Many people like to use this technique to lift their mood if they’re feeling down. It’s also a great way to get a good night’s sleep!
For any self-hypnosis to be successful, it’s really important to:
1. Set aside time especially for you - even 5 minutes can work wonders but if you’ve got longer then great! If you’re pushed for time, ensure you’ll ‘awaken’ when you need to by using a timer app on your phone. Make sure you won’t be disturbed – turn the ringer on your landline down, switch notifications on your mobile to ‘off’, be prepared to ignore the doorbell. This is often the hardest thing to do – to become completely unconnected from the world. But once you’ve done it, you’ll feel the benefits.
2. Make yourself nice and comfy – lying down on the floor or your bed, or sitting in a favourite chair. Really tune in to how your body is feeling at that moment in time. Do a quick mental ‘body scan’ from the tips of your toes to the top of your head, noticing any areas of discomfort. Change position if you need to. Hypnosis isn’t about being perfectly still but once you’ve found a comfortable position you probably will be!
3. Allow your eyes to gently close – simple as that really. However if, for whatever reason, you’re not comfortable doing this just allow your eyes to gaze downwards towards the floor.
4. Focus on your breathing – just notice what’s going on with your breathing. Notice whether it feels deep, calm and relaxed or shallow, stressed and tense. You might like to make your breathing a little deeper, not forcing it but gently making each breath a little longer than the one before.
5. Imagine your favourite happy place – think of a favourite, happy place. Somewhere that is special for you, for whatever reason. It might be somewhere real that you’ve been to (a holiday destination, somewhere from your childhood or even the comfort of your own bed) or it could be somewhere completely made up like a fluffy cloud drifting through the sky, the middle of a rainbow, or the floor of the ocean. It really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you imagine using all of your senses to make the experience feel real. What do you see? What can you hear? What tastes might there be? What sounds are you aware of? What is there that you can feel? And imagine all the good emotions that are associated with this happy place. Experience them as though they’re happening… because in your imagination, they are.
At the end of this self-hypnosis, give yourself a little time to bring yourself back to the ‘here and now’ and know that you can bring any positive feelings back with you to use in whatever you’ll be doing for the rest of your day.
If you'd like someone to guide you into a hypnotic trance for relaxation or you would like to experience hypnosis for therapeutic reasons then do please get in touch:
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