Expert Article | Top 5 Ways to Reduce Stress in your Business using Hypnosis
Stress can enhance your performance up to a certain level. After that, not only it reduces your productivity, but also it can cause chronic phycological or physical (like hypertension) trauma to you over time.
So, when it comes to stress management, it’s more about recognizing and tailoring the balance rather than eliminating the stressor. You need a moderate stressor to succeed in your business!
Hypnosis is a strong tool to give insight toward this equilibrium and provides to information for you to make the appropriate changes.
Hypnosis is defined as a state of receptive attentive concentration. 20% of normal population are highly hypnotizable and 5% are not hypnotizable at all. 75% are something in between. One tangible way to determine the level of hypnotisability and the depth of hypnosis is the number of hypnotic phenomena the subject is experiencing.
These hypnotic phenomena are also the foundation to apply hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Some examples of these phenomena are catalepsy (muscle rigidity), time distortion, and age regression. For example, catalepsy is used to induce analgesia because a cataleptic limb does not feel pain.
- Using suggestions via hypnosis
People are much more receptive to suggestions under hypnosis, that’s why changes can happen quicker in hypnosis. Hypnosis is not a treatment by itself. It’s a platform to apply the treatment. That’s why there are experienced scripts widely used for different conditions. Having said that, when it comes to stress, being in a hypnosis state is an effective treatment.
- Symptom therapy
Different approaches are used by an expert to apply hypnosis for stress management. The simplest approach can be symptom management. This approach is preferable in emergency situations when the time is limited, and the level of stress is preventing from normal function or even debilitating. Panic attacks or General Anxiety Disorders are good examples as the candidates for this approach.
- Discovering the trigger points
When the stress is chronic in nature, deeper cognitive approaches work better rather than symptom therapy. The therapist dives deeper in this approach using the hypnotic phenomena like age regression. Age regression helps the hypnotherapist to discover the trigger points which have been forgotten for years. In this approach, hypnosis can play the role of a platform or vehicle for other alternatives like psychotherapy, cognitive therapy or N.L.P (Neuro Linguistic Programming).
- Discovering the unconscious:
This approach uses metaphors effectively to diagnose and modify the though processes working behind our minds. Our conscious thoughts are just the tip of a huge iceberg.
- Using imagination or dissociation
Hypnotizable people are categorized in 2 general categories: Imaginative and dissociative. In later category, the subjects have the tendency to be detached from the environment under hypnosis. This category of subjects may not hear or sense what is going on around them. On the other end, imaginative subjects are more aware about their environment (like the room the hypnosis is conducted) but can imagine or even see the colorful pictures. In extreme cases they can experience hallucinations in trance. In both scenarios, dissociation, or imagination power can be used in favor of the patient to manage the stress.
There are tones of myths around hypnosis created by unprofessional practitioners and Hollywood movies. They introduce hypnosis as a dangerous and mysterious entity. The truth is hypnosis is a safe therapeutic modality with its own strengths and limitations like any other therapy. The subject never loses the control. Hypnosis is never imposed by the hypnotherapist. It’s something you do for yourself and hypnotherapist is just a facilitator.