Hypnotherapy takes the mind into a deep state of relaxation and opens it up to suggestions that would otherwise be rejected by the critical mind. A qualified hypnotherapist can guide you during this process and help to tackle a range of issues, including stress.
After a professional session many people benefit from exploring self-hypnosis to help keep stress at bay. A typical self-hypnosis session lasts 15-25 minutes, but it can be as long or short as you like.
How to use self-hypnosis
1. Find your space – if you can, try to find a dedicated spot to practice self-hypnosis – the more relaxing, the better. Aim for somewhere comfortable, quiet and away from distractions.
2. Relax – now it’s time to relax yourself completely. Take some deep breaths and with every exhalation imagine your body and mind letting go of any tension or stress.
3. Visualise – a very common visualisation for self-hypnosis is to imagine you are at the top of some stairs and with every exhalation, you walk down one step. When you reach the ‘bottom’ visualise yourself in your favourite relaxation spot (real or imaginary) and take some time to explore your haven. Call upon all of your senses – smell the flowers, feel the sand beneath your toes, hear the waterfall – whatever you can do to make the experience feel more real. When you are ready to leave, walk up the stairs, feeling more energised with every step.
Sometimes the simple act of taking some time to escape into your own personal haven from the world can help to reduce stress levels.
For more information on hypnotherapy and the issues it can help with, please see our Hypnotherapy Areas page.
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