Hypnotherapy for Stress Newport & Cardiff
The use of hypnosis for stress relief helps to get things into proportion. Hypnosis is about dissociation from the problems of life so they can be looked at more objectively.
Does it matter whether you can afford that new car? No it doesn’t! Your health is far more important and without your health how could you enjoy the car anyway? On several occasions, in psychology classes I have taught, I gave my students the exercise of writing down all the things they could think of which are important for mental and physical health. Some of the points they came up with are listed next.
What you can do for mental and physical health
- Have clear aims and objectives in life and try to achieve them.
- Don’t procrastinate.
- Exercise several times a week such as swimming, running, jogging, walking, yoga. Aim to do three different forms of exercise to vary the muscles used.
- Eat healthily.
- Drink up to two litres of water a day
- Have sources of mental stimulation such as books, daytime or evening courses, music, crosswords, puzzles, whatever turns you on…
- Have time for mental reflection such as meditation, self-hypnosis, relaxation…
- Give time to socialise with family and friends.
- Accept responsibility for your own actions.
- Be honest with yourself and do things which bolster your self-esteem.
- Practice positive thinking each day.
- Endeavor to maintain security and stability in your life. This includes endeavoring to have an adequate income.
The suggestions which are given in hypnosis for stress relief are very similar to what is listed above. They are effective because they tackle stress at the root of the problem; that we get things very much out of proportion in the modern world. Because we no longer have to fight for survival, we give the same importance to things which have nothing to do with survival. Some people even commit suicide as a result. The suggestions which I give in stress relief hypnosis are meant for the subconscious mind so that you feel the benefit from what is said rather than it remaining just as an idea.
Methods for dealing with stress
Exercising of any kind from the most gentle to really vigorous, but preferably not violent exercise, unless that really is your preference. Walking is safe for most people whilst fitness centre exercise can lead to muscle strain if one is not careful. I know because I have done that especially on a running machine. Running long distances as fast as you can on hard surfaces must also be done in moderation as it can lead to physical problems. I know again because I developed sciatica from running too vigorously on roads. Luckily, through physiotherapy it is well under control.
Doing relaxation, meditation, self-hypnosis, yoga, are all excellent ways of calming your mind and relaxing your body. Again it is best to find out what is most effective for you. I tried meditation for two years and initially the effects were amazing. After a while though I found that trying to keep my mind blank was becoming less and less effective as intrusive thoughts would come in like, “Where I am I going to get the money to pay the next bill for the car?” With hypnosis, by contrast, you are using your mind in calm, relaxed state to solve problems or build up feelings of mental strength through positive suggestions to the subconscious mind. Personally I found this much more effective in the long run as I have the sort of mind that just seems to need to keep busy so it might as well keep busy doing something positive.
Drinking water is a great stress reliever because it helps to balance the fluids in the body and clear out toxins from that hopefully rare night of over indulgence.
Eating fruit on the same principle helps to relieve stress as 90% of fruit we eat is composed of water. There is the additional benefit that natural energy comes from the fructose in the fruit (fruit sugar). To make it available at various time during the day and night you can even have slices of apple, orange, pear in the fridge at home and at work.
Music calms the mind totally if you experiment to find out what works for you. I am not religious in the formal sense but some choral music I find very calming and relaxing because of the cadence and the sound of the organ and the voices.
Of course the list of things that can be done is endless.
Reframing using hypnotherapy
I do an exercise called reframing, with many people I see for hypnotherapy, where I invite them to use the creativity of the subconscious mind to come up with as many ideas as possible which can help to solve their problem. Try it for yourself and see how creative the subconscious mind really is. The procedure is as follows:
After going into a light hypnotic trance, through self-hypnosis, the first thing to do is to ask the subconscious mind whether it thinks there is any positive purpose/ function /intention from the undesired behaviour. An example of this could be overeating for comfort. The subconscious mind could perhaps reveal why comfort eating is necessary. Whatever the answer, the idea is that the subconscious mind is highly creative and could find many other ways to fulfil the need for comfort. With some people many choices do come up. With others few come up or on the odd occasion none come up.
Assuming a number of choices do come up then it is necessary to chose those which are at least as effective, available and as immediate as the “old” behaviour. The subconscious mind must also feel that there is no threat from these “new” behaviours. If appropriate it would help to see if the subconscious feels that is a most appropriate choice and would be willing to try it for two or three weeks.
It could help too to look into the future and see how the behaviour would work more in the long term. Does it look like it would really substitute for the old behaviour or do you need to go back to some of the other choices that came up and try then for a few weeks instead?
An example here could be that instead of comfort eating that the feelings of comfort could be anchored by making more effort to make friendships or have relationships. For some people though this could even be threatening as the comfort eating could be due to failed relationships. In that case some other choice would be necessary as mentioned above.
It is clear too that the more things which are done that promote mental and physical health, the less stressed the body and mind are going to be.
Does hypnosis for stress work?
As the message begins to penetrate into the subconscious then the proof it is working will be in the way we feel rather than the way we think about things. Feelings of stress then start to become more realistic and would be based on real situations rather than just on what we may be imagining.
Although feelings can be misleading, nonetheless, it is more often true that our feelings guide us more accurately than the way we think. If something feels right to us, especially as we do it, then that is far more proof than any intellectual argument. This is not to denigrate the power of positive thinking or the power of our conscious mind. It is simply to say that is how the subconscious does react, through our feelings, but it does need guidance too from the conscious, rational mind.
I am available to help you with hypnosis for stress in Cardiff or Newport.