Being under hypnosis or in the state of hypnosis can best be described as being in a place of highly focused attention but with heightened levels of suggestibility. Hypnosis can also bring about an extreme sense of relaxation, though not in all cases as it depends on the purpose of the hypnosis.
The word hypnosis comes from the Greek word “hypos” which means sleep, which is a little ironic really as hypnosis is not a sleeping state. In fact, when in hypnosis a person is completely awake and most often aware of everything that is said and done around them which is a huge misconception.
So many people these days are trained in Hypnotherapy including doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, dentists, and chiropractors as well as Hypnotherapists.
However, it is of course entirely possible to use self-hypnosis, meaning you don’t have to rely on someone else to guide you into this mental state and are able to use it at will, perhaps as a form of self-care.
What is self-hypnosis?
Well, have you ever found yourself lost in thought? Entranced by waves or a crackling fire and completely unaware of the rest of the world? If you have, you would have felt extremely relaxed and lost in your own world, this is self-hypnosis. Practising self-hypnosis means intentionally putting yourself into this state, without the help of a Hypnotherapist.
Self-hypnosis can be a really great way of reducing stress, anxiety and other such problems and opening the mind to new ideas and thoughts. It can be especially effective when actively trying to stave off problem behaviours such as addiction.
Effectively, hypnosis is about reprogramming how we think about certain things which is why it can help combat things such as anxiety, depression, addiction and aid in situations such as weight loss.
Many people worry about how to begin self-hypnosis or if they will even have enough time. It doesn’t take long at all… if you don’t want it to. You can set your own time frame for self-hypnosis, even if it is just 5 minutes or a whole hour. Self-care is and should be an important part of each and every day.
Plus, there are loads of tools out there to help you on your journey to self-hypnosis. Obviously, you do need to make sure they come from somewhere reputable before you begin using them. We ourselves have created an amazing set of self-hypnosis audio recordings which are available on both CD and to download. They help deal with issues such as lack of self-confidence, weight loss, peaceful sleep and pain management to name but a few. These are all available from our online shop.
The important thing to remember is not to force self-hypnosis. If you’re not in the mood or have too much going on, you may block yourself from being able to fully relax. But, don’t give up – there is no time limit and you can always return later.
“Self-care is really about taking care of you and focusing on feeling good about yourself – mind and body.” F. Ramsey