Whether it is being in an unhappy marriage or facing problems at the job, stress can be a response to any of life’s difficult circumstances. Disturbing the inner equilibrium of the mind, it drives us towards fight or flight. Some stress is manageable but when it persists, the effects on mental and physical wellbeing can be very damaging.
Hypnosis is a therapeutic method of treatment that has proven to be very effective in stress management. Although previously believed to be non-scientific, hypnosis has now been known to make favorable changes to the brain’s circuitry.
Here’s why hypnosis may prove to be effective in helping you deal with stress:
Not only does hypnosis ensure that you enter a calm state of mind, it also incorporates some relaxation exercises. Whenever the symptoms of stress arise, you are taught to calm your mind at will. This gives you a sense of control in dealing with the stressor.
Healthy Lifestyle Habits
The goal of hypnosis is not just to calm people’s nerves down when they get anxious, it is also to instill healthy lifestyle habits in them. Whether it is joining the fitness center or staying away from situations that trigger stress, hypnosis provides a holistic solution.
Addressing the Underlying Causes
While medications may relieve you of your symptoms for some time, they do not target the underlying cause. Communicating with the subconscious mind, hypnosis is able to find the deep root of stress and addresses that. It is only after the root cause is found that any signs of true recovery can be seen.
What a Typical Stress Management Session with a Hypnotist May Look Like
- The hypnotist first tries to explore the feelings that the stressful situation entails. The client is encouraged to talk about them, so that he/she can have better self-awareness.
- The therapist then induces the state of hypnotic trance and gets access to the client’s subconscious. This gives great insight about the issues and helps the hypnotist plan the next course of action.
- After determining the thought patterns of the subconscious mind, the client is asked to visualize. This can be a simple exercise where a client imagines himself/herself to be in the stressful situation. By exploring the situation like this, the client is able to assess the environmental stimuli causing it and his/her responses to it.
- Finally, the hypnotist provides the client with some strategies to deal with the stressful situation.