This post is going to be me talking about a particular experience instead of my usual banter about de-stressing.
Lately I have been feeling extremely stressed out, partly because of a culmination of many small things but mostly because of one ongoing big thing; for the sake of privacy I won’ t go into details but suffice it to say it had left me stressed out of my mind. It was so bad that it was affecting my daily life and no matter what I did I wasn’t able to calm myself down. I tried meditation, distracting myself, exercising, nothing was working.
Desperately looking for a way out, I turned to an old acquaintance of mine who I knew had a background in psychology and pretty much poured my heart out to this person. It was embarrassing but I just wanted to get better. After listening to my problems this person consoled me and gave me the contact of a hypnotherapist, telling me to try that out.
I did have my doubts at first but after talking it over with my family I decided to give it a shot. I contacted the hypnotherapist and set up a date for a session. The first session was just the therapist explaining what hypnotherapy was, what they would do, what they would work on and me getting to know them better. The second session they started asking me questions, made me fill a questionnaire, asked me what my fears and problems were in more detail and then finally the actual hypnotism started. In this session they didn’t do much in the sense if tackling my problems, they just tried to get me to relax and calm down, giving me a taste of what hypnotherapy was like. It worked pretty well too, after that session I felt so relaxed that I felt like I could solve any problem someone gave me.
The next session I had, we dealt with a fear I have and so far that seems to have worked too. I’m not sure how well this going to go for me but so far I am optimistic; hypnotherapy seems to be working better for me than most of the other types of therapy I have tried so far. It’s been a long time since I felt like there might actually be hope for me, and it’s a nice feeling.
If by any chance this post has gotten anyone else interested in trying hypnotherapy let me say this, make sure you do your research; there are a lot of different forms of treatment out there so make sure you actually want to try this if you have a problem you feel hypnotherapy might fix. Also, for anyone worried about someone hypnotising you to do something you wouldn’t normally do, you can stop worrying. During my sessions I was completely aware of what was going on, I was in complete control and could stop it whenever I wanted and I remember everything that happened during the sessions (if I didn’t I wouldn’t have been able to write this). All that scary stuff they show in the movies, cartoons and comics doesn’t really happen. (It does however make for a good thriller story, which us why they show it in the first place!)
I’ll end this post with this: like any form of therapy, hypnotherapy takes time. Don’t expect to be miraculously cured the next day; it’s a slow process which works through your problems piece by piece.