As we all know, life can be tough. We have to juggle demands from jobs, children, parents, friends and more. Time is often precious and finances can put us under strain.
As a clinical hypnotherapist, I use several simple techniques to make life easier. They don’t require years of study with a master in the Tibetan hills. Or otherworldly powers. They are simple, easy to apply, and can be used straight away. But they have a powerful positive influence on your life.
Please share this article with anyone you think could benefit from these life enhancing techniques.
Here are some techniques I use. My personal favourite is the third one.
Get into your bubble
Sometimes it can be difficult going to an unfamiliar situation. A job interview is a classic. You arrive at a strange place, meet people you don’t know, and talk about yourself intimately. This is a rare situation to find yourself in. It is natural to feel threatened.
Sometimes people feel difficulty just leaving the house.
A good technique to help this is to imagine a protective bubble around you. Spend a few minutes with your eyes closed imagining a protective bubble around you, and say to yourself the word “bubble” several times.
Once you’ve done this, use it immediately to retain this self programming. Go somewhere that’s just a little daunting for you and say to yourself the word “bubble”. Notice how much better you feel.
Hear the crowd roar
It is well established in psychology that a cheering crowd helps raise performance. That’s why athletes and tennis players in particular often attempt to gee up the crowd.
When playing sport or at the gym, I imagine a crowd cheering me on. I see the masses of people in my mind. I hear the roar of everybody spurring me on. Chanting my name, and clapping. I find it incredible how much difference this can make.
Try this next time you are playing sport or at the gym Let me know how it goes.
As I said earlier, this is my personal favourite.
We all feel nervous and anxious at times. But this technique is a belter. It’s so simple yet so powerful. If you were to use only one technique from this article, use this.
When you’re feeling anxious, your breathing becomes shallow, quick and erratic.
In order to combat these feeling of anxiety, simply reverse these breathing trends.
So consciously breathe slowly, deeply, and evenly. You can do this at any time and in any situation. No one will know you are doing it.
Try it right now. Even though you might not being feeling that anxious. Just try 5 slow, deep, even breathes.
Feel a little more relaxed? Try this again when in a stressful situation. I promise you it will help.
The “power break”
Sometimes we have a lot on during the day. You might have been running round for hours, and literally only have a few minutes until you’re running around again.
What you need is a “Power Break”. With this technique you can enjoy an hours worth of relaxation in just 5 minutes. Here’s what you do.
Go into a room by yourself and make sure you won’t be disturbed. Either sit or lie down. (I personally prefer to lie down).
Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Breathe slowly, deeply and evenly, like we discussed in the previous technique. On every out breath say to yourself the word “relax”, and count your breaths.
So you would say “Relax 1”; “Relax 2”; “Relax 3”…and so on. Do this on every out breathe for as long as you wish. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, you will feel much more relaxed.
Float off to sleep
Sometimes it can be difficult to get to sleep. The previous technique can help with this. But here’s another one I often employ to help me get to sleep.
When I’m in bed I close my eyes and use my imagination. I imagine floating out of my body and travelling somewhere I find pleasant.
It can be anywhere, such as a tropical beach, to visit family, or go sight seeing. It doesn’t matter whether it is a real place or imagined. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been there before. Just imagine being at this place and enjoying the experience.
This usually quickly allows me to drift off to sleep. This technique also increases your creative abilities if you do it regularly. You will become better at imagining places in greater detail, which has a great knock on effect to aid creativity.
These techniques have significantly helped me in life, and many people I have shown them to. They are all simple enough to be used right away, without any skills required.
But the more you use them, the more they will help you.
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Do you have any techniques you’ve found useful in your life? Please share them in the comments.