Hypnosis for less stress...
For decades hypnosis has been used to wean people from bad habits such as smoking or help them to lose weight. In fact, hypnosis has been thought of as a general “catch-all” when it comes to all sorts of treatments. However, the claims to the actual power of hypnosis have always been called into question in part because it is associated with entertainment.
The use of hypnosis as a stress reliever got a boost when the British Psychological Society officially declared it as a proven therapeutic method. It was not just the ability to relieve stress, but also many other psychologically-based conditions as well which included anxiety, migraines, insomnia and interestingly enough irritable bowel syndrome.
Stress is a state of mind that can actually cause damage to the body. The ill effects of too much stress have been known to induce heart attacks, lower the body’s immune system and create conditions that can actually shorten people’s lives if left unchecked.
The recognition of hypnosis as a valuable tool in dealing with stress has caused many to reconsider the value of using this technique both in sessions and as a self-prescribed therapy as well. This means that patients can learn how to hypnotise themselves and enjoy the benefits of stress relief that it provides.
The power of the mind
While the exact reason hypnosis can alleviate stress is not fully understood, it is also true that the state of hypnosis itself is still being researched. Far from being “put to sleep” as the condition of hypnosis appears to be when performed on stage, the actual effect is to focus the mind and bring it to full attention. It is believed that the act of hypnosis allows a person to unleash the full potential of the mind to overcome many issues, even in some cases those that appear to be physical in nature.
Since the feelings of stress and anxiety often stem not from the external pressure exerted by the events themselves, but from the internal divide created by feelings of not being in control, of having events spiralling out of control. Hypnosis helps to bring calm and peace to the mind that allows it to focus on ideas which actually help relieve the feelings of stress.
Relaxation and calm
In order to enter a state of hypnosis, the mind must be in a place of calm. This preparation is actually part of the therapy that hypnosis brings to its subjects. Whether done in proper sessions with a trained hypnotist or as part of self hypnosis therapy, becoming calm before the actual session begins helps to relieve the mind of the stress and start the work to refocus your mental energy towards more productive means.
In the end, hypnosis may not be the primary cure for stress and anxiety, but it has proven to be a very potent treatment. Given just how dangerous stress can be to the health of the body, hypnosis offers a method that uses no drugs to refocus the mind. This means that it can be used as often as needed without fear of side effects.
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