A Guide to an Emergency Service Workers Stress Bucket
It is my belief, and research clearly shows that Emergency Service Workers and our Armed Forces are often exposed to experiences and sights which most people would never experience in a lifetime. To compound this fact, these experiences occur repeatedly.
So, what happens when a negative experience occurs? Where does that experience go? Well it is highly likely that those events and memories will be stored in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus forms part of the primitive side of the brain.
So how will these memories affect me in the future?
Well, every negative thought which we have is accumulated and stored in what Solution Focused Hypnotherapists call a ‘Stress Bucket’.
Thankfully we do have a method of emptying the bucket and this is done through dreaming at night when we go to sleep.
Unfortunately, the brain can only process a limited amount of information during the dream phase of sleep and if we over do this then we will be wide awake and feeling quite miserable.
The more negative thoughts which we store in the bucket… the harder the brain will have to work to process the information! This means that it’s is more likely that you will wake up with a Stress Bucket which is full up.
A bucket which overflows or is full will mean that you will lose intellectual control and to a greater or lesser extent the primitive mind will take over and this always operates within the primitive parameters of Depression, Anger or Anxiety or combination of all three.
Further when you are operating within the primitive side of the brain those negative and traumatic events will find a way to surface and you will be reminded constantly about it.
So how can I restrict the amount which I place in my stress bucket?
Well, it’s the thought patterns around events in our life which cause negative thinking. So, we need to think positively and restrict the amount we put in our bucket. This will reduce anxiety and allow us to stay in intellectual control.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has done and will massively help you with this process!