Self Hypnosis and Visualization
Self-hypnosis is a powerful stress management tool that can be learned quickly.
Self-hypnosis is a method by which we can visualize people, places or even objects that enable us to feel calm and relaxed. For example, many people find the beach and sounds of the sea relaxing and self-hypnosis allows us to imagine a beach scene as if we were really there.
Self hypnosis is a powerful stress-busting technique, and what’s more, it is much more practical than hypnosis by a qualified practitioner.
Because you are your own hypnotist you can practice visualizing whatever makes you calm whenever you feel the need to (and it doesn’t cost you anything!) The technique is easily learned and is specific to yourself and the things that you find stressful.
Visualization is a key part of ensuring that hypnosis works for you. Each of us has different images that we find calming and relaxing, and self hypnosis allows you to experiment with different images until you find one that helps you relieve your stress.
Using Self Hypnosis for Stress Relief
Self-hypnosis has been shown to be a very effective way to wind down and relax after a stressful day. In addition many individuals that practice self-hypnosis have reported that their mood and productivity levels increase while their thinking processes become a lot clearer and less distracted.
Self hypnosis is used not only to combat stress. People with illnesses in which they find themselves in constant pain use the technique to visualize pain-free times and scenes where they are free from the restrictions of their illness.
Self-hypnosis and visualization are quick and easy techniques to learn.
First put some quality time aside when you won’t be interrupted or distracted.
Find a comfortable quiet place that has a relaxing atmosphere.
Try different relaxing positions until you find one that you find particularly comfortable. For example some people like to lie on the floor or on a bed whereas others prefer to sit against a wall or in a chair.
Before you begin decide what you want to achieve from the hypnosis session. Be positive but realistic.
Start to concentrate on your breathing. Breathe into your abdomen rather than your chest. Imagine you are inhaling positive energy that spreads around your entire body. When you exhale, imagine that the negativity and stress of the day is leaving with the exhaled air.
Visualize whatever you want the focus of the session to be so for example if you recently visited a place that you found particularly calming visualize going there. See yourself walking down a corridor or through an orchard and at the other end is your place.
Start to say (either out loud or to yourself) a positive statement related to what you want to achieve from the session. So for example if the aim of the session is to stop stressing about a deadline at work say something like “I can meet the deadline” over and over again.
Stay in your hypnotized state until you feel you have got the situation that is causing you stress under control and in perspective.
It may take several attempts at the techniques before you begin to feel any different. Some people initially find it hard to block out the world and focus on themselves.
You can try playing soft background music or a tape of yourself repeating your positive statement. Use whatever method works best for you.
Don’t expect to enter a trance like state first time out and don’t get disappointed or despondent if you don’t feel any different.
Self-hypnosis is easy to learn but for it to have a positive effect can take time. Stick with it because self-hypnosis is a very useful relaxation method, especially if you have a high-stress lifestyle.
As a bonus it is drug-free i.e. there is no need to go to the doctors for stress medication, it is quick and simple to do and it costs absolutely nothing.
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Warning: Stress symptoms can be associated with serious medical conditions. The stress management information and techniques in this section are provided as general guidelines for informational purposes only. You should seek the help of qualified medical professionals if you have health or mental concerns over stress. You should also consult with your health care provider before making major changes in your diet or exercise levels.
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