Hypnotherapy for Stress Management

12 February 2021

Hypnotherapy for Stress Management

There are various day to day situations that can induce stress due to the huge amount of responsibilities and demands that people face. Statistics indicate that one in every seven people suffers from either anxiety or stress at any given time in the UK. Some people manage to deal with day to day challenges, but some can be overwhelmed which translates to anxiety and stress that significantly harms the quality of life and overall wellbeing.

Stress is not bad necessarily since there is good stress that can help you to achieve some goals. Good stress pushes you to overcome the impeding challenges and achieve certain goals. However, negative stress can literally kill you by overwhelming you with negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Stress has a very simple physiology. When a person becomes stressed, the body responds by shutting down some of the functions that are considered non-essential in the fight or flight scenario by diverting the blood flow to the large muscles. The body puts critical systems such as the immune system, the digestive system, and the reproductive system to conserve energy. The body then secretes cortisol, the stress hormone, in large quantities to help with access to more resources via increase in the metabolism of glucose. However, cortisol can have potentially adverse effects if it remains in the blood stream for too long. It can lead to blood sugar imbalances, poor concentration, memory issues, weakened immune system, fertility problems, and weight gain among other effects.

Causes of Stress

Stress can be caused by either internal or external factors. External causes may include work-related pressure, major life experiences and changes, relationship challenges, and financial problems among others. Internal causes of stress include pessimism, insecurities, and negative self-talk among others. The stress scale lists ten key causes of stress in adults.

These are:

  • Spouse death
  • Divorce or separation
  • Marital separation
  • Imprisonment
  • Death of a family member
  • Illness or injury
  • Marriage
  • Loss of job or source of income
  • Marriage reconciliation
  • Retirement

Some of the causes listed above require to be explained further slightly. The stress scale includes factors such as job loss and retirement. Job loss can be a stressful life event since it robs you of a source of income. It can adversely affect the sense of purpose and self-esteem. Meanwhile, retirement is also a key factor since some people define their lives on their professional commitments. As such, retirement implies the pursuit for another thing that creates the same sense of purpose in their lives, and this can be stressing especially considering the age at which most people retire.

At a certain point in life, it can be difficult to find something new that inspires you and gives you the same sense of purpose and accomplishment as the profession you have committed yourself to for long.

Hypnotherapy for Stress Management

Hypnotherapy is an approach that can be used to treat stress. It involves putting the person suffering from stress in a hypnotic state. Hypnosis for stress management is an approach that has been tried, tested, and proven to be effective. It helps to align the conscious and the subconscious minds to create a sense of more control over your actions and thoughts. Placing someone in a hypnotic state awakens the subconscious minds and makes it rather receptive to positive thoughts and suggestions that improve emotional, psychological, and physical wellbeing.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis can help with stress management by giving you a fresh perspective. It enables a person suffering from stress to develop an intrinsic ability to stay calm. Hypnosis works by inhibiting the release of stress hormones in the body which can potentially compromise health. Undergoing a hypnotherapy session clarifies the idea of how stress is projected onto actions. Hypnotherapy helps to develop the understanding that the stressors are not responsible for the state of stress. Instead, it is the aspect of having a negative mind-set towards the stressors that causes stress. A clinical hypnotherapist helps you to get over unpleasant feelings and thoughts. The hypnotherapist also helps you to remain calm even when situations are challenging and stressful. The hypnotherapist is responsible for equipping you with necessary techniques and tools to help you shift to a more relaxed state of mind when confronted with difficult situations.

Hypnotherapy sessions can be conducted face-to-face or at the office of the clinical hypnotherapist depending on the client. The key objective is to ensure that the environment in which the sessions take place is ideal according to the client. As such, the sessions can also take place online due to the growing influence of digital platforms and approaches. In case of an online approach, the client has to book an appointment at the time deemed most convenient and go through a hypnotherapy session at the comfort of their home via digital tools such as Zoom.

The first step in conducting a successful hypnotherapy session involves finding a comfortable environment that is distraction-free. At the start of the session, the hypnotherapist guides you through calm breathing cycles and relaxation techniques. This reduces the activity of the conscious mind and opens the subconscious mind.

The subsequent steps in this process include the hypnotherapist taking the subconscious mind through a sensory expedition to a place that is far away from the stressful world. The hypnotherapist makes suggestions to help with body and mind relaxation. The process helps the subconscious mind to absorb the motivational messages, which enables the individual to focus on the ability to remain calm. After a session with a qualified hypnotherapist, one can easily notice how calm, relaxed, and peaceful they feel. It becomes much easier to confront challenging circumstances and stressful situations after such a session. The relaxation process in hypnotherapy awakens the parasympathetic system, which is the part of the central nervous system (CNS) that controls the healing process and cell regeneration. Imagery and visualization help to stimulate the CNS and bring about a sense of calm and relaxation.

Mindfulness in Hypnotherapy

Mindfulness can be described as an old technique that is used to help people manage anxiety and stress. It revolves around learning how to take a step back and become consciously aware of how the present moment can be channelled into a revitalizing respite from the challenges and demands of daily life. Combining mindfulness with hypnotherapy makes its benefits more realistic and accessible. Hypnotherapy makes it easier for you to achieve a state of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is important in hypnotherapy since it is a technique that involves focusing on the present moment and being aware. Mindfulness can help with stress management, but it requires months of training and practice. Hypnosis involves focusing attention, which is a key goal of mindfulness, but it also includes relaxation and mental imagery. Mindful hypnotherapy is a novel form of mind-body therapy. Some of the topics that can be addressed and taught in mindful hypnotherapy include non-judgmental awareness of feelings, thoughts, and the five senses, self-hypnosis, present moment awareness, self-compassion and compassion for others, awareness of the meaning of life, personal values, and principles, and integrated mindfulness.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis teaches you how to respond to stressors in a more positive manner. Hypnotherapy makes you feel less bothered and more confident to accomplish things without worry and fear. Hypnotherapy with a certified hypnotherapy offers numerous benefits. First, it results in positive change to one’s life. Hypnosis helps to eliminate negative thoughts and perceptions towards life’s challenges. As such, it promotes and enhances a relaxation of the mind and body. Second, hypnotherapy plays an integral role in helping you to regain control over feelings, behaviours, and thoughts. Hypnotherapy is a deep introspection process that helps with the clarification and alignment of thoughts.

The other key benefit of hypnotherapy is the fact that it boosts confidence. In turn, a boost in confidence helps with clarity and the construction of present moment awareness. When people are confident they tend to foster healthier relationships with the self and others around them. Hypnotherapy also makes you more resilient and persistent in the face of adversity. It helps to keep one grounded and focused on the bigger picture. The most important benefit that hypnotherapy offers is enabling you to eliminate unwanted behaviours and focus on the present moment.

Stress is a major concern in the context of mental health and wellbeing in general. Investing in stress reduction and management techniques and processes can result in increased productivity and happiness. Hypnotherapy can help with stress management by enabling you to focus on the present moment and avoid unnecessary distractions in the form of stressors, both internal and external. Stress management techniques are important, especially for young people who are confronted with numerous challenges and demands in the contemporary world. Mindful hypnotherapy is the key to eliminating stress and improving productivity.


Cognition Coaching & Hypnotherapy provides in person hypnotherapy in Horsham, West Sussex. Online hypnotherapy sessions are also available with our certified clinical hypnotherapist.




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