Firstly, let us understand how hypnotherapy works. Hypnotherapy uses some key tools like intense concentration, guided relaxation and highly focused attention to achieve a condition of heightened awareness. This state is often referred to as a trance. In this state of trance everything else happening around the person is completely ignored or blocked out for a temporary period of time. With the help of a trained hypnotherapist a person can achieve a state of awareness where he/she can only focus on a particular thought or task. This method is now being utilized for helping people with problems related to stress and anxiety.
One must understand that this state of heightened awareness occurs completely naturally with the guidance of trained therapist and does not require the use of any medication or drugs.
Hypnosis has been used successfully to help patients with stress, anxiety, phobias, problems with over eating and much more. This heightened state of awareness allows individuals to be more open to suggestions or discussions.
How does hypnotherapy help to deal with stress and anxiety?
The word stress can be explained as the painful way one feels when they are under too much pressure. The pressure can have variable sources. It can either work or home or some other personal problem. Every other individual copes with stress in a very different way. What may seem highly stressful to one person may not seem so troublesome to another and he/she may only think of it as mildly stressful, whereas someone else may not find it stressful at all. The main problems with stress can be felt when people feel that they are not capable of coping with the amount of pressure they are facing or are not able to combat their stress.
Although stress can also have positive implications where it helps individuals to perform their very best at the optimum level of their energy and talents, it mostly has a negative effect on majority of people. The physical symptoms connected to stress include: fatigue, upset stomach, nausea, chest pain, dizziness, headache, indigestion, weight loss or gain, pounding heart, depression, mood swings, negative thoughts, confusion and many more.
Cognitive behavioral therapy or counseling, and psychotherapy can help to reduce the effects of stress by helping people to perceive better why they think the way they do and how they can change these thoughts in a positive direction to manage stress and anxiety. Hypnotherapy can help us alter our reaction to a certain situation which lies to be the root cause of stress and thus, help us manage it effectively.
Marie claude Bouchet
Mental well-being, stress management, resilience etc.