Treating Grief with Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can help ease some of the more unpleasant physical symptoms of grief
Hypnotherapy might not be top of mind when it comes to healing a broken heart, or the many symptoms associated with grief, but it can help you process the experience in a healthy way. It can also help ease some of the more unpleasant physical symptoms of grief, such as sleeplessness and anxiety, unhealthy eating habits, addictions.
You have to be receptive to receiving hypnotherapy, so it’s not for everyone. You’re always in control of your mind and body during hypnosis. Despite what you might have seen on stage or on TV, with hypnosis you remain aware of what you’re doing and what’s being asked of you. If you don’t want to do something you’re asked to do under hypnosis, you won’t do it.
You may feel like you’re sleeping, but you remain awake during hypnosis. You’re just in a deeply relaxed state. In this state, you are able to focus deeply on what you are thinking about and wanting to achieve.
Hypnosis is a genuine therapeutic tool, and it can be used as an alternative medical treatment for several conditions. This includes smoking cessation, fears, phobias, weight loss, pain management, panic attacks to name a few.
Grief is something most of us need to deal with as we go on through life. Any time you lose your job, your health, or your best friend moves away, it can be an overwhelming experience.
Feelings of grief can be triggered by many different situations in life, such as a divorce or death of a loved one. It is not a condition that usually requires medical treatment, but it can certainly cause a level of stress that affects your health and well-being. While hypnotherapy hasn’t traditionally been prescribed or been a recommended therapy, it can be extremely effective in helping people cope with grief.
During a hypnotherapy session, you are in a very relaxed state and your conscious mind is not as active. The subconscious mind is more receptive to suggestion, and can help you gain insight into your grief. This means that it might be possible for you to access memories or feelings related to your grief that have been hidden away in the subconscious.
The conscious mind is the one that is most active, while the subconscious is more passive and open to suggestion. By using various techniques to help you relax during hypnotherapy sessions, you will be able to access your subconscious mind, the part where memories are stored, therefore allowing you to gain insight into your grief and learn more appropriate ways to deal with it effectively. You can visualise what you wish you had said, erase the stuff you wish you hadn’t, and reprogramme to get rid of the negative voices in your head.
Hypnotherapy can help you process the experience in a healthy way, therefore allowing you to move on from the loss. It can also help ease some of the more unpleasant physical symptoms of grief already mentioned above.
In addition to these benefits, many clients report significant improvements in their overall health when they are able to control their moods more effectively. The ability to relax deeply on demand helps improve circulation throughout the body and reduces symptoms associated with chronic conditions, such as hypertension or insomnia.
I hope I’ve given you some insight into how hypnotherapy can help you cope with grief. If you have been struggling with the loss of someone close to you, I encourage you to consider consulting a hypnotherapist. It’s important that you use a certified hypnotherapist, so that you can trust the guided-hypnosis process. They will create a structured plan to help you reach your individual goals. If you’re based near me in South London/Surrey/Sussex/Kent borders and you’d like to find out more about what I do, please click on my profile to get in touch.
Joan Hughes is an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist based in Surrey, offering one-to-one and group sessions in a variety of specialisms, including the Grief Recovery Method and Hypnotherapy.
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