Do you get anxious, with feelings of unease, queasiness, heart palpitations, or sweaty palms? Perhaps you worry about all the things that can go wrong with family, friends, work or leisure pursuits. Perhaps you worry about worry itself. Pervasive worrying can lead to sleepless nights, leaving you to feel tired as well as anxious the next day. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use hypnosis to reverse your anxiety and calm yourself down? This article provides two major strategies to using hypnosis to doing just that.
Hypnosis takes you to a twilight space that lies between sleepfulness and wakefulness. This space is equivalent to stage 4 sleep and is characterized by the presence of delta waves. Hypnosis and stage 4 sleep are both healing for both mind and body. They are also the exact opposite of anxiety.
So, by having hypnosis on a regular basis, you are building up an experience of calm, serene, tranquility. The more hypnosis you have, the more you relax your mind and body; and the more you become like the proverbial Buddhist monk. Think: Calm, centered, composed, unfazed and untroubled. In this way, hypnosis acts as a form of preventative medicine. When used in the form of self-hypnosis, it is as easy as doing quiet deep breathing. This leads us to the first strategy:
When you take the time to do some quiet deep breathing, three times a day (morning, noon and night), you are training your mind and body to relax. The more you relax, the easier it becomes to relax yourself on demand. Over time, you will find that you become as calm, centered, composed and serene as the proverbial Buddhist monk.
All you need to do is find a quiet space, free from distractions. Make yourself completely comfortable. So, perhaps find a comfortable armchair or recliner. Use a soft pillow to support your head. Make sure you are comfortably warm. Dim the lighting, turn off your electronic devices and put your phone on silent.
You can then focus on breathing deeply, focusing on the sensations of breathing in and out. Ideally, you want to be able to sit quietly and breathe deeply for 20 minutes at a time. However, if you only have 2-5 minutes to spare, that will still do nicely.
You will also want to do this exercise three times a day (morning, noon and night). The morning exercise can be done the moment you wake up in the morning. The night-time exercise can be done last thing at night just before you go to sleep. You may even find that you drift off to sleep with the night-time exercise. The noon exercise can be done anytime throughout your day. You can do it as part of your lunch-break, or at a time that you find most convenient.
When Anxiety Flares Up
You can engage in extra quiet deep breathing time when you are feeling particularly anxious throughout your day. If you don’t have 20 minutes to spare, use whatever time you do have. If you only have a few seconds to spare, you can simply take a single, deep breathe and allow your whole body to relax as you breathe out. You will find a calmer version of you is able to emerge, even with that one deep breathe.
At the end of the day, you can enjoy feeling calmer, more serene, centered and composed. And, it is as simple as quiet deep breathing.