Hypnotherapy Self Hypnosis

Although hypnosis is often viewed as a mystical or fantastical phenomenon, it is much simpler than you may think. In fact, you may be able to use self-hypnosis techniques for your own personal benefit to achieve various goals in your life.

The Key to Self-Hypnosis

So, what’s the basis of self-hypnosis? Once relaxed and open-minded, the mind naturally goes into a state that can be influenced by suggestions—either from a professional or from yourself. When the suggestions given under self-hypnosis are beneficial and in line with a goal you have, it provides reinforcement to the decision-making process, enabling you to achieve your goals easier.

How Self-Hypnosis Works

Once you find self-hypnosis techniques that work for you, you may experience significant personal benefits. When you begin using these tools, you’ll need to be as relaxed as possible. This mental state will allow you to be influenced by suggestions, making it easier to meet your goals. You may need to go through some physical relaxation techniques to start the mental relaxation process, such as breathing exercises, or by progressively tensing and relaxing muscles in your body a few times.

Choosing to Practice Self-Hypnosis

Self-hypnosis works best when you really want to achieve the suggested goal. Unlike you’ve seen on the big screen or television shows, hypnosis can’t make you do something you don’t want to do. On the contrary, when you’re armed with an objective, self-hypnosis methods may help you reach this goal. You may need to try various self-hypnosis techniques—over the course of many sessions—in order to meet your desired goals.

Before you begin practicing self-hypnosis methods, you’ll need to choose an attainable goal. Common objectives include:

  • Becoming more personable
  • Gaining greater self-confidence
  • Losing weight
  • Managing stress
  • Overcoming some weakness or inability
  • Quitting smoking
  • Relieving pain
  • Sticking to a diet.

Where to Find Self-Hypnosis Materials

If you’re interested in practicing self-hypnosis, you have several options. Many people prefer using CDs with recorded scripts, or stories. These stories are meant to access your unconscious mind in order to meet your goal. You may also try repeating affirmations, or positive thoughts that you’d like to engrain in your mind. If you choose this option, formulate your affirmations in the present tense.

Some people choose to listen to gentle, rhythmic music that facilitates self-hypnosis. You may even choose to watch videos that can lead you into a trance. You can find many of these materials for free on the Internet.

Can You Benefit From Self-Hypnosis Methods?

Not everyone will benefit from self-hypnosis methods; some people can’t relax enough to be hypnotized. If you’ve tried different techniques to no avail, working with a hypnotherapist may be a good alternative. These professionals may be able to lead you into a trance, but you have to be open to being hypnotized.


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