In most cases, anxiety stems from learned behavior combined with stress or trauma. Hypnosis helps you manage both the learned behavior and its triggers. Hypnosis enables you to address specific issues from all sides. It empowers you to integrate a healthier way of dealing with that issue in your daily life. Maintain and build upon positive changes. That’s how people overcome anxiety with hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy makes a person more confident and emotionally healthy so that can live their life to the fullest.
There are many myths about hypnotherapy. Some people believe that hypnosis is a magical approach that puts you in trance mode. Research shows that hypnosis is a technique that guides you into a relaxed state, so as to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious mind – that’s where the healing begins.
How successful is hypnotherapy for anxiety?
Earlier, hypnotherapy was known as an unconventional method of therapy. But years of research on the effects of hypnosis on anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions, showed promising results.
Hypnotherapy was found to help a person effortlessly focus on his/her present and future without holding onto past traumas and experiences. Hypnosis is effective in modifying nervous habits like binge-eating, nail-biting, even smoking. Researchers validate that hypnosis is an effective technique to overcome fear, stress, panic attacks, low self-esteem and confidence, and anxiety, which is why hypnotherapy is becoming more mainstream by the day.
In 2016 study researchers scanned the brains of 57 people undergoing guided hypnosis and found that people with hypnotized brains have –
- Focused attention
- Less self-consciousness
- Greater physical and emotional control
Another study revealed that self-hypnosis training is a cost-effective, nonaddictive, and safe alternative to medication for the treatment of anxiety associated with cancer, medical or dental procedures. So, hypnosis can be effective for managing everyday anxiety. Self-hypnosis also relieves students from anxiety and feelings of helplessness according to research, conducted at Hampshire Hypnotherapy Centre. In one clinical study women undergoing hypnosis before breast cancer surgery required less anesthetic during surgery and experienced less emotional stress and fatigue.
All these studies provide evidence that people can overcome anxiety with hypnosis.
Successfully overcoming anxiety with hypnosis depends on the professional you choose. A licensed mental health professional or qualified, certified hypnotherapist – having the education and training to diagnose and treat mental health conditions – is a key component in the success of hypnotherapy.
No side effects are the major plus point of hypnosis. The effects of hypnotherapy are similar to that of meditation. Some experts believe that Hypnosis should be used as a complementary treatment to cognitive behavioral therapy.
Best ways to overcome anxiety with hypnosis
1. It is always safe and best to opt for a qualified certified hypnotherapist.
To overcome anxiety with hypnosis, it’s always recommended to see a licensed mental health professional (psychologist, psychotherapist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, counselor, social worker, or medical doctor — who is also a hypnotherapist.) They will not only give you the right guidance but provide custom-tailored sessions and recordings designed for your specific issues.
Thoroughly check the qualifications of the practitioners and if they are affiliated with any professional associations, such as the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Check out if they have extensive training in hypnosis.
If you have experienced severe trauma and anxiety in the past then your overall treatment plan should include several modalities (approaches), and hypnotherapy is just one of the many clinically effective tools known to help treat anxiety. Even if you are not aware of your trauma, and your hypnotist uncovers trauma while doing hypnotherapy, they must know how to treat trauma – which comes from being licensed.
2. Use a pre-recorded audio hypnosis for anxiety and hypnosis for depression.
Pre-recorded audio allows you to choose from multiple sessions and topics.