I want to share with you a simple hypnosis technique I use for my children when they struggle to go to sleep. There was a time when I remember that my daughter refused to fall asleep because of a bad dream she had the night before. I reminded her that bad dreams were not real and how they can't hurt her body but that she could use a special part of her imagination to help her.
Here is the hypnosis technique I used:
Talk to your child softly, calmly and slowly and tell your child to take big, long, slow breaths. Say, “Imagine that you are filling a balloon in the bottom of your tummy. That’s right..slowly breathe in as much air as you can to fill that balloon…hold it for a few seconds...and then slowly let the air out.” After a few minutes of deep breathing have your child imagine a beautiful park and get your child to imagine this park in detail as you encourage more use of their imagination with more questions about their special park. Once your child has imagined their special park I want you to ask your child what their favourite animal is. Then ask what his or her favourite colour is. You will explain to your child how this animal will come into your child’s dreams tonight and protect her all night long. For example, “You can imagine feeling really calm and happy right now…and imagine a strong tall horse with a green saddle. Imagine your horse is going to help you with good or bad dreams and help talk to you in your dreams as well as make you feel safe.”
It is normal for children to experience nightmares but when nightmares occur more and more frequently it’s clear that the child or person is experiencing some emotional stress or difficulties in their waking lives. In case reports discussed by Kohen and Olness (2011) in the book titled, “Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy for Children,” hypnotherapy, within 4-5 sessions, helped treat children who experienced insomnia, nightmares, and night terrors. When the clinicians followed up 3 and 7 months later all of these cases documented didn’t report any concerns of reoccurrence of these issues. Hypnotherapy sessions with a certified hypnotherapist can benefit your child because not only can the child receive suggestions for changing the negative symptoms but the hypnotherapist can also work on the underlying issues that may be causing the sleep disturbances or dreams.
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