With the different types of therapy out there, it’s difficult to decide which is best. However, when the idea of hypnotherapy pops in one’s head, they imagine a hypnotist swinging a pocket watch back and forth in front of their client, telling them, “You’re getting very sleepy, very sleepy…” In reality, hypnotherapy is a real type of therapy that genuinely helps many for different problems.
But before you even consider hypnotherapy for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to know what it is. With help from a hypnotherapist, your subconscious mind will be assessed directly while you are in a deep state of relaxation. Healing the subconscious and ridding of its negative energy, one can receive the healing they need to change or move forward in life.
In fact, here are nine ways hypnotherapy might be of benefit to you:
1. Breaking bad habits
One of the things sleep hypnosis can do is give you the strength you require to overcome bad habits, even ones you have had for decades. Bad habits might range from biting your nails to smoking tobacco. By digging deep into your unconscious mind, a gifted hypnotist can provide you relevant suggestions that you can utilize once you wake.
2. Improving personal relationships
Let’s face it, relationships are difficult. Marriages, friendships, coworker relationships, parental relationships, they’re all hard at times. While you might choose to break off relationships or go to counseling to heal your broken relationships, you can improve your personal relationships with hypnotherapy by addressing solutions to the problems that may be at hand.
3. Reaching your goals
For a lot of people, having the courage to reach their goals is the most difficult part of life. Goals can be something as small as finding a new hobby and sticking with it or as major as permanently moving to a foreign country. While some goals may be easy to achieve for most, others may find them mentally, emotionally, and physically difficult.
A hypnotist can help you not only focus on your goals and eventually achieve them but reduce your fear of failing. After all, isn’t the fear of failure the main thing that stops us from reaching our goals?
4. Losing weight
Over half of American men and women are considered overweight or obese. Being in either category can be due to multiple causes from a poor diet and lack of exercise to a hormone imbalance or other health issue.
While hypnosis won’t literally melt the fat off your body during an appointment, what it can do is empower you to do what you need to get within a healthier weight range, whether it be cutting out sugary foods from your diet or ramping up your workout routine. Greater confidence and health may even result.
5. Bettering your mental health
Generally, the main things suggested for mental health are medication and counseling. Certain forms of therapy may also be recommended. However, many underestimate the power of hypnotherapy for their mental health.
Via hypnotherapy, one can learn how to see their problems or symptoms in a different light and train their brain to concentrate on certain visuals or thoughts. Hypnotherapy may also allow you to shift your mindset regarding your mental health and how you tend to it.
6. Improving sleep
Some may suffer from insomnia or another sleep condition that causes them difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Unfortunately, poor sleep doesn’t just leave one tired; it can lead to cognitive, mental, and emotional difficulties along with health problems. But hypnotherapy can eliminate the stress and anxieties that may be causing these sleeping difficulties, to begin with.
7. Helping irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Having a chronic condition like IBS and knowing that there is no true cure for it is frustrating enough. Having to possibly take medication for life is usually not something an IBS sufferer wants to hear from a doctor.
For some cases, IBS symptoms may be able to be better managed with the help of hypnotherapy. Stress, which is one exasperation of IBS, can be reduced by a hypnotherapist. Additionally, hypnotherapy can aid IBS by giving you the positive perspective you need to do the things you need to do to relieve your symptoms (e.g., diet change).
8. Eliminating bad dreams
Enough though hypnotherapy isn’t a “bad dream banisher,” it can significantly reduce the number of nightmares you experience. Often, the reason we have nightmares is that we are stressed or anxious about something. Even if you don’t think you are experiencing stress or anxiety regarding your present or future, your past experiences may be to blame.
No matter where they’re coming from or why, by accessing your unconscious, hypnotherapy may reveal any hidden stresses or anxieties and can help you tackle them one by one. Once this occurs, you will experience better dreams at night.
9. Aiding chronic pain.
Many are incredibly astonished to discover that hypnotherapy can help eliminate chronic pain. For something that seems merely physical, the pain actually has emotional and mental connections, as some do not realize until they strengthen themselves emotionally and mentally.
For chronic pain, hypnosis uses typically uses four different techniques including induction, deepening, suggestions, and debriefing. The hypnotist may help teach their patient how to shift their attention away from the pain or even change the sensations of pain mentally, thus helping to change the level of pain physically.
As they say for many things in life, don’t knock it ‘til you try it. The same goes for hypnotherapy. While there are some, but quite minor, “side effects” of receiving hypnotherapy, most find that hypnosis is useful for their mental and emotional wellbeing, and thus is able to help them overcome physical, real-life problems whether it be a bad habit or a goal they want to achieve.
Giving hypnotherapy a go is the only way you can know if it will help you. For some people, one appointment may do wonders. For others, they may have to engage in a few hypnotherapy appointments before finding noticeable relief. Once you determine whether or not hypnotherapy is right for you, you can continue doing it or find another option depending on your needs.
About The Author:
Stacey Smith is a freelance health writer. She is passionate to write about women’s health, dental health, diabetes, endocrinology and nutrition and provide in-depth features on the latest in health news for medical clinics and health magazines.