When you think of hypnosis, you may envision someone swinging a pocket watch, saying, “You are getting sleepy, very sleepy…” In reality, hypnosis is not scary and it can actually help employees get ahead at work. Self-hypnosis and meditation are very similar but do have one main difference: In self-hypnosis, there tends to be a goal in mind, this could be to make you more confident, or to overcome anxiety, to cope with stress etc.
Whatever the end goal is, you’re entering self-hypnosis with that in mind and you’re able to access a part of yourself that is usually closed off. Self-hypnosis can boost confidence and help you develop new skills, but it can also improve your concentration and help you work more efficiently.
The skill of self-hypnosis has helped people overcome issues including depression, sleep disorders, stress and anxiety issues, self-esteem issues, addictions and other mental health conditions. When you’re in hypnosis, you’re in a guided trance. The aim is to change that inner dialogue and self talk from ‘I'm no good' or I’m going to fail’ to positive suggestions that are aligned with your goals eg. ‘Yes I can'. It's also a great practice for focussing on positive outcomes as opposed to negative.
Hypnosis taps into the unconscious mind to unlock learning abilities and confidence, to reduce stress and anxiety, to enhance your performance and assist with other qualities like focus, clarity and leadership.
Hypnosis can help people gain more confidence in life, nail job interviews, ask for a pay rise, deal with a unreasonable boss, even overcome fear of public speaking, and much more. Hypnotherapy is goal driven so whatever your goal so it is an ideal practice to focus on improving an area of your life.
We have all experienced some kind of hypnotic state, watching our favourite TV show we can zone out. A completely natural state, where the busy overthinking mind is quietened. In this state, Aristides explains "we can have greater control over our unconscious thinking and start to plant the seeds of change for ourselves."
Self-hypnosis involves taking yourself into a calm, relaxed and meditative state and making positive statements or suggestions to yourself. Repeating this as often as you can and incorporating it into your daily routine will assist you to make great changes to your work and life.
Many great sportspeople regularly use self-hypnosis to get their minds in the zone, ready for their match or game. Mental training and performance mindset is critical to their ability to perform. You can also look at your challenges from the same perspective, adopt a mental training strategy to your own goals in life.
The Mindology app features a self-hypnosis how to guide.