Going in to hospital can be a daunting experience, especially if you are seriously ill and require major surgery.
All sorts of things need attending to during your stay: child care or care of a dependent. It may be that you need to arrange someone to look after pets, or your house plants or garden.
So often there is such a lot to think about that it can all begin to weigh heavily upon you and make you want to run or hide.
Hospital is a stressful environment
You may have read my previous blog post Hypnosis for Surgery in which I looked briefly at how hypnosis assists surgeons in their work with patients. Here I want to consider for a moment how hypnotherapy can assist patients in hospital.
We already know that well-being is a whole lot more than a body in perfect working order. Well-being is about feeling good, feeling grounded, being able to meet challenges head on, and not being tossed from pillar to post by the trials thrown at us by life.
When we feel good, we feel confident, we have a better outlook on life, we can meet change with curiosity and openness.
Hypnotherapy for Well-being during illness
We also know that stress negatively affects every organ in the body, that it suppresses the immune system, interfering in the normal self-healing process of the body making recovery from surgery longer, and sometimes more complicated.
With hypnotherapy we can address the fears, thoughts and memories that surface or resurface when faced with surgery and a stay in hospital, or a long illness.
With hypnotherapy patients can better cope with the stress, fear and anxiety that presents themselves.
Self-hypnosis is a wonderful way of regaining balance, calm, and perspective when the odds appear to be stacked against you and can support your body’s natural healing processes.