This piece explains the psychophysiology of stress, and how it contributes to hypertension and other diseases. You'll learn methods of coping with stress, how to develop greater stress hardiness and resilience, and specific mind/body techniques, especially the relaxation response, to guide you in lowering your level of stress and the risk of stress-related illnesses. Finally, you'll be led through a powerful experience of guided imagery for strengthening your internal resources against stress and achieving mastery over stressful situations.
There is also a breathing and deep relaxation exercise to put you in the physiological state in which your body can operate most efficiently to prevent the harmful effect of stress, and to heal itself. Finally, you'll be led on a safe and gentle hypnotic journey to meet your "Inner Healer," a source of wisdom and guidance within. This exercise will lead you to important insights about how you can maintain your resistance to stress, and may be used regularly to gain inspiration and inner guidance.