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There are two types of stress: good and bad. Good stress is the acute kind that raises your heartbeat, elevates your blood pressure, and gets you on the alert so you can take quick action, if need be. It can happen to you during an intense meeting at work, while your watching your kid’s soccer game, or when you’re driving and someone cuts you off. The adrenaline starts pumping in your veins, your thinking becomes sharper, and your reflexes get faster.
However, the good kind of stress goes away after a while. Then your adrenaline levels return to normal, and your blood pressure is able to stabilize.
Now let’s talk about the second type, the bad kind of stress. This type of stress is chronic, and it because it doesn’t stop it leaves you worn out and exhausted. It wreaks havoc on all your bodily systems, sometimes even to the point of manifesting itself in chronic diseases.
Being exposed to cortisol and other stress-related hormones for long periods of time may lead to the following:
- Concentration and memory problems
- Increased blood pressure
- Higher risk of heart disease
- Weakened immune system
- Type-2 diabetes
- Digestive problems
- Body aches and pains
- Loss of energy
There are many ways to treat stress. Treatment usually entails meditation, low-impact aerobic exercise, or massages to promote relaxation.
But all of these things just deal with stress on the surface. If you really want to get a handle on your anxiety, you have to dig down deep and pull out the weeds by the roots instead of just trimming off the top.
That’s what hypnosis does. Hypnosis is one of the least-understood therapy techniques, despite the fact that it has helped with many physical and mental ailments.
What are some of the benefits of using hypnosis to treat stress?
- It’s time-efficient. Hypnosis can usually get right to the source during the first session. That’s really fast compared to other methods of treatment.
- It gets to the bottom of things. Through hypnotherapy, you can pinpoint the trigger behind your stress and anxiety. It could be due to a negative past experience, a specific situation that left its mark, or the harsh reality of dealing with a chronic disease. Regardless, your hypnotherapist can help you diagnose and treat your stress through hypnosis.
- It heals the “whole” you. Hypnosis treats the entire package — body, mind, and soul as one entity.
- It’s gradual. The hypnotherapist first asks you to name what you’re feeling. Then you’re asked to put your hand on where that feeling hurts in your body. In this way, you recognize on a basic, human level that what you’re feeling in your mind is manifesting itself in physical form. In order to get rid of that, you have to release the stress from your body. And the only way to do that is to face your feelings head-on, without fear or trepidation.
- You’re in control. I used to hate hypnosis (and consciously fought it hard), because I thought it meant I would be losing control of my mental state and the circumstances around me. But in spite of what many (including myself, at one point) claim or believe, during hypnosis you’re awake and remain conscious the entire length of the session. The only part the licensed hypnotherapist (and this has to be someone whom you trust and with whom you are completely comfortable) plays during the session is to guide your suggestions of how you’re feeling, where it hurts, and how to get rid of the pain. Other than that, you are in control of your entire experience the whole time.
Hypnosis is successful because when you’re in a trance, you’re in a state of deep relaxation. That’s when the brain is open to suggestions. It’s a way of unlocking the potential of changing negative thoughts into positive ones, breaking free of the existing stress-inducing, debilitating patterns, and learning how to react in the face of adverse situations.
Hypnotherapy can help you change your perceptions of certain stress triggers in your life. And since stress is created through your thoughts and perceptions, this method of treatment yields great results by lowering anxiety levels and reducing stress, leading to a happier, healthier, more balanced you.