I’ve never really spoken about this on my blog before but anxiety is something I’ve suffered with for years now. I get easily anxious and stressed and recently it’s been particularly bad. The guy I sit next to at work is a trained hypnotherapist and we had been speaking about the idea of me having a session to see if it helped. For ages I put it off as I was scared, I guess it’s a fear of the unknown! Eventually, I decided that enough was enough and I would book in for a session…. and I’m so glad I did!
What is hypnotherapy?
The best way that I can describe hypnotherapy (and I’m no expert!) is that it’s a way of making suggestions that your subconscious mind can act upon. You’re in a state of relaxation but you’re still 100% in control of what you’re doing. One thing to note if you’re considering hypnosis is that it’s not a magic cure and will really only work if you believe it will and you want it to work.
I want to give a brief breakdown of how the session went so if anyone is considering hypnosis they have some idea of what to expect. I’m sure all sessions differ, but this is the mains points from my session.
The session went a little something like this:
- We started by talking about me and how I was feeling
- We brainstormed words around how my anxiety made me feel and then we did a second brainstorm of what words I would like to use to replace the negative ones.
- We then moved onto some fun activities so that I could see how the subconscious mind really works … I ended up with my hand stuck to a surface and also managed to move a pendulum around in circles whilst I thought I was holding it still! I really enjoyed these activities as it’s a great way to see how hypnosis actually works and it was a brilliant way to ease me into the session as I was very nervous.
- Next up we started to focus on my anxiety. I took myself back to when I last felt really anxious and I could feel the tightness in my chest. We then did activities where I would give the feeling a colour and we ‘took it out’ of me (all by talking to my subconscious mind) and threw it across the room. The weirdest thing is that I could actually feel the tightness leave my chest! It actually felt kind of like magic.
- Lastly, I was put into a relaxed state but I was still very in control of what I was doing. We went back and started to use the words that were brainstormed at the beginning of the session. My subconscious mind was being spoken to and I could actually feel the negative feelings being replaced with much more positive feelings. The feeling is honestly so strange but it’s so worth it.
My thoughts on hypnotherapy:
I was really scared at first but I’m so glad I took the plunge and did it. I’m not saying that I’m 100% cured of anxiety because I’m not but I can definitely feel a difference in myself. The silly little things that I used to worry about don’t cause me anywhere near as much worry anymore. I feel genuinely more positive and it also feels like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I still get anxious from time to time but during the session, I was also taught ways to help deal with these anxieties and it’s such helpful tools to have. If you’re considering hypnotherapy I 100% recommend giving it a go. The worst that can happen is that it won’t work, but if it does work you’ll wish you had done it sooner.
The hypnotherapist that my session was with:
Obviously, this is only helpful if you live in the same area as me. I’m based in Exeter, Devon and I saw Stuart Heale. He’s very professional and has a very calming manner which made the session relaxed and enjoyable. His website is here. You can also check out the testimonial page here and read about some of the success stories! The session lasted for an hour and I’m thinking of booking another session in. Now I know what to expect, I won’t feel so anxious so think I could really benefit from a second session.
I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s very different to my usual content but I wanted to share my experience with you. If you have any questions please leave them below (or email me if you’d rather).