Hypnosis Can Be A Cornerstone In Achieving General Wellness
The mind is a major part of how we live our lives and what we strive to become. As much as it is a major part of who we are, however, the mind is something we often take for granted. Despite our affinity with keeping a healthy lifestyle and being kind to our body, there is often little we do to keep a healthy state of mind.
Truth be told, a healthy mind begets a healthy body. A mind that is balanced, fit and strong is a mind that will enable us to do the things we love to do, shun away things that make us weak and vulnerable and empower us to do and feel better. A healthy mind is indeed a cornerstone in achieving general wellness.
But unlike other parts of ourselves that we want to keep well and strong, thinking positive thoughts is not always easy.
Besides, there’s more to accessing the deep recesses of the mind than just thinking of happy colors and the scent of summer. In order to unleash the power of the human brain to effect an overall sense of wellness, a dose of hypnosis may actually prove beneficial.
1. Treat fears, anxiety and depression
We have heard before that hypnosis induces a trance-like state, a state of being where the mind is fully awake but is kept oblivious to physical distractions. To some, a hypnotic trance is being in the mecca of an unadulterated state of consciousness.
And that’s with good reason. Hypnosis allows a person to enter into a deeply relaxed state so that the conscious part of the brain is engaged to focus and block out distracting thoughts, hence enhancing the brain’s ability to reach out to the deep recesses of the subconscious, where many of our fears, anxiety and depressing thoughts reside.
Under a hypnotic trance, the mind becomes more open to therapeutic suggestions of conquering negative thoughts and rationalizing fears and anxiety rather than trying to “forget” about them in vain.
Hypnosis is thus a safe and effective way of treating anxiety disorders and depression especially for those who are reluctant to take medications for fear that they will develop an addiction.
2. Relieve stress and promote deep relaxation
Stress is a silent killer, so we’ve been told by health experts, because it often leads to heart ailments, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, sleep disorders and other chronic diseases. Being in a state of chronic stress compromises our body’s ability to rest and recuperate from the daily beatings it receives.
When you find your stress levels unable to respond positively to your usual doses of relaxation, pampering or even meditation, it may be time to think about being hypnotized. Hypnosis enables you to enter into a deeply relaxed state of mind, which is the purveyor of our body’s regenerative abilities.
3. Treat sleep disorders and promote deep sleep
And speaking of deep relaxation, an undisturbed, deep and rejuvenating sleep is something that our body needs, regardless of who we are or how we live each second of our waking day.
Chronic sleep deprivation not only makes us drowsy, irritable and unable to focus on the here and now; it also leads to chronic physical and psychological disorders, not to mention an addiction to medication or caffeine in order to keep us going even when our mind and body has refused to function properly.
Chronic sleep disorders are notoriously hard to treat, and every day the number of people suffering from a host of sleep disorders ranging from full insomnia to wakeful sleep are rising. Blame it on the distractions that our society keeps afloat, blame it to skyrocketing stress levels even, but, do consider hypnosis to get you on a psychological (state of deep relaxation) and physical (allowing the body to rejuvenate) therapy to treat sleep disorders.
4. Lose weight and keep it off
Studies show that hypnosis as a therapeutic treatment is far more effective than dieting alone when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.
Medical experts believe that obesity or even keeping a less-than-desirable body weight is more of a psychological condition. Some people hang on tight to their eating patterns and sedentary lifestyles even if these cause them physical or self-esteem issues because they overeat or hang on to their excess weight for psychological reasons.
With hypnosis, such psychological issues could be eliminated by being open to suggestions on how to resolve them decisively, thus effecting behavioral changes in one’s eating patterns and lifestyle.
5. Overcome addiction
Long before nicotine patches were invented as a method of breaking free from an addiction to smoking, hypnosis was already being used as a therapeutic process to overcome a variety of addictions. In fact with hypnosis, it does not really matter what you are addicted to, whether smoking, alcohol, drugs, food or even porn. The operative condition for addiction is irrational longing, and hypnosis accesses deeply entrenched images of oneself and works to resolve issues that breed addiction to whatever substance, object or state of being.
6. Treat or manage pain
Perhaps the most well-known benefit of hypnosis is in the area of managing and treating pain. Through hypnosis, patients suffering from chronic pain could be taught to tolerate pain and develop mind and body techniques to continually manage pain.
Brain imaging studies in patients undergoing therapeutic hypnosis show that wave activities in specific areas of the brain associated with responses to pain or directly engaged in the production of physical pain sensations are reduced. Patients suffering from migraine, arthritis and fibromyalgia, in fact even women who are in great pain during labor, could thus benefit from hypnosis as a veritable treatment for chronic and other severe pain especially when drugs or diet have lost their ability to help manage pain.
Those that don’t know my personal story with hypnosis and how it has literally changed my life for the better can find out more by reading the article “Healing With Hypnosis A Shortcut to Health?” that was published in the second edition of Great Mindset Magazine or by going here: Is Self-Hypnosis For You?