Hypnotherapy works amazing well with stress, fear, anxiety, and even PTSD
The subconscious mind works through automation. Beating your heart, breathing, running your immune system, walking, riding a bike, navigating a spoon to your mouth, and driving a car are all examples of automatic habits. Things you don’t have to conscious think about doing. They are habits because you practiced them over and over again with the conscious mind until they become a natural part of your physiology. Now, thoughts and emotions can also become automatic habits when practiced over and over again.
Let’s go back to fear, worry and anxiety. When the stress response (sympathetic nervous system) gets triggered it causes a physical reaction of panic, fear and anxiety, and the results can include increased heart rate, muscle tension, headaches, irritability, depleted immune system, confused thinking, and insomnia, because your subconscious mind now thinks it’s unsafe to relax so you’ll wake up after only four hours of sleep. Chronic stress is the body and mind making stress, worry, anxiety and fear an automatic habit.
Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent, and what you make permanent becomes your subconscious programming.
You don’t choose between a program and no program.
You choose between a conscious program and an unconscious program.
If you’re not consciously working your program,
You’re being worked by your unconscious program.
The thoughts that consistently run through your psyche and the emotional state you find yourself in over and over again is training your mind and body. You are programming your brain to turn the thoughts and feelings you are having on a weekly or even daily basis into automatic mental and physical habits, even if these thoughts and emotions are unintentional.
The reason hypnotherapy works so well with fears, stress and anxiety is that the main foundation of hypnotherapy is moving the body and mind into deep, natural relaxation.
By moving the body and mind into the relaxation response (parasympathetic nervous system) -where the body and mind are in balance and homeostasis, and where the body should be 90% of the time – by moving into the relaxation response the body and mind move out of the stress response (sympathetic nervous system) where it should only be about 10% of the time when your safety and survival are truly threatened. By moving into the relaxation response the body and mind can start the healing process and you can “reprogram” limiting beliefs, fears and anxiety.
And, again, practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent, and what you make permanent becomes your subconscious programming.
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Hypnosis In The Treatment of Anxiety
National Institutes for Health (NIH)
“Hypnotherapy and training in self-hypnosis can help persons achieve remarkable success in alleviating anxiety, not only in anxiety disorders, but also in any problem involving anxiety.
“The author describes the role of hypnosis in the treatment of several disorders and provides clinical examples illustrating treatment of generalized anxiety, phobias, and posttraumatic stress disorders.
“He concludes that because hypnosis exploits the intimate connection between mind and body, it provides relief through improved self-regulation and also beneficially affects cognition and the experience of self-mastery.”
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ANXIETY AND STRESS DISORDERS
Hypnosis In The Treatment of Anxiety and Stress Related Disorders
Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
“Self-hypnosis training represents a rapid, cost-effective, nonaddictive and safe alternative to medication for the treatment of anxiety-related conditions.
“Here we provide a review of the experimental literature on the use of self-hypnosis in the treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders, including anxiety associated with cancer, surgery, burns and medical/dental procedures.
“An overview of research is also provided with regard to self-hypnotic treatment of anxiety-related disorders, such as tension headaches, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome. The tremendous volume of research provides compelling evidence that hypnosis is an efficacious treatment for state anxiety (e.g., prior to tests, surgery and medical procedures) and anxiety-related disorders, such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.”
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REDUCING PAIN AND SOOTHING ANXIETY
Monitor on Psychology
A monthly publication of the American Psychological Association
“Hypnosis continues to show promise in reducing pain and soothing anxiety.
“A growing body of scientific research supports hypnosis’ benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, depression, anxiety and phobias.
“Hypnosis works and the empirical support is unequivocal in that regard. It really does help people,” says Michael Yapko, PhD, a psychologist and fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
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Hypnosis As Mental Health Therapy
Harvard Medical School’s – Mental Health Newsletter
“Hypnosis also helps to alleviate anxiety. It has been studied most as a treatment for anxiety related to surgery. Many studies have reported that hypnosis reduced anxiety levels and lowered blood pressure in patients before surgery, and enhanced recovery afterward by shortening hospital stays and reducing complications like nausea and vomiting.
“In a 2006 study, for example, patients who underwent hypnosis received suggestions of well-being before surgery. Upon entering the operating room, they reported anxiety levels 56% lower than anxiety levels before hypnosis. Patients in a comparison group, who received the normal presurgical standard of care, reported a 47% increase in anxiety.”
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DECREASE ANXIETY AND STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Hypnosis As A Modulator Of Cellular Immune Dysregulation During Acute Stress
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
In research published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, hypnosis and related visualization techniques where shown to actually prevent the weakening of the immune response that often follows periods of acute stress.
Medical and dental students who were about to take exams and under tremendous amounts of stress were taught self-hypnosis, so doing hypnotherapy on themselves after some training,
In the study the control group, subjects who had not used self-hypnosis as a relaxation technique prior to their stressful event, they showed a 24 percent decrease in T-cell count compared to a 2 percent increase in the hypnosis group – T cells = T-Lymphocyte white blood cells are important to the immune response.
The investigators found that during acute stress during exam time, the self-hypnosis students exhibited stronger immune responses compared with students who did not learn the technique.
Amazingly, the more often students practiced the relaxation strategy, the stronger their immune response became.
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YOU ARE THE ONE DOING THE WORK
And just to be clear, you are the one doing the work, I don’t do anything to you nor can I make you do anything you don’t want to do (no matter what you see in movies, TV or at a Las Vegas show).
If someone may be dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is created by authentic fears based on real traumatic experiences, and those can be terrifying. Fears and emotions are created by: Events + Beliefs + Emotions = Behavior = Results.
It’s what we decide and believe about an event, usually heightened by fearful emotions, that then drives our behaviors and actions, and creates our results.
However, very often those beliefs are unconscious. By using hypnotherapy you can find amend/edit/delete those limiting beliefs and then create new beliefs in the subconscious through suggestions and visualization exercises.
For example, if someone at 40 years old has a fear of public speaking because back in the 5th grade when they were 10 years old they went up to the chalk board and spelled cat “kat” and the entire class laughed and the teach got angry (real client, by the way), the issue can’t be resolved by changing her behavior (feel the fear and do it anyway), the issue needs to be resolved in her beliefs about the situation and herself.
Now that event at 10 years old was unconscious. She didn’t come in because she was upset about spelling cat “kat” 30 years ago, she didn’t consciously remember that. She was upset because at 40 years old her career was stalled because she wouldn’t get in front of people and do presentations, or manage projects to give her big idea in the weekly meetings. But the 10 year old her created a safety belief that is was unsafe to be in front of people, and that belief became an automatic habit and she was being worked by her unconscious programming, and her career suffered for it 30 years later.
If a person uses their natural ability to change their perception and what they belief about an event and/or themselves, then transformation and healing can occur.
By regularly using hypnotherapy (which is not unlike meditation or the restful savasana at the end of yoga) the body re-learns to be in the relaxation state. The subconscious makes being in the parasympathetic nervous system an automatic habit. Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent and what you make permanent becomes your subconscious programming.
Hypnotherapy is also an incredible tool to use to help diminish the emotions someone may have around a past event. You create the beliefs and emotions you have around any situation and while you can’t change the events in your life (she did spell cat “kat”) you can change what believe and what you feel about that event anytime you want. You have that right. You have that ability. You have that power.
HYPNOTHERAPY IS NOT UNLIKE PHYSICAL THERAPY
If you have pain and movement problems with your hip (or another part of your body) you may need to see a physical therapist. A physical therapist is trained to help patients heal through hands-on care and patient education. The physical therapist doesn’t “do” anything to you, nor does “physical therapy”. Using their training and experience, the physical therapist guides the patient through various stretches and exercise so that the patient heals themselves. If the patient is unmotivated to heal or unwilling to do the work during their session together then no restoration of the body is possible.
Physical therapists also prescribe “homework” in the form of exercises to do on a daily basis at home in order to accelerate healing. This is important for the injury to heal properly and as quickly as possible and for you to return to 100% mobility.
Hypnotherapy works in the same way. Hypnotherapy doesn’t do the healing, it is a technique, a tool, that actives your own natural healing potential, be it physical, mental, or emotional restoration.
While there is great benefit and healing that happens at a hypnotherapy session, in order to accelerate healing and goal achievement, as well as, anchor the new positive beliefs and programming you will need to spend time each day on “homework”.
You will need to spend 15-20 minutes in self-hypnosis or listening to a hypnotherapy recording, twice a day if possible. It would also be helpful to write out your affirmations once a day in the morning or before going to bed and spending a few minutes twice a day reciting your affirmations out loud (which you could do in the car or at home behind closed doors for privacy).
With hypnotherapy, you are in control. The hypnotherapist is the guide to help you reach your goal (not unlike a physical therapist or athletic coach).
Hypnotherapy is an incredible tool to use to help diminish the emotions someone may have around a past event. You create the beliefs and emotions you have around any situation and you can change those beliefs and emotions anytime you want.
If a person uses their natural ability to change their perception and what they belief and feel about an event and themselves, then transformation and healing can occur.
To hammer this point home, what you believe or feel about an event in your life is under your control, if you don’t take control yourself then your subconscious mind will create the programming based on information it received and will “guess” what the best course of action will be to keep you safe and alive (which might not necessarily be to make you happy and successful, it’s not personal, it’s just programming which you have the ability to change).
Using hypnosis to quiet the conscious mind and enter that deep inner stillness we all can achieve through deep, natural relaxation we can edit, amend and reprogram limiting beliefs and troublesome emotions.
However, hypnotherapy doesn’t give you control over anything you’ve never had control over.
Hypnotherapy simply gives you a way of accessing what you’ve always had control over and never took the time to access or train. You’ve always had the ability to access your subconscious mind, to take responsibility for your emotions, actions and beliefs, but you’ve never had the training to do it.
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