Does Hypnosis Work for Stress

Male Hypnotherapist with a Female Patient-minStress is a reaction we have in response to events or situations in our lives which we feel are challenging or threatening. It is a natural emotion that we experience, for example, when faced with a difficult task at work or home.

What happens during stress?

Stress involves a range of psychological, emotional, and physical responses. When we feel stressed, our body activates the sympathetic nervous system (often called the ‘fight or flight response). It causes several physical conditions, such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and sugar levels in the blood. It also increases levels of hormones that are released to enable the body to react.

Types of Stress

There are different types of stress, including acute stress, chronic stress, and general adaptation syndrome (also known as the general adaptation process).

  • Acute stress is a short-lived reaction to an event or situation that presents somewhat of a challenge but is manageable. For example, being made redundant would be an acute stressor.
  • Chronic stress is a longer-term reaction to events or situations that cause more of a challenge, and there may be more than one specific event or situation that causes this. For example, living with long-term illness or losing your job would both be chronic stressors.
  • General adaptation syndrome is the term used to describe how the body tries to maintain ‘homeostasis (i.e., keep everything in balance) when faced with chronic stress.

Symptoms of stress include:

  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches or stomach ache
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Feelings like nausea (feeling sick) or butterflies in your stomach
  • Upset or tearfulness
  • Irritability and angry outbursts

These symptoms are often referred to as the ‘fight or flight response.’ Things that cause stress can vary from person to person but may include:

  • Relationship problems (including divorce, separation, infidelity)
  • Losing your job or changing jobs
  • Death of a family member, friend, or a beloved one
  • Being in debt
  • Health problems (such as chronic illness)
  • Physical injury or disability

How Hypnosis Can Help in Managing Stress

Hypnosis can help with stress by helping to change the pattern of thinking that has led to you becoming stressed. Although there are many tools available for managing stress, hypnosis is a particularly powerful tool because it helps you explore what part your way of thinking may have had in causing stress and anxiety.

Hypnosis Techniques Used to Manage Stress

There are many techniques your hypnotist may use to help you manage stress, including:

Shifting Your Perspective

Your hypnotist will try to Shift your perspective of the event or situation so that it seems less significant. For example, if you are facing unemployment due to losing your job, hypnosis can help you see this as an opportunity rather than the challenge it feels like right now. Only by taking on this challenge will you be able to start looking for a new job.

Physical Relaxation

Physical relaxation brings mental relaxation. Your hypnotist will work with you to achieve a deep level of physical relaxation and solve physical issues like muscle tension or breathing difficulties. This is a beneficial technique in managing stress because it can be tough to relax when you are feeling stressed.

Visualization Techniques

Visualizing yourself coping with the situation or event that causes stress can be very helpful in managing your stress reaction. For example, if you are experiencing relationship difficulties with a partner, visualizing yourself to cope positively with the situation can help keep you calm and help you see solutions rather than dwelling on negative feelings.

There are other hypnosis techniques your hypnotist might teach you, including self-hypnosis. This is particularly helpful in helping you manage stress because you can use the methods at any time, not just when you are seeing your hypnotist. By teaching you how to take control of your personal reactions to stressful situations or events, hypnosis can help decrease the amount of stress you experience and give you back control over your life.

Hypnosis is great at helping us achieve goals because it helps us have confidence that we can achieve what we want. If you are facing a stressful situation, hypnosis can help you see this in a different light so that it seems less overwhelming. It can also help you find positive ways to cope with the situation — physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Going under stress? We can help. Contact Hypnosis Houston:

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