Practicing Self Hypnosis

Self-hypnosis can be used to deal with a variety of different afflictions such as stress, anxiety and depression. Self-hypnosis is similar to meditation, as it relies on your ability to achieve a high level of concentration. If you want to learn how to hypnotize yourself, basic meditative techniques will get you well on your way.

When and Where to Practice Self-Hypnosis
You should practice self-hypnosis in a quiet, dimly lit area where you won’t be disturbed. Hypnotherapists recommend practicing self-hypnosis techniques at least once a day to see significant and consistent results.

Steps to Reach a State of Hypnosis
A professional hypnotherapist is the best source for self-hypnosis techniques, but if you don’t have the means or the time to set up an appointment with a professional, the following guidelines provide an overview of steps to self-hypnosis:

1. Decide what you want to achieve during your hypnosis session (calm anxiety, quit smoking, improve self-image, etc.).

2. If you want to listen to relaxing music during hypnosis, get a music player and headphones.

3. Dim the lights and find a relaxing place to sit or lie down. Make sure you don’t cross your legs or choose an uncomfortable position, because you may have to remain still for a long time.

4. Relax your body by releasing tension from each muscle individually, taking deep breaths and concentrating on specific sensations or sounds.

5. Begin to speak reassuring statements to yourself, such as “I have nothing to worry about,” or, “I have everything I need,” for example.

6. Don’t snap yourself out from a trance too quickly. When you’re finished, slowly wake yourself from your hypnosis. Your body will likely feel heavy at first.

Benefits of Practicing Self-Hypnosis
When you practice self-hypnosis, entering a more relaxed state may provide your body with the following benefits:

  • Increased blood flow to the brain, which can improve concentration, memory and enhance creativity.
  • Increased serotonin levels which calm the mind and body.
  • You will feel more rested, and may find yourself needing less sleep.
  • Your endorphin levels increase, amplifying feelings of happiness.
  • The ability to self-hypnotize can increase the effectiveness of professional hypnotherapy as well, and routine practice and dedication may lead to strong results in your overall mental health. Additionally, medical professionals recommend using hypnotherapy to help you stop smoking.