Stress Management - Learn to Relax With Self Hypnosis
Self hypnosis is one of the best known and most effective techniques for relieving stress and anxiety. It's easy to learn and you can do it anywhere. This is a simple exercise that you can do at any time of the day. All you need is 10 minutes to yourself.
The first few times you practice the following technique, it's a good idea to make sure that you're relatively calm to begin with. After you've practiced a few times, you'll be able to achieve the same deep relaxation, even if you are feeling stressed or tense.
Get into a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down. Then simply close your eyes taking a few moments to unwind.
Now take a long slow deep breath, hold it as long as you comfortably can, then slowly release the breath allowing your whole body to relax with the exhale. Repeat this two more times and notice how you relax even further with each breath.
Now, imagine that your standing at the top of a set of 20 steps and each step will take you further into a deep state of relaxation. Then, as you count backwards from 20 to 1, imagine that you are moving down to the next step. With each number, notice that you are going deeper, becoming even more relaxed, feeling calm and at ease.
This is the most important step! Take some time to enjoy this relaxed state. Some people find that by this time their breathing has become slower and their body may feel either very heavy or very light or it may even feel likes it's tingling. It's different for everyone so just pay attention to any changes and allow yourself to enjoy that state of deep relaxation.
Then when you are ready to awaken, count up from one to five, with each number just instruct yourself to become more alert, more awake, feeling more refreshed. When you reach five open your eyes and remember to give your arms and legs a little shake to reorient yourself.
While you'll experience the benefits immediately, you'll find that you become more and more relaxed each time you go through the exercise. To get the most of this technique it's recommended that you practice at least once each day for 21 days. Then use it as often as you like and whenever you're feeling stressed or anxious.