Hypnosis to Overcome Anxiety

smileSince I was four years old, I suffered from anxiety and depression.  Throughout my day, I regularly experienced jolting anxiety attacks.  The triggers ranged from forgetting someone’s name, misplacing my house keys, to forgetting my speech in the middle of a corporate presentation.  Every day was filled with shocks of fear that would overwhelm and sometimes paralyze me.

It wasn’t until 1996 that I finally discovered and practiced some valuable techniques to gain control over my angst.  The electrifying jolts of fear still plagued me but I was better able to manage them.

In 2011, I became a Clinical Hypnotist.  I studied, practiced and facilitated countless hypnosis sessions with students, then clients, plus spent thousands of hours in hypnosis myself.  However, the power of hypnosis hit me again this week.

At 3:30am, a medic called to say that our mother was being rushed to the hospital for shortness of breath.  I called Emergency and spoke to reception, was passed to a few nurses, then finally reached a doctor.  Our mother was suffering from pneumonia and required oxygen plus intravenous antibiotics.  During our conversation, the doctor asked, “What to do you want me to do if your mother’s heart fails?  Should I resuscitate?”  That took me by surprize but the doctor made a potentially painful conversation simple.  I remained calm and made a decision.

While this was happening, a blizzard was dumping a foot and a half of snow on my already snow burdened roof and driveway.  We’d experienced unprecedented snowfall and in that moment, I heard dripping and saw the roof was leaking in multiple streams of water down the indoor front and back walls.  At 4:00am, I was throwing calcium chloride pellets on the roof then shoveling the driveway like mad, in an attempt to move the car and get to the hospital.  There was too much snow and I couldn’t get out.  I kept wondering if this was Mom’s time to exit, yet still felt calm.

The phone rang and it was Mom calling me from X-ray.  She said not to worry, stay safe, and don’t come until the weather clears.  Relieved, it didn’t sound like she was planning to go anywhere soon.

The next morning, my own lungs were on fire, I had chills, and a fever.  I could barely speak.  The phone rang and a nurse from the hospital asked me to bring Mom her eyes glasses and a list of other items to make her more comfortable.  Apparently, she had become quite confused and was upset without her personal things.

Thankfully, the leaks in my roof had stopped and my wonderful neighbour had plowed out the driveway.  With teeth chattering, I drove to the Special Care Residence to pick up the necessary things, then drove to the Hospital, wearing a surgical mask to avoid spreading germs.

Why am I writing all this?  When I finally got home, my cell phone was missing.  Perhaps it had dropped in the snow at the hospital?

For some women, their life is contained in their purse.  For me, it’s in my cell phone.  However, much to my surprize, instead of the usual shock of fear and anxiety, my response to losing such an important device was calm.  I kept thinking, “Surely I should be crippled with anxiety about now?”  Instead, I felt peaceful, even tranquil.  How amazing!

It’s in moments like this, when you weren’t really looking for them, that you realize the power of hypnosis.  Said another way, hypnosis gives you back your power.

I recalled similar things had happened several times over the last few years.  When I’d usually have felt shocked, insulted, or angry, I’d felt calm, cool and rational.

Quite simply, hypnosis techniques can significantly reduce the physiological, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms of stress.  Your subconscious mind is like a computer program running in the background.  It’s the thing that drives negative self talk and is responsible for 95% of how you think, feel and behave.  It’s automatic.  You don’t “think” or “plan” to feel shocked, afraid or angry,  you just feel shocked, afraid or angry.  Hypnosis can change your response and strengthen your relaxation muscles.

As a Master Clinical Hypnotist, I’m well aware that hypnosis trains both your conscious and subconscious mind to feel more confident, comfortable, and tolerant in the face of anxious feelings.  It can alleviate fear responses such as shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and a racing heart.  Regardless, in the face of challenges, when I no longer respond with fear myself, I’m still amazed at what hypnosis has done for me.

By the way, I found my phone so any angst would have been a waste of time.  Just for fun, list everything you worry about in a week.  At the end of the week, you’ll find that much of what you worried about didn’t happen.

Click on this link to find out what hypnosis can do for you.

Elizabeth Rose, BFA, CIM, CI
Author, Master Clinical Hypnotist
NGH Certified Hypnosis Instructor
Certified Healing Arts & CCMBA/CCSMC Facilitator