Can hypnotherapy help boost my teen’s self-esteem?
If you are looking to help a child or teen learn how to overcome low self-esteem, there are a number of different things you can try. Discover more about how to help kids build their self-esteem, find out how life coaching can help improve your self-esteem according to experts, and discover how you can help teens cope with negative body image.
How can hypnotherapy help improve self-esteem?
Hypnotherapy can help us tackle avoidant behaviours and automatic negative thoughtsAutomatic negative thoughts (when our minds go straight to the worst case scenario) are often learned thanks to bad experiences. If your teen struggled with a maths test at school, their subconscious may recognise this as something to be avoided; to protect themselves, their subconcious may tell them they are bad at maths and should avoid trying, which can lead to further stress and anxiety each time they have a test coming up, creating an ongoing negative impact. These automatic negative thoughts can follow into adulthood, affecting their confidence and potentially leading to other related issues such as tackling their finances. A hypnotherapist can help directly ‘speak’ with their subconscious, helping alter negative thinking patterns to encourage more positive responses. This can help replace that critical voice of fear with a more encouraging, supportive message.
Hypnotherapy can help reframe your thoughtsBeing in a state of hypnosis is like experiencing meditation or deep relaxation. When in this state, a hypnotherapist can use suggestion techniques to uncover and reframe negative thoughts to something more positive. This can help them unlearn negative thoughts and bad behaviours, replacing them with more supportive ones.
Self-hypnosis can reinforce new, positive thoughtsTo help boost the positive new thought patterns and behaviours learnt during hypnotherapy sessions, their hypnotherapist may teach them self-hypnosis. This can help to reinforce suggestions made during sessions, boosting and reaffirming these new ways of thinking between sessions or after a set number of sessions have been completed. Often a complementary and supportive form of self-development, this can help support and boost feelings of confidence gained during sessions.
Hypnosis can help them become more compassionate towards themselvesWhen someone has poor self-esteem, being kind to themselves can become difficult. Re-learning how to practice self-compassion takes time and effort. Working with a hypnotherapist can help get you back into the habit of showing yourself kindness, reminding you of the importance of dedicating time to self-care.
Hypnosis can help them develop assertivenessLow self-esteem can lead to some people having trouble saying no. When we begin to say yes too much, or feel like we can’t say no, it can become easy to feel overwhelmed, to take on too many responsibilities or tasks, and to start feeling stressed and under-appreciated, risking burnout. Working with a hypnotherapist can help them learn how to set healthy boundaries, develop their self-esteem, and feel more confident in their decision making by helping to boost positive subconscious beliefs.
Why does hypnotherapy help?As one hypnotherapist explains, “Having confidence and high self-esteem ought to be effortless and organic, not forced. Hypnotherapy will get to the root of what is causing you to be nervous, anxious and fearful and not have self-belief. Hypnotherapists ask thought-provoking questions to dig deeper and find out what is causing you to lack confidence. “Many hypnotherapists use a mix of tools to install positive habits, behaviours and thoughts and unleash the potential that resides within your subconscious.” But how long does it take to have a real impact? “It is most effective when a programme of three to six sessions are undertaken so that you resolve the underlying subconscious cause of the lack of confidence and low self-esteem.”
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