Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Relief

Hypnotherapy Can Trigger Anxiety Relief

hypnotherapy for anxietyLife can be hard for people who suffer with chronic anxiety. Everyday situations and circumstances become unbearable. Relationships with friends and relatives are strained. Ultimately, more time is spent worrying about life than actually living it. While we all feel anxious sometimes, anxiety disorders require special treatment. Fortunately, hypnotherapy for anxiety can be an effective solution.

The anxiety disorder is very different from general feelings of anxiety or worry. It is characterized by its intensity. Sufferers spend an abnormal amount of time feeling anxious. Or, they struggle to deal with the pressures of basic social situations. In the most extreme cases, panic attacks occur. This can be a very scary thing. Frequent panic attacks can eventually lead to a fear of going outside.

This is why it is important for those with anxiety problems to learn how to manage stress. Not everybody who struggles with stress has an anxiety disorder. However, the two are often interconnected. Hypnotherapy for anxiety is a quick, effective, and tactful solution for stress as well. It is less invasive than psychotherapy. It does not involve drugs or medications. Instead, it works with the subconscious mind to reshape and reframe harmful thought patterns into soothing ones.

This guide to using hypnotherapy for anxiety will explain why hypnotic techniques are so powerful. It will discuss, in detail, which methods are best for stress management.

The Complex World of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are tricky to define, even for psychotherapists. This is because they can take many different forms. Some people suffer with debilitating panic attacks. Others have no panic attacks, but still struggle with overwhelming feelings of worry. You do not have to experience panic attacks to be diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder. But they can be one of the most obvious symptoms.

heart beats hypnotherapy for anxietyA panic attack is a brief episode during which anxiety levels rise dramatically. They can happen anywhere, at any time. But they usually occur in response to a stressful situation. For example: A job interview or before a big test. They can be extremely frightening. The heart rate rises very quickly. There is tightness or a pain in the chest. These symptoms are usually accompanied by dizziness, shortness of breath, sweating, and a feeling of intense fear.

You may not have panic attacks, but still have an anxiety disorder. This will be characterized by prolonged feelings of intense worry. It can be worry about anything. You may worry about the well being of your family, or about your finances. You might feel stressed about your duties at work or your ability to make friends. The condition is likely to be diagnosed as a disorder if this worry prevents you from living normally.

Understanding Chronic Stress and Anxiety

sad woman on phoneThe issue is further complicated by the addition of stress. Technically, stress and anxiety are two different things. However, they feel very similar and lead to similar consequences. So, they can be used interchangeably in some situations. To be precise, stress is a feeling of being abnormally overwhelmed. It is usually temporary.

For instance, you might be stressed because you are working longer hours, or because you have just had a new baby. You may have had a fight with a relative or broken down in your car. Like anxiety, stress is natural in small amounts. The problem comes when the feelings of being overwhelmed do not subside. If persistent, stress and anxiety can have a serious impact on physical and emotional health.

woman awake sleeping pills insomniaOne of the most common symptoms is lack of sleep. And, because sleep is so important, not getting enough of it leads to more issues. You are likely to have difficulty concentrating. Your work or studies may suffer. You could start to develop a fear of certain places or situations. The longer your anxiety or stress continues, the more risk there is of it turning into depression. So, it is important to find a solution quickly. Hypnotherapy for anxiety can be that solution.

The Harmful Effects of Chronic Anxiety

Finding a generalized anxiety disorder treatment is vital, because chronic anxiety leads to bad habits. If left untreated, sufferers are likely to seek immediate (and harmful) coping mechanisms. The most common are overeating, nail biting, smoking, and alcohol abuse. While these actions may provide temporary relief, they just add another problem. In the end, they turn into harmful and repetitive behaviors.

If you seek hypnotherapy for anxiety early on, you can avoid this. It will always be harder to conquer the fear if you are overweight, drinking too much, hair pulling, or chain smoking. So, deal with the root problem now. And do it without prescription medications too. It is possible. With the right NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) techniques or self-hypnosis techniques, you can conquer your anxiety for good. All you need to do is find the right strategy that works for you.

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If you are not yet convinced, here is some information about traditional treatments. For anxiety, drugs are the most common choice. They include Praxil, Prozac, Zoloft, and Xanax. In severe cases, Valium is sometimes prescribed. The problem with this method of treatment is obvious. It does not solve the issue. It only masks the symptoms. If you stop taking the drugs, the symptoms return.




Why Hypnotherapy is Better Than Medication

The drugs usually used to treat anxiety disorders are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They are fast and they alleviate symptoms. However, they also have worrying side effects. For instance: Drowsiness, slurred speech, confusion, and even depression. There are some which make it easier to put on weight. There are others which cause the patient to feel disconnected from reality.

drugs for depressionThese are serious side effects. In some cases, they can make it even harder for sufferers to handle everyday life. Clearly, they are not always the best solution. For an alternative, look to hypnotherapy for anxiety. It is a clean, healthy, and emotionally nourishing approach. It speaks directly to the subconscious mind to find the root of the problem and reframe it, or eliminate it. NLP techniques can be used to create healthy associations and thought patterns which eliminate anxiety and depression.

NLP and Hypnotherapy are not as emotionally exhausting as psychotherapy. This method often requires patients to revisit traumatic or stressful memories. With hypnosis, this can be done while the patient is in a relaxed and responsive state. Hypnotherapy for anxiety never asks sufferers to put themselves through unnecessary stress. Its benefits have been demonstrated many times by many different studies.

For example, Maher-Loughnan (1980) conducted a study involving more than a hundred patients. They all suffered with stress or anxiety related conditions. After twelve weeks of self-hypnosis, 75% reported a positive change in their symptoms. After a year, 72% of these patients claimed to have no symptoms at all. They attributed this development to the support of hypnotherapy for anxiety. So, if you are asking yourself ‘Does hypnotherapy work?’ the answer is right there in front of you.

Hypnosis and NLP Natural Cures for Anxiety

NLP Anchoring Technique

nlp anchorDid you ever listen to an old song and have it trigger feelings from your past experiences? When you originally heard the song, you felt those feelings, and they automatically were attached to the sound of the song. So the music became an Anchor for the feelings. Now when you hear that song, it triggers the same emotional feelings again.

Anchoring can be an extremely useful method for calming your nerves. Suppose that you have a memory of a peaceful time in your life. If you step back inside of that memory, you’ll re-experience the the same exact feelings of peace that you felt at the time of the original experience. If you touch two fingers together, {say your thumb and your index finger, while you re-experience those feelings of peace and tranquility, that touch becomes an anchor for the feelings of self-esteem. In other words, if you’re feeling anxious, you can just press those two fingers together, and it will bring back the feeling of peace.

NLP Technique – Flash Away Stress

This is a tremendously effective Neuro-Linguistic Programming method that can be used to “flip” things around in the unconscious / subconscious, so that experiences that previously triggered feelings of anxiety or stress actually trigger peace and relaxation instead. This is the most powerful programming method for eliminating conditioned responses.

Hypnosis for Relaxation Using Ericksonian Metaphor

With “Ericksonian Hypnosis,” also known as “Conversational Hypnosis,” we use little stories, called metaphors, to inject suggestions and ideas into the unconscious mind. This is a powerful and effective method, based on the fact that it effectively eliminates the blockage of and resistance to suggestions that is very often caused by the conscious mind. There are two types of metaphors, “Isomorphic,” and those of the embedded command or “interspersal” nature. The very essence of hypnosis is relaxation.

Hypnotic Process Instructions

Hypnotic Process Instructions direct the subconscious/ unconscious to locate a memory of an appropriate learning experience from the past, and apply that experience to make a change in one’s present.

Using Hypnotherapy for Anxiety at Home

hypnotherapy for anxietyThere are countless examples of the success of hypnotherapy for anxiety. In 1999, McConkey et al. studied the impact of self-hypnosis on the stress symptoms of 20 subjects. After 28 days, the subjects all showed signs of reduced anxiety. They exhibited more confidence, more optimism, and better physical and emotional health. These results were also compared with the power of simple relaxation techniques. The techniques had a positive effect, but this was not comparable to the influence of hypnotherapy for anxiety.

One of the best things about hypnotherapy for anxiety is its adaptability. With the right resources, it can even be performed at home. This is usually done with the help of a professionally created recording (MP3 or CD). You can do this independently. You do not need to be in the presence of a hypnotherapist for it to work. The suggestions and information on the recording will be the same as if you were speaking to the hypnotist in person.

However, for this to work, you do need to use a high quality recording. It must be targeted towards anxiety sufferers and, specifically, aim to alleviate stress symptoms. To find a high quality hypnotherapy for anxiety recording, do some research online. Write the names of some reliable and qualified hypnotherapists. Then, look for these names when you are browsing.

Taking Back Control with Self-Hypnosis

listening to music hypnotherapy for anxietyAt home (self-hypnosis) can be every bit as effective as a one to one session. Plus, it is much cheaper. It can be performed multiple times. The recording can be used anywhere, at any time. For the fastest results, try to listen to your hypnotherapy for anxiety recording in a quiet place. There should be no distractions. The easier it is to focus on the voice on the tape, the more effective the NLP or hypnosis techniques will be.

The results will be fast, but they are not instant. You may need to work with the program for a couple of weeks to see a change. When you do, it should be subtle. Hypnotherapy is not designed to change your personality. It aims to work with it. It wants to strengthen your character so that you can more easily deal with the pressures of life. For this reason, the change should feel natural and organic.

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Alan B. Densky, CH

Alan B. Densky, CH is an NGH certified consulting hypnotist. He offers a complete line of stress elimination hypnotherapy CD’s, and advanced stress management hypnosis CD’s through his Neuro-VISION self hypnosis website.

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