For many people, the most difficult thing to deal with is the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus. It’s a constant stream of questions we ask ourselves, like “How will I manage my finances?” “Will I get COVID-19?” “Will I lose my job?” it takes a toll on our mental well-being.
Since the start of the pandemic, anxiety among Irish people has become more common than you might think. In March and April 2020, Maynooth University and Trinity College surveyed 1,000 people (during initial restrictions) and found that 20% of respondents reported clinically significant anxiety and 18% reported clinically significant PTSD. In addition, a peer-reviewed study of 847 members of the public in Ireland between March and June 2020 (during lockdowns) also found a significant increase in depression, anxiety and stress compared to before the lockdowns.
Fast forward to 2021 and we’re still in the midst of a pandemic and it’s no surprise that anxiety is still taking its toll on our mental health. Some of the most common factors that have contributed to high levels of anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic include:
- Family status
- How safe do people feel in their home?
- Has COVID-19 affected work?
You may not realize it, but your mental health also affects your physical health, so now more than ever it’s important to focus on them – and one of the best ways to sort this out is through the use of hypnotherapy.
Read on to find out how hypnotherapy is becoming a popular treatment for COVID-19 anxiety.
The dangers of anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic
Did you know that chronic stress can weaken your immune system? The more stress and anxiety you experience, the weaker your immune system will be, and during a pandemic, this is not good news. With a weakened immune system, your body will be less able to fight off COVID-19 if you ever come across it. That’s why now more than ever it’s important to focus on your mental well-being, and hypnotherapy is a valuable tool to help address this issue.
What is hypnotherapy and how can it help me?
Simply put, hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to help reduce a person’s heightened sense of fear, whether it be anxiety or phobias such as dizziness.
During a hypnotherapy session, a fully trained hypnotherapist will help bring you into a calm and relaxed mood and will attempt to help you understand the root cause of your anxiety. Our fears often turn us against us, which is why hypnotherapy also teaches us how to turn those negative thoughts into positive ones.
Therapists will teach you self-help tools such as self-hypnosis, relaxation techniques, and visualization exercises so that you can apply them whenever you encounter a stressful situation outside of a therapy session.
The Dublin Center for Hypnosis and Therapy offers online sessions worldwide and believes that while many therapies and techniques can be used to help sufferers, they often do not solve problems on their own.
Instead, the Center for Hypnosis and Therapy uses three methods to help relieve anxiety: Thought Field Therapy (TFT), hypnosis, and NLP, which work at a deep level of consciousness. These techniques reduce and eliminate overwhelming, frightening, and traumatic experiences of anxiety attacks.
So while hypnotherapy won’t get rid of your coronavirus anxiety, it will help you control your anxiety – a huge benefit to your mental health during these uncertain times.