How Hypnosis Helps Ease Anxiety
Suffering from anxiety can make everyday situations feel uncomfortable. Going to the store, talking to a new client, or attending a church function can be exhausting. Maybe you think you’ve just got the “jitters” or the “shakes,” but anxiety can make seemingly normal events result in rapid heartbeat, increased sweating, and enough adrenaline to make a person want to run away from the perceived danger.
Unfortunately, most people don’t understand what the anxious person is going through. Over time an anxious person will grow to dislike phrases such as “calm down,” “relax,” or “there’s nothing to worry about,” because they have been thrown around endlessly by well-meaning friends or family members. Rationally and consciously, the anxious person recognizes that it should be simple - but it isn’t. The person who is dealing with anxious feelings is doing battle with an internal subconscious system that is out of the reach of most people’s soothing admonitions.
Hypnotists are trained to work with the subconscious mind, which is where anxiousness and other feelings originate. Because the work is targeted differently than a conscious discussion of fears or treating symptoms through prescriptions, hypnotists can play an important role in helping their clients find resolution. Hypnosis work can focus on training a person to address anxious feelings through better emotional management techniques as well as finding and resolving the source of anxiousness. Through training clients in hypnosis techniques, it is possible to provide the tools for a person to stay calm in virtually any situation.
Hypnotists are not physicians - though some physicians are trained in the techniques - and they are not psychiatrists - though some psychiatrists and psychologists practice hypnosis. A good hypnotist shouldn’t be seen as a replacement for anything a person is doing that is working, instead a hypnotist can be a catalyst and booster for things that are working and an alternative for things that are not working. A hypnotist can jump start the good stuff and help weed out the bad stuff. A hypnotist can also help find ways that a person can work with their prescribing physician to reduce drugs that often leave people feeling “squishy,” “tired,” or “dull.”
Anxiousness is a feeling - and you weren’t born with it. Somewhere along the way in life, your mind learned to fear certain environments or situations. Just as the mind learned the behavior, it can learn new behaviors or new responses to old stimuli.