I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by a Los Angeles radio station. I explained that hypnosis is an effective tool for alleviating stress. As we travel in and out of the various situations of our daily lives, the mind creates stress in response to any perceived threats or ‘out of the ordinary’ challenges. It is important to maintain control of one’s mind during stress-inducing events because if a person is exposed to a period of prolonged stress, chances are good he or she will eventually become anxious or depressed. This is especially true as the stressful situation progresses or intensifies. In many cases the mind alternates between anxiety and depression.
When experiencing anxiety, the mind launches into overdrive as it is prepares to take action to remedy or eliminate the perceived source of stress. This is referred to as a “fight or flight” response. The fight response is triggered when the mind decides to take action preparing itself by being on high alert ready to make a move. Following the mind’s lead, the body then also becomes very “on edge.” If this situation happens for a short time, the mind and body will ultimately return to its normal function. It is during prolonged situations that stress can become harmful as it can become damaging to our minds and bodies from the tension that is built up. If that excess emotion and energy is not properly channeled, it can literally cause aches, pains and sicknesses. This is where the idea of the mind “being able to hurt you or heal you” comes from.
In its effort to protect itself, the mind will force itself into a depressive state if the situation is not resolved in a relatively short period of time. This is the reason that people with depression often end up sleeping much more than is normal. This is what we call the flight response. The mind literally wants to escape reality. After being in depressive state for some time, it is common that the mind will come full circle into a state of anxiety as that desire to fix the situation comes back. And so, the vicious cycle is repeated again and again.
For this reason, it is necessary to train our minds to be balanced regardless of the circumstances.
Use this self-hypnosis exercise as a stepping stone to alleviate stress:
- Relax in a comfortable chair and close your eyes
- Start taking some deep slow breaths as you begin to give yourself suggestions to relax. Really deepen and lengthen your breathing as you do so.
- Remember a time when you felt the way you want to feel – when you felt peace and happiness. Remember the details of what that was like.
- Allow your mind and body to accept that peace and happiness.
- In your mind, tell yourself that in the same way you’ve had wonderful happy and peaceful moments, that you expect to have many more. Allow your mind to accept this idea as you accept peace and balance into your life. Accept that many more good things are on their way to you and that at this moment, the most important thing is that you be open to that peace and happiness that comes from within. Be like a child. They don’t need reasons to be happy. By the time you are done with this exercise, you will notice that a shift has started to take place. One of the laws of the mind is that two opposite states cannot exist in the mind at the same time. So for example, you can’t feel happy and be upset at the same time. This exercise follows this principle.
When remembering memories of peace, tranquility and happiness, the mind starts bringing them back into your experience since the subconscious mind has no concept of time. Use this self-hypnosis technique as your starting point and be patient with yourself. Your MIND control abilities will improve with practice.
Sasha Carrion, Cht.