Hypnosis is a natural, gentle method of treatment to help bring any kind of needed change into your life. Hypnosis, often called hypnotherapy, can be learned or you can go to one of the many certified hypnotherapists in the country. Some studies have shown that hypnosis can help ease anxiety and stress related disorders, more studies still need to be done.
Check with your doctor or therapist to see if they can benefit from hypnosis and if they know of any hypnotherapists they can refer you to. Stress and anxiety symptoms can often be triggered by thoughts – and treating stress and anxiety with hypnosis gets you to have power over your own thoughts.
Going To A Hypnotherapist
Hypnotherapists have to be certified to before they can go treating stress and anxiety with hypnosis. They are trained and watched over by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. They cannot make you do anything you really don’t want to do. And if you find you can’t be hypnotized, don’t worry about it.
The hypnotherapist gets you to deeply relax to the point where you just about fall asleep, then makes a helpful suggestion, perhaps “I am a healthy person,” or, “I can control anxious thoughts”. He or she might also suggest hints to help you turn off an already started anxiety symptom. This suggestion plants itself into your subconscious. When you start a symptom such as a pounding heart, which might automatically trigger you mind to gently remind you that you are NOT your symptoms and your body can relax.
Hypnotherapists don’t use any secret tricks or spells. They just help you to relax and make some encouraging suggestions. You can do this yourself, although it can take some practice. Some people find it easier to relax in an office and have someone else have the responsibility of planting the suggestion. Some people find it easier to relax if they do it themselves. There is no one right way for everybody.
There are many self-hypnosis tapes and CDs on the market, or you can do it yourself. You need at least ten minutes of uninterrupted time. You can have your room quiet or with soft music. You can burn incense or not. You can lie down or sit up. You may choose to go right to sleep after the hypnosis session, but you have to be awake throughout the whole session.
Get relaxed. Get deeply relaxed. You might count from twenty down to one to get relaxed, or chant a familiar poem or prayer. Then, you make your own helpful positive suggestion, such as “I am a healthy person”, then slowly wake yourself back up and go about your day.
Treating stress and anxiety with hypnosis is just one of many tools you can use throughout your day. It does not work overnight and does not work for everyone. You still have to take your medication – if you are already on medication – and to follow any other advice from your doctor or therapist.