How Hypnosis Can Help with Anxiety Disorder

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Anxiety disorder is more common than you may think

Anxiety disorders are more commonplace today than they have ever been. Some estimates assert that 1 in 5 people (20%) possess an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, or 20% of the entire population currently possesses anxiety.

Moreover, many people carry around many of the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorders which probably makes the percentage even higher. Why is there all of this anxiety?

Simple! The way that people are leading stressful lives is perpetuating this anxiety that they are experiencing. What can people do to get instant relief from anxiety and stress without having to take a pill?

Hypnosis combined with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the best and most efficient remedy.

CBT is very helpful in teaching people to own their emotions (feelings) which are based on their thoughts. You see, your thoughts create your emotions. In fact, it is your “stinking thinking” which is causing your stress and anxiety. How you perceive things (in this case… distressing) will determine the amount of stress that you create for yourself.

It is important to get your thinking right which first begins by assuming responsibility for what you want to think and how you want to perceive things. This is where CBT comes into play.

Once you are able to learn to monitor your thoughts (the ones that are causing you to become anxious and stressed out), you can then create new thoughts and cognitions that are neutral or positive which will cause you to feel less stress. This may require a little bit of work on your part (monitoring negative thoughts as they come and deleting them) but it is worth it!

Once you have mastered this, hypnosis is an amazing tool to compliment CBT or it is beneficial on its own. How hypnosis works is identifying triggers and stopping them in their shoes!

It is best to experience hypnosis session with the help of a skilled hypnotist. A trained hypnotist will help you identify the thinking patterns which are causing you to become stressed out and become anxious. If you suffer from anxiety, then a hypnotist can teach you relaxing techniques to use when you are not in sessions.

Hypnotists can implant post hypnotic suggestions and cues into your unconscious which literally act on contact when perceived or stressful thoughts begin to arise in your conscious mind. The negative thoughts themselves become the triggers to the cues and you can instantly distract your conscious mind from worry or feeling anxious.

Some hypnotists can actually teach you to take perceived stressful events and make them relaxing.

For example, say traffic makes you feel anxious. Typically, you would start gripping the steering wheel tighter, get white knuckles, begin to perspire and feel nauseated. By having post hypnotic suggestions implanted, the traffic becomes the trigger for relaxation.

That’s right! Whenever you get stuck in traffic, it becomes a relaxing or “down” time for you.

Hypnosis is effective for removing perceptions of stress from your unconscious mind, and stopping the conscious mind from racing. CBT is good in that it trains the conscious mind to assume responsibility for whatever it wants to think and feel. Check out a stress reduction MP3 hypnosis session here.

We’ll explore CBT in a series of articles starting with our next post. So stay tuned.

Erika Slater
Director
Free At Last Hypnosis

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