Anxiety & Insomnia
Short-lived anxiety is a normal part of life. But when it becomes chronic, disrupting your relationships, work, or ability to enjoy life, it becomes more than a nuisance. It becomes an all-consuming problem, locking you into a destructive cycle of worry and tension. This anxiety can also disrupt your sleep patterns, which in turn complicates the anxiety in a negative feedback loop.
Hypnosis can help relieve chronic anxiety and insomnia by helping you achieve a state of relaxation and intense focus that allows you to block out all awareness of other thoughts and activities besides the one on which you wish to focus. In this state, your hypnotist can help you explore thoughts, feelings, or past events that you may have buried from your conscience mind that are at the root of your anxiety. By recognizing the root cause of your anxiety, combatting wrong beliefs that may have sprung from the event, and actively acknowledging your feelings, you can begin to deal with the cause of your problems rather than just their symptoms.
In a typical therapy session centered around anxiety or insomnia relief, you may go through several steps such as:
- Identifying the physical location of the stressful feelings. One of the key differences between hypnotherapy and counseling is that hypnotherapy recognizes that emotions are not only mental, but also physical.
- Going back to one of the first episodes of such stress under hypnosis. This allows you to have access to your subconscious mind so you can delve more deeply and honestly into your stored memories than would be possible without hypnosis.
- Experiencing that incident again, but with a different response using emotional and mental tools that were unavailable at the time of the first incident. This may include being able to fight back against someone who caused you harm while you were helpless or speak up against someone who was verbally or emotionally abusive.
It is this focus on the cause rather than the symptoms that distinguishes hypnosis from other forms of treatment. Although drugs can have their place in alleviating difficult symptoms in the short-term, the better, more permanent solution is to address the root cause that makes the symptomatic treatments unnecessary. While dealing with past memories does not change the event, it does change some of the ways your brain stores its memories of the event and the connotations associated with it. Over time, this can change the way your entire body responds and alleviate many of the physical and emotional symptoms that cause you distress.
If you experience chronic anxiety or insomnia and are ready to take back control of your life and emotions, give us a call to see if hypnotherapy may be right for you. Call (702) 303-7663 today for a free 10-minute consultation.