Hypnosis for anxiety won’t make you cluck like a chicken, but it can rewire your subconscious mind to begin the healing process. Anxiety hypnosis is an amazing way to heal childhood trauma, remove learned behaviours, and change negative thought patterns. So, if you’re looking for natural treatment for anxiety, here’s everything you need to know about hypnotherapy.
What is anxiety hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy allows you to connect fully with the deeper layers of yourself. It works with your subconscious mind through the state of hypnosis, which is a natural state of mind that brings about extraordinary levels of focus and relaxation simultaneously, to bring about positive reinforcement and transformations.
Hypnosis for anxiety is used to bypass your critical and analytical mind, otherwise known as your conscious mind or conscious awareness, to forge a connection to your subconscious mind in order to enhance the qualities of life you are aiming to achieve or to eliminate any unwanted phobias, fears or residue that weigh you down. It can also be used to uncover repressed memories and emotions, identify and reprogram negative thought patterns, improve mood and bring about various levels of healing through deep relaxation techniques.
Can hypnotherapy be used to help manage anxiety?
Absolutely! Anxiety hypnotherapy is an excellent anxiety treatment therapy option. Results from hypnosis for anxiety may vary from person to person, but those who are in favor of it report feeling calmer, more focused and empowered after each session.
Hypnotherapy is a journey of self-exploration into our subconscious mind and our subconscious mind is… deep. If we think of it like an iceberg, the conscious mind is just the tip, while the subconscious mind is all that lies beneath the surface. Through diving in deeper and through self-examination we learn to identify and eliminate such triggers that cause anxiety helping regulate our body back to a more natural and calmer state of being that brings about better mental clarity and overall emotional balance.
To get to the core of issues, there are still layers of ourselves we need to explore and some that can be uncomfortable at times, but the effort tends to pay off (just like consistently going to the gym!)
What techniques are used to help with anxiety?
There are different ways anxiety hypnosis approaches your mental health. One way is through age regression, which is done by mentally rewinding back to an earlier time or times in your life to unravel the subconscious causes behind anxious feelings. Through hypnosis we can review and re-examine these certain experiences, emotions or traumas that are currently hindering your current outlook on life and reframe them to resolve negative or unsettled feelings associated with those particular occurrences.
Another aspect of hypnosis for anxiety, which is used in conjunction to age regression, is by using a hypnotic state to influence your subconscious mind with positive suggestions to reframe your thinking process and eliminate potential anxiety-based triggers.
What else is hypnotherapy used for?
If your mind is suggestible in the state of hypnosis, then my answer is “almost anything!” Hypnotherapy is often used to enhance certain qualities within yourself or bring out your inner potential, including greater self-confidence, motivation, concentration and improved health. It is also used to cure phobias and addictions, help with pain management, overcome insomnia, move pass uncomfortable situations, heal trauma… and if necessary, may even support you to get over your ex!
Is there anything to fear about hypnosis for anxiety?
Despite what Hollywood movies and some media have portrayed hypnosis out to be, there is nothing to fear! When it comes to hypnotherapy, there is no one swinging a pocket watch in front of your face, there is never the feeling of being out of control or being in a state where you will do or say anything ridiculous.
People experience various levels of depth when it comes to hypnosis for anxiety, but most say it is an extremely relaxing experience and that it feels like being in a very deep and soothing meditative state. And if by chance you fall asleep during your session, that is perfectly fine, as the subconscious mind NEVER sleeps, it is always absorbing information like a sponge. Knowing that, we try our best to nurture it and fill it with healthy and transformative ideas and beneficial thought patterns during the state of hypnosis.
What is the hypnotherapy session like?
The way the session is facilitated may slightly vary from one hypnotherapist to the next. In most cases, if you are a first time client, the session starts with a brief explanation of what hypnosis is, followed by an intake interview or review of your current life situation, including habits, along with any past information that may be useful so that the hypnotherapist can understand the goals you strive to achieve.
Following this, you will be lead through the induction process, which is a progressive relaxation technique in which your hypnotherapist will use their voice to help you achieve a relaxed state of being where your subconscious mind is most accessible.
Depending on your goals, usually one to six sessions may be recommended and each session may range anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours, depending on which methods are used. Sessions may include different techniques, such as motivational techniques, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), guided imagery, visualization, age regression, and parts therapy.
For those who are open to the idea of reincarnation, past life regression sessions are an additional option for you to explore. Past life regressions, also done through the a state of hypnosis, will allow you to re-encounter experiences from a previous life (or lifetimes!) bringing to light certain challenges or ailments that have carried over into this lifetime and allow you resolve, learn and heal them. These sessions may also bring a new way of looking at life and new inspiration!
How do I start hypnosis for anxiety?
It is important to find and work with a hypnotherapist you connect with and trust. Do your research, inquire about their training and ask any questions you might have ahead of time so you feel completely at ease before you start.
Can I experience hypnotherapy from the comfort of my own home?
Yes, it is possible! Like many therapists, some hypnotherapists also offer sessions online. These sessions are conducted in the very same manner as if they were done in the office, but many people, especially those working through their anxiety, appreciate they can avoid commuting and be at home in a familiar and comfortable place to have these sessions.
Anything else I should know about hypnotherapy for anxiety?
Hypnotherapy requires some upkeep. Yes, that is right, you have homework! When you have a hypnotherapy session with a certified hypnotherapist, they will create a personalized anxiety hypnosis recording during your session that is targeted to your own personal goals. With this recording it is strongly suggested you listen to it daily (preferably at night before or as you are going to bed) for the next few weeks in order to reinforce and embed the given suggestions within your subconscious mind. Investing in occasional follow-up sessions may be equally important, too, as consistency is key for self-improvement and continual “mind maintenance.”
Last but not least, it is extremely important that YOU want to make these changes in your life. If you are resistant to alter your life or way of thinking there will be additional hurdles to overcome. A hypnotherapist helps clear the path, but it is still your decision whether to go down it. The idea to start to change must start with you. Are you ready to make the changes?
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