To perform at your best in sport, it helps to be mentally strong and this can be just as important as having physical ability. In fact, mental strength can give you the edge over your rivals and help to get the most from your natural talent.
Lots of professional athletes have used hypnotherapy to do just that and in this post, I’m going to talk about some of the benefits that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can have for both professional athletes and those of us whose sights are set a bit lower!
How Can Hypnotherapy Help With Sports Performance?
A lot of people find themselves struggling with anxiety when they compete in sports and whatever level you’re playing at, this can have a detrimental effect on how well you can perform. Hypnotherapy can help you to be able to relax a lot more when you compete and make it easier to perform to your true ability without nerves and anxiety taking over.
You’ll find it a lot easier to stay composed, even in pressure situations. This can help with things such as teeing off in golf or serving consistently in tennis. You’ll often hear professional athletes talk about being “in the zone” and the positive effects that this has on their performance. This is something you can access yourself through hypnotherapy, which can teach you tools to get yourself “in the zone” when you need to.
Negative thoughts and beliefs about your ability and performance are one of the biggest mental stumbling blocks that often affects people during sporting activities and it can be something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe that there is only so far you can go with your ability or that certain things will never be achievable, it’s likely that this will actually be the reality. Hypnotherapy can help to turn negative beliefs around so they no longer dictate to you.
Rehearsing something repeatedly in your mind encourages the brain to believe that it is actually happening and you might be surprised to know that it can’t tell the difference between visualising a scenario and actually performing it. This is an area that hypnotherapy can take advantage of as learning how to visualise yourself performing to the standard that you want makes it more likely that you can do it in reality.
Obviously, these are great benefits if you’re trying to get the edge in a competition but you really don’t need to be striving to be a top athlete to reap the benefits of hypnotherapy for sports performance. Lots of people try hypnotherapy to help to perform better even if they’re only competing at amateur level or just taking part for fun.
Here’s a testimonial from a client who came to me for support with his golf performance:
Hypnotherapy for Sports Performance Aberdeen
So as you can see, hypnotherapy can improve sports performance in lots of different ways and you definitely don’t need to have any professional aspirations to take advantage of the benefits. Of course, if you do need to perform to a certain standard, hypnotherapy can help you to harness more of your natural talent and address any issues that may be holding you back from reaching your potential.
If you’re looking for sports performance help from a hypnotherapist in Aberdeen, get in touch with me today to find out more and arrange an initial consultation to see how we can work together.