The prevalence of anxiety disorders is rising by leaps and bounds across the world. And so is the demand for hypnotherapy. Can anxiety be cured by hypnosis? How to overcome anxiety with hypnosis? How successful is hypnotherapy for anxiety? Read on to know.
What is Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is the mind-calming process and involves working with your subconscious mind. Hypnosis helps you relax and focus your mind. You will enter into a relaxed and sleep-like state during the hypnotherapy. In this state, you’re more willing to focus on your subconscious mind and explore some of the deeper issues causing you anxiety. Your mind is focused and more open to suggestions during hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy sessions are effective –
- If you want to relax and reprogram your anxious brain
- For exploring repressed memories such as abuse
- Instilling desire for healthy habits like weight loss
Why do you need to connect to the subconscious mind to overcome anxiety with hypnosis?
The subconscious mind is a data bank that stores everything – skills, memories, experiences – from the moment you’re born to date. Everything you have witnessed, done or thought is stored in the subconscious mind, it is not there in your conscious mind. Something can trigger your subconscious mind in day-to-day life, leading to sudden anxiety and irrational fears.
You need to understand that sudden anxiety is going in the present but is triggered by something that occurred in the past.
Process of overcoming anxiety with hypnosis:
- The hypnotherapist will ask you questions to understand the cause of anxiety and assess your personality type.
- Then they will work on your thought process using their voice and a specific language pattern to help you overcome anxiety.
- Manage thoughts in a positive direction
- Clear out past experiences that gave birth to anxiety
- The therapist will feed your subconscious mind with empowering messages
- More you work with the subconscious mind, the more the change in thoughts to the point where your anxiety is easily managed.
- The hypnotherapist is there to help guide this process, not to control your mind.
How hypnotherapists help you overcome anxiety with hypnosis?
Assume that you wish to overcome the fear of participating in school sports. The hypnotherapist will use powerful language to motivate you.
During hypnosis, the therapist can give you what’s known as a “posthypnotic suggestion” Because you will be in a dream-like state. But very focused, so your mind becomes open to suggestions.
The professional will revisit the origin of the anxiety related to sports and work their way up to the current time. Because, your anxiety – occurring in the present moment – is triggered due to something that occurred in the past, such as bullying by seniors or failure.
Hypnotherapists will work on triggers, negative memories associated with the fear of sports deep in your subconscious mind, reframe your thinking and boost your confidence to participate in sports. Your therapist can instill in you how easily confident you will be the next time playing your favorite sport.
Similarly, you can overcome the fear of driving that is caused by a terrible car accident that happened a few years ago. With hypnosis, using a technique such as systematic desensitization, the hypnotherapist will help you work on your fears and calm the driving anxiety
Whether it is public speaking, marriage, traveling, animal or relationship stress, parenting or any other issue – you can overcome anxiety with hypnosis. All you need is to access the negative memories associated with a specific issue you’re facing, easily confront that memory and move past it.
How does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy works because it –
- Relaxes your mind and body
- Helps you address the underlying cause of your anxiety
Researchers at Gonzaga University found that hypnosis relaxes your mind, body and boosts your immune response. Stronger the immunity, better you can manage stress and anxiety. Also, hypnosis helps you rewire your brain to accept a more positive and empowering perspective.
Because of the relaxed state during hypnosis, it’s easier to avoid escalating any anxiety symptoms such as shortness of breath and increased heart rate. Therefore, people undergoing hypnotherapy experience better sleep, calmness, and inner peace