How to Use Hypnosis For Stress Relief

December 8, 2017 Chad Chesmark

Hypnosis for Stress

The world comes with a lot of pressure and uncertainty that has made stress a significant problem for many. While human beings are incredibly resilient, long-term stress can prove difficult to ignore. Using hypnosis for stress might be the answer.

Stress can be a great force that is able to prevent us from realizing our true potential. A good stress management strategy is essential if you want to maintain your health, inner balance, and overall well-being. While there are many stress management techniques out there, hypnosis has proven to be one of the best ways to cope with the stress in your life.

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While you may go for hypnotherapy sessions or watch hypnosis videos to deal with stress, it is also quite easy to learn a few effective self-hypnosis techniques for stress management. There is nothing mystical or magical about it. With one of the basic rules of hypnosis for stress requiring you to get into a completely relaxed state, this technique certainly offers the best way to reduce stress. The best part is that you can do it yourself, which makes it more practical and allows you to easily incorporate it into your schedule. 

When the body is experiencing stress, it releases hormones like cortisol which can detrimentally affect health over time. This is where relaxation comes in handy by helping you reduce the release of such hormones and improving your physical health in many ways.

Sparing a few minutes daily for self-hypnosis can significantly minimize the detrimental effects of stress. Use the following simple steps for self-hypnosis.

How to Use Hypnosis for Stress Relief
Choose affirmations

The first step is to figure out which affirmations to use during hypnosis sessions. Creating and writing them down beforehand will prevent you from a situation where you have to think about them once you have settled and relaxed. You also need to set goals for the hypnosis session. For instance, if one of the major sources of stress in your life can be attributed to your inability to give yourself enough time to complete various tasks, it would be ideal to come up with an affirmation such as, “I will always allow myself enough time for each task” or “I will complete each task swiftly and efficiently”. 

Once you have identified your affirmations and goals, find a quiet place away from distractions such as other people, noise or even phones. Get into a comfortable and relaxed position. Generally, it is advisable to sit as opposed to lying down as you may easily fall asleep, particularly when you are tired. 

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For this technique to be effective, deep relaxation is required. You can do this by closing your eyes and breathing slowly and deeply. You can make suggestive statements such as “Yes, I can feel the tension leaving my body with each breath”. Continue to breathe slowly and deeply. This will help to systematically relax each muscle in the body. Also, while breathing, visualize the tension and stress leaving the body. 


Imagery can prove vital during self-hypnosis. Try picturing a favorite place where you feel comfortable and relaxed, such as a beach, or a garden filled with beautiful flowers. Picture, that you are in this beautiful and quiet place enjoying your time. After doing these things for several minutes, you should feel relaxed. 

When you feel completely relaxed, start to repeatedly make the affirmations that you crafted for this session. In case you prefer not to use affirmations, try picturing yourself as happy, stress-free and relaxed. Focus on this imagery or the affirmations that you created. Some people find it helpful to record their voice saying the relaxation statements and affirmations. This will enable you to listen and focus on your voice like you would do if you are in a professional hypnotherapist session. 


You can enhance your hypnosis for stress session by experimenting with different things. Try it out it in different positions and places. Do it in silence or listen to soft relaxing music. Don’t expect instant results as the changes are often subtle. However, if you do self-hypnosis regularly, you will definitely discover the positive effects it can have on stress and overall well-being.

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