How to use self-hypnosis to quell work related anxieties.
Think hypnosis is hocus-pocus?
If so, you’re dismissing a powerful tool for improving work performance, says Brian Alman, a psychotherapist who’s trained staffers at Procter & Gamble and other companies. “Self-hypnosis is a form of deep relaxation that helps you focus, solve problems and relieve anxiety over presentations and deadlines,” he says. Here’s how to try it:
Step 1. Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply.
Step 2. State a specific goal like “I’ll feel confident about presenting my market analysis.”
Step 3. Keeping eyes closed, count from 1 to 100, then back to 1.
Step 4. Repetitive statements will focus your mind on achieving your goal. When you open your eyes, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to work.