Can hypnosis help anxiety

can hypnosis help with anxiety
Can hypnosis help with anxiety?

Sure, Hypnosis can help anxiety

The part of our brain which promotes anxiety is called the limbic system. The fight or flight response evolved so we could learn what was a danger to us. From lions to berries, our hippocampus learns if something is going to kill us so that on our next encounter we’re prepared.

The problem starts when we start to visualise what if that lion were to pounce on us by the watering hole, or every berry looks suspicious.

We start to negatively forecast what might happen if we do this or that and before we know it our body is experiencing that stressful feeling.

We experience anxiety in a number of ways

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Fast beating of the heart
  3. Sweating
  4. Stomach cramps
  5. Muscle tension

All of this is part of the fight or flight response. Hypnosis helps by switching on the parasympathetic nervous system which calms everything down, then it can allow you to focus on a more positive way of thinking.

Hypnosis will do the following

  1. Calm down the electrical activity in the limbic system
  2. Help you gain control of breathing and responses
  3. Utilise the theta waves in the brain to increase the good neurotransmitters
  4. Drip feed positive feelings which we can enjoy
  5. Change old unwanted habits

See Anxiety page for more details


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