I started to experience insomnia eight years ago, while I was pregnant. I was told that losing sleep during pregnancy and in the first months post-birth is the norm, not the exception. While that may be true, I continued to struggle with falling and staying asleep for another two years. I turned to medication to induce sleep but the side effects made life even more challenging. I found myself extremely lethargic during the day, which defeated the purpose of getting sufficient sleep in the first place. I went on a quest for alternative ways to get a good night’s sleep and gave hypnosis a try at the recommendation of a friend. I am so glad that I did!
Initially, I was hesitant. I imagined hypnosis as a state in which one could be compelled to do something out of their control. I soon learned that it was quite the opposite. As a client, I set my goal and with the help of my hypnotherapist, I was able to make a positive change in my life.
My positive experience eventually inspired me to become certified in hypnotherapy. Curious friends and family often ask me what it is and how it works. What I usually tell them is summarized here:
Hypnosis, simply put, is a state of heightened awareness and focus while in a state of physical relaxation. It’s similar to guided meditation. In this state, positive suggestions are made to the subconscious mind so that behaviour changes can be made. It is not mind-control and it is not dangerous. There is no loss of control or loss of awareness. You are fully aware of everything that is happening or being said and you can stop it at any time.
When you relax into deep hypnosis, your brain waves actually shift. During this shift, you can receive what are called hypnotic suggestions. The process can help with smoking cessation, insomnia, healthy eating habits, stress management (especially around work and exams), emotional regulation, fears and phobias, social anxiety, work performance, self-esteem and confidence-building, and much more.
If you are interested in learning more about hypnosis and how it can help you, I invite you to book a free 15-minute consultation with me.
As a registered health care professional with an additional certification in hypnotherapy, I adhere strongly to ethical standards and professional guidelines. Maintaining the dignity, respect, and right to self-determination is one of my highest priorities.
This article was written by Maheen Sayal during their time at Shift Collab.
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