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Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions: How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Cope with Stress & Anxiety

The past year has presented us with many different challenges and has affected us all in different ways. For some, social isolation may have caused a great shift in how you usually go about your day or interact with friends and loved ones. For others, it may have been more welcomed, as introverted people have had an easier time adapting or coping with social distancing.


Not being able to dine-in at your favorite local restaurant might have been horrible for some while not a huge deal for others. As we begin to phase in the gradual re-opening of society, it may bring about unexpected stress or anxiety about adapting to these new norms. Hypnotherapy is an effective way to help you work through stresses and anxieties. It offers a wide range of tools that you can use to help better manage your emotions.

Re-entry anxiety may affect us all in different ways. Transitioning from our “pandemic-way” of being in your community to our way forward may require us to shift and bring down our guard which has been on high alert for the past year. Bringing down our guard can possibly provoke worries about who is vaccinated, who might potentially be infected, worrying about the health and well-being of family members, employment concerns, financial worries or even parenting concerns.

Here are a few useful tips you can consider:

  • Practice Being Present-Mindful

  • Take a Gradual Approach To Re-Integrating

  • Acknowledge/Identify what you Can and Cannot Control

  • Engage in Meaningful Hobbies & Activities

  • Practice Gratitude to Widen Your View and Engage in New Perspectives

How can hypnotherapy help in combination with these useful tips?

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic modality you can use to help clinically reduce anxiety levels. Recent studies have shown that it works best when used in combination with other forms of therapy (eg. CBT).

Hypnotherapy and counselling can be empowering. It is an additional tool you can use to help move you forward. If you are interested in learning more about the process please reach out and I’d be happy to help.

Written By: Sebastian Di Cesare PhD, RCC - a Registered Clinical Counsellor & Hypnotherapist based in Vancouver, Canada.

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