The year 2020 has been a year full of challenges it was a year of fear and isolation. Many people have reported facing increased symptoms of STRESS and ANXIETY, and research done by KFF Health Trucking Poll show that 4 in 10 adults have reported symptoms of Anxiety or depression and these numbers went up from 1 in 10 adults who reported these symptoms the previous Year 2019.
We all experience some Anxiety from time to time, and it is a common human experience if it does not get out of hand.
I have trained with so many beautiful people and learned a myriad of techniques to help my clients eliminate and cope with Anxiety.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is something that you are doing, feeling of worry about something that may never happen. Some people hear or tell themselves something and then feel anxious, others may remember something and then react to it by feeling anxious.
Anxiety has been described as a network of neural clusters in the brain that create an area of association. When we do something with repetition and frequency the mind created a pattern, every time we repeat the behaviour or activity, we reinforce that pattern, the more we reinforce that pattern the harder and more difficult it becomes to control.
Research in neuroscience tells us that the brain is malleable and can change by interrupting the pattern running. Each time we interrupt the pattern running we rewire the brain.
The idea is to stop the destructive pattern, and then connect the mind to a more resourceful state, like relaxation, calmness, and peace. This will trigger immediate relief by breaking the neural cluster that kept the anxiety active.
Now that you understand that you are generating the anxiety and it does not just descend out of nowhere. Let me share one technique I have learned, that interrupts the anxiety so you can move towards changing your internal state.
This technique is called:
The Bi-lateral Stimulation Technique.
This technique was discovered by Francine Shapiro Phd, as she was walking in the park. It is a highly effective technique because it stimulates both hemispheres of the brain to stop the anxiety, fear, or craving…
This technique is extremely easy and amazingly effective.
I teach this technique the way it was taught to me using a stress ball. If you don’t have a stress ball any other object like set of keys, bottle of water, will be just as effective. What you hold in your hand is not important what is important is for you to cross the midline.
When you feel that anxiety, craving, stress, fear starting notice where it is in your body, and then rate it on a scale of one to ten. As the feeling starts to intensify start passing the ball back and front, from one hand to the other, crossing the midline.
You can do this for one minute then STOP, take a deep breath, and notice the anxiety has dissipated.
This happens because when your nervous system is subject to bilateral stimulation, your attention is naturally diverted, and whatever was in your mind before gets pushed to one side. This technique spreads blood and electrical impulses through out the brain and these floods the area of association and diffuses it
How Can Hypnosis Help YOU with Anxiety?
To begin to understand how hypnosis helps alleviate with anxiety of any kind, you must first look at hypnosis itself. Also referred to as hypnotherapy, it is often viewed as a complementary and alternative medicine, yet many experts (as already noted) find it a suitable remedy for anxiety on its own.
Hypnosis employs healing techniques that include:
• Focused attention
• Guided quality relaxation
• Change in perception
• Taking action to fulfill needs
The goal of all hypnosis is to put the body into a state of physical and mental relaxation, sometimes referred to as a “trance state” because the conscious mind is resting while the unconscious mind remains active and alert. This is because hypnosis aims to address underlying causes of unwanted behavior and one cannot change something on a conscious level that happens at the unconscious level.