Ghost Writer Series: E5: Self-hypnosis- A Path to Stress Reduction

Written by Cait Wilker

I’ve dealt with anxiety for as long as I can remember.

It started when I was younger and I remember becoming so nervous to take tests in school. I would study for hours on end and then when it came time to actually taking my test, I would forget everything. It was embarrassing. Later on in college, a friend of mine shared her ways to helping her get through the same anxiety I was experiencing. She tried hypnotism to help her stress; learning how to use self-hypnosis for anxiety, is a great way to manage anxiety, and it’s easier than you might think.

Self-hypnosis can help those who suffer from anxiety by helping them rethink and reframe problems. Psychology Today says that “When you think of positive suggestions, they can help you to focus on things in your life that are going well, things that are making you happy and putting you in a positive mood, which in turn, helps you refocus your energy and shift from your negative point of view to a positive one.”

The first thing you need to know about hypnosis is that ALL hypnosis is essentially self-hypnosis, because no one can be forced to go into trance against his or her will. The North Carolina Society of Clinical Hypnosis states that “Hypnosis can help you train your mind so that stress and anxiety do not bother you as much, and anyone can be taught how to relax with self-hypnosis.” In many ways, happiness may just be a state of mind, because someone who is anxious tends to focus on the negative and hypnosis can help them focus on the positive.

In many ways, happiness may just be a state of mind

Using a tool like self-hypnosis for anxiety works on subtle levels of the mind, helping you reset the negative self-limiting thoughts to positive, uplifting ones. Anyone can relax using these methods, and using a simple induction technique like a progressive relaxation induction allows you to be gently lulled into a beautiful state of relaxation and peace. According to there are several ways self-hypnosis can help your anxiety. Here are 5 steps into self-hypnosis that can reduce your stress.

  1. Get into a comfortable position and take three long, deep breaths to center and focus your energy.
  2. Focus your eyes on a spot on the wall until your eyes become strained and you cannot hold them open any longer.
  3. Try counting back from 50 to 1, or as long as you have a desire to count. Your eyes may water and want to close. Hold them open as long as you can. If you lose the desire to stop counting, you can then close them and relax. You will already be in a light state of hypnosis the moment you close your eyes.
  4. Try and imagine yourself in some kind of soothing environment. You can imagine yourself on a beautiful beach, sitting on a mountain cliff or even walking in the woods, whatever works for you.
  5. Once you feel that you are relaxed and calm, you can then give yourself some positive suggestions such as:
    I am calm and relaxed.
    My thoughts create my life.
    I peaceful and balanced.

Though self-hypnosis is only one coping mechanism out of many for coping with anxiety, it certainly is one worth trying if you are willing and ready to help change your state of mind.


For those that may be interested in learning more about hypnosis, and you live in the greater Atlanta area, you should check out Sean Wheeler! He is Atlanta’s most well-known hypnotherapist. Sean believes that people have the ability to make changes on their own. Because he “believes that you know yourself better than he will ever know you, his role is to serve as a guide, opening new doors and introducing you to new possibilities and perspectives. Your responsibility is to take those opportunities, make choices for yourself and take action.” ( . His sessions can range from stopping smoking, relationships, weight loss, fears and more. Whatever your anxiety may be causing, Sean is the one to help ease your worries and start living the life you deserve again. Although hypnosis may not be for everyone, I would suggestion making an appointment with Sean Wheeler to talk about your concerns. He’s reasonably priced and makes you feel comfortable with your questions and comments. Sean has performed about 10,000 sessions since becoming a hypnotherapist and that real world experience allows him to assist his clients quickly and easily.




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