Stress Management with Hypnosis in West Palm Beach
Most of us are completely unaware of how hypnosis works. In spite of how it sometimes appears in the media, it is not magic.
Hypnosis is the induction of a state of consciousness. Almost everything we do in our lives is, on some level, a kind of unconscious habitual routine. When something new or different comes along and catches us off guard, we are “wired” on a primal level to search for a matching routine; to look for an explanation.
The unconscious mind is a very powerful tool. Having said that, it is critical to understand that absolutely no one can make you do anything under hypnosis that you would not ordinarily do. Your mind has a circuit to protect against that. Hypnosis can be utilized as a powerful tool to make significant, lasting changes in our minds, and, even in our bodies; if we choose.
To help explain the method of hypnosis, let’s use stress as an example. Ask yourself, what is my typical response to stress? How does it make me feel and how do I react to it?
If you’re anything like me, your first response is probably not ideal. Our responses are still biologically “wired” as they were in the distant past. Our primary responses are geared towards surviving. When living is reduced to its simplest terms, it involves three very basic imperatives:
- Avoid being eaten
Unfortunately, the first two of these survival imperatives almost always trigger what is known as the “fight or flight” response. In our current society, we do not usually have to go into battle or run for our lives. Yet, our primal roots and the architecture of our mental programming often create a tendency for us to confuse many common interactions with genuine “fight or flight” situations. “Road rage” is a great example of this.
The “fight or flight” mechanism may be an ideal first response when a 400 pound bear threatens to eat you, but it is not so appropriate when your lawyer calls, or when you are asked to give an important speech, or when you are facing a big test.
Our biological response to these everyday situations is often identical to what it would be in an actual survival situation. “Fight or flight” also causes us to automatically resort to primitive “black and white “ thinking. This strategy is increasingly out of place in our complex modern world. Occasionally, the “fight or flight” process may be appropriate, but if it is taking place all of the time, it can lead to emotional distress and physical disease.
The good news is that hypnosis enables us to easily bypass this highly reactive “fight or flight” circuitry and enter the “trance” state. This state is our other basic default response. It allows us to directly address the unconscious part of the mind and rewrite any mental programs that are causing us trouble.
So, how (you may ask) can this be of use to me? For example, imagine how your life would change if your first response to stress was excitement. What would it be like if your internal programming could be altered so that stress automatically triggered your highest resource states? What if stress enabled you to immediately recall all of your most highly developed skills and apply them calmly, evenly and efficiently to the situation at hand?
This kind of mental reprogramming would be life-changing. This technique, known as “anchoring,” is just one example of the nearly limitless applications that hypnosis has to offer.
The power of your inner mind can accomplish amazing things. Are you ready to change the way you process your stress; your fears? Remember, your unconscious mind is a very powerful tool.