How Hypnosis Can Soothe Overwhelmed Parents
As parents it is normal to feel emotional about the stresses of the world around you. You may be disorganized, forgetful, antisocial, unhelpful, or just not in a good mood. Children become the emotional sponge, an anxiety transfer from you to them, soaking up the feelings. They become confused about what is going on and may even think it is their fault, which can weaken their confidence and affect how they function daily. There are things you can do to soothe your overwhelming anxiety and reduce the likelihood of your children “catching” it.
Acknowledging the Anxiety
What might be causing your stress? Workplace issues, financial stress, or relationship conflict perhaps? Physical symptoms include palpitations, sweating, nausea, and shortness of breath. Short-temperedness and irritability along with “self-medicating” addictive behaviors like excessive alcohol can be clues as well.
Reflecting on your symptoms and causes, you can have a greater awareness of what is going on and reassure your children about their fears as you work on solutions for your anxiety.
Self-awareness is step one. By acknowledging your anxiety, you can understand it better and reduce how often and intense it can occur.
If there is a situation that provokes anxiety, you can manage symptoms, and bring yourself to a state of calm, confidence, and self-control using hypnosis techniques.
1st Strategy, Deep Belly Breathing:
- Close your eyes.
- Breathe in through your nose, completely filling your lungs, holding the air for several seconds.
- Pursing your lips, gradually let the air out, as much as you can.
- Continue until you feel more relaxed.
- Visualize yourself where you feel safe, at ease, calm, and relaxed in the past or somewhere familiar.
- Focus on that visualization for a few minutes, and how you feel when you are there.
2nd strategy, Progressive Muscle Relaxation:
- Laying on your back, tighten the muscles in your toes for 10 seconds, then relax them completely.
- Do the same for your feet, ankles, and calves, gradually work your way up your body until you reach your head and neck.
- Visualize the place where you feel calm and relaxed or somewhere at home where you feel safe and at ease.
- Focus for a few minutes on this place and the way you feel when you are there.
Other things you can do to relieve stress include music, hot baths, reading, calling or meeting with a close friend, practicing yoga or meditation, or playing sports.
Lifestyle changes can help with anxiety as well, such as:
- Keeping it simple; doing less, or only doing one thing at a time
- Keeping to a schedule
- Getting enough sleep
- Regular exercise (walking, swimming, yoga)
- Proper diet
- Restricting coffee and alcohol
- Taking the time to enjoy life
- Connecting with others in sharing thoughts and feelings with them
Hypnotherapy sessions with Healing Soul Hypnosis can help be a tool in your anxiety-busting arsenal if you are struggling and like some extra support and guidance.
Anxiety only gets bigger if it is not dealt with. Your children will pick up on this and there is the possibility, they could develop it eventually in their life. It may be common, but it is treatable with techniques and strategies. By taking control of your anxieties, you help your children implement coping strategies when confronting their own fears before they become a reoccurring habit.
By dealing with your anxiety it helps you as a parent become more patient, have an open mind, be more understanding, stay focused, and be less angry or upset over trivial things. You become more understanding and are more supportive to your child to help them thrive. Most importantly, you see a better version of yourself with less reacting and more embracing and supporting.
Please contact me if you have any more questions about hypnosis for parenting, or if you would like to sign up for sessions.
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