Anxiety and depression are very prevalent in today’s society. It is common for individuals experiencing symptoms to feel like they’re stuck in a cycle they can’t pull themselves out of. Hypnotherapy is the treatment that has the power to break this cycle and help you start feeling like yourself again. 

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This blog post is here to teach you about what hypnotherapy is and why it is one of the most effective forms of therapy for dealing with anxiety and depression.

Hypnotherapy: An Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

Our fast-paced society has made it difficult to deal with anxiety and depression symptoms as we are almost always stimulated. This results in many challenges with trying to allow our minds to simply relax, recharge, and process information. It is easy for us to become overwhelmed with this constant stimulation which ultimately leads to us feeling anxious and depressed.

Hypnotherapy is one of the most common treatments suggested for those suffering from anxiety and depression. This is largely due to the fact that hypnosis guides you into a relaxed state, allowing your mind to understand and process the information it has become overwhelmed with. It does so by targeting your unconscious mind and more specifically, your unconscious programming. Hypnotherapy allows us to calm the mind and body, gently sort through this information, save what is vital and let go of the rest. This results in allowing us to be more present in our world with greater resilience and balance. 

What is Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that empowers an individual to change behaviours or habits that are causing emotional, mental, or physical suffering. It addresses the unconscious programming in your mind that has been developed throughout your life (and often from childhood) that other methods of therapies do not address.  

From childhood until today, your brain has constantly been taking in information from your environment, and using that information to inform your decisions. For instance, a person who experiences anxiety symptoms when they speak in large groups, often has years of programming in their mind that reinforces those anxious feelings and emotions. Even though they may consciously tell themselves that they have nothing to be anxious about, and prepare in advance – they may still experience those anxiety symptoms. In order for them to re-program that unconscious behaviour of feeling anxious in public speaking situations, they can use hypnotherapy to delete that negative program, and replace it with a positive one. If you are interested in hypnotherapy, learn more about how it works .

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What to Expect In A Hypnotherapy Session

You will either sit in a comfortable chair, recline, or lie down in a quiet setting. You then focus on a spot in the room or close your eyes while taking deep relaxing breaths. Once your environment is set the hypnotherapist will begin.

Hypnotherapists have a variety of suggestions to quiet the mind and body, such as doing progressive relaxation or breathing techniques.  Different suggestions are given as people learn and experience in different ways such as visual, kinaesthetic, or auditory. This is why there is constant communication between you and the hypnotherapist to assess if the suggestion being used is the best fit for your experience.

The next step varies between hypnotherapists, but what I do is have you connect to a part of yourself that feels resilient and safe where you can more effectively deal with the issue without having to relive something that may re-traumatize you. From here, your issues can be reframed in a positive way as the unconscious mind does not know the difference between real or imagined. You will come back from your unconscious feeling refreshed, relaxed, and optimistic as you have now experienced the change that is possible in your life with the help of hypnosis.

Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression can manifest in many different ways, each person will experience the symptoms of either different than the next. Below is a list of some of the most common symptoms for both anxiety and depression:

Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Racing mind
  • Irrational Fears
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Insomnia
  • Withdrawal from society

Symptoms of Depression

  • Loss of interest
  • Lack of motivation
  • Fatigue
  • Disrupted sleep pattern
  • Change in appetite

If you are looking to gain more knowledge on anxiety and depression, learn more about their symptoms. 

Benefits of Treating Anxiety & Depression with Hypnotherapy

As mentioned, hypnotherapy is the tool that allows you to change behaviours or habits that are causing suffering. This includes behaviours that are brought on by symptoms of anxiety and depression. There are two major benefits that hypnotherapy provides for those dealing with these symptoms:

  1. You learn how to create a state of relaxation. This allows you to reframe an experience from anxious and depressed, to clear headed and calm all on your own.
  2. You are able to discover the source of your anxiety and depression. This allows you to address it and therefore reduce symptoms that occur as a result of it.

Overall, as you learned throughout this blog post hypnotherapy is an extremely effective form of therapy. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety or depression, I invite you to book a consultation with me to learn more about how you specifically can benefit hypnotherapy.

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