Hypnosis was used many years ago to cure people from illnesses, to stop smoking, for breaking particular bad habits and for building confidence levels. By imagining our lives to be different that what it actually is can help make changes, which may be difficult otherwise. For Hypnosis to succeed the subject should be willing to get hypnotized by the practitioner and must have faith in it otherwise we cannot get the desired results.
All forms of Hypnosis are self-hypnosis. If you learn the basics, your very first effort of Self Hypnosis will make a difference to your life. However, the most important step to Hypnosis is research, learning and improving the techniques you follow. Learning about the subject from the Internet, what you can expect from it. Without any knowledge about the subject it is unlikely that you master the art of Self Hypnosis.
The first step when you are beginning is to find a suitable place, which is calm and quiet. You need not lie down as you may fall asleep and that is not hypnosis. You should recite or chant a mantra or certain personal words or sayings, which you keep on repeating. This would help your mind to concentrate. You will feel your brain relaxing, as you will be thinking only of those words, which you will be saying.
After you have finished you can tell yourself that you have reached a beautiful state of relaxation of the mind and body. You start counting one to five to get yourself out of the state of Hypnosis. You would feel fresh and relaxed after you have finished the final count. As you practice it, you can discover which method works best for you.
You can practice Self-Hypnosis and improvise on it, learn more about it from the Internet, which has a vast resource for this subject. However it may be difficult doing it without any guidance on your own.