Can Hypnotherapy Help You Get Rid of Anxiety Caused by COVID-19?
Do you need to get rid of anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic? As the pandemic affects everyone a little differently, some slightly and some severely, you may be one that is more deeply affected and wondering if hypnotherapy can rid you of the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The short answer is most likely yes. But, let’s look at what’s going on with you and then delve into how hypnotherapy works to eliminate those fears and anxieties.
There are all types of fears and phobias that can spring up from or be exasperated by a pandemic. And, these are what fuel anxiety, stress, sadness, depression and the other ill-effects of this pandemic:
- Fear for your personal health
- Fear for your loved ones’ health
- Fear of germs
- Fear of death
- Fear of job loss and/or loss of financial security
- Fear of a global economic collapse, recession or depression.
So, Rid Me of COVID-19 Anxiety… What is the process?
When you work with a hypnotherapist, they’ll usually start by having you fill out a consultation form so they can get some brief personal history and a good handle on your specific scope of needs. When they find that your issues are stress and/or anxiety related, they may have a stress test to find out on a scale just how stressed or anxiety-filled you are and further discussion may ensue to find the source or root of your fears.
So, in assessing how deeply you are being affected by the pandemic, they may ask if you’ve noticed any changes in your emotions and/or behaviors recently, like:
- Are you having trouble sleeping or have sleep patterns changed in any way? (sleeping more or less?)
- Do you have any trouble focusing on tasks during the day?
- Do you find you have a greater dependency on alcohol, caffeine, nicotine or drugs lately?
- Are you eating more or less than usual?
- Are you obsessed with the COVID-19 statistics and news and find yourself tuning into those channels and internet outlets throughout the day? How often?
- Do you have a reluctance to do the tasks or work you normally have to do?
- Are there COVID-19 related thought patterns that play repeatedly in your mind – a loop you can’t seem to stop? What are they?
- Do you feel anger, resentment or irritability more now? Is it a generalized or can you pinpoint the exact reason?
The hypnotherapist may or may not do suggestibility tests to see how open you are to positive suggestion. Whether you are suggestible or not, the ultimate success of treatment usually rests on your personal desire to change.
That said, hypnotherapy is extremely effective in treating fears, phobias and stress and many other mental health issues. In fact, based on results of a comparative study by the American Health Magazine, Psychoanalysis has a 38% recovery after 600 sessions, Behavioral Therapy has a 72% recovery after 22 sessions and Hypnotherapy has a 93% recovery after 6 sessions. I’ve even seen great results after just one session.
So, after the consultation and any stress or suggestibility tests, a hypnotherapy session or a series of sessions will be booked.
So, What is Hypnosis and How Does It Work?
Per Wikipedia, hypnotherapy is a type of alternative medicine in which hypnosis is used to create a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility during which positive suggestions and guided imagery are used to help individuals deal with a variety of concerns and issues.
So, contrary to what many believe, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does, however, involve a process of getting the patient very drowsy in order to slow the brain waves and make the subconscious mind more open and receptive to positive suggestion. What is achieved is a trance-like state that is very natural. In fact, you will normally find yourself in a state of trance a number of times throughout the course of a day.
Once in this trance-like state, you experience a heightened state of awareness, as the hypnotherapist will engage your imagination and train your focus to the sound of their voice. This turns down the analytical left-hand side of the brain, or conscious mind, and turns up the non-analytical, right side of the brain. The hypnotherapist is then able to suggest or sow the seeds of positive change – the ideas, upgrades, or adaptations that you came to receive.
In essence, hypnotherapy strives to reprogram negative patterns of behavior within the mind. In this way, it helps patients overcome irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions.
An Anxiety Meditation for a Super-Fast Reset to Calm
Hypnosis usually takes a bit of time, because it takes time to help someone reach a drowsy theta state. For instance, my in-person sessions are normally an hour to an hour-and-a-half, and my Youtube recordings are typically at least thirty minutes. So, I put together this quick meditation that you can do anytime to get rid of anxiety and reset to calm. It’s only 7.5 minutes.
I hope this blesses you in many ways.
About the Author and Hypnotherapist
Sandra M Bell is an author, hypnotherapist and integrative life coach. Through a combination of subconscious rewiring, conscious reprogramming, and variety of healing modalities, she helps clients dissolve limiting beliefs and do the inner work for going next-level in their lives. She writes on a variety of mental fitness and transformational topics at www.SandraMBell.com and has a YouTube channel with meditations and guided hypnosis meditations so that individuals can do the inner work they desire at their leisure.