Our daily lives carry a great deal of stress and responsibility. From paying bills and submitting work reports through to the smaller but still significant undertakings such as having the time to put a wash load on.
If you often find yourself consumed by a black cloud of stress and worry – the following exercises could help you find your way back to the chill zone:
1. Find a quiet place
A quiet and ambient atmosphere will maximise the impact of self-hypnosis – so avoid trying the technique whilst on board a packed tube during rush hour and try to find a spot away from distractions.
Shut your eyes and breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Whilst breathing out, recite the mantra “relax now” in your head and visualise yourself physically exhaling your stress. Imagine this relaxation exercise as your body expelling all physical and mental toxins.
Picture yourself at the top of a flight of stairs and take a deep breath for each stair that you descend. How many stairs there are is up to you. There could be 10, 20 or even 50 steps, depending on how long it takes you to feel that deep sense of relaxation.
When you reach the bottom, imagine yourself in your favourite relaxation spot. This can be wherever you like, from your bath at home to a tropical beach, wherever it is – spend some time exploring your personal haven. Smell the scent of the candles that are dotted around your bath or the salty sea air. Feel the warmth of the water and bubbles on your skin or the coastal breeze cooling you down. Invoking the senses will help your illusion to seem more real.
So next time you are feeling emotionally frazzled, sit back, close those eyes and enjoy your personal paradise.
If you are experiencing high levels of stress in your daily life to the point where it is beginning to impact other areas (relationships, concentration at work etc.), it may be time to seek professional advice.
Hypnotherapy delivered by a specialist has long since been used as a way to relax patients whilst also reinforcing positive suggestions.
To find out more, please visit our Stress page for information about how hypnotherapy could help you.
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