Anxiety looks different for everyone. Because of the commonality of anxiety, there are many different forms of treatment and management. So, it only makes sense that people use different techniques to get it under control. However, anxiety management isn’t always easy. Sometimes, traditional management techniques and therapy aren’t enough to get symptoms under control. If that sounds familiar, it might be time to consider hypnotherapy.
What Is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is an alternative treatment that puts you in a state of relaxation/hypnosis. In that state, you’ll use high concentration and focus to achieve a heightened state of awareness. That’s where it’s possible to start managing your anxiety effectively.
Hypnosis has been stereotyped countless times over the years. You’ve undoubtedly seen it in movies and television shows. While some depictions are more accurate than others, most are over-exaggerated and give people the wrong idea about what it means to be hypnotized.
You are not “asleep” when you’re under hypnosis. Rather, you’re in a completely relaxed state. You’re actually more in tune and aware of your mental state, and you’re still in control of your actions. If you want to be open to hypnotherapy, let go of the stereotypes and tropes you’ve seen in the past.
What to Expect
If you decide to give hypnotherapy a chance, it can ease your mind to know what you’re getting into. Often, a session will start like any other type of talk therapy. You’ll sit down and talk with your therapist about what’s going on and how your anxiety is impacting your life. The therapist will ask some questions for guidance, and you’ll both discuss what you would like to achieve from each session.
From there, you will be guided through a hypnotizing process that allows you to become extremely relaxed so you can focus your mind. When you are in that focused state, your mind will respond to suggestions more readily than it would otherwise. That makes it easier for the therapist to guide you through the process. You’ll also be able to focus on a specific problem or concern holding you back from overcoming your anxiety.
One of the best ways to treat anxiety is to get to its root. Hypnotherapy can help with that, especially if you’re dealing with past hurts or struggling to talk about what has you worried.
Uncovering the underlying cause of your fear in a relaxed state of mind won’t make it feel as overwhelming. You’ll get through the first step of the treatment journey without having to feel held back by your own paralyzing thoughts.
Is Hypnosis Right for You?
When you’re in a state of deep relaxation, you’re more likely to respond to the suggestions of the therapist. That can help you put the right skills into practice to overcome your anxiety. Or, it can help you avoid or learn how to manage your triggers. One of the hardest parts of overcoming anxiety is feeling like you have to do it alone when there are so many hurdles to jump over. Hypnotherapy gets rid of those hurdles or whittles them down to nothing. Often, hypnotherapy is used as a supplement to other types of talk therapy. If you’re struggling with anxiety and have tried other treatment forms, it might be time to consider hypnosis.
Hypnosis certainly isn’t new, but it’s important that we continue to break down stereotypes. By giving it a chance to treat your anxiety, you can play a crucial role in doing just that. If you have more questions about the process or what to expect, feel free to contact me.