Covid-19 and resolving fear with hypnosis
Never in our lifetime since World War 2 have we experienced fear like this on a global scale. Particularly for those of us who live in the western world, we have never had to make sacrifices or have had our freedom compromised as we do now. In a few short months, this pandemic has domineered every news programme and swiftly changed how we normally live our lives.
Fear has gripped every nation and the media constantly fills our living rooms with horror stories of rising death rates whilst politicians bungle along trying to assure us all will be well without giving us any definitive answers as to when or how. We fear not only for our own mortality but that of our loved ones too. We fear for our jobs, our homes and our children’s’ education. We fear there could be future shortages and the cost of living will rise as our economies struggle to stay afloat.
Whilst it is natural to feel fearful during these unprecedented times, we need to put it into perspective.
Firstly, we cannot control what is going on globally, therefore we are wasting our time and energy worrying about it as it is out of our control.
Secondly, fear is a concept of our imagination based on our thoughts and emotions therefore we have the ability to change it and stay in control. Think of the first time you flew in an aircraft or got behind the wheel of a car. To some degree, you would have been fearful you could crash as your imagination run riot thinking of the worst-case scenario. However, the more times you did it, the less you felt fearful and managed to contain it and put it into perspective.
Thirdly, the word ‘pandemic’ - which you immediately associate with similar words such as ‘panic’ or ‘pandemonium’. It fills people with fear as they imagine a disease spreading like a wildfire and people dropping dead in their tracks (again fuelled by the storylines in so many Hollywood movies). Pandemic simply means a disease that has spread to more than one country as opposed to the word ‘epidemic’ which is an outbreak contained in a certain area/region.
Fourthly, whilst it is incredibly sad to hear of thousands of people dying, we again need to put this into perspective. It is still a small fraction of our country’s population as a whole and it may be several years before we know for certain how many deaths were definitely attributed to the current virus as the actual death statistics are similar to previous year’s numbers.
Lastly, the media will always sensationalise news stories and word them in such a way as to capture maximum audiences and keep us on high alert, eagerly awaiting the next bulletin of doom and gloom. Keep your viewing to a minimum and do something you enjoy instead whether it is an established pastime or take up a new hobby.
So how can hypnotherapy help you during these times of uncertainty and stress?
Regardless of whether a hypnotherapy session is addressing issues such as phobias, increasing confidence, banishing anxiety or enhancing sports performance – the feedback is always the same – that the session left the client feeling calmer and relaxed.
The hypnotherapist will begin the session by guiding you into a state of relaxation and calming down your busy mind. They will help your unconscious mind rationalise the fears and anxieties you may be experiencing and help you realise that fear itself serves you no purpose.
They will encourage you to remember past times in your life when you felt good and were relaxed and happy. By locking in these positive experiences and the accompanying feelings into your subconscious, these will replace any negative thoughts you are harbouring.
Look for therapists who are offering online sessions, do your research and check out their reviews to ensure you find the right one. Don’t live with unnecessary fear that can easily be addressed and replaced with more positive feelings. Take back control today.
“Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind” Dale Carnegie.
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