in Harley Street as a Hypnotherapist but am mainly in Ipswich Suffolk.

I can offer onsite visits for Businesses for a wide range of bespoke interventions.

I was also a Professional Actor and still Teach, Direct Theatre Shows, and Write Plays with COME DANCE WITH ME going on a National Tour soon.

Talk to me for Free on: 07875720623



How to make 2016 a better year with Hypnosis in Ipswich

How can you make 2016 a better year?

You are what you think

Janus is the Roman God of the New Year – he looks both backward and forward. It depends how you use the past as to how your future will be.


If you view the past as a terrible time and expect ore of the same then the probability is that you will get what you predict. If you use the past as a learning process and learn from past mistakes traumas and problems you will hopefully not make the same mistake and will make a new decision based on your experience.

You will look forward positively and optimistically. The more that you find success with your new positivity the more positive you will become.

Set yourself small goals at first and as you focus on succeeding you may well find that your confidence grows.

Failure is there to teach us to do things better – so if you “fail” learn from it and next time “fail better”.

Hypnotherapy and NLP combined helps you learn how to move beyond your limitations and begin to view Life in a more positive light – so the negative mindset which limits your growth – becomes a thing of the past.

You can be greater than you thought – each of us has innate skills that are unique to us. So let Janus be your portal into a great Life.

I am a Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner in Ipswich Suffolk and I enjoy helping people reach their potential.

Happy New Year

Graham Howes Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP Ipswich Suffolk

How to be Confident

How to be Confident with Hypnotherapy and NLP

I am seeing many people, at my Hypnotherapy Practice, in Ipswich in Suffolk, for a lack of Confidence or Low Self Esteem and Social Phobia.

It is a rough tough world sometimes but we have all achieved success at some time in our Life and so it is better to dwell on your success than it is your failure.

Failure teaches us to do things better – or it should! When we buy into failure we are essentially buying into that lack of confidence rather than remembering that we are all unique individuals with something to contribute.

Whether in Business or Life Social Phobia, Lack of Self Esteem or Confidence can really hold us back and block our success in Life.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett


We should regard Failure as teaching us and success as empowering us

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” ? H.G. Wells

The point about when it goes wrong is for us to learn and move on and try again.

I use Hypnotherapy and NLP to help people whether they are in Business, and have Presentations to make, or someone just trying to cope with Life. I help people get in touch with their successful times and put the failures into context as a valuable tool. And how to grow your confidence. Many people are like the swan – gliding along elegantly while paddling like hell underneath!

It is learning the right strategies that can definitely help. One client of mine was suicidal and had a raft of problems and now has a responsible high powered job with a multinational! Anything is possible.

Set yourself a realistic goal – when you achieve it your confidence grows in your ability to do, not only what you have to do, but what you want to do. You earn then learn how to be confident.

About Graham Howes:

I trained as a Drama Teacher and acted Professionally for 39 Years. I have written plays and directed them. I have worked in very high level Businesses in Sales and Sales Support. I trained Telemarketing Teams.

How to be Confident
Confidence can be yours

Graham Howes Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner

Tel /Text: 07875720623


Hypnotherapy and NLP for Confidence in Ipswich and Hadleigh Suffolk Colchester Essex and On Site for Business

Hypnotherapy for Confidence

Anxiety Stress Depression and Panic Attacks there is another treatment

Anxiety Stress Depression and Panic Attacks there is another treatment


How to move beyond Anxiety Stress Depression and Panic Attacks

I am seeing an awful lot of people at my clinics in Suffolk and Essex recently for Anxiety, Work Related Stress, Depression and Panic Attacks.

I suppose with the Financial Climate and the pressures on people this is unsurprising!

On it’s own Stress is now one of the big three killers in the World – and in the US workers, who have ended up with severs health issues because of stress, have even ended up suing the Companies that don’t practice Stress Management!

Many people don’t realise that there is an alternative approach for Depression Anxiety and Panic Attacks. Medication helps – but the question is whether you want that sort of support long term? My years of experience of working with Clients with Hypnotherapy and NLP have helped me evolve an approach that seems to work for most sufferers.

Stress, Anxiety and Panic Attacks are all based in the Fight or Flight response – this was useful when you faced a Sabre Tooth Tiger – but less usually useful these days! We probably don’t want to fight or run away from Nigel from Accounts because of an overspend! (Or maybe we do!)

We hate the feeling of adrenaline, the sweaty palms and raised heartbeat and we try to quell it – the unconscious part of you concerned with this thinks you haven’t noticed that help it just gave you – and dumps some more adrenaline into the bloodstream .. and you could soon be hyperventilating.

Simply put: you are headed in the wrong direction! I teach clients how to get the situation under control by a combination of proven techniques and strategies.

People who are depressed get into the mindset of: the light at the end of the tunnel is definitely a train coming in the opposite direction! We explore a number of different tried and tested approaches to help you get past depression.

You CAN get control of Depression Stress, Anxiety and Panic – talk to me for FREE to see how.

Hypnotherapy takes work with your therapist – so results can vary – it is not a substitute for Medical advice but complementary to it.

Please call me on 01473 879561 or text or call 07875720623 – leave your name number and time to call.

Graham Howes ASHPH GHR registered GHSC regulated Advanced Hypnotherapy and NLP