Hypnotherapy for stress
We all experience different levels of stress throughout our lifetimes. It can be caused by our professional or personal lives, and each individual will cope with it differently. Some people are better at dealing with stress than others. Some of us really thrive off the pressure, whilst others can find it difficult to motivate themselves when stressed.
If we imagine the mind as a bucket that gets filled up throughout the day, this can help us to visualise what is happening to our stress levels. During sleep, the less impactful stressors, such as things that were bothering us during the day, leak out of the bucket. This is why we can sometimes wake up feeling less burdened by the things that happened the day before. But, if the bucket is already overloaded, it never gets truly emptied – and this means it’s harder to cope with even the smallest of things.
Hypnotherapy can help address your stress and anxiety levels. Much like guided meditation, hypnotherapy leads you into a state of deep relaxation, blurring your conscious and subconscious minds.
Whilst in this state, hypnotherapists weave in various positive instructions – trying to instigate more positive thinking. All of this helps you empty your mind of all the things you are trying to process, which often cause you to feel stressed.
Why hypnotherapy? What about counselling?
Unlike counselling, which traditionally focuses on addressing the issues that are bringing you down so they don’t bring you down anymore, hypnotherapy is more ‘solution-focused’. Hypnotherapy focuses on how you want things to be by changing your mindset. So, your attitude changes towards the things that were causing you stress before.
Of course, everyone is different and counselling may be a preferred treatment option for you. Find out more about counselling for stress.
Scientific studies have shown that positive thinking can literally rewire the brain. This can make you less likely to dwell on things and more likely to brush things off, breaking the cycle of negative thinking.
How does hypnotherapy for stress work?
Hypnotherapy works by changing unwanted habits of thought. This is achieved by exercising the left prefrontal cortex of our brains. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for decision making and emotions; the left side is more active when positive, and the right side is more active when negative.
So, in order to be happier, we need to exercise the left part so it overrides the right. This is done by thinking about healthy, positive thoughts and avoiding unhealthy, negative thoughts. Sounds simple, right?
What are the methods of hypnotherapy for stress?
After uncovering the root of your stress, you will agree upon a goal with your hypnotherapist. This goal could be how you would like to feel, and what you would like to do in life without stress holding you back.
Your hypnotherapist will then work with you to achieve your goals using a variety of different techniques. Each therapist might use different techniques, but they all will work towards the same goal.
One strategy when negative thinking occurs is to remind yourself of five things you are happy about in your life right now. Sometimes, you might find yourself battling to push something that’s upset you out of your mind.
One of the most effective methods to do this is to practise gratitude – focusing on the positive things in your life, not the aspects you don’t like.
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