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Hypnosis Techniques for Stress Relief: A Step-by-Step Guide

Hypnosis Techniques for Stress Relief: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re new to the world of hypnotherapy, it’s important to dip your toes and familiarize yourself with the technique. If you master these skills on your own, you open your subconscious mind for prime suggestibility when working with a Joymind hypnotherapist. Ultimately, the more primed your mind is for hypnosis, the better your results. Here is a beginner’s guide to some self-hypnosis techniques for stress relief that can be practiced right from home:

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR):
    • Find a noise-free space where you feel safe and have privacy. 
    • Lay down, close your eyes, and focus on taking intentional breaths.
    • In a repeated motion, contract and tighten each muscle and then relax and let go of strain. Repeat this for each major muscle group beginning from your feet all the way up to your head.
    • Visualize the stress melting away from your body with each contraction and release.
  • Intentional Breathing Using Visualization:
    • Continue taking intentional, deep breaths to keep your body in a state of prime relaxation.
    • Intentional breathing can be done by utilizing our imagination; visualize inhaling positive energy and exhaling stress and anxiety.
    • Imagine a peaceful place which is personal to you, perhaps the beach or a garden, and fully immerse yourself in that which surrounds you; what you see, the sounds you hear, and the sensations of being in this serene environment.
  • Positive Suggestions & Affirmations:
    • Identify the root of your stress, and repeat positive affirmations geared toward the mantras you’d like to master in your life, example, “I am calm and relaxed even when I am overwhelmed” or “I let go of what does not serve me. I release stress from my body and mind.”
    • Repeat phrases that promote a sense of confidence and self-love, such as “I know I can handle stressful circumstances with ease” or “I am in control of my thoughts, feelings and reactions.”
  • Use Joymind’s Guided Imagery Pre-Recordings:
    • If it’s difficult to visualize peaceful settings and create positive self-talk on your own, Joymind’s pre-recorded hypnosis sessions can help ignite your imagination. 
    • Through repetition and continued practice, you prime the subconscious to soak up messaging and create change, just as you would muscles in the gym.
  • Mindfulness Meditation:
    • Meditating first thing in the morning for even as little as ten minutes can change your life by decreasing stress significantly, especially when practiced daily. 
    • Mindfulness meditation heightens our introspective compass, helps build awareness and reduces stress by promoting acceptance surrounding our thoughts and feelings.
    • No matter how difficult it may seem at first, eventually you will master quieting the negative inner-chatter by simply allowing thoughts to come and go without judgment, gently redirecting your focus to your breath.

Self-hypnosis can be performed by anyone, at any time, and is an incredible self-soothing technique which can help us switch gears in times of high stress. When you implement a personal practice in between sessions with your Joymind hypnotherapist, results will only amplify as the messaging sinks deeper, providing optimal outcomes.

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