Hypnosis has great health benefits and in a recent New Scientist feature is cited as being more effective than placebo when working with health issues. When you make it a part of your life it can be a great way to de-stress, allow you to relax as well as solve problems and create great ideas. Your body needs to relax, to unwind, clear the circuits and reboot and self hypnosis is a great way to do this.
There are many many variations on hypnosis, trance and meditation and they all have their benefits. As a basis though they all have a similar key elements:
- Take a bit of time out of your day.
- Do some relaxing breathing.
- Allow your mind to drift off.
- Spend some time there.
- Come back and join the world.
Here is a quick way you can do some self hypnosis whilst sitting at your desk, on the bus on simply sitting down on your sofa for a few minutes.
- Get yourself comfortable wherever you are sitting
- Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold for a second or so and then breath out slowly and deliberately through you mouth.
- Repeat this for at least 6 times ( you may begin to feel relaxed and/or a little light headed as you do this, which is fine)
- Look at something a little way away from you and allow your eyes to defocus from the thing a little.
- Depending on the environment you are in you may want to close your eyes or simply continue to look at the thing.
- Allow your mind to drift off, thinking about nothing in particular (if you find your self talk taking over notice it, and then refocus on drifting off – it will get much easier as you practise)
- When you feel you have relaxed for long enough simply bring your attention back to your surroundings and notice how you feel.
People ask how long this should be and there is no right answer to this. If you can do it for a few minutes at a time then great. Aim for a regular 5- 10 minutes. Some people like to have a set time, like in the morning or evening and others fit it in to their busy lives like on planes or train journeys (not whilst driving obviously!).
As you get more experienced you can take thoughts, questions and ideas into your self hypnosis time.
Founder of Monkey Puzzle and an INLPTA NLP Master Trainer, John is also a Clinical Hypnotherapist and author of the award winning book Real Leaders for the Real World. His new book Time Mastery; Banish Time Management Forever is out now.
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