Last week we talked a bit about dealing with difficult emotions, for the next few weeks we will look at how hypnotherapy can help with specific emotional issues. Today, let’s focus on fear and phobias. In its mildest form, fear may manifest itself as a slight nervousness, moving up to anxiety, then perhaps on to a full fledged phobia.
Let’s take flying as an example. For some people this may take the form of slight nervousness when flying in an airplane. They may experience a slight discomfort when boarding the plane, but are generally able to relax and enjoy the flight after the initial take off. Notch up the level a bit, and they may experience anxiety about these activities, which might lead to physical symptoms such as a racing heart, increased respiration, and a feeling of dread when boarding the plane, or they may sit rigid with their fists clenched through the entire flight, relaxing their guard only when the plane is safely on the ground. A level higher and there is a full blown phobia, in which a person will be so frightened of the thought of being in an airplane that they will not only avoid flying themselves, choosing other means of transportation, but will literally go into this panic mode even when picking someone else up at the airport or watching a plane fly overhead.
Hypnotherapy can help with any level of anxiety, fear, or phobic reaction in several ways. First, through hypnosis you can teach your body to remain calm, separating the fear response from the feared situation. Hypnotherapy can also help you understand this fear and where it springs from, allowing you to process and deal with the causes of your fear, so that you can put it behind you.
If you have a fear that you would like to deal with, call 616-550-3231 to schedule your appointment today.