Beat those Winter Blues with Self Hypnosis

Beat Those Winter Blues with Self Hypnosis

It’s February – me and February have never been on good terms.

I’m not a winter person and with the excitement of Christmas and New Year long gone, I’ve had enough of winter by now.

If I can, this is the time of year I like to go somewhere hot and sunny for a couple of weeks – somewhere I can forget it’s February!

It’s February – me and February have never been on good terms. I’m not a winter person and with the excitement of Christmas and New Year long gone, I’ve had enough of winter by now. If I can, this is the time of year I like to go somewhere hot and sunny for a couple of weeks – somewhere I can forget it’s February!

But sadly not this year and I was really feeling the winter blues with all this endless rain, grey skies and stormy weather. So how can I use hypnosis to give me a much-needed boost? What I call my hypno-holiday is a great way of beating those winter blues.

Use a hypnosis induction of your choice from the selection I have provided, or one that you have found elsewhere; or just close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.

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Imagine yourself at your favourite holiday destination

Imagine what you would see as if you were there now, seeing through your own eyes, imagine what you would hear, what you would feel – perhaps there are even smells and tastes associated with that experience.

2

What do you like?

I like to imagine beautiful blue skies, the sun shining and sparkling on the sea – the waves gently breaking on a white sandy beach. The sand is hot to walk on and I can feel the heat of the sun warming my skin. Coconut trees lean over the beach and there’s a gentle breeze. I can smell coconut suntan lotion and spicy food. I can taste salt on my lips from swimming in the sea and imagine the taste of fresh pineapple juice. I can hear the sound of happy conversation and laughter… laid-back music. I feel warm, happy, contented and relaxed.

3

There's no rush

So take some time to build this experience in your imagination as vividly as you can. Make the sights and colours brighter, more vivid, more real; the sounds crisper, clearer, more distinct and really notice the feelings.

4

Intensify the experience

Intensify the experience and spend some time enjoying it.
When you’re ready to finish your visualisation take a few deep breaths, gently start to move your body and slowly re-orient to your surroundings.

Now here’s the interesting part – your brain and body will respond in the same way as if you were actually there.

Re-creating enjoyable experiences in your mind naturally stimulates the release of neuro-transmitters (like serotonin) that make us feel good and promote feelings of happiness and well-being. You’ll feel more relaxed, calmer and happier – I know I could certainly do with more of that in the winter!

If you’d like to learn how to anchor this experience so that you can access these feelings any time that you need a physical and emotional boost, take a look at my previous post on anchoring.

So if you want to beat those winter blues and put a spring back in your step – take yourself off on an imaginary holiday and find out just how much better you feel as a result!

I’m a hypnotherapist providing a friendly, professional service in Devon, working from Buckfastleigh. I offer a free initial consultation, so please feel free to contact me
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