These days, the headlines are filled with tales of “quiet quitting” due to burnout, and how deeply stressed we all are and have been for some time. Our nation’s mental health crisis continues to grow, even as resources dwindle, so what can we do?
What self-care action steps are available to us, and WHY should we be taking chronic stress and burnout oh-so-seriously? Chronic stress can have a major impact on the body, and can contribute to a range of health problems.
Some potential health risks associated with chronic stress include:
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged and excessive stress. The symptoms of burnout can vary from person to person and may include:
It is important to note that burnout is not the same as stress, and not all stress leads to burnout. However, chronic stress is a major risk factor for burnout, and it is important to seek support if you are experiencing symptoms of burnout or chronic stress.
Hypnosis helps reduce stress and improve mental health, which can help manage burnout.
A 2019 systematic review and meta-analysis of 26 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) found that hypnosis was associated with significant reductions in stress, anxiety, and depression compared to control groups or other interventions. Furthermore, some studies have suggested that hypnosis may help reduce the symptoms of specific stress-related conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic pain.
For example, a 2018 review of 74 studies found that hypnosis was associated with significant reductions in pain and improvements in physical and psychological functioning for various chronic pain conditions. Hypnosis works, in part, by helping people achieve a state of deep relaxation, which can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Hypnosis can also help change negative thought patterns and increase feelings of self-efficacy, which can be beneficial for people struggling with burnout.
Hypnotherapy can be used alone, or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for stress management that may include other modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, and exercise. Many hypnotists also offer coaching in stress management and can provide helpful lifestyle tips for self care and stress reduction between sessions.
Since March of 2020, anxiety is a growing epidemic, and wait times for appointments with traditional talk therapists are longer than ever. So, what resources are available for people seeking relief from anxiety?
Hypnosis is a technique that has been used to help alleviate anxiety(and many other issues) for many people. Hypnosis is often described as “a state of relaxation and heightened suggestibility that can be induced by a trained professional, often referred to as a hypnotist”, and truly, it is so much more.
During hypnosis, the hypnotist may suggest positive changes in thought patterns or behavior to the person experiencing anxiety. This can include reducing anxiety-provoking thoughts, promoting relaxation, and increasing self-confidence.
Hypnosis can also help to address the underlying causes of anxiety, such as past traumas or negative experiences, by allowing the individual to access and process their subconscious thoughts and feelings.
Additionally, hypnosis can provide a safe and supportive environment for people with anxiety to explore their thoughts and emotions. By doing so, they can develop coping mechanisms and strategies to manage their anxiety more effectively.
It is important to note that for very serious mental health issues, hypnosis is not a replacement for other forms of treatment, such as therapy or medication. It can, however, be a helpful complement to these treatments and can provide an additional tool for managing anxiety, or as a stand alone intervention for people who are struggling with issues that don’t require more aggressive therapies such as psychiatric medication or behavioral therapy.