Whether you use traditional, in-person hypnotherapy sessions or opt for self-hypnosis recordings, it can be extremely useful for motivation. For example, if you want to get fitter or lose some weight, hypnosis can switch your mind to love exercise and workouts, tapping into your subconscious to replace your old, negative feelings and attitudes. And once you actually look forward to getting on the treadmill or lifting weights, it becomes positively enjoyable too but those old habits that used to hold you back.
When it comes to mental skill in particular, you can find tailored hypnosis programs designed to help you boost your enthusiasm for a wide range of tasks. Whether you struggle to concentrate on studying, get distracted when you try to work on creative projects or have been looking through vacancy adverts and are looking to power your mind to discover your perfect job, hypnotherapy could be the transformative experience you’ve been wanting for years. As with many goals, you might find that you’re most capable of improving your cognitive abilities if you combine hypnotherapy with other approaches (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation and so on)—but some people do find that hypnotherapy works so quickly and effectively that they genuinely don’t need any other interventions.
In addition, it’s worth noting that trouble with motivation is often linked to an underlying fear of success—maybe you don’t think you could handle getting your dream job, or worry deep down that you don’t deserve to be happy. Regardless of the underlying thing that’s blocking you from accessing your full potential, hypnosis can target those limiting beliefs and lead you to overcome your fear of success.
Many people who are interested in using hypnosis to enhance mental skill are doing so because they feel their creativity is stifled. This may be because of procrastination, lack of confidence, difficulty for focus or any number of other cognitive roadblocks—all of which can stop you from performing well at work, inhibit your problem-solving skills or prevent you from writing, painting or making music. When you start attending hypnotherapy lessons or listening to hypnosis recordings, eventually you can permanently change those programing tapes in your head by mastering self-hypnosis. The techniques you learn to put yourself in a hypnotic trance can be used to reinforce positive beliefs about your creativity, building unlimited confidence in your ability to create and succeed.
Meanwhile, if you know that your difficulties with creativity or concentration all boil down to tension or anxiety, hypnotherapy is a wonderful way to learn to relax naturally (without the need for drugs or any more complex interventions). Firstly, hypnosis for mental health itself is intrinsically relaxing, as it eliminate distractions and slows your brain activity—so you will generally emerge from a trance feeling both physically and mentally calmer. Secondly, you can use hypnotic suggestions to reshape your instinctive responses to previous stressors, so that the things that used to disrupt your focus and mental energy will no longer have the same detrimental impact on your life.
There are encouraging studies suggesting that it is possible for traditional hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis to not only improve focus and concentration but to also improve memory. You might be interested in this effect of hypnotherapy in part due to wondering whether hypnosis helps with Alzheimer’s disease (AD)—research into this area is ongoing, but there is preliminary evidence that Alzheimer’s patients can benefit from the relaxation and narrowed focus induced by a hypnosis session. There are special programs designed to suit the unique needs of those suffering from dementia, and these will be refined as new studies emerge.
However, the relationship between self-hypnosis and memory isn’t just relevant to those with pathological memory difficulties. In fact, hypnotherapy to improve recall is perhaps most useful to those with very demanding jobs or who need to memorize information for presentations or speeches. Even if you have a fairly good memory, hypnosis can give you the extra edge that helps you out-perform other candidates for jobs, keep track of important household tasks and remember routes when you’re traveling.