Hypnosis for stress and anxiety relief

Change the way you react in stressful situations

Hypnosis for anxiety and stress relief - Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis

A few months ago, I started working with a new client, Claire (not her real name), who was feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. She had recently broken up with her boyfriend of 8 years, was dealing with her mother’s declining health, and had to take on extra work at the office because of downsizing. On top of all that, Claire also was worried that she would be included in the next round of layoffs, and would be forced to move in with family until her financial situation could improve.

As a result of her stress, the major effects she was experiencing included difficulty sleeping, exhaustion, and migraines. She found herself worrying about her situation constantly, and her lack of motivation was affecting her overall health because when she finally did have a moment to rest, all she wanted to do was sit on the couch and eat junk food while watching TV.

It was a vicious cycle,” said Claire. “I felt depressed, so all I wanted to do was munch on chips and cookies while binge-watching Netflix. I was afraid to weigh myself but my clothing was starting to get tighter, so I knew I was gaining weight.”

One of Claire’s friends told her about her recent hypnotherapy sessions for weight loss. After seeing how successful her friend was, Claire decided to give hypnosis a try.


Let’s face it, everyone has something that stresses them out.

According to WebMD, the top causes of stress are:

  • Work-related factors such as being unhappy in your job, working under dangerous conditions, having too much responsibility, working long hours, or being the victim of harassment or discrimination.
  • Financial stress like buying a new home or losing a job.
  • Major life changes such as getting married or divorced, the death of a loved one, or caring for an ill or elderly family member.
  • Personal experiences like being the victim of a crime or natural disaster, or suffering from trauma, illness, or injury.
  • Emotional difficulties like depression, excessive worrying, grief, anxiety, anger, and low self-esteem.
Top causes for stress and anxiety

It is inescapable, but when you have difficulty handling stress, it often leads to anxiety, trouble sleeping, and can even cause physical symptoms like headaches, fatigue, and complications with the digestive and nervous systems. For some people, stress and anxiety keep them from participating in daily activities and leading a normal life. Stress is especially dangerous for your health if it is experienced over a period of time.

Hypnosis reduces stress and anxiety

You probably can’t eliminate most of the things that are causing stress in your life. But one thing you can do is control how you respond to them. You have the complete power to do this, and that’s where hypnosis can help.

In Claire’s case, we were able to change her reaction to stress by helping her recognize her negative reactions to stressful situations. Once she was able to be proactive, she started replacing those unhealthy reactions with more calm, healthy, positive responses.

How hypnosis works for anxiety and stress

The one thing I hear most from clients about their experience after a hypnosis session is, “I feel so relaxed!”

Hypnosis sessions are designed to relax your physical self so the hypnosis practitioner has an unobstructed path to speak to your subconscious mind. This is especially helpful for stress and anxiety relief, because you already know you will have a relaxing session with the hypnotherapist.

When I do a hypnosis session, I start with an evaluation, asking specific questions that help me to learn where you’re having trouble managing stress. After determining your triggers, we talk about your typical reactions to your stress factors, so we can identify what needs to change. Then we work together to see what positive, healthy habits you can bring in to replace those negative behaviors.

Once you’re fully comfortable with the process, it’s time to do the actual hypnosis. I will ease you into a relaxed, hypnotic state with beautiful guided imagery. Then when you are fully relaxed, I will use the same words and phrases that you used during the evaluation to speak to your subconscious. Using your own language for these affirmations is how your unconscious mind will best resonate, allowing you to have the long-lasting results you’re looking for.

When we’re done with the hypnosis portion of your session, I will gently bring you out of the trance state. We will then discuss your experience and talk about ways you can keep the momentum going.

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Hypnosis provides long-term success

Hypnosis provides long-term success for anxiety and stress management

Treatment doesn’t end when the session is over. Studies have proven that the best way to find long-term success after a hypnosis treatment is to add one or two positive behaviors to your daily life. That way, you aren’t replacing your bad habits with something equally harmful, or worse.

As part of my professional training, experience, and research, I have a multitude of recommendations for stress relief you can use moving forward. I will provide options and you can determine what will work best for your lifestyle and personal preferences.

You will also receive an audio copy of the hypnosis portion of your session, so you can listen to it again and again, reinforcing those positive thoughts and behaviors.

Most of my clients find significant improvement in managing stress after just one session, however lasting results are more likely when you have at least three sessions or more, spaced out about 1-2 weeks apart. In Claire’s case, she was able to effectively change how she manages stress with two sessions. However she is continuing hypnosis treatment with sessions focused on weight reduction.

Hypnosis has worked great for me,” says Claire. “Things just don’t bother me like they used to.”

After implementing the changes I recommended, Claire is now getting regular, restful sleep and her migraines have disappeared. Her motivation is back on track and she’s attending exercise classes regularly at her local community center.

Claire noted that although her stress factors haven’t changed much, “I know that I’m in complete control of how I react in every situation. It’s a choice I’m making that’s really paying off.”


As a Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, I enjoy helping people meet their goals and transition into the life they want to live. Learn more or book your free hypnosis consultation online.

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