Hypnosis is really nothing more than relaxation and concentration. No one can hypnotize you against your will. You are simply relaxing your mind and allowing your powerful subconscious mind to rise to the surface more than usual. Many psychologists believe that your subconscious mind exerts subtle influence over your personality and actions. Repressed feelings and thought patterns gently affect your decisions without you being consciously aware of why you did something or said what you said. Anxiety and stress can be pushed down and allowed to fester in our mind until they start causing problems. Self-hypnosis is really nothing more than placing yourself in a state of relaxation and then acknowledging the things that are causing us stress. Once we acknowledge our stress and anxiety, we can let it go and break the cycle of negativity. We can then boost our positive outlook by giving ourselves positive messages. Once you get into the habit of daily self-hypnosis and relaxation, you will see your attitude change to a positive and constructive one.
HOW TO HYPNOTIZE YOURSELF IN 15 MINUTES FOR STRESS AND ANXIETY RELIEF
START WITH DEEP BREATHING
Start by getting comfortable and breathing in deep and slow. Deep, slow breathing will increase your body’s oxygen levels and cause your heart rate to slow down. Breathe in deep and let the air flow out of your lungs in a slow and controlled manner. For the first minute, just focus on the act of breathing and letting the tension in your body relax.
VISUALIZE YOURSELF FLOATING ON A CLOUD
Visualize yourself floating on a cloud. You are surrounded by the cloud and it is warm and soft. Let the cloud absorb your tension and your anxiety. You are safe and nothing can hurt you while you are floating on the cloud. The cloud is peaceful and serene. Imagine reaching out and embracing its warmth and safety.
MONITOR YOUR THOUGHTS
While you are relaxed, you might find stressful or negative thoughts creep into your mind. That is okay. Allow them to surface and acknowledge that they are there. Do not get caught up into the thoughts as they surface in your mind. Let them come and go as they please. Try to identify the thoughts as either positive thoughts or negative thoughts.
LET GO OF TROUBLESOME THOUGHTS
Once you have identified the troublesome or negative thoughts, then gently let them go. Do not allow your mind to dwell on them or stay on one thought for too long. Let them come and let the negative ones go and float away from your puffy little cloud. Acknowledge any anxiety or negative feelings that come with the thoughts and gently let them go as well. Keep doing this exercise of monitoring your thoughts and letting go of negativity and anxiety until your mind is clear and free from stress. The point of the exercise is to clear your mind and let the white cloud absorb your stress and anxiety. You want your mind to be a blank slate for the next part.
TELL YOURSELF SOMETHING POSITIVE
Now that you have acknowledged your negativity and stress and then let it go, you should spend some time telling yourself some positive things about yourself and your situation. Even simple thoughts like “I am calm and at peace with myself” or “My thoughts create my life” can have a beneficial impact by bringing your thought pattern around to something positive and breaking the cycle of negativity.
ENJOY THE PEACE AND TRANQUILITY
Once you have relaxed, let the anxiety and stress go and center yourself with some positive or motivational thoughts that will help you enjoy the relaxation and tranquility. Just spend a few minutes enjoying the relaxation and peaceful quiet of the moment. The rest of the day may be filled with hectic work and family life, but for these fifteen minutes, you are free of time and space and relaxing on a cloud. There are no worries or concerns. There is just you and the quiet, peaceful relaxation.
Self-hypnosis can be a wonderful tool to manage stress and anxiety. The only difference between self-hypnosis and regular hypnosis is that with regular hypnosis, you are just permitting someone to bring you to that state of deep relaxation. It doesn’t take hours or a special sofa or bed. It can be done just about anywhere and at anytime.
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