When we’re reacting to situations with anxiety, depression, panic, or restlessness that interferes with sleep, it’s usually because we’re approaching those situations with critical judgments that are not based in reality. Our past experiences and the way that we perceive them shape how we see our present, and sometimes we need to open our minds to the possibility that things are different than they seem in our conscious perceptions. Hypnotherapy can help reduce our unwarranted anxiety, depression, panic, sleeplessness, social anxiety, and lack of concentration by tapping into our subconscious, less judgmental mind.
Hypnosis for Anxiety
Anxiety is generally defined as constant worry about every possible facet of life, from the professional to the personal to the academic, and it is essentially a compulsive reaction to external factors and situations. Usually in the case of anxiety, our worry is unfounded and based on faulty assumptions about a situation. This anxiety can also lead to unwanted habitual behaviors such as smoking, overeating, or irrational angry outbursts. Hypnotherapy can help both with these unwanted compulsive behaviors and the anxiety that lies behind them. By re-configuring how the conscious mind views external situations, hypnosis can help the anxiety sufferer realize that there’s really nothing to worry about.
Hypnosis for Depression
Depression, much like anxiety, can become a habitual way of reacting to life and its problems. If we consciously view life with an attitude that lends itself to depression, we are more likely to become depressed and engage in the behaviors associated with depression. Anytime a feeling, thought, or action can be described as consistent or continuous, then it has become compulsive, and hypnotherapy is designed to break into that part of our subconscious that is able to combat compulsive behaviors and attitudes. If someone is constantly playing pessimistic thoughts in their mind or feeling sad and worthless, they’ve lost control of their conscious judgments about life and themselves. The process of hypnotherapy can help to rewire these thoughts if the participant has a willingness to change.
Hypnosis for Sleep Difficulty
When a person first starts to experience sleep difficulty, the incidents usually are isolated and most likely brought on by stress, anxiety, depression, or simply poor lifestyle choices. Over time, though, the sleeplessness can build into a habit. As discussed earlier, hypnotherapy is one way to combat habitual behaviors and get the mind and body back on track. Also, the mind passes through the hypnotic state every time an individual falls asleep. By having a professional induce the hypnotic state, the mind can be trained to connect with that feeling of relaxation and release into sleep, and this can help reduce sleep difficulty.
Hypnosis and Social Anxiety
Social anxiety is based on a deep fear of being judged or criticized by those around you. Those with social anxiety may rearrange their life as to avoid meeting new people or being placed in uncomfortable social situations. As they give in to this way of coping, seclusion becomes more and more habitual. They suffer from low self-esteem and an inability to rationally determine how they view themselves based on faulty misconceptions. When placed in stressful social situations, they may react subconsciously with such physical symptoms of nervousness as profuse sweating, stuttering, blushing, and shaking, and experiencing these symptoms can increase the feeling of nervousness and agitation. Hypnosis may help to reduce these physical reactions and create a calmer, more relaxed outlook toward social interaction.
Hypnosis and Panic
Panic attacks are a sudden, physiological reaction to external stressors. These attacks seem to come from nowhere, and often, the individual experiencing an attack is unable to pinpoint the exact trigger of the panic. Panic attacks are characterized by some or all of the following symptoms: shaking, sweating, difficulty breathing, chest pain, overwhelming need to flee, and fear of death. Having a panic attack is a sign that a person has perceived some sort of danger in their situation subconsciously, even if none exists, and once someone has had a panic attack, their risk of having another is greatly increased. Hypnosis may get to the feelings underlying the panic and help the subconscious mind understand that there is no rational reason to be afraid.