For many people, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is the hardest thing to handle. It’s the constant stream of questions that we ask ourselves, such as, “How am I going to cope financially?”, “Will I get COVID-19?”, “Will I lose my job?” that takes a toll on our mental wellbeing.
Since the start of the pandemic, anxiety amongst the Irish public has been more common than you may have originally thought. In March and April 2020, Maynooth University and Trinity College studied 1,000 people (during the initial restrictions) and found that 20% of the respondents reported clinically meaningful anxiety and 18% reported clinically meaningful post-traumatic stress. Also, a peer-reviewed study of 847 members of the public in Ireland between March and June 2020 (during restrictions) also found significant increases in depression, anxiety and stress compared to before restrictions.
Roll forward to 2021, and we’re still in the midst of the pandemic, and it’s no surprise anxiety is still taking a toll on our mental health. Some of the most common factors that have contributed to high levels of anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic include:
- Marital status
- How safe people feel in their home
- Whether work has been affected by COVID-19.
You may not realise it, but your mental health also affects your physical health, so now it’s more important than ever to focus on these — and one of the best ways to look into this is by using hypnotherapy.
Read on to explore how hypnotherapy is becoming a popular option to help tackle anxiety related to COVID-19.
The Dangers Of Anxiety During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Did you know Chronic stress can weaken your immune system? The more stressed and anxious you are, 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 COVID-19 if you ever come across it. This is why it’s now more vital to focus on your mental wellbeing than ever before, and hypnotherapy is a valuable tool to help tackle this issue.
What Is Hypnotherapy And How Can It Help Me?
To put it simply, hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to help reduce a person’s heightened sense of fear, whether it be from anxiety or phobias such as vertigo.
During a hypnotherapy session, a full trained hypnotherapist will help place you in a calm and relaxed frame of mind and try to help you understand the root cause of your anxiety. Our fears often turn our minds against us, so 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 visualisation exercises so you can implement these whenever you face a stressful situation outside the therapy session.
The Hypnosis and Therapy Centre in Dublin offers online sessions worldwide, and believes that while many therapies and techniques can be used to help sufferers, they often do not resolve the issues themselves.
Instead, the Hypnosis and Therapy Centre uses three techniques for helping to eliminate anxiety: Thought Field Therapy (TFT), hypnosis and NLP, which all work at a deep level of consciousness. These techniques reduce and eliminate the overwhelming, frightening and traumatic experiences of anxiety attacks.
So while hypnotherapy may not stop you from worrying about coronavirus, it will help you control your anxiety — a huge benefit to your mental health throughout these uncertain times.