How does hypnotherapy help anxiety?
Fear and stress are vital parts of the instinctual defense mechanism of human beings. They command people to turn the alarm on every night for the sake of security. Most importantly, fear and stress coerce people to “fight or flight” when wedged in mortal peril. Fear and stress are two normal reactions to the pressures of everyday life.
Yet, fear and stress sometimes climb up to a level that couldn’t be regarded as “rational” any longer. This is what people with anxiety disorders experience. Anxiety — and its many forms — is an intrusive and detrimental psychological condition. In the United States alone, around 40 million people have some form of anxiety disorder. These disorders take away the joy of living freely — or without worrying about something that isn’t actually there.
The most common among anxiety disorders is “generalised anxiety disorder.” People with GAD usually feel an uncontrollable and intense state of fear, apprehensiveness, stress, and uncertainty, even though they are not facing a real threat. In this case, people can greatly benefit from hypnotherapy — recognised as a potent anti-anxiety technique.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety
The human mind is powerful. It controls the flow of thoughts and emotions, signaling the body to react accordingly. Even so, there comes a time that it commands and reacts inappropriately to different situations. Such is the case in anxiety disorders, including phobias and panic attacks. The mind mistakenly believes that there is danger and quickly signals the body to freak out.
Hypnotherapy gets into the root causes of someone’s anxiety. This centuries-old therapy guides people to achieve profound relaxation and intense focus. It directs people to a heightened state of awareness to the extent that they are detached from the stimulus around them, yet they are susceptible to positive suggestions. Such state is called trance or hypnotic state. By means of the hypnotic state, people will be able to pinpoint the triggers of their anxieties. Because the mind is flexible, people, together with their hypnotherapist can in one long intensive session, break free from anxiety disorders by tuning the way the mind perceives a situation, a person, or a thing.
Hypnotherapy raises self-confidence and self-esteem; it helps build a stronger and more rational perspective towards a situation, a thing, a person, or oneself.
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Liz Sharpe BSc (Hons), Dip Hyp, Adv MIBWRT, Dip CounsNovember 24th, 2016