We’ve all got something we’d like to change about ourselves. Maybe we’d like to be more confident, a little healthier, or just make some better decisions. Thankfully, hypnosis can help us become a better version of who we already are; so here are the five most common issues cured by hypnosis.
Anxiety – Modern life is relentless, so it’s unsurprising that anxiety disorders are on the rise. A survey by AnxietyUK found that more than 10% of adults suffer from anxiety at some point, and many develop long-term, debilitating conditions. But there are ways of managing anxiety, including hypnotherapy. It encourages patients to fall into a relaxed state, reducing anxiety levels. Hypnotherapy also helps forge new neural pathways by allowing patients to confront their anxieties in a safe, controlled environment.
Weight loss – Weight loss is best achieved through diet and regular exercise. However, this requires a huge change in lifestyle habits. This is never easy, especially in the beginning; this is where hypnotherapy can help. Hypnotherapy places suggestions into the patients subconscious. These are related to making better food choices and breaking bad habits. It replaces old, negative patterns of thinking with a positive attitude directed towards self-improvement.
Confidence – Confidence is a state of mind. It’s about telling ourselves positive stories and expecting the best. When we don’t feel confident, we feel stressed, anxious, and ultimately unhappy. We expect bad things to happen and become victims of a self-fulfilling prophecy. This often happens because our unconscious holds onto negative beliefs which we view as permanent modes of being. But this simply isn’t true. Hypnotherapy accesses the unconscious mind and uses the power of suggestion to enact positive change. In other words, it re-writes the stories we tell ourselves.
Phobias – A phobia is an anxiety disorder defined by a persistent or excessive fear of an object or situation. Phobias are often described as irrational fears, which explains why a six-foot person can be terrified of a tiny spider, or even just a balloon. In other cases, phobias are an extreme fear of a potentially dangerous situation, like a fear of heights. Phobias are perpetuated by neural pathways in the brain that overstimulate fight or flight reflexes. Through hypnotherapy, patients uncover the underlying causes of phobias, which are often linked to early, traumatic experiences. Hypnotherapy then re-wires the patients conditioned emotional responses to any manifestations of the phobia.
Addictions – Addiction is a deeply rooted behaviour that has disastrous effects on individuals and families. A strong addiction robs a person of their individuality as they become enslaved to cycles of bad decisions and destructive behaviours. And while there’s evidence that some people have a genetic predisposition to addiction, it’s primarily a mental health concern often associated with low self-esteem and repressed trauma. Studies have shown that hypnotherapy can adjust addictive behaviours, alleviate the side-effects of withdrawal, and cultivate a stronger sense of self-worth.