There still remains a lot of mystery and myth around Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. The fact remains that good quality scientific evidence is building and continuing to support this talking therapy as an effective way to help people cope with a wide range of symptoms and conditions. So look past the nonsense and learn how hypnotherapy can help you. Here are 10 reasons why you should visit a Hypnotherapist sooner rather than later:
Hypnotherapy can help you sleep better:
Good sleep is a cornerstone for good health. By entering in to a meditative or hypnotic trance state we are effectively practising the pre-cursor stages of sleep, which means that when it comes to bed time we are better able to drift off. Hypnosis also accurately replicates the same processes that take place during REM sleep which means we can have less REM sleep during the night. Having too much REM sleep at night can wake us up, resulting in a disturbed sleep pattern. Sleep well and you will find it easier to maintain a healthy weight, cope with stress better and wake feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Hypnotherapy can make you more confident:
Hypnosis can help release us from fear (even if we don’t recognise it as such) and gain access to the solution finding brilliance of the intellectual brain. This results in feelings of confidence and empowerment as we become better adept at coping with life’s challenges. Self doubt slips away as it becomes easier to do those positive things that result in the release of natural feel good chemicals in the brain. Don’t just survive… thrive!
Hypnotherapy can make you less irritable:
Irritability, or flashes of anger, result from an over activation of the amygdala in the brain. Hypnosis encourages the amygdala to calm down which become less trigger happy. This means we are less likely to have these moments.
Hypnotherapy can help you get some energy back:
Hypnosis activates the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest response) which in very basic terms is the opposite to the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response). The rest and digest response is, broadly speaking, regenerative or energy giving. The fight flight response is generally energy sapping. By accessing a state of hypnosis we restore our natural balance between these two parts of the nervous system which results in better energy levels.
Hypnotherapy can help you gain control over the things you want to gain control over
People often suggest they do not like the idea of hypnosis and hypnotherapy because it involves giving up control of their mind to someone else. This is of course complete nonsense. In fact Dr. David Spiegel, Associate Chair of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine suggests: “…hypnosis is not mind control. It’s a naturally occurring state of concentration; it’s actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body.”
Hypnotherapy can help you think more clearly
A relaxed mind is a clear mind. By entering in to a state of focused attention (hypnosis) our mind can relax and put our worries and fears to one side for a little while. Our primitive mind, or limbic system, becomes less active enabling resources to be sent to those areas of the brain which are better able to come up with solutions. This allows us to consider our worries and troubles from a different, more confident perspective allowing the brain space and time to find its own solutions.
Hypnotherapy can make you more positive
Anything can be improved through practice. Positivity is no different. A good hypnotherapist will want you to practice being positive. (For more tips on positivity see this article) allowing us to more readily identify the good things that are going on in our lives.
It can help improve your relationships
Relationships driven by irritability, lack of sleep and negativity are rarely good ones! Primitive brain responses to our loved ones comments and actions (or lack of) do not lead to a positive relationship either and sometimes we can be so lost in our own previous patterns of behaviour we do not notice when it is us that are being the bad guys. Accessing our intellectual capacity more frequently through hypnotherapy and we are better able to manage disagreements, keep things in perspective and work towards conversations that work for everyone.
You’ll enjoy it!
Modern therapy should be enjoyable. We learn better when we are in a positive and relaxed frame of mind and modern therapy is often about learning new ways of doing, thinking and interacting. Hypnosis itself certainly should be a positive and enjoyable experience if we are to get the most out of it.
It can make you look younger
OK so I have to be a bit careful what I say here, especially as I am not aware of any studies which have actually proved this. However, I can say with complete confidence that people who come to see me for their last session typically look younger than they did when they came to see me for their first session! It can probably put down to getting benefit from reasons 1-9 above.
How will hypnotherapy help you?
It can be surprising how hypnotherapy can help people. Often people come for a specific reason and many of the above manifestations appear as a lovely side affect. In many cases people come precisely for one or more of the reasons given above. Ultimately any appointment with a good hypnotherapist should be an enjoyable and positive experience which benefits you in hoped for and surprising ways.
If you are in or near Stroud or Cirencester in Gloucestershire and would like to book an appointment with Alex, take a look at his website here: abHypnotherapy.co.uk. If you live further afield visit the AfSFH’s (Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy) web page: afsfh.com or contact Alex for further help. Alex is the Chief Executive for the AfSFH.