Try Self-Hypnosis to Fight Stress
Self-hypnosis is the process of directing yourself into a deep state of relaxation and suggestibility. Similar to classical hypnosis, this method allows you to "program" your unconscious mind with suggestions to help you experience fewer stress symptoms, sleep better, stop smoking, or to achieve other goals or improvements in your lifestyle.
Self-hypnosis has been used successfully in a number of situations, including:
Before you try out self-hypnosis, decide what suggestions or ideas you would like to impart during the procedure. Try to crystallize these into a short verbal phrase or word. Examples might be "I don't need to smoke," "eat healthily," or " I am calm and relaxed." Alternatively you can embed the idea of becoming relaxed upon hearing or thinking of a specific word.
The basic steps in self-hypnosis are as follows:
If you're having trouble, there are hundreds of books, training sessions, tapes, workshops, and counselors to assist in learning self-hypnosis.
For more information:
Hypnosis.com is a guide to the practice of hypnosis, including books and resources on hypnotherapy.
The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis provides information related to medical and scientific studies on the use of hypnotherapy.