Mindful Hypnotherapy Can Reduce Stress, Finds Study


Stress is a natural feeling where a person finds it difficult to cope with specific demands. If not managed on time, stress can become a chronic condition. According to a study, a new treatment combining mindfulness with hypnotherapy has shown positive results in treating stress. The study has been published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. This intervention is called “mindful hypnotherapy.”

Mindful hypnotherapy is defined as “an intervention that intentionally uses hypno-sis (hypnotic induction and suggestion) to integrate mindfulness for personal and therapeutic benefit.”

According to Gary Elkins, Ph.D., director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University, this can be helpful to people dealing with stress but requires months of practice and training.

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Hypno-sis has been in use in clinical practice to treat pain. According to Elkins, the basic presupposition of the study is that using hypno-sis to deliver mindfulness goals could have many advantages.

“Combining mindfulness and hypnotherapy in a single session is a novel intervention that may be equal to or better than existing treatments, with the advantage of being more time-effective, less daunting and easier to use,” he was quoted as saying by Science Daily.

“This could be a valuable option for treating anxiety and stress reduction.”

Despite being an effective treatment for stress and anxiety, it can be a burden in cost and time for some. This is because it is typically given in eight weekly sessions with each lasting for more than two hours or more along with an all-day retreat of around eight or more hours.

In order to conduct the study, 42 individuals with self-reported high stress were recruited by the Baylor research team. While half of them participated in interventions of one-hour weekly individual sessions, the other half did not take part in it.

At the end of the study, the group that participated in an intervention reported a significant increase in mindfulness and a large decrease in stress. These participants took part in the intervention almost every day and the overall scale was 8.9 on a scale of 10.

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