Please note, this is not a way to CURE headaches. Headaches may be caused by many different things, such as inflamed or irritated sinuses, stress and tension, jaw problems, or spine problems. To cure your headaches fully you would need to have them accurately diagnosed and the underlying cause treated. The purpose of this article is to help you reduce or even completely remove any pain associated with your headaches, and it is effective regardless of the cause! I also use this technique with pain in other locations but find it most effective with headaches.
So why use hypnotism as an analgesic? Why not just use one of the over-the-counter painkillers or even prescribed pain relief?
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Well, firstly, for many people they are not an option. For example, women who are trying to conceive are usually advised not to take ibuprofen as it can interfere with fertility. People with a history of stomach or digestive complaints should also avoid any drug from the aspirin or ibuprofen family. Paracetamol can cause liver damage and co-codamol (paracetamol and codeine) is not only addictive but liable to cause constipation. And secondly, if taken for too long, any painkiller can start to cause headaches instead of relieving them.
Which is where hypnotism comes in, no pocket watch required!
This technique, though taught to me by a hypnotherapist, is very easy to perform on yourself making it free and convenient. It’s always available and you can do it anywhere, any time. Just follow the three steps described below and you should be able to feel an instant lessening of pain. With repeated use, you will improve your technique and might even reach a point where you can obliterate all the pain in one go.
Step one: Close your eyes and bring your attention to the pain. Visualise it as a glowing red area inside your head.
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Do not try to ignore or block out external noises or other distractions, as this will only serve to make them seem even louder and more distracting. Instead, just focus your full attention inside your head and this will effectively drown out the other sounds. If your attention is taken away for a minute, don’t feel annoyed or cross just gently bring it back to your head.
Step two: Choose a colour that you find calming, that makes you feel relaxed and content. It might be pale green or a sunny yellow, for example.
Step three: Starting at the top, draw your calming colour slowly but firmly down inside your head. It should absorb and obliterate the glowing red pain so that when you reach the bottom, your whole head is filled entirely with the soothing and beautiful colour you have chosen.
And that’s it! You might find that when you first try this technique, it dulls the pain but doesn’t remove it altogether. In this case, just keep repeating the steps and with each repetition, the pain should noticeably reduce until it has completely disappeared. There might also be times when the pain is so severe that you are not able to follow the steps by yourself. If this is the case, then it is worthwhile teaching the technique to a friend or family member who can talk you gently through the steps, helping you to direct and focus your thoughts when you are unable to do so for yourself.
And as with so many things, practice really does make perfect. The first few times you try using self-hypnosis on your headache it might not seem effective but persist and you will soon be a pro at administering this safe, harmless and very convenient analgesic.
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