Skip to main content

Hypnosis Methods You Can Use on Your Own

Hand holding a piece of paper that says "Think Positive!"

3 ways to use our minds to feel and function better 

Therapy with hypnosis can yield many improvements in health, behavior, academic achievement, athletics, creativity, and spiritual understanding.  However, it is not always necessary or possible to find a therapist with whom to work. 

Fortunately, there are many helpful methods used within hypnosis therapy that you can use on your own.  This blog will explore three of these. 

Be Positive 

How we think and talk about ourselves helps to create our future.  For example, if we do not achieve a particular goal, and we tell ourselves that we are “a failure,” the mind can accept this as a reality, and we can feel that there is nothing else to be done.  On the other hand, if we tell ourselves that next time we want to “do better,” the mind starts to think about how to make this happen.  Therefore, structuring our thinking in a positive way helps propel us towards success. 

A simple example of the power of a positive attitude can be checked out whenever it is difficult to find parking in a crowded location.  If you believe that you are going to find a parking spot, then you are much more apt to be successful because you will become more patient and look for parking in places that appear to be full.  Thus, you increase your odds of finding a parking spot.  Conversely, if you feel like you are not going to be able to find a spot easily this can translate into a decision to give up quickly, and park far away.  My family knows that we virtually always find convenient parking when I announce, “I am going to find parking!” 

Henry Ford, the automobile manufacturer, knew all about the power of a positive attitude one hundred years ago.  He said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are right.” 

Calm Yourself  

Maintaining a calm state can help us better tackle life challenges including dealing with stressful situations, interacting in a constructive way with others, and coping with illness or pain. 

One way to achieve a calm state is to take a few moments to imagine being in a safe, calming place.  This can be a place you have been to, a place you would like to go to, or even an imaginary place.  You can activate multiple sites in your brain that will help achieve calm by imagining what you might perceive in your place with each of your senses.  What can you imagine seeing? Hearing? Smelling? Feeling? Tasting?  

Another calming activity can involve deep breathing.  First, ensure that you are lowering your diaphragm to inhale deeply, in order to allow your lungs to expand fully.  You will know that you are breathing effectively when your abdomen expands each time you inhale.  Second, breathe in slowly through your nose, with a slow count to 5.  Third, hold your breath for a slow count of 5.  Finally, exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of 7.  Deep breathing can be repeated several times to achieve even greater calm.  

Novelist Hermann Hesse observed, “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” 

Listen to Yourself 

With hypnosis, people can learn to interact directly with their subconscious, which can be a source of knowledge and wisdom.  For my patients I define the subconscious as being a part of them of which they are unaware.  However, you do not need to be in hypnosis to gain increased self-awareness as a result of quieting your mind. 

Your mind can be quieted with a meditation exercise, such as focusing on your breath for several minutes.  I suggest to my patients that they imagine a sailboat at the lower tip of their breastbone.  I encourage them to watch the sailboat in their minds as it rises with inhalation and falls with exhalation.  I tell them that if they find their mind wandering during this exercise that they should calmly refocus their mind on the sailboat. 

Other ways to quiet the mind include taking a walk-in nature, listening to soothing music, or contemplating calming art. 

Once your mind is calm you can ask your subconscious a question.  As you continue in your calm state an answer likely will enter your mind.  The answer may be a complete thought or thought fragment, an image that you might need to interpret, or a feeling. 

Albert Einstein recognized the importance of a tranquil mind when he said, “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” 

Take Home Message 

Each of us can use our minds to help ourselves to feel and function better.  Keeping a positive attitude, calming ourselves, and self-reflection are three important ways of enhancing our life experience. 

As philosopher and psychologist William James said, “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” 

This blog was first published in Psychology Today Online. 

About Center Point Medicine 

You can learn more about Center Point Medicine, hypnosis, and other great topics by following us on social media or heading over to our website. New blogs are added weekly. A list of all current blogs can be found HERE. 

For medical professionals looking to open their own Center Point Medicine office providing pediatric counseling and hypnosis services to your local community, please follow this LINK to learn more about our franchising opportunities.  


CPM | Facebook     CPM | LinkedIn     CPM Official Website     CPM Franchise 

Profile Photo or Ran D. Anbar, MD, FAAP Ran D. Anbar, MD Ran D. Anbar, MD, FAAP, is board certified in both pediatric pulmonology and general pediatrics, offering hypnosis and counseling services at Center Point Medicine in La Jolla, California, and Syracuse, New York. Dr. Anbar is also a fellow and approved consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Anbar is a leader in clinical hypnosis, and his 20 years of experience have allowed him to successfully treat over 5,000 children. He also served as a professor of pediatrics and medicine and the director of pediatric pulmonology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, for 21 years.

You Might Also Enjoy...

sign that reads drug free, gun free school zone

School Shooting and Young People

Improved mental health care should help decrease violent behavior. However, our society and mental health care industry will need to undergo significant changes to enhance such care.
Sign that reads vaping regrets

Nicotine Addiction as a Result of Vaping

Hypnosis can be used to help overcome vaping and nicotine addiction including through its use to reinforce the reasons for quitting, and as a method to enhance coping with nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Young women at a party on their phones not engaging with anyone, together but isolated

Pitfalls of the Smartphone

In 2022, use of a smartphone is an important part of daily life.  However, it is clear that its near constant use is detrimental.
two hands holding pieces of paper in them one reads Good News the other reads Bad News

Dealing with Hard Times

Through learning how to change our thought patterns we can learn how to deal better with bad events.