To better manage stress, the regular practice of mindfulness, sophrology or self-hypnosis can be of great help. These disciplines can also be useful in addition to medical follow-up in case of burn-out or depression.
Mindfulness – focusing on the present moment
Mindfulness can be defined as the gym of the mind that consists of intentionally paying attention to what you are experiencing / doing in the present moment. Daily, without realizing it, your mind constantly wanders elsewhere. This is how, for example, you think about work when you take a shower.
The result is that you are thinking, instead of living in the present moment. The goal of mindfulness is to reconnect you to it. How? By bringing your attention back to your breathing, your sensations and welcoming your thoughts without letting yourself be affected by them. In this way, you refocus on yourself and keep away negative cogitations and anxious expectations.
Mindfulness can be practiced through meditation or during any activity that you perform while being fully present to what you are doing. Thanks to its ability to calm the mind and listen to yourself, mindfulness can help fight against depressive states and prevent their relapse. It can also be beneficial in times of significant stress or even in the of burnout.
Sophrology – finding your harmony
Sophrology stimulates your ability to relax, manage your stress and emotions, and be positive. How? By combining meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques. A sophrology session may include breathing exercises, visualization of soothing images, muscle relaxation, and body awareness.
These can be practiced during sessions with a sophrologist (in groups or individually). You can practice sophrology also alone, to connect with yourself or to cope with a stressful situation. I met people practicing sophrology before an exam or a job interview. They could manage very well their stressful situations.
Sophrology can be an ally in case of depression, especially because it allows you to reconnect with your positive feelings (by appealing to memories when you experienced joy, for example).
It can also be useful for burnout cases by producing effects since the first manifestation of symptoms (related to stress at work for instance) or by helping to reconnect with your own values and identity.
Self-hypnosis – influencing your unconscious
Hypnosis is a technique that induces in a person a state close to dreaming. As its name suggests, self-hypnosis is hypnosis applied to oneself without hypnotherapists. This allows you to focus solely on yourself by ignoring your environment and to challenge your unconscious to guide it towards solving a problem. How? By performing visualizations or making suggestions in a positive and simple language. Hypnosis acts positively on many psychological problems, such as stress or anxiety. One of its applications is also the treatment of depression or burnout, allowing, for example, to visualize a more serene future.
Have you ever tried one of these techniques? Which ones would you choose to better manage your daily stress?
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14 thoughts on “Three Ways to Better Manage Stress Daily – Mindfulness, Sophrology, Self-hypnosis”
I’d not heard of Sophrology before but I think I might explore it a bit more. I do try to be mindful, but its an ongoing battle. 😕
I understand your battle Brenda, it’s not always easy. But it’s important your awareness about it, and also that you know mindfulness. Thank for you for commenting!
I have been fortunate in life and your article allowed me to see one reason why. I will now call it “Unmindfulness” since my instinct pays attention to what is taking place in every moment without me purposefully initiating the process. I have labeled it IRTIC, Instinctive Reaction To Immediate Circumstances. The instinct does the other two things you mention without me getting in the way as well. Never realized it until after four distinct careers. (It’s no good unless you share it)
Nice to see how you developed an “ unmindfulness” pattern that you call IRTIC. Have you ever thought about explain it thoroughly? Thank you for sharing!
I really enjoyed reading your post!
Thank you Andrea!
I wasn’t aware of sophrology or self-hypnosis until reading this so thank you for introducing a couple more tools, Cristiana!
Happy that now you know about those tools!
I have used all of the techniques you describe, and I can attest to their power. I was able to shift my mind and spirit from depression and anxiety threaded through with very low self-worth, into becoming someone who loves and values themselves! It is very powerful, and when applied consistently and diligently, is life-changing!
Thank you for sharing your experience Tamara!
Always my pleasure to participate!
Thanks for the great article! I have had excellent results with hypnosis, although I am quite out of practice at self hypnosis.
Thank you Todd! As you are familiar with hypnosis, I think you will have good results also with self-hypnosis.