I teach every one of my clients how to do self-hypnosis because it’s the most efficient way of training the mind. It is particularly powerful when done at night before going to bed.
When you are asleep, your subconscious mind takes over and processes all of the message units that your mind took in during the day. Your mind decides how those message units will change your already established beliefs. Typically, the last message units that go in are the first ones that are processed during sleep. This is why it makes sense to pass on shows or movies that have negative or scary scenes when it’s close to bedtime.
The other day, I unfortunately did not follow my own advice. While watching a news show, I saw footage of the tsunami that hit Japan. I had seen a few images on earlier televised reports, but nothing like this. I was in shock; just horrified. To see homes being swept away like miniature toys was heart wrenching. I felt horribly bad for the victims. I stayed glued to my television until I woke up with a start and realized I had fallen asleep. I got up and went to bed.
Later that night, I had horrible dreams. In my dreams, I was trying to get away from a tsunami. When I woke up, I felt drained and sluggish instead of rested and refreshed. I almost didn’t even go to the gym because I felt like a zombie. I wouldn’t have gone if it wasn’t for the fact that I always tell myself, “No Excuses.”
The disturbing experience of that night reinforced the idea that it is absolutely critical to input positive things into my mind right before going to bed and that watching the news should not be the last thing I did. I’d rather give myself some self-assuring suggestions that will help me to reach my goals than to live in fear. Life is a gift and it’s up to me to make each and every day count.
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