Hypnosis for the College Student
How students can deal better with academic, health, and social challenges.
Posted February 14, 2022 | Reviewed by Kaja Perina
- Using hypnosis to achieve a calm state before studying can help make studying more efficient.
- Hypnosis can be used during brief study breaks to make them more restful.
- Hypnosis can be used to mentally rehearse test-taking situations.
- Hypnosis can be used to address and cope better with existential questions that concern many college students.
Students at college face several challenges including keeping up with their classwork, studying efficiently, planning their future careers, maintaining a good balance between achievement of academic goals and healthy social activities, staying in a good state of health including through eating, sleeping, and exercising sufficiently, and even development of their spiritual life.
Hypnosis can be very helpful in meeting all the aforementioned challenges (Anbar, 2021).
How Hypnosis Can Help with Academics
Using hypnosis to achieve a calm state before studying can help make studying more efficient by allowing students to focus more readily on their academic work. Further, students can imagine taking notes while in hypnosis (such as on an imaginary whiteboard), which can accelerate their ability to integrate new information while they are studying at home.
Studying intensively for too long at one time can make it more difficult to retain new material. This is why taking breaks while studying is important—to let the brain refresh itself. Hypnosis can be used during such breaks to make them more restful. For example, because the perception of the passage of time can be altered while in hypnosis, students can feel as if they have rested for hours during a 5-minute break.
In class, there is a form of “alert hypnosis” during which some students appear to better absorb information (Wark & Reid, 2018). By employing this method, students can utilize hypnosis techniques while physically active, with open eyes, and focused on the external environment.
Some students become very anxious during testing situations and cannot recall easily what they have studied. Hypnosis can be used to calm themselves during tests, which can even improve their recall, including through "consultation" with their subconscious. Hypnosis can even be used to mentally rehearse test taking situations that leads to enhanced test outcomes.
In planning for their careers, it is helpful to consider many options. By tapping into their inner selves through hypnosis, students can gain new insights into their interests and passions from the increased breadth of knowledge and experience that often is stored in their subconscious.
The subconscious can also be helpful in helping students to be honest with themselves regarding how to maintain optimal balance between their academic and social life. On a conscious level students are influenced strongly by social expectations while the subconscious typically confines itself to considering what is best for a student irrespective of outside influences.
How Hypnosis Can Help Maintain Good Health
Many college students gain weight during their freshman year because of an abundance of food available through meal plans and easy availability of junk food. By using hypnosis to set intentions to maintain a healthy weight, it is easier for students to regulate their caloric intake appropriately.
Sleep is essential for optimal brain function, and yet many college students skimp on sleep because of their myriad activities. Further, because of their activity level, many students find it difficult to wind down mentally at bedtime, and are unable to fall asleep easily. Hypnosis is an excellent tool with which to overcome such insomnia. This is achieved through training the mind though hypnosis to achieve a calm state rapidly.
Near daily exercise is one of the keys for a healthy life. However, some students dislike physical activity because it may be boring or require effort. By learning how to use hypnosis to achieve the “zone” more easily in which exercise can seem effortless, exercise can become more fun and even addictive.
Some students are tempted to use substances to deal with their stressors, including alcohol, weed, muscle relaxants, stimulants, and even psychedelics. Each of these drugs has its associated monetary, psychological, social, and even legal costs. Alternatively, hypnosis can be used to arrive at some of the mind states that can be achieved with drugs for free and without any side-effects.
Finally, hypnosis can be used to tap into a spiritual state of mind that can help address and cope better with existential questions that concern many college students.
Hypnosis can be used to help college students through promoting good study habits as well as life choices that lead to maintenance of good physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Copyright Ran D. Anbar.
Anbar, Ran D. 2021. “Changing Children’s Lives with Hypnosis: A Journey to the Center.” Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Wark, David M., & David B. Reid. 2018. “Looking at Alert, Conversational Hypnosis.” American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 61 (2): 85-87.
More information about the usefulness of hypnosis can be found in my book, Changing Children's Lives with Hypnosis: A Journey to the Center, or on the website listed in "About the Author."