Research has shown that you can reduce stress with hypnosis, also fear and anxiety. It can also be used to help in coping with the symptoms of panic disorder.
Stress is something we experience when we feel under too much pressure and unable to cope. We all experience stress from time to time and we all experience it differently. A certain situation (for example, bungee jumping) may be incredibly stressful for one person, but someone else's idea of fun.
Different events and situations can cause stress and often it’s a build-up of small, subtle stressors like work-related stress or financial worries that lead to ongoing (or chronic) stress. Feeling stressed for long periods of time takes its toll on both our mental health conditions and physical health.
While we can’t always control the stressful events and situations we experience, we can control our reactions to them. Here we’ll look into common stress symptoms and explore how to reduce stress with hypnosis, and how to help yourself change your reaction and manage stress better.
These feelings may change the way you behave and interact with those around you.
These feelings may well impact on your day-to-day life and over time, stress can lead to mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.
The first step to managing stress is to become aware of what triggers it for you and what stress symptoms you experience. Remember, we’re all different and will respond and react to stress differently.
Try making a list of the different things in your life that makes you feel stressed and then note how stress shows up for you. Do you notice symptoms physically, mentally or emotionally? What causes you to feel stressed? Understanding your triggers means you can anticipate when you might struggle in the future and come up with ways to cope.
Hypnotherapy aims to break negative thought patterns and responses to stress and instead provide you with a healthier reaction. This is done via the subconscious - the part of our mind that works automatically and without us realising.
Your hypnotherapist will help you enter a state of deep relaxation (hypnosis). When you’re in this state, your subconscious is more open to suggestion. The idea here is for the hypnotherapist to ‘suggest’ different ways of responding to stress, to your subconscious.
Some people will see results after one session while others may require a number of sessions. This will depend on your individual circumstances and the depth of work needed. Often Clinical hypnotherapists will also teach you self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques you can use after the sessions are over.