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We’ve covered a lot of ground in the last couple of weeks. The most important advice I can give you is: Find what works for you. Besides Dr. Braverman’s book on brain chemistry, here are two others specifically about anxiety that I have used for the past 18 years and can highly recommend: The Anxiety … More 10 Steps to Conquering Anxiety with Hypnosis: 10. Putting it all Together/Other Resources
This next-to-last step for conquering anxiety may sound too general, but anxious people really need to be kinder to themselves than the average person does. In my 18 years working with this group, I have found that anxious people need more sleep (8 to 10 hours is my recommendation), more quiet time and a … More 10 Steps to Conquering Anxiety with Hypnosis: 9. Be Gentle with Yourself
I do believe that brain chemistry plays a role in the development or severity of anxiety. My favorite book on the topic was written by Eric R Braverman, MD and is titled The Edge Effect. Dr Braverman describes the brain in terms of the actions of four neurotransmitters, dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA and serotonin. Readers take … More 10 Steps to Conquering Anxiety with Hypnosis: 8. Balance Your Brain Chemistry
One of the things I really like to use in sessions with all my clients are post-hypnotic suggestions. Post Hypnotic is a suggestion given to the client that will continue to work after the session has ended. One favorite among hypnotists is known as the water signal. It goes something like this: “Every time you … More 10 Steps to Conquering Anxiety with Hypnosis: 7. The Power of Post-Hypnotic Suggestions
There’s lots of free stuff out there for anxiety reduction. I just searched “free self-hypnosis scripts for anxiety” on the Internet. I found a lot of sites that claimed to have free stuff but then when I actually tried to get it, they were not. Also watch out for sessions that speak in the negative: … More 10 Steps to Conquering Anxiety with Hypnosis: 6. Listen to a Hypnosis recording to reduce anxiety
Here’s another quick and easy anxiety-lowering technique that is a favorite amongst my anxious clients. It is fun to do for meditative purposes even if you are not anxious. Here’s how it works. Sit in a comfortable chair with your ankles crosses. Then cross your wrists as well. If you like you can fold your … More 10 Steps to Conquering Anxiety with Hypnosis: 5. Whole Brain Posture
Ok, if you’ve made it this far, you have earned a reward! I’m going to share with you THE EASIEST and QUICKEST technique I know for letting go of anxiety. I actually did it as a child without even realizing what I was doing. Then a few years ago I was a speaker at a … More 10 Steps to Conquering Anxiety with Hypnosis: 4. Relaxing your Eyes.
If you are good a metaphorical thinking, you can use it to your advantage. I recently had a client describe her anxiety as being like a lawn mower motor that was constantly being revved. If that describes your own anxiety, you could imagine adjusting the carburetor to reset the engine. Kids are the BEST at … More 10 Steps to Conquering Anxiety with Hypnosis: 3. The Power of Metaphor.
Here’s how you can create your own mental tranquilizer. Think of the most relaxing, or peaceful experience or place in your life. Sometimes it’s a favorite vacation. Or it might be something simple, like snuggling up under the blankets in your own bed. Then choose a most relaxing color and a word that describes how … More 10 Steps to Conquering Anxiety with Hypnosis: Step 1. Safe Place as Mental Tranquilizer