Do you ever feel like you’re in a state of work overload? Do you have trouble sleeping or have panic attacks at the thought of going to work?
There are more than 40 million people who get treated for anxiety each year, and 60 million more who have the disorder but never seek treatment.
If you have ever called in sick because you just couldn’t take it anymore, this article’s for you. We’ll break down the common symptoms of anxiety and discuss hypnosis for anxiety and depression.
Do You Suffer from Undiagnosed Anxiety?
Anxiety often goes hand in hand with depression and can take a serious toll on your professional life. You might have had it for many years and not realize it.
Some common symptoms of anxiety are sudden fear and nervousness, a racing heartbeat, and thoughts that are out of control.
You might also have trouble sleeping at night, interacting with people at work, and being home alone.
If you don’t enjoy your hobbies and relationships in the same way anymore, it might be time to talk to your doctor about anxiety.
Common Treatments for Anxiety
The good news is that you have several options for your treatment. You might work with a doctor or therapist to find a medication that works for you.
You can also practice meditation or deep breathing. Exercising regularly, minimizing stress, and incorporating aromatherapy into your daily life can also help manage your anxiety.
There is another therapeutic option for anxiety, however, that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves: hypnosis.
Does Hypnosis Work for Anxiety?
The image that most of us have of hypnosis is one that we get from television. The magician waves an amulet back and forth, then the person falls into a deep sleep.
During that trance, they will do anything the hypnotist tells them to do. They might jump up and down or quack like a duck.
Real hypnosis for social anxiety is, thankfully, totally different than it is on television. Real hypnotists are professionals who have had extensive psychological education.
You’ll meet with your hypnotherapist and talk about your goals for the session. You might have discussed an issue with your therapist and just want to delve into it more deeply.
Or you may want to make a change regarding smoking, weight loss, or drug use.
You will never be asked to do anything out of the ordinary and you will never be “under the control” of your hypnotherapist.
Finding the Right Therapeutic Hypnotist
So how do you go about finding a qualified hypnotist? The first step is to talk to your doctor or therapist.
If they aren’t certified as hypnotherapists, they should be able to refer you to a colleague of theirs. If you live in a more rural area, you can always book a session via the internet.
Before you go into your first session, talk to them about your goals. Let them know the range of symptoms you’ve been having and how long they’ve been an issue.
You might find it useful to keep a notebook of your panic attacks. Note down when they occur, how long they last, and what you think may have brought them on.
You may not be able to eliminate all of your anxiety right away, but at least you can measure your progress.
How to Make the Most of Your First Session
For your first session, make sure you wear comfortable clothing. You don’t have to lay down, but it does help access memories and deeper emotions.
Your therapist will talk to you in a soothing manner and help you think about the sources of your anxiety and stress. They want to help you reach a relaxed state of mind where you feel calm and safe.
This is called the induction phase, and it could last for more than 15 minutes.
You will experience thoughts and emotions in a way that isn’t scary, almost as if they were movies projected on a screen.
You will be able to talk during your hypnotherapy session, and your therapist will never try to brainwash you or control your thoughts.
They may give you a strong suggestion at the end of your session like, “you will feel an increased sense of calm when you go to work.”
But don’t worry, you won’t wake up quacking.
Self Hypnosis for Anxiety
Your hypnotherapist may give you some homework to do between sessions. They may teach you how to do self-hypnosis for anxiety.
Self-hypnosis is a lot like meditation. You can do it laying down or even sitting in a comfortable chair in your living room.
The goal is not to fall asleep, though that may happen at first. The goal is to relax your mind and explore the sources of your discomfort.
You might find, for example, that you’re feeling anxious because you want to change your job. Taking the time to reflect, you might find that you want to change your career, apply for a new position, or work from home.
Self-hypnosis is a great way to extend the benefits of the work you do during hypnosis sessions.
What Can You Treat With Hypnosis?
You might be surprised to find that hypnosis is used to treat a wide range of illnesses and conditions.
Hypnosis and the power of the subconscious mind can be used to manage chronic pain, jump-start weight loss, and stop smoking.
It can also help patients deal with grief, anger, and irritation.
If you think that you could benefit from hypnosis, take the time to find a professional who makes you feel comfortable.
Hypnosis for anxiety could completely change your life. If you’re having one panic attack per day for one hour or longer, that’s seven hours per week.
What would you do if you could have that time back? That’s more than 350 hours per year. That’s enough time to learn a new trade, travel, or relax with friends and family.
It’s time to get your life back. Book a private session with me today.