5 Ways Hypnosis Brings You Calm, Comfort & Control So You Can Overcome Anxiety
This might be a better choice . . .
Though most people call a doctor or a psychotherapist when they need anxiety relief, there’s another option that can often be faster, more cost-effective, and a non-addictive alternative to medication or months of therapy: hypnosis.
Not only is hypnosis fun and relaxing, studies show it also has a proven track record of effectiveness for anxiety, panic attacks, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
When you think about it, it makes sense. Hypnosis is known for being relaxing. You’ve seen the movies where the hypnotist starts swinging a watch and saying, “You are getting very sleepy.” Hypnosis really does create an extremely peaceful state. In fact, some of my clients have said they find hypnosis more relaxing than the best massage they’ve ever had.
Here’s how hypnosis helps achieve long-term anxiety relief:
- Hypnosis can help retrain the brain to stop stress, panic and worry in what are usually triggering situations. How? These experiences (e.g. riding an airplane, taking a test) are rehearsed in the imagination under hypnosis. They will be allowed to bring up a small amount of the physical and emotional sensations that normally arise. Then, while still under hypnosis, calming techniques will be used so that you become comfortable enough to keep going and accomplish the imaginary task. When the same situation is faced in real life and the anxiety comes, you use the coping skills you practiced in hypnosis to complete the task. Once your brain sees that you made it through the experience safely, it stops sending anxiety symptoms for that situation.
Brain scans show that hypnosis actually simmers down the part of the brain that worries. During hypnosis sessions, you will be taught how to do this for yourself. As reported in Time Magazine, researchers at Stanford University saw that brain activity decreased in the part of the brain responsible for worrying, (the dorsal anterior cingulate), when people were hypnotized. This aspect of hypnosis makes it particularly useful for people with generalized anxiety disorder and anyone else who worries a lot. It is easy to learn self-hypnosis and take advantage of this benefit on your own at home.
- Hypnosis can create a personal “relaxation button” to use to instantly relax and turn off worry when anxiety is triggered. The first part of any hypnosis session is to use hypnotic techniques to make the client extremely relaxed. Towards the end of a session, when clients are at their most relaxed and worry free, they are given post-hypnotic suggestions to link this deep relaxation to a simple word, image or gesture. As soon as stress or anxiety shows up, simply use this link to recreate the state you were in when you were hypnotized; this will enable you to lower your anxiety and keep going with your life.
- Hypnosis is the fastest way to find and heal the original cause of anxiety. For most people, anxiety is the brain’s way of protecting them from re-hurting something that caused them pain in the past. Because hypnosis helps directly connect to the subconscious, it’s easier to discover what that original injury is faster than using something like psychotherapy. Then, while still working in the subconscious, hypnotic techniques can be used to heal that wound which allows the anxiety it has been causing goes away.
- Hypnosis helps to release stuck emotions from past events that may be causing anxiety. As mentioned above, pain from the past can be at the root of anxiety. Often, there are unconscious emotions that were never fully experienced at the time of an event that are “stuck” as sensations in the body. These sensations need to be briefly noticed and then released in order to become free from anxiety symptoms. A lot of times, anxiety shows up as a form of protectio from being aware of these stuck emotions. Once released, they will no longer cause anxiety symptoms. And the good news is that you don’t actually need to experience these difficult emotions directly. There’s no crying, yelling or becoming afraid. Through hypnosis, they are let go symbolically, using pictures or physical sensations in the imagination.
In addition to all that, hypnosis can help you with a bunch of other things people with anxiety face: overcoming insomnia, developing better boundaries, building confidence, and accomplishing all the positive things you want for your life.
If any of these possibilities sound good to you, you’re probably thinking “I’m sure it works for some people, but will it work for me? I’m not sure I’m hypnotizable.”
That’s an important question. In fact, it’s so important that I created a quiz to help you figure out whether you are hypnotizable or not. Click HERE to find out whether hypnosis for anxiety will work for you.