3 Ways to Relax Your Mind and Ease Your Stress with Hypnotherapy
At this time of the year stress levels are high for many of us. For those that celebrate religious holidays, there are the complexities of family and pressure to meet the needs of everyone around you. Financial worries surface as you think about the gifts you need to buy. Especially in our current climate, where many feel they must choose between heating their home or buying presents for the family.
Stress is your body’s natural way to deal with situations that require action. A process formed through evolution to help you stay safe. With the brain’s purpose being to keep you alive, when a situation threatens your existence, you need to act fast. Your brain floods your body with cortisol, your muscles tense, your breathing speeds up, your heart pumps harder and faster. Stress signals travel to the gut, changing the gut bacteria. Stress even affects your reproductive system. Your whole body adapts to manage the stressful situation. Which naturally passes quickly. In the modern world, however, stressful situations often remain for a long time. Unfortunately, modern life moves quicker than evolution, and we have not yet evolved to have an internal process for long-term or modern (non-life threatening) stress. When maintained for long periods, the stress response becomes destructive. Causing internal problems and messing with your daily living.
Hypnotherapy will help you relax your mind and ease your stress. Whether you find it more effective to have private sessions with a hypnotherapist or use hypnosis on your own at home depends on what causes your stress and whether you can do anything to mitigate it. Below are three ways to relax your mind and ease stress with hypnotherapy.
Sometimes you can’t remove the stressor from your life. You might find a few things to ease it slightly, but if there is something in your life you can’t change instantly, using hypnosis to relax will help bring your body out of the stressed state temporarily. Although this will not fix the problem, it will reduce the risk of internal damage caused by the stress response and act as maintenance. It will also help you manage the stressful situation, which might reduce the stress.
Although often used synonymously, hypnosis is not relaxation and does not always induce a relaxed state. However, there are times it can. Many hypnotherapists work in a solution-focused way, with the aim to fix, but sometimes it’s more important to accept current circumstances and use hypnosis as a tool to relax throughout the stressful period. A hypnotherapy session will help you with this. However, you can also use hypnosis / guided meditation audios at home.
There is no clear definition of hypnosis, but there is research into what hypnosis is. The research shows clear changes in the brain state. However, not everyone experiences these changes, and we certainly can’t test for them easily during a hypnotherapy session. Almost all definitions agree on one thing. Hypnosis is a state of mind in which you experience intense focus. When your body goes into the stressed state, your primal, instinctual brain takes more control, and the human, rational thinking brain relinquishes control. This can make it hard to think straight. When you can’t see the wood for the trees, using hypnosis to gain clarity will help you work out what you need to do next. In this situation, it is helpful to have a hypnotherapist guide you and ask you relevant questions.
Most hypnotherapists primarily use hypnosis with clear instruction, but sometimes indirect hypnosis or none – regarding the therapy part of hypnotherapy as more relevant to your problem – is more beneficial. It is always best to double check, but hypnotherapists should work confidentially. Anything you discuss within the therapy room stays in the therapy room. If you find yourself with no one to turn to, the support of a hypnotherapist will give you someone that will offer a listening ear and help you find solutions, should you seek a solution. When and if the time feels right for both of you, your hypnotherapist will enhance the therapy with hypnosis.