Simple Steps to Self-Hypnosis
Part of the Hypnotherapy For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Self-hypnosis is useful for boosting your confidence, encouraging yourself towards a healthier lifestyle and improving your performance. Follow these basic steps of self-hypnosis to help you move towards your desired goals:
Think about what you want to achieve or change, and state your goal in a single sentence.
Choose a place where you can be completely comfortable, whether sitting in a chair or lying down.
Set a time limit by mentally giving yourself the following suggestion: ‘Exactly ten minutes from now, my eyelids open automatically and I feel calm, rested and refreshed.’
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Progressively relax all your muscles, from head to toe, or toe to head, whichever you prefer.
Count down from ten to one and tell yourself that with each number you’ll become more relaxed, both physically and mentally, and go deeper into trance.
When you’re in a deepened trance state, start using the goal statement you devised for your self-hypnosis session. Remember your single sentence goal statement, and make it as vivid as possible in your imagination. Then simply let go. Trust that you have handed it over to your unconscious mind, and that this wise part of you will now solve the problem.
Count yourself awake, up from one to ten, and tell yourself that you’re no longer in trance.
A few minutes after awakening from self-hypnosis, you are still in a highly suggestible state. Use that time to reinforce how relaxed and calm you feel, and how pleased you are that your unconscious mind is helping you reach your goal.