Ease Stress With Hypnosis (Part II)
You can ease relieve with hypnosis. That means you can do away with drugs of all kinds. Sometimes you read a new statistic—like it’s possible to avoid them—and you want to pack it in. That’s it, you think, whatever else I have thought about so-and-so, this stat takes the cake.
Today’s shocker is a 20-year study by the University of London. The conclusion? That unmanaged reactions to stress are a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than either cigarette smoking or high cholesterol foods.
That makes unmanaged stress enemy number One in the panoply of Things That Will Kill Us. Makes sense. If I’m not managing stress, I’m succumbing to it in all sorts of nasty ways. When we are stressed we often ‘act out’, such as, eating poorly and smoking and drinking to avoid uncomfortable emotions (Yes, Virginia, fantasizing killing your boss with a 2X4 is considered an uncomfortable, if not entirely inappropriate emotion). Just suppressing our feelings creates anxiety, panic attacks, depression and insomnia. What can we do about this situation?
How about we learn to manage our stress.
The list of stress management methods is long; this one is incomplete at best:
- Drugs (hah!)
- Counseling (therapy)
- Hobby (odd word, and odder concept, no?)
- Stress control systems (of which there are many).
Hypnosis is an effective tool for lowering stress. Simply put, Hypnosis accesses the subconscious, where there is no self-judgment or negative outcome, only survival and renewal. It’s where survival patterns were engrained.
Let’s say a person is fighting weight issues. I might ask what the positive intention for eating to excess was.
Under induction he or she might reply: “It made me feel safe.” Or powerful; strong; loved; grounded; cool; comforted; engaged— whatever counterbalance they needed at the time to discomfort or emotional trauma.
My reply, “Yes, eating worked for years, until it no longer did. And (still speaking to the subconscious), what other ways do you now have, besides eating, to feel a sense of safety?”
The client’s subconscious invariably conjures new ways to feel safe (or strong, etc.—whatever the person needed at that time).
The subconscious knows how to protect the person within his/her present circumstance. All one needs to do is ask it. That your wonderfully wise, ever creative, subconscious will find a healthy substitute (or two or three) for old behaviors that no longer serve it, is practically guaranteed.
Daniel R. Blue Phoenix