How to Hypnotize Yourself

Hypnotizing yourself may seem like a magic trick, but is actually a great way to manage your stress or change a habit.

You will need

  • A quiet place
  • A mantra
  • Breathing techniques
  • Visualization techniques

Step 1 Find a private, quiet place Find a quiet, relaxing place, free from potential interruptions.

Step 2 Use words to feel positive Prepare a word or a one-sentence mantra to repeat to yourself to signal your positive, specific intention to enjoy the moment and your life.

Step 3 Breathe in and out slowly Close your eyes. Breathe in for a count of six, hold your breath for a three count, and release the breath for six again. Repeat as many as 10 times.

Step 4 Visualize your descent Count backward, visualizing the numbers as a descent down a stairway or an elevator, or floating down a valley. Use a mantra or word like “Relax” to replace the numbers as you go.

Step 5 Contemplate your problem Contemplate your problem and, repeating affirmations, how you will solve it. Visualize writing the problem on a paper that vanishes in flames.

Step 6 Reverse the count Reverse the count to return to consciousness. Start with one and accompany it with an affirmation. Open your eyes and keep saying encouraging things to yourself.

Step 7 Repeat this process Repeat this process regularly as a method to stay focused and peaceful through stressful times.