Self hypnosis is an useful tool for achieving an extraordinary state of relaxation. The conscious mind takes a backseat (the rational, judgmental and analytical part of the mind) and the subconscious mind comes forward in a heightened state of awareness (the part of the mind open to suggestions). Self hypnosis can be used for many reasons, including relieving stress and anxiety, overcoming phobias, reducing pain, promoting feelings of confidence, and making big changes in life such as losing weight or quitting smoking. Below are instructions on how to do self hypnosis.
Self Hypnosis Instructions
Before hypnotizing yourself, write down your goals (stick to only one or two goals per session, keep them short and be specific) and plan what you are going to say during the session.
Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit that is free from disturbance.
Close your eyes and take slow deep breaths to relax your mind and body. You can count down from 100 and imagine yourself slowly going down an elevator or staircase or you can tell yourself something like “I am feeling relaxed” with each breath as you see yourself floating down a stream. Allow your mind to become clearer and calmer as your problems drift away.
Once relaxed, you can create a magical place in your mind to reduce stress and make your suggestions. Say what you prepared before the session such as “I will no longer crave cigarettes” or “I am a strong and confident person”. To relieve pain, you can visualize natural painkillers (endorphins) being released from your brain and going to the painful site.
To end the session, you will want to slowly bring yourself back to full awareness. You can count forward while imagining yourself walking up the stairs. Tell yourself that when you open your eyes, you will feel awake, alert and refreshed.
Typical sessions last about 15 to 25 minutes. However, you can let them last as long as you like.
If you feel inner resistance during a session, just let it go. The more you practice how to do self hypnosis, the easier it will become.
Buy a CD to help you through the session or record your own self hypnosis script to listen to.
Learn from a licensed professional who is certified with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
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Mental Help: Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis Self-Suggestion Approaches - https://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?id=9752&cn=353
Oxford Hypnotherapy: Self Hypnosis - Instructions - https://www.hypnos.info/pages/freeselfhypnosis.html
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