When you think of hypnosis, you may envision someone swinging a pocket watch, saying, “You are getting sleepy, very sleepy…” In reality, hypnosis is not scary and it can actually help employees get ahead at work. Self-hypnosis and meditation are very similar but do have one main difference: In self-hypnosis, there tends to be a goal in mind, this could be to make you more confident, or to overcome anxiety, to cope with stress etc.
Whatever the end goal is, you’re entering self-hypnosis with that in mind and you’re able to access a part of yourself that is usually closed off. Self-hypnosis can boost confidence and help you develop new skills, but it can also improve your concentration and help you work more efficiently.
The skill of self-hypnosis has helped people overcome issues including depression, sleep disorders, stress and anxiety issues, self-esteem issues, addictions and other mental health conditions. When you’re in hypnosis, you’re in a guided trance, according to hypnotist and neuro-linguistic programming practitioner Ashleigh McKeown, who spoke to Business Insider.
“The guidance is made up of suggestions. You know that self talk: ‘I can’t do this or I’m going to fail’? Those are suggestions that we use are just swapping those out with ‘Yes you, yes you will.’”
She added, “Hypnosis taps into the unconscious mind to unlock learning abilities and confidence, to reduce stress and anxiety, to enhance your performance and assist with other qualities like leadership.
“I use hypnosis to help people gain more confidence in life… nail job interviews, ask for a pay rise, deal with a cranky boss, even overcome their fear of public speaking.”
Mindology Founder Claire Aristides, explains that we have all experienced some kind of hypnotic state, watching our favourite TV show we can zone out. A completely natural state, where the busy overthinking mind is quietened. In this state, Aristides explains "we can have greater control over our unconscious thinking and start to plant the seeds of change for ourselves."
Self-hypnosis involves taking yourself into a calm, relaxed and meditative state and making positive statements or suggestions to yourself. Repeating this as often as you can and incorporating it into your daily routine will assist you to make great changes to your work and life. Claire states " Many great sportspeople regularly use self-hypnosis to get their minds in the zone, ready for their match or game. Mental training and performance mindset is critical to their ability to perform. You can also look at your challenges from the same perspective, adopt a mental training strategy to your own goals in life."