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If you are dealing with overwhelming feelings, you can become stuck. Learn how to break the cycle and become free from the bonds of stress.
Each year the first week of May is recognized as National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. Designated to raise awareness surrounding the most common mental health disorders in the United States, this week is important for ending stigmas surrounding mental illness.
Day 1: (UTC) Mindfulness and Awareness
1:00PM Becoming aware of your stress response! [S Buescher/L Lewis] [FREE]
Day 2: (UTC) Depression and Expression
1:00PM Stress in the Body [S Buescher/L Lewis] [FREE]
Day 3: (UTC) Mind and Motivation
1:00PM Stress Management in the Mind [S Buescher/L Lewis] [FREE]
Day 4: (UTC) Lifestyle and Liberation
1:00PM Stress-less Living [S Buescher/L Lewis] [FREE]
Day 5: (UTC) Anxiety Free Friday
1:00PM Community Connection [S Buescher/L Lewis] [FREE]
Day 1 Understanding Stress: The first day is about Self-Assessment. We will work on noticing the signals, the levels and our relationship with stress.
Day 2 Understanding Stress in your Body: The second day is about taking the steps to manage stress in relation to your body. We will work on noticing the signals, expanding our knowledge and practice a calming breath technique.
Day 3 Understanding Stress in your Mind: The third day is about taking the steps to manage stress in relation to your mind. We will introduce the Catch, Control, Challenge, and Change Technique to offer a different response to stressful situations.
Day 4 Creating a Lifestyle to manage Stress: The fourth day is about taking the steps to manage the stress that will enhance your daily life. We will discuss plans, journals, and techniques to enable you to create a healthy level of stress in your life.
Day 5 Community and Connection AMA (Ask Me Anything): Fun, Connection, Community and open discussion about whatever you want, what you need, What you want and what you liked about the workshop. We will end with a social, because being stress-less does not need to be stressful!
How can hypnotherapy help me feel less severe anxiety Symptoms?
The feelings you feel are real and may not be very pleasant to experience. For some, the more you try to resist, it can seem like the difficult sensations become stronger. The more effort you expend to resist, the more exhausted, down and trapped you might feel. That tightness in your chest, that uneasy feeling in your stomach, the confusion and overwhelm are the responses some experience to an unpleasant level. Some try to avoid the feelings by ignoring the the activity or thought, but that only pushes the difficult experience to a later time. These feelings have build over time and many people know when when the anxious feelings are beginning to flood into your body. Our brains tend to repeat the same patterns, hypnotherapy can help you train your brain to respond differently and stop the loop of self reinforcing feelings. Hypnotherapy may help you manage through the those feelings at the beginning and allow them to dissipate on their own.
Managing anxiety can help with:
Quality of life
Ability to Travel
Managing Tasks and Deadlines
If you are under the care of a medical professional please seek advice before you change your treatment protocol. If you are ready to try a level of self care, then you will need to recognize within yourself how much you can can safely experience and when things are beyond your own control. A hypnotherapist is here to help you grow past your fears, not to treat, fix or change you in any way. A good hypnotherapist will help you grow in self confidence and be able to face your fears in a much more mild form. You will need to be able to exercise self control over your thoughts in some way to be successful. How might the flow of sessions go for a person who has a fear? Every session is unique and dependent on your particular situation, but let's take imagine an example. A client wants to overcome the fear of flying so they can attend the wedding of their favorite nephew. Just thinking about the flight to Mexico brings up uncomfortable feelings for the client.
During a hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist can guide the client to learn how to enter a trance state for self awareness and transformation. During this state, the client will focus on a mental experience with noticeable feelings of relaxation and joy. Through the self established hypnotic trance, this feeling can be experienced in every detail and offer a focal point to manage difficult sensations. Let's say the client finds a happiest memory is of the client on the sandy shore of a pond at his childhood home. While trance, the client will revisit this place and feel the sun on his face and the wind blowing which moving the tree branches. This client shares the memory brings feelings of calm and safety. The client practices going to this memory any time during the week noting any changes in mood or feeling.
As the client grows in the ability to enter states of guided self hypnosis, the hypnotherapist may work with the client on the ability to self disassociate from the difficult emotions while in trance. This may allow the client to explore any associations and to lessen the emotional response to certain fears by imagining a trigger event without the emotion. This process is for people capable of self regulation and the ability to return to the calm and relaxing state explored in the first few sessions. Once a triggering event can be experienced without the resulting emotion in trance state, the client will be able to move to a point closer to the experience until they are capable of re-experience the event trance state in the mind without the fear. When the trigger event can be experienced without the fear under trance the client will feel safe from a distance and examine the experience and notice the feelings.
Emotions, thoughts and experiences may need to be released. It is helpful at time to imagine a light or cool water washing, flowing, releasing any difficult feelings or thoughts. Some clients imagine visiting a control room in their subconscious and adjusting the dials of their personal experience. The client witht fear of flying might turn down the disliked sensations and Turn all the way up the happiness, calm and fun.
In the ideal case a client might discover the ability to:
enter a place of protection and calm at will.
evaluate thoughts with manageable emotional content.
determine what thoughts are reasonable and based in the present day information
ability to self regulate the response to stimuli and eventually change the response