If you have struggled to believe in the possibility of creating a different life or have found it impossible to maintain consistently high levels of motivation, self-hypnosis can help to give you the mental and physical energy you need to create an entirely new way of being. For example, you might already know that hypnotherapy is proven to make patients up to 50% more likely to quit smoking for good. However, contrary to popular belief, you actually use self-hypnosis to enhance many other aspects of your well-being. Whether you are one of the many people who do want to stop smoking or you are more interested in boosting your self-confidence, losing weight, combatting another type of addiction (e.g. to gambling or alcohol) or overcoming stress and anxiety, there is a customized program to suit your needs.
Self-hypnosis leads you to relax into a highly receptive state, allowing constructive suggestions to bypass your conscious mind and reprogram limiting beliefs that are housed in your subconscious mind. Self-hypnosis programs utilize techniques used by expert hypnotherapists, including not only standard hypnotic suggestions but also visualization prompts and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)—all of which retrain the mind to help you meet your goals.
The classic use of self-hypnosis is all about overcoming bad habits, but this type of therapy also has far-reaching consequences that can impact on all areas of bodily health. In particular, the positive effects of hypnosis for health and wellbeing can be easily explained when it comes to weight loss and stress relief. Often, the reason why people struggle to shed excess pounds or embrace a calmer mindset is because the most primitive parts of their brains are holding onto old assumptions and negative beliefs lodged in the subconscious. When you open your mind to the suggestions made by a hypnotherapist, you begin to view subjects like weight loss and stress relief entirely differently—for example, you’re able to see potential stressors from a greater distance so that they no longer make you angry or sad, and you can view food and exercise in a simpler healthier way.
There is also evidence that self-hypnosis can have a surprising influence on health problems that are more traditionally seen as purely physical. It can lower blood pressure, cure insomnia, and improve fertility. Impotent men often see a significant difference after several hypnotherapy sessions, enhancing relationships and helping couples reach their goal of having children.
In addition to being a tool for coping with stress, an energy booster and a motivation enhancer, experts also recommend self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy for other clinical purposes—and its use is now robustly supported by a wide range of in-depth cases studies. One of the most interesting results concerns the potential for hypnosis to work as an immune system booster. The mechanism of action remains unclear, but research published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis shows that hypnotherapy patients exhibit increased T-cell and B-cell activity—both key components of a strong immune system.
Meanwhile, results of studies conducted on people undergoing surgery suggests that hypnosis before surgery (hypnosurgery) can improve recovery time and pain management after certain procedures. The field of surgical radiology has been particularly well-researched in this regard, showing that patients who engage with hypnosis report less discomfort, suffer from fewer complications and feel better at a faster rate.
It’s common to have difficulty maintaining a nutritious diet or an effective fitness routine, whether it’s to lose weight, get stronger or protect cardiovascular health. However, with hypnotic body building and healthy eating programs, you can immediately take a lot of the struggle out of the process. After hypnotherapy, you may find that you not only can engage with these goals, but that you’re excited and motivated to do so.
Whether your aim is weight loss, running motivation, to drink less or just improve overall health and wellbeing, self-hypnosis creates the mental preconditions you need for psychological and physical transformation. You’ll feel better about yourself, experience increased body confidence, and potentially even live a longer life as a result of the life changes you’re able to make.