Low self-esteem is one of the issues that hypnotherapists see a lot and it’s also something that can be successfully reversed through the tools that hypnotherapy can provide.
Here’s a look at what self-esteem actually involves and how it can be improved through hypnotherapy.
Self Esteem Versus Self Confidence
Self-esteem and self-confidence are often lumped in together but they’re not technically the same thing.
Self-esteem is all about the way we see ourselves, and low self-esteem encourages you to see yourself in a negative light. On top of this, it’s likely that you won’t feel good about life in general and are overly focused on what you see as weaknesses and mistakes rather than concentrating on strengths and other good parts of who you are.
All of this makes you less able to cope with setbacks in day to day life and have less resilience too. You probably won’t be surprised to know that low self-esteem can have a very detrimental effect on your health and well-being, and this can extend to physical health and personal relationships as well as mental health- especially if it continues in the long term and isn’t addressed.
Low self-esteem isn’t classed as a mental health problem as such but it’s definitely true that the negative thinking patterns associated with poor self-esteem can be linked to anxiety and depression.
Self-confidence is more connected to the extent to which we believe in our skills, qualities and judgement. You can have self-confidence in some parts of your life not others whereas self-esteem is a lot broader than this and affects overall confidence.
How Hypnotherapy Can Improve Self Esteem
Hypnosis encourages a very relaxed state of mind and involves bypassing the conscious mind to get to the unconscious mind (which is where a lot of our deeper thoughts and emotions are actually stored, rather than in the conscious mind).
For low self-esteem, this can be very useful as it can tap into the thought processes and perceptions that are fuelling the problem.
Hypnotherapy can boost your self-esteem in a few different ways:
#1 - Changing Negative Perceptions of Yourself
Low self-esteem goes hand in hand with negative perceptions and beliefs about yourself but the reason(s) why this is the case isn’t always obvious to you.
Getting to the bottom of why your self-esteem is so low is an important part of tackling the issue and changing the power that these beliefs have over you and this is an area that hypnotherapy is very successful in supporting.
By accessing the unconscious mind, hypnotherapy can enable you to work out what the underlying factors are for your self-esteem and these can then be tackled through different tools.
Hypnotherapists can use techniques such as hypnotic suggestions and positive visualisations to encourage a healthier perception of yourself, for example.
#2 - Swapping Negative Thought Patterns for Positive Ones
Negative thought patterns are a big part of low self-esteem and can also contribute to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Hypnotherapy can help to reprogramme your thought patterns and tackle insecurities and self-doubts connected to low self-esteem - all of which can change how you see yourself.
Hypnotic suggestions can be a big part of this reprogramming and changing how you react to negative thoughts in the future so that they don’t erode your self-esteem.
#3 Learning Healthier Behaviours
Swapping negative thoughts patterns is a big part of the equation for improving your self-esteem but there is another area where hypnotherapy can alter how you see yourself.
Adopting new, healthier behaviours that are linked to positive self-esteem is also key and can help you to have better self-esteem much further down the line.
At the moment, the behaviours you’re currently demonstrating are on the unhealthy side and are encouraging your self-esteem to continue being low but it’s not nearly as hard as you might think for this to be completely changed through hypnotherapy.