Hypnotherapy, as the name implies, is a type of therapy that utilizes hypnosis. Hypnosis is commonly described as being an altered state of consciousness, where your mind is alert, but your body is in a trance like a state at an extreme level of relaxation. This type of state is experienced naturally in your everyday life, like when you are waking up, daydreaming, or falling asleep. The success of hypnotherapy is largely because while in this trance, your conscious mind steps aside, leaving your unconscious mind open to suggestions of the therapist. However, you must be open to the hypnosis. Even though your conscious mind has become more narrowly focused, you are still in control and cannot be hypnotized if unwilling. As a result, if you are open to the experience and are having the therapy conducted by a qualified professional, hypnotherapy is considered to be very safe.
Hypnotherapy and Management of Emotions Caused by Cancer
One might ask, how does hypnotherapy help one diagnosed with cancer? It is no secret that when first being diagnosed with cancer, your mind is riddled with emotions: anxiety, stress, depression, confusion, anger, and the list goes on. A major benefit of cancer patients utilizing hypnotherapy is not only to cope better with symptoms and treatment but just to relax. Cancer patients tend to feel overly reliant on medical professionals for treatment and loved ones for support, sometimes causing them to feel as if they are helpless and have lost complete control of their lives. Ironically, even though you give up quite a bit of control of your conscious mind during hypnotherapy, the result is a greater feeling of control of this foreign situation. This is done by raising self-confidence, reducing stress levels, and much more.
It is very well known that mind, body, and spirit are connected. Medical advancements are progressing at a rapid pace, but each’s mind has to play its part as well. It is commonly known that your state of mind plays a significant role in the effectiveness of your immune system, which can contribute to the success of treatments.
Hypnotherapy and Physical Cancer Treatment Side Effects
It is widely known that cancer treatment causes very adverse side effects for many patients. While there is still more research being conducted as far as the connection between hypnotherapy and its effectiveness in reducing these side effects, studies have found that hypnosis can reduce anticipatory nausea or vomiting. As can be assumed by the name, anticipatory nausea or vomiting is the onset of nausea or vomiting right before the next cancer treatment. The fact that this is a common occurrence in cancer patients right before their next dose shows that this particular sickness is, in part, due to psychological means. Therefore, it can be reduced for patients open to the use of hypnotherapy.
Overall Benefits of Cancer Patients Utilizing Hypnotherapy
Although there is yet to be a cure for mesothelioma, hypnotherapy is an excellent way to make people feel more at ease and in control of their situation. It is said to be a highly effective therapy for cancer patients that are terminally ill. It’s extremely beneficial in the management of the physical pain and fatigue caused by cancer itself, as well as the side effects of treatment. Most importantly, with terminally ill cancer patients such as those diagnosed with mesothelioma, this type of therapy is most useful for coping with the roller coaster of emotions that all patients go through. Many things in this world are out of your control, but one thing that only you are in control of is your attitude and state of mind, which can be changed for the better through the use of hypnotherapy.