There are many ways to treat stress. It usually entails meditation, low-impact exercising, or massages to get us to relax and unwind and de-stress. But that’s just dealing with stress on the surface. If you really want to get a handle on your anxiety, you have to dig down deep and pull out the weeds by the roots instead of just trimming the top part.
That’s what hypnosis does. Hypnosis is one of the least-understood therapy techniques, despite the fact that it has helped with many physical and mental ailments.
What are some of the benefits of using hypnosis to treat stress?
- It’s time-efficient. One of its benefits is that hypnosis can get right to the source usually during the first session, which is quick compared to other methods of treatment.
- Gets to the bottom of things. Through hypnotherapy, you can pinpoint the trigger behind your stress and anxiety. It could be due to a negative past experience, a certain situation that left its mark, or a chronic disease that’s the cause. Regardless, your therapist can help you diagnose and treat your stress through hypnosis.
- It heals the ‘whole’ you. Hypnosis treats the body, mind, and soul as one entity and treats the entire package.
- It’s gradual. What a hypnotist does is first ask the patient to name what their feeling. Then they’re asked to put their hand on where that feeling hurts in the body. This way, people recognize on a basic, human level, that what they’re feeling in their minds is manifesting itself in their physical form. So in order to get rid of that, they have to release the stress from their body. And the only way they can do that is to face that their feelings head on without fear or trepidation.
- You’re in control. In spite of what many claim or believe, during hypnosis, you’re awake and remain conscious the entire length of the session. The only part the licensed hypnotherapist, someone whom you trust, plays during the session is to guide your suggestions of how you’re feeling, where it hurts, and how to get rid of the pain. Other than that, the person undergoing hypnosis stays conscious and in control the entire time.
The reason why hypnosis is successful is because when you’re in a trance, you’re in a state of deep relaxation. That’s when the brain is open to suggestions. It’s a way of unlocking the potential of changing negative thoughts into positive ones, break free of that debilitating pattern, and learn how to react in the face of adverse situations.
Hypnotherapy can help you change your perception of certain stress-triggers in your life. And since stress is created through your thoughts and perceptions, this method of treatment has yielded great results by lowering the levels of anxiety and reducing stress. By doing so, you’re on your way to a happier, healthier, more balanced you.
Hypnosis And Stress Management
Part of a plan for Stress Management may include either hypnosis or self-hypnosis, as a way to reduce and eliminate the symptoms of stress. A person under hypnosis is experiencing a trance like state, which allows them to enter into either the “theta” or “delta” states of consciousness. These states are the equivalent of either light or deep sleep, and allow for the hypnotized person to experience an “altered state” of consciousness.
Hypnosis can be effective in managing stress, whether the state of hypnosis is assisted by a licensed Hypnotherapist, or whether the state is induced by the person entering into the hypnotized state. Since many people are uncomfortable with the idea of being hypnotized by someone else, self hypnosis is often used as a part of a stress management plan.
In order for self hypnosis to take place the individual must be in a comfortable position, and be free from outside distractions. The individual should begin with some relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, followed by releasing any tension in the muscles, one at a time, beginning with the feet and toes, and proceeding over the entire body.
When entering into a self hypnosis state the person is simply allowing the subconscious mind to take over, while the conscious mind enters into an “altered” or “quiet” state of being. In order for self hypnosis to be effective, the conscious mind should impart a “purpose” or “intent” to the subconscious, before the actual hypnotic state is achieved.
It is also important to set a time limit on the hypnotic state, generally 15 to 20 minutes. The subconscious mind will respond to the suggestion, and cause the individual to return to the normal state of consciousness at the prescribed time.