Depression can take on many forms, from just generally feeling blue to the point where medical intervention is required in order to get through the day.
When you're suffering with depression is very easy to become very negative in your thinking, relating a problem or issue in one area to other aspects of life until the future becomes very bleak. When you're in a downward spiral, perhaps much time is spent reflecting on the past and how things could or should have been different.
Hypnotherapy can work with your depression, helping to let go of any issues in the past and moving towards a more positive outlook, allowing you to shape the future that you want, instead of feeling like it is already decided for you.
It's about climbing out of the rut, reversing the spiral, or getting around the barriers by being able to leave things in the past that no longer serve you and finding new strategies to cope with anything life throws your way.
1 Focusing on the positive
Nobody wants to feel depressed. We want to feel happy, joyful, excited or simply content. Hypnotherapy helps that part of you that can only see a negative outcome to find an alternative reality that allows you to experience life with positive emotions.
2. Letting go of what's holding you back
There are things in the past for many of us that we may wish that we'd handled differently, not done, seen or heard. These things are like rocks that we accumulate in our backpack and carry around with us on our shoulders on a daily basis. When these rocks become too heavy a burden, they don't allow us to move forwards. In hypnosis you can allow yourself to let these things go, seeing them as just memories that no longer serve you.
3. Feel more rested and energised
If you are plagued by depressive thoughts and emotions, it is easy to wake up in the morning feeling like you have had little or no rest. As a result of letting go and starting to focus on the positives, your mind can switch off more easily and get the rest that you need. Hypnotherapy is all about promoting the body's own ability to rest and relax. It can help improve the depth of sleep so that you can wake with more energy and feel more able to cope with what the day has in store.
4. Get you exercising
Being more rested helps you feel more inclined to get your body moving. Hypnotherapy can help you feel motivated to become physically active by visualising the positive outcomes on both your body and your mind.
Research shows that exercise compares favorably to antidepressant medications as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression and has also been shown to improve depressive symptoms when used as an adjunct to medications.
If you are concerned about symptoms of depression, it is important that you consult with your doctor prior to seeking alternative therapy, but if you would like to know more about how hypnotherapy could help you, call 0401 871476 for a free consultation.