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Self-hypnosis as a route to an improved health

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Hypnotherapy is one of the many poorly understood therapeutic tools in the medical field. While many believe that it is just a mere trick of persuasion, there are a number of principles that also believe that this technique can be valuable in managing stress. Self-hypnosis is a method that one can use to reap health benefits without spending time and money at a therapist’s office. This can be done by using your own voice, thoughts, or hypnotic tapes.

Uses of self-hypnosis:

  1. Fighting addiction


Through self-hypnosis, deep-rooted addictions that build up due to myriad factors such as genes, surrounding environment, childhood experiences and upbringing can be eliminated. This technique of self-modulation will allow you to take back the control of thoughts and actions. Additionally, physical withdrawal symptoms will also be relieved using self-hypnosis.

  1. Alleviate stress


A medical hypothesis considers that hypnosis works through a placebo effect. By using self-hypnosis, you can lower your expectations and adjust them in a way to minimize fear, pain, and anxiety. By this approach, you can also fight against triggers of depression and anxiety, calm your nerves and live a happier life.

  1. Reducing weight


Weight loss programs rely heavily on diet management and physical workout. These require a consistent motivation to produce results. Self-suggestion techniques can help you stay focused and greatly improve the results of your weight loss program.

Conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression and often related to coping mechanisms like overeating. This requires a constant motivation through self-suggestion.

  1. Improving sleep

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A slow-wave sleep is the deepest and restorative phase of a sleep pattern. With an increase in stress and anxiety levels, sleep is most adversely affected. This makes many people opt for sleep-inducing medical agents. While, the drugs may succeed in increasing the duration of deep sleep, they are associated with severe side effects. These sleep-inducing drugs can be eliminated by the use of self-hypnotic tapes which have to be heard before sleeping. Hypnotherapy increases the duration of slow-wave sleep resulting in a more refreshing and restorative sleep. 

Ways to accept self-hypnosis

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Many people are skeptical of hypnotherapy are prefer other stress-management techniques. This is perhaps because of the poorly understood domain that encompasses hypnosis. In order to truly benefit from this approach, one must completely free themselves from prejudices towards the practice.

An open mind is much more susceptible to suggestion than a skeptical and guarded one. People that have been coerced into the treatment seldom find results with the use of hypnotherapy.

An ideal patient for self-hypnosis is one with a reasonable intellect, a strong and vivid imagination, and the ability to concentrate. A patient who is able to relax, go with the flow and follow instructions is able to reap maximum advantages from self-hypnosis. 

Self-hypnosis is a natural state of mind

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Many people have the opinion that hypnosis is what they have seen in stage shows. In reality, the stage hypnosis is just a fun trick and miles apart from the actual therapy. Hypnosis is a natural state which we all experience regularly. When we wake up in the morning our mind fluctuates between waking consciousness and deep sleep.

This bridge between the two is called the hypnogogic state and can be used for benefiting from the power of self-suggestion. A simple exercise of imagining yourself glide through the day, doing all necessary activities during this hypnogogic state can give you the confidence and mental relaxation that can achieve success each day.

Hypnotherapy techniques can be implemented for positive changes in daily life. This state of mind opens it for perceiving new ideas and implementing them without past prejudices. Contrary to belief, a subject under therapy is in complete control of their actions and thoughts.

Hypnotherapy relies on a state of mind that is highly perceptive and suggestive for changes. This therapy can be used by people with guided help from professionals or on their own to reflect amazing changes in their daily stress and anxiety levels.