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Hypnotherapy for Stress and Anxiety: A Natural Approach



As we approach World Hypnosis Day on January 4, 2024, it’s a fitting time to explore the significant role of hypnotherapy in managing stress and anxiety. The New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (NZAPH) is dedicated to shedding light on how this natural and effective approach can be a key tool in addressing these common, yet challenging, mental health issues.


Understanding Stress and Anxiety

In our fast-paced world, stress and anxiety have become increasingly prevalent. These responses, while natural, can overwhelm and impact both mental and physical health. Addressing these feelings early is crucial for overall well-being.


The Role of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy offers a gentle, yet powerful means to combat stress and anxiety. It involves guiding individuals into a relaxed, trance-like state to access the subconscious mind. This heightened state of focus and suggestibility allows for positive changes in thought patterns and behaviors.


Techniques Used in Hypnotherapy


  1. Relaxation Techniques: Techniques like guided imagery and deep breathing are essential in inducing relaxation, countering the body’s stress response.

  2. Positive Affirmations: Replacing negative thoughts with positive affirmations can reframe the mindset, effectively reducing anxiety.

  3. Visualisation: Visualising calming scenes or envisioning successful outcomes helps alleviate stress and anxiety, fostering a sense of inner peace.


Self-Hypnosis at Home

Simple self-hypnosis techniques can be practiced at home:


• Find a quiet, comfortable space.

• Focus on your breathing, inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly.

• Visualize a peaceful scene, such as a tranquil beach or a serene forest.

• Repeat positive affirmations like “I am calm and relaxed.”


NZAPH’s Commitment

In celebration of World Hypnosis Day, the NZAPH reaffirms its commitment to promoting hypnotherapy as a mainstream method for managing stress and anxiety. By equipping qualified hypnotherapists with the necessary training and resources, the NZAPH ensures the public has access to effective, high-quality hypnotherapy services.


This World Hypnosis Day, let us acknowledge the significant role of hypnotherapy in providing a natural and effective solution for managing stress and anxiety. It’s a method that aligns with our body’s natural healing abilities and promotes mental and physical balance. The NZAPH continues its mission to make this transformative therapy more accessible, helping more individuals experience its profound benefits.




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Andrew Hardwick
Andrew Hardwick
Dec 31, 2023

Hypnotherapy for Stress & Anxiety: A Natural Approach

Maybe it's synchronicity that this article appears at a time when I am writing a pathway from Post-Traumatic Stress to Post-Traumatic Growth 😀

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