Meditation helps anxious people but hypnotherapy does it better

on 27 February 2019
The power of meditation the effect of hypnosis

Do you have an anxiety disorder? Researchers discover that just 10 minutes of meditation a day will help anxious people focus better. But hypnotherapy enables the brain more easily and is better able to be tailored for specific results . . .

To empty one's mind is a challenge for many!

Meditation has been practised for thousands of years and works by essentially emptying one's mind, thus, in a sense, creating the absence of the self. Hypnosis, I believe evolved out of meditation and maybe because of persistent negative thoughts being slowly reframed into empowering ones! So, in contrast to meditation, the hypnotic state is accessed by filling the mind, albeit with something different and more specific. The very same processes that bring about negative states of mind is also involved in the transition to a positive mindset in our imagination. A part of the brain/mind that hears unspoken sounds and sees pictures in the darkness of our mind and with such clarity as to be as vivid as the real thing, sometimes even more so! And it is the brains' inability to distinguish real from false that makes hypnosis so empowering for personal change. Think of dreaming, that dream of falling, that creates feelings so real, it's as if you were there, falling, screaming, yelling, arms flailing! Yet, in reality, it is nothing more than a real experience of a total fantasy!

So while the research below, may be of help or comfort to those who suffer from abnormal or unwanted anxiety or stress, hypnotherapy is all of that and some! And to add to this, both hypnotherapy and meditation can also help those who suffer from depression too, for it is always the case that such people will have higher levels of anxiety and/or stress. It has been my experience, that it is difficult to make progress in the lessening of the symptoms and feelings of depression when one's fight or flight response is activated. Essentially, by reducing the sensory triggers that create the experience of anxiety, stress or depression, as well as the false or real sensory memories that keep it going, our brain becomes stabilised and then, normal function is eventually restored. Normal functioning means, that we become anxious or stressed in the presence of a reality-based understanding of danger or difficulty or the probability of such events. Essentially, that's what anxiety and fear are for, it is there to protect and keep us safe!

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Hypnotherapy stands out as one of the most effective strategic life management methods there is, especially in its ability to promote clear thinking and good states of mental wellness. The behaviours that make life challenging are often a result of too much stress, too little sleep and too little by way of clarity! So, to get or take back control of your mind and your life, it makes perfect sense to use a methodology that addresses the subconscious mind's role in perpetuating negative, vague and ambiguous states of mind. Hypnosis helps us to create calm relaxing states of mind that make life work better! If you would like to address any concerns you have in this direction, or, if you just want to make your life feel better,  then why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation? Hypnosis gives you the ability to have a good life! 

The objective here is to help people understand how and why we become illogically trapped into irrational emotional experiences that may actually be happening for reasons different to that which we would imagine! If you want to know more about how Hypnotherapy can help you; why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation?

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The research:
Just 10 minutes of daily mindful meditation can help prevent your mind from wandering and is particularly effective if you tend to have repetitive, anxious thoughts, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

The study, which assessed the impact of meditation with 82 participants who experience anxiety, found that developing an awareness of the present moment reduced incidents of repetitive, off-task thinking, a hallmark of anxiety. "Our results indicate that mindfulness training may have protective effects on mind-wandering for anxious individuals," said Mengran Xu, a researcher and PhD candidate at Waterloo. "We also found that meditation practice appears to help anxious people to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand."

The term mindfulness is commonly defined as paying attention to purpose, in the present moment, and without judgement. As part of the study, participants were asked to perform a task on a computer while experiencing interruptions to gauge their ability to stay focused on the task. Researchers then put the participants into two groups at random, with the control group given an audio story to listen to and the other group asked to engage in a short meditation exercise prior to being reassessed.

"Mind wandering accounts for nearly half of any person's daily stream of consciousness," said Xu. "For people with anxiety, repetitive off-task thoughts can negatively affect their ability to learn, to complete tasks, or even function safely.
"It would be interesting to see what the impacts would be if mindful meditation was practised by anxious populations more widely."

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Journal Reference:
1. Mengran Xu, Christine Purdon, Paul Seli, Daniel Smilek. Mindfulness and mind-wandering: The protective effects of brief meditation in anxious individuals. Consciousness and Cognition, 2017; 51: 157 DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2017.03.009