Does hypnotherapy work for anxiety?
Hypnotherapy for anxiety; it can’t really work, can it?
It’s a question I’ve been asked at many dinner parties.
Having spent the last 10 years helping people by using hypnotherapy for anxiety, I can assure you that it does.
The hypnotherapy process is an interesting one, and it can be difficult to know if hypnotherapy for anxiety will work for you. Many people ask themselves, “how can it really work?”
This blog post will help answer that question with a discussion on what hypnotherapy is, how it works, and whether or not hypnosis actually helps relieve the symptoms of anxiety, plus how to get started with it yourself (for FREE!)
What hypnotherapy is
Hypnotherapy for anxiety aims to reduce or eliminate your fear, worry, panic attacks, and other unpleasant feelings by changing how you think and feel at a deep level.
Hypnotherapy is a process by which the therapist guides you into a very deep state of relaxation. It isn’t magic (although it can sometimes feel that way) but a process that helps you to access the deeper part of your mind, the unconscious.
When you’re in a deeper state, your conscious mind quietens down, and your unconscious mind opens up and becomes more receptive to helpful thoughts and feelings.
Suggestions are given to you while you are in this deep state. They are designed to help with every aspect of anxiety, from excessive worries to negative thinking to the physical sensations often associated with anxiety.
Hypnotherapy is a natural process, and anyone can be hypnotised if they want to be. No one can be hypnotised against their will!
A key benefit of hypnotherapy is that it can be done either with a therapist or on your own by listening to a hypnotherapy recording.Click here to download your FREE Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Mp3
How hypnotherapy for anxiety works
The hypnotherapy process helps you to relax deeply; this in itself helps you to find inner peace by releasing stresses, tensions, and emotions that may have been trapped within your unconscious mind. It’s not only the fact that hypnotherapy is deeply relaxing; it’s also the power of suggestion whilst in that deep state that helps to create significant and lasting changes.
Some people are nervous to try hypnotherapy, but it’s very safe and effective. You have nothing to lose and so much calmness to gain. All you need to do is listen and let the hypnotherapy (or the hypnotherapist) do the work. You might be required to use your imagination at times so that you can start using your imagination as a force for good rather than one that makes you anxious.
How hypnotherapy helps with anxiety
The hypnotherapy process is tailored to suit the individual, as each person’s hypnosis experience will be different.
Hypnosis can help people feel more confident and relaxed in social situations or when they are speaking in public. It can also help them cope better with stressors like work deadlines. Using hypnotherapy for anxiety can also help you to feel better when faced with situations like public speaking.
A big issue for those with anxiety is that they worry about the future or the past – things that happened or things that could go wrong. Hypnotherapy can help you to be present and mindful so that you’re focused on the here and now, not in the future or the past. Whatever type of anxiety you struggle with, from social anxiety, GAD, phobias, or health anxiety, hypnotherapy can help.
What are the benefits of using hypnotherapy to treat anxiety?
Hypnotherapy for anxiety is a beautiful way to change how you feel and think about your life in general. An important thing to know is this; Anxiety is a very unconscious process. No one ‘decides’ to feel anxious, to have a racing heart, uncontrollable worries, or a nervous tummy. These are automatic, unconscious processes that those with anxiety battle daily. It makes sense to treat anxiety at the unconscious level. You might have found that other approaches haven’t worked for you; talking about your anxiety or even trying meditation can sometimes only scratch the surface of what can often be a deeply rooted issue. With hypnotherapy, we can access the unconscious mind to change our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours at a deep level.
How is hypnotherapy used to treat anxiety?
Hypnotherapy for anxiety works at the root cause of your anxiety; the unconscious mind. One of hypnotherapy’s key benefits is that it helps you to change old habits and unhealthy thoughts at a deep level to help manage anxiety more effectively. Most of us have taken on board some old patterns from the past. Maybe you are repeating patterns from your childhood or holding on to ideas that are no longer useful. Whether you had anxious parents, experienced bullying at school, suffered a traumatic event or you experience low self-esteem, hypnotherapy enables you to go in and change unconscious beliefs so that you can be free of the past.
I designed my hypnotherapy for anxiety course to address different areas of anxiety. Helping you be present and aware in the moment, feeling relaxed in your body, being kind to yourself, and feeling good about yourself and your abilities are just a few ways that hypnotherapy can work for anxiety. Hypnotherapy can help you love and accept yourself on a deep level which many people find makes a huge impact on their level of calm. It can also be instrumental in quietening the inner critic, which is often the cause of much anxiety.
What Are the Drawbacks of Hypnotherapy?
There is a misconception about hypnotherapy being used against someone’s will without their knowledge of it happening. This couldn’t be further from the truth; hypnosis cannot occur unless both parties want it to happen. You can’t be hypnotised if you don’t want to be. Another myth is that you might lose control or get ‘stuck in hypnosis. This does not happen; it’s impossible to get stuck in hypnosis, and people often report feeling more in control after a session.
Hypnotherapy is exceptionally safe. Just don’t listen to recordings while driving! It cannot do any harm and does not change anything unless you want it to change. Think of it as a profound and empowering relaxation that helps you to make changes.
What does the process of hypnotherapy for anxiety involve?
During hypnotherapy, you’re invited to get comfortable and close your eyes. Make sure you won’t be disturbed for the duration of the session.
If you’re with a therapist, they may have a couch or comfortable chair for you to sit it. If you’re listening to a hypnotherapy recording you can lie down in your bed or on the sofa.Click here to download your FREE Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Mp3
It’s a good idea if you can have your head supported so you can totally relax. Use headphones if you have them. You’ll then be guided into a deep state of relaxation and given suggestions that will help you to feel calmer, be kinder to yourself, feel more physically relaxed, and more present – or whatever it is that will help you most with your anxiety. Afterward, you’ll feel refreshed and alert, like you’ve just had a long nap, and you’ll be ready to go to sleep or get on with your day.
What’s the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
These terms essentially mean the same thing; getting into a deep state of relaxation so that your unconscious mind is open and able to accept suggestions. However, hypnosis is a term more often associated with stage performances. Everyone has seen a stage show where someone is on stage, clucking like a chicken or eating an onion-like it’s an apple! While this can demonstrate the power of hypnosis, hypnotherapy is far more empowering and is about helping the client to reach their goals and make the changes that they want to in their life. Hypnotherapy isn’t about losing control; it’s about giving you back control over your life.
Do hypnotherapy recordings work for anxiety?
Yes! I first discovered the power of hypnotherapy for anxiety myself about 11 years ago. I was struggling with low self-esteem, chronic worrying, and hated social situations. I listened to a hypnotherapy recording every day for 2 weeks. I was shocked to discover it worked. I didn’t become the world’s calmest person overnight, but the changes were tangible. Suddenly I could hear myself think over the mental noise. I felt more sociable and confident with people, and I started feeling more relaxed and at ease in myself. These days I love getting to share hypnotherapy with thousands of people all over the world.Click here to download your FREE Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Mp3
This all sounds amazing – where can I try it?
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