There are a number of self hypnosis techniques that you can use for a variety of purposes, including building your self esteem. You may consider several or just one of the techniques to use on yourself depending on what you think will be the most effective for you.
You may need to review each technique mentioned here and consider the way you “think” first before deciding on which method will work best for you.
The easiest and most common technique is by using a self hypnosis CD or mp3. These can be purchased in a number of places online or in stores. Some services offer you the ability to create your own self hypnosis CD or you can even create your own at home. If you already have been practicing your self esteem affirmations, you may be fine with listening to your own voice during the self hypnosis session, or you may prefer the sound of someone else’s voice. You should choose the option which is more likely to help you absorb the suggestions.
Another technique is using subliminal CDs. These are recordings in which the suggestions or affirmations are delivered at a level where your subconscious mind can hear and absorb them, but your conscious mind barely hears them. Subliminal means below the threshold of your conscious mind to perceive. Audio stimuli may be played below audible volumes or masked by
other stimuli like music or binaural beats
There is also the Ericksonian Hypnosis Method that can be very effective for a people who are very self aware. This technique uses little stories or metaphors to help reduce or eliminate one’s conscious resistance to suggestions or the desired change. To use this method on yourself, look for audio CDs that incorporate this highly effective “indirect” method.
The last option I will talk about here is Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP. You may have heard about it if you have done any personal growth work. “The basic premise of NLP is that the words we use reflect an inner, subconscious perception of our problems. If these words and perceptions are inaccurate, as long as we continue to use them and to think of them, the underlying problem will persist. In other words, our attitudes are, in a sense, a self-fulfilling prophecy.” – holistic-online.com. There are a variety of NLP programs available to purchase, and you may also choose to work with an NLP practitioner.
No matter what self hypnosis technique you decide to use, it’s important that you read or listen to the instructions given, and follow them exactly. If you find that one technique is not working for you after a reasonable time, try another. Change can take time and sometimes you may not see the changes as you go through the process. I suggest keeping a journal and writing down your thought and experiences as you go. When you look back, you may be very happily surprised!