By Susanna Sweeney, MSC, MBACP, CHT
The benefits of self hypnosis stretch across a number of different areas, encompassing all aspects of your life and work. This article is designed to outline them in easily comprehensible form.
In today’s world, we are under constant pressure and stress. There is
constant input from various sources, including television and smart
phones. At any one time during the day, we have to digest a whole bulk
of information. Virtually every job description these days comes with
the expectation that the prospective employee must be good at working
under pressure and to tight deadlines.
Often, this pressure
extends into the family home. Even children have to live up to high
expectations these days, with steep homework assignments and many after
And, with all of this going on, we don’t
relax half as much as our forefathers would have done. Instead, we have
another cup of coffee to be able to get through the day.
But our bodies aren’t made for constant pressure. Physiologically, our bodies expect periods of high performance and pressure to be balanced with periods of relaxation. If they don’t get that, over time, there will be implications. These can reach from a lack of a sense of well being and joy to physical issues such as heart problems or chronic illness.
See this page about self hypnosis relaxation techniques for more details and a sample relaxation you can start using at home today.
mental health practitioners recommend or even teach self hypnosis to
those overcoming addictions, including heavy addictions to heroin and
similar drugs. Addiction counselors find that self hypnosis helps
people be more centered and more single minded about the quitting
In one academic paper I read, I found an account of a heavy
cocaine addict who was using the extraordinary amount of five grams per
day. She eventually weaned herself off the drug using a pre-recorded
stop smoking hypnosis session she had found. She simply replaced the
word ‘smoking’ with the word ‘cocaine’ in her mind and played the
session back to herself extensively, until she was able to stop the
Self hypnosis to stop smoking is a powerful tool for those who want to quit tobacco but rather than attending a hypnotist, prefer to work in the comfort of their own home.
inner balance will also benefit your mental health. Using self hypnosis,
with regular practice, one can move from feeling frazzled, overburdened
and perhaps angry and frustrated all the time to feeling blissfully
happy and relaxed all day.
You, too can enjoy the benefits of self hypnosis for your career.
Read more here on the benefits of self hypnosis in relation to achieving your goals.
Childbirth hypnotherapy has been popularized in the media by some celebrities who have used it, such as Jessica Alba, Kate Middleton and Emily Deschanel. However, the use in no way restricted to celebrities, in fact the method has become quite wide spread and accepted by many midwives.
Many women attend childbirth hypnotherapy to learn self hypnosis skills that they can use in the labor ward.
Childbirth hypnotherapy has been shown to
improve women’s experience during childbirth, for example in a recent
Cochrane Review which found that the women in the hypnosis group
requested less pain medication during labor (2).
James Esdaille (1808-1859), a British surgeon working in India,
pioneered the use of hypnosis as anesthesia, reportedly performing
thousands of surgeries safely in this way with very few complications.
of the founders of modern hypnotherapy, Dave Elman (1900-1967), also
worked with hypnosis for pain- with great success. He trained dental
surgeons in hypnotic techniques to help their patients have a relaxed
experience in the chair without the use of anesthesia.
If you want
to use self hypnosis for pain, you can train yourself to block pain in
particular parts of the body or overall. Usually this is done working
with a hypnotist who will teach you the skills required.
Self hypnosis offers the additional benefit of being able to work independently, from the comfort of your own home, or, indeed from anywhere you want at any time that suits your busy schedule.
If you design your own program, you don't even have to go and see a professional hypnotherapist:
While these are great advantages, there are some challenges too when you use self help hypnosis.
Be sure to learn about potential challenges so that you can overcome them more easily.
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This article fills you in on how you can get the very best from regression hypnosis and is a must read if you are thinking of embarking on hypnotherapy treatment for a complex personal issue.
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The Benefits of Self Hypnosis
Find out in this article how you can benefit from self hypnosis in your life, including what issues you can use it for.
Self-Hypnosis Relaxation Techniques
A good place to start practicing self hypnosis techniques first before infusing them with images regarding your specific goals, or changes that you want to make in your life is with relaxation techniques. Find a sample relaxation script on this page that you can start using today.
Self Hypnosis for Goal Setting
Goal setting is key in working with personal goals. If you don’t get your goals just right, you are much less likely to get good results. Find out how to overcome the seven most common mistakes with goal setting when you use a self hypnosis based approach.
Self-Help Hypnosis- 7 Challenges and How to Overcome Them
Like any other form of therapy, self-help hypnosis, too has some limitations which you should be aware of before you start practicing. I also offer some practical tips and solutions to help you overcome most of these limitations.
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In this article, find detailed instructions on how to design, administer and troubleshoot your auto suggestions successfully so that you can use them to change your life.
I hope this article has helped you to see some of the benefits of self hypnosis. There
are many more. Hypnosis and self hypnosis are very flexible skills that
you can use for virtually any purpose.
Let the sky be your limit with self hypnosis. Let our community know how you are getting on- in the comments underneath.
Here is to your success and well being.
(1) Page, R.A. and Handley, G.W., 1993. The use of
hypnosis in cocaine addiction. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis,
(2) Madden K, Middleton P, Cyna AM, Matthewson M, Jones L. 2016. Hypnosis for pain management during labour and childbirth., Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 5.
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