5 Hypnotherapy Tips for Successfully Managing Anxiety on Your Own

How Can Hypnotherapy Help With Anxiety?

Used properly, hypnotherapy is an amazingly safe and effective tool for managing your anxiety. Hypnotherapy allows us to explore the deepest caverns of your subconscious where suppressed emotions are kept, memories may lie hidden, and anxieties linger.

Once in hypnosis, a well-trained hypnotherapist can help you identify very specific details that are associated with your anxiety. Details that you may not be aware of or have never put thought towards. Details such as the time frame or event in which the specific anxiety first began. Why your specific triggers bring up your anxiety. How to re-frame your belief system or create new associations to find permanent relief.

“Stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease and can increase the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke.”

~ Center for Disease Control

I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.

~Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Anxiety Facts and Statistics

Stress is so prevalent in today’s society that many people don’t even realize that they are under extreme stress. This persistent and elevated anxiety compromises your health in many ways and can lead to chronic physical conditions as well as serious emotional or mental health issues.

U.S. Stress statistics show that

  • Of U.S. Citizens who regularly experience physical symptoms, 77% is strongly influenced by stress
  • Stress is the dominant factor in 73% of people experiencing regular psychological symptoms
  • 33% of US Citizens indicate that they are living with extreme stress
  • 48% of people feel their stress has increased over the last past 5 years
Luckily, hypnotherapy is an effective and often accessible solution.  Realizing that working with a professional hypnotherapist will give you the best experiences you can easily apply self-hypnosis and still achieve great results.
American Health Magazine compared different types of therapies and their effectiveness in managing anxiety. They found that:

  • Psychoanalysis: 38% significant improvement after 600 sessions
  • Behavior therapy: 72% significant improvement after 22 sessions
  • Hypnotherapy: 93% significant improvement after 6 sessions

5 Hypnotherapy Tips for Successfully Managing Anxiety on Your Own

If possible,we always recommend that you work with an experienced professional. Especially if you might be attempting to resolve any anxiety associated with trauma. Having said that, following these 5 Hypnotherapy Tips for Successfully Managing Anxiety on Your Own while listening to our available self-hypnosis audios will help you get the most of your own sessions.

#1 – TRUST THAT YOU WENT “DEEP ENOUGH” INTO HYPNOSIS

There is a misconception that the deeper you go, the more effective the hypnosis session. In terms of managing anxiety, this is a complete myth. It actually takes a very slight change in brainwave function for you to achieve a state of hypnosis.  In fact, most people don’t realize that they actually spend the majority of their day in a state of hypnosis.  Many people who come to my office for treatments involving hypnotherapy first have to be taken OUT of their state of hypnosis before we are able to move forward with our work.

When it comes to medical hypnotherapy, it’s recognized that different depths are more or less effective for different types of healing processes.  For example, changes in behavior without triggering emotional trauma is best done in the shallower depths of our subconscious while chronic physical ailments are most affected if we can achieve deeper states of hypnosis.

Don’t be concerned if you don’t feel hypnotized. Most times, you feel much different than usual – especially if you are first learning or doing the work on your own. Rest assured, you are achieving some level of hypnosis.

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#2 – DON’T ASSUME THAT HYPNOSIS WORKS INSTANTLY

Working with your subconscious mind is a process and everybody experiences their own unique process differently. The more intertwined your anxiety is with emotional trauma, the longer it’s going to take to fully recover. The key is always repetition and reinforcement. You must be committed to doing the work daily.  Having said that, if you work with a hypnotherapist, you can often address deep seeded issues in significantly less time than by depending on conventional therapy alone.

Do keep in mind that hypnotherapy is not a replacement for psychotherapy.  Both are tools useful for specific goals such as managing anxiety. If your anxiety is tied to severe emotional trauma or a diagnosed condition, your hypnotherapist may suggest that you work with a psychotherapist in conjunction with your hypnotherapy work to ensure the best mental health care approach for you.

#3 – TAKE THE TIME TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO FULLY RELAX AND ENTER A STATE OF CALM AS YOU ENTER HYPNOSIS

Too often many of us are squeezing our “me time” into our day. (Even as we spend hours on social media. Weird, right?) Entering and exiting a state of hypnosis should not be rushed.  Truthfully, doing so isn’t likely allow you to absorb the full benefit of your effort.  At the same time, if you can’t fully relax, don’t then begin to stress out about that. Just do your best to give it legitimate effort. Each time you make the attempt, you’ll find it does get easier.  If it doesn’t, the assistance of a professional hypnotherapist may be beneficial.

#4 – REPEATING YOUR HYPNOSIS SESSION DAILY WILL HELP IN MANAGING ANXIETY MORE EFFECTIVELY

People always hear me talk about the importance of repetition and reinforcement when lecturing on hypnosis.  Both the conscious and the subconscious mind “learn” best through repetition and reinforcement.  However, while repetition and reinforcement within the conscious mind allows you to cope better in situations and make better choices, it does little to actually address, confront, and release those subconscious roots of your anxiety.  Repetition and reinforcement through the subconscious mind allows you to completely re-frame your belief system so that those anxiety triggers no longer exist.

#5 – DON’T TRY TO CONTROL THE PROCESS TOO MUCH

The whole point of working with your subconscious is to gain the ability to access areas of your mind that you simply cannot access with your conscious mind. You don’t have a conscious awareness of that which can be revealed through your subconscious. Thus, if you try to “control” and dictate (for example) the types of memories that are brought up, the imagery you experience, the emotions you feel, you’re not delving into the work. You’re still trying to use your conscious mind to solve the problem.

Remember, your conscious mind is estimated to contribute only 10-20% of total mind power while your subconscious is attributed 80-90%.  Allow your subconscious mind to take you where you need to go.  The faster you’re able to do this, the faster you’ll achieve your goals.

Final Thoughts

Practicing hypnosis on your own to help with managing anxiety can be effective and easy on your pocket book.  Remember though, that you’ll have better success with patience and dedication.  If you know or believe that your anxiety may be tied to severe emotional trauma, do try to seek assistance from an experienced professional.

If you’re looking for a self-hypnosis audio to work with a specific type of anxiety but don’t see it in our library, shoot us an email and we’ll see if we can’t accommodate.

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