Hypnotherapy is like meditation. It is a useful tool for achieving deep relaxation. Self-hypnosis is used by own. This is often more practical as a stress management tool than normal hypnosis, as one need not to have a hypno-therapist's presence. Still it is strongly advisable for beginners to get proper guidance from qualified hypno-therapist.
Drawing on the same relaxation response that drives meditation, self-hypnosis helps you to relax your body, lets stress hormones subside and distracts your mind from unpleasant thoughts. The relaxation achieved with self-hypnosis can be intense. Unlike meditation, we often use suggestions as part of self-hypnosis to manage stress and build self-confidence. Suggestions are the positive statements based on rational thoughts that we make to ourselves to counter stress and unpleasant events.
Along with self-hypnosis, meditation can be use as a part of a daily stress management.
Stress can cause severe health problems and extreme mental disorders. While these stress management techniques have been presented in good faith for positive effect and reducing stress. Suggestions are for guidance only and readers should take the advice of suitably qualified health professionals if they have any concerns over stress-related illnesses or if stress is causing significant or persistent unhappiness. Health professionals should also be consulted before any major change in diet or lifestyle.
Step 1: Locate a comfortable and quiet place to sit. As in general, the regular sitting works better as person is familiar with it.
Now, relax the body. A good way of doing this is to close the eyes and imagine waves of relaxation running down the body from scalp downwards, washing out stress. Let the waves run in time with the breathing, first washing down over the head, then the neck, then the torso, then arms, and finally legs. Feel the muscles in the body relaxing as the waves of relaxation wash over them.
Step 2: To use suggestion to deepen the state of relaxation. This can be as simple as thinking something like: “I am feeling relaxed and comfortable to yourself. With every breath I am becoming more relaxed and more comfortable…" Alternatively, any other suggestions can be used depending on ones personal interest, choice or type of stress level.
Once the feeling of completely relaxation is achieved, try to be in this stage as long as on can be. In this stage, it is of no matter if mind has no though or there are clouds of thoughts appearing and surrounding all over. Thoughts may come and go. The purpose should be of not to indulge mind in the thoughts.
Step 3: In general the person gets out of the relax stage by itself. One can give a rejuvenating suggestion for ending the relaxation session.
Self-hypnosis session can last between 10 or 20 minutes; however, it can last for as long as you like.
Recap: Self-hypnosis is a practical and effective technique for relaxing deeply. It can be used with or without affirmations, depending on what you want to achieve. To use the technique, find somewhere comfortable and quiet to sit down. Think about, and prepare, any affirmations that you might want to use. Start by closing your eyes and relaxing your muscles. A good way of doing this is to use imagery. Move on to use suggestion to relax yourself even more. When you feel very relaxed, use any affirmations that you have prepared. Enjoy the state of hypnosis for as long as you like.