Self hypnosis is a technique of putting yourself in a deep relaxed state in order for you to make positive suggestions to yourself.
During this pandemic, a lot of us haven’t had the privilege or opportunity to escape to the place you feel most relaxed. So having a technique you can do quietly at home, in a room, at your desk, or even in bed is a great way to “switch off” for a while.
“What is the difference between meditation and self hypnosis” i hear you ask…Well in both self hypnosis and meditation, you are taking yourself into a mild trance like state. The main difference however is that you would not necessarily use “positive suggestions” in meditation. (Although that may also be down to semantics to a certain extent because we know that sufis for thousands of years have used dhikr which is rememberance through words or phrases, so could also be used to reprogram the mind towards more positive thoughts).
There are many benefits to the body and mind with Self hypnosis. The most obvious benefits are the changes you might be able to make in your life due to the positive suggestions your subconscious mind is incorporating. Other benefits include improved sleep, more balanced hormones, and reduced stress.
Anyway, try and see if you can do this and let me know how it goes! Remember- for some people it may take a while but keep practicing.
We are often fed with misconceptions that self care is a spa day out, or a weekend getaway. I mean these are some great indulgences but they’re not totally self care.
We are often left chasing these perfect self care experiences and truth is, they don’t actually restore us at all. For me personally, booking a spa weekend is stressful. How many of us stress out trying to find the perfect place, going through the booking process, booking your massages (sometimes feeling worse from it) and then the travelling back home to actually rest from the weekend… things like that don’t restore me. If it works for you, then thats brilliant.
Well if those self care experiences are not self care, what exactly is self care? How on earth do you practice it?
Self care is intentionally and deliberatively taking care of your wellbeing through restorative activities. Self care shouldn’t be a temporary activity that you do once just to tick a box.
Self care is simple. It can be as simple as saying some kind words to the person in the mirror. You. Telling yourself you are beautiful just the way you are inside and out.
Here are my top three self care restorative practices in addition to being kind to myself and eating a lot of fruit and vegetables lately…
1. Practicing stillness and silence. 2. Adding in some movement with music 3. Time in nature
Please visit @ dollhauslondon on instagram to view some shared practices of self care from others.
“I AM”, two most powerful words, for what comes after can shape your very existence.
I Am a WOMAN; I Am a SURVIVOR; I Am an ADVOCATE; I Am an AMBASSADOR; I Am a WARRIOR; I Am CHANGE; I Am a SOUL; I Am a LOVE; I Am a DREAMER; I Am Saira...
My mission in life is to understand others so that in that process, I too can understand myself.
Saira is the Founder of Dollhaus London, a platform for empowering women from all walks of life through understanding experiences, asking difficult questions and exploring our power and strength. Saira is also a certified Hypnotherapist and Positive Psychology Practitioner and focuses on supporting clients to use their inner resources to overcome challenges, understand and recognise areas of growth, and focus instead on working towards resilience and a greater sense of wellbeing. In her spare time, Saira is the Co Founder of Project DESI, which aims to digitally empower members of the BAME community through social inclusion.