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*Self hypnosis*

Updated: Jun 10, 2023

Self-hypnosis can be a beneficial practice for personal growth and self-improvement. If you're anything like me, your mind has already conjured an image of a tele hypnotic that put people in a trance. However, on digging deeper, I discovered that self-hypnosis is a process of understanding your subconscious mind and upgrading any deep-seated inaccurate beliefs that can lead to self-sabotage, failure to achieve your potential and settling for destructive personal relations, friends or professional relationships. It is akin to upgrading your brain software. You know how it is, GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out).

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started with self-hypnosis: Let me know what you think in the comment section.

#1 Set a goal:

Determine what you want to achieve through self-hypnosis. It could be overcoming a fear, reducing stress, boosting confidence, or any other positive change you desire.

#2 Find a quiet and comfortable environment:

Choose a calm and distraction-free space where you can relax without interruptions. Dim the lights and create a soothing atmosphere.

#3 Relax your body:

Get into a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to help your body relax. Progressive muscle relaxation can be helpful, where you tense and release each muscle group from head to toe.

#4 Induce a trance state:

Begin to focus your attention inward and let go of any external thoughts or distractions. You can use techniques like counting down from 10 to 1, visualizing yourself descending a staircase, or repeating a calming phrase to help induce a relaxed state.

#5 Use imagery and visualization:

Once you are in a relaxed state, create vivid mental images related to your goal. Imagine yourself successfully achieving your desired outcome and experiencing the positive feelings associated with it. Engage all your senses to make the visualization more immersive.
Repeat affirmations or suggestions: While in the trance state, repeat positive affirmations or suggestions that align with your goal. These should be short, specific, and in the present tense. For example, if your goal is to reduce stress, you can say, "I am calm and relaxed in all situations." At this point, I use the guidance I get from scripture. I remind myself of who I am and who God says I am. I use powerful words like phenomenal, fantastic, successful, faithful, courageous, blessed, favoured, protected etc.

#6 Deepen the trance (optional):

If you want to deepen your hypnotic state, you can count down from 10 to 1 or use a guided relaxation script to guide yourself into a deeper level of relaxation.

#7 End the session:

When you are ready to end the self-hypnosis session, count from 1 to 5 to bring yourself back to full awareness. Take a moment to reorient yourself and reflect on the experience.

#8 Practice regularly:

Consistency is key with self-hypnosis. Regular practice can help reinforce positive changes and make the process more effective over time. Aim for daily or weekly sessions, depending on your schedule and goals.
Remember, self-hypnosis requires patience and practice. It may take time to reach deeper levels of trance and see significant results. If you feel unsure or would like additional guidance, consider seeking help from a qualified hypnotherapist who can provide personalized assistance in your self-hypnosis journey.

*Self Hypnos pros and cons*

Self-hypnosis can be a useful tool for personal development and self-improvement, but it has pros and cons. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of self-hypnosis:

Pros of self-hypnosis:

1. Self-empowerment: Self-hypnosis allows individuals to take control of their own mental processes and make positive changes in their lives. It can foster a sense of empowerment and self-reliance.
2. Convenience and accessibility: Self-hypnosis can be practised at any time and in any place that is comfortable for you. You can create your own personalized scripts or use pre-recorded hypnosis sessions that suit your specific goals.
3. Cost-effective: Self-hypnosis eliminates the need for regular visits to a professional hypnotherapist, which can be costly. It provides a more affordable option for those who want to experience the benefits of hypnosis.
4. Flexibility: With self-hypnosis, you have the freedom to tailor the sessions to your needs and preferences. You can focus on specific areas of improvement or address a wide range of issues.
Cons of self-hypnosis:

Lack of professional guidance:
1. Without the expertise and guidance of a trained hypnotherapist, there is a risk of misunderstanding or misinterpreting the process of hypnosis. This can potentially lead to ineffective or counterproductive results.
2. Skill development: Self-hypnosis requires practice and skill development to achieve the desired outcomes. It may take time and patience to learn the techniques effectively.
3. Limited scope: While self-hypnosis can be effective for personal growth and self-improvement, it may not be suitable for addressing deep-rooted psychological or emotional issues. In such cases, it is advisable to seek professional help.
4. Potential distractions: Engaging in self-hypnosis without a controlled environment may expose you to distractions that can interfere with the effectiveness of the session. External interruptions or lack of focus can hinder the desired outcomes.
5. Responsibility for outcomes: As the sole practitioner of self-hypnosis, you bear the responsibility for your own progress. There may be a sense of self-doubt or lack of accountability if you encounter challenges along the way.

Please note that self-hypnosis may not be suitable for you. Particularly those with certain psychological conditions or those who are not comfortable exploring their subconscious mind on their own. It is always advisable to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before starting any self-hypnosis.

Dr Purity Carr is a GP and Menopause Doctor in Harvey, Western Australia

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