Self hypnosis is very similar in some ways to meditation, in that it narrows the focus of your attention. You could think of stress as a bad hypnotic state, whereas self-hypnosis is a positive hypnotic state.
A good hypnotherapist will help you to manage stress, but will also teach you self-hypnosis and how to use it for stress prevention and management. There are also some good tapes and CDs available for you to buy. In addition, there is a lot of information on this site about self-hypnosis, and a good starting point if you would like to learn it for yourself, is our free guide to self-hypnosis. This is available here:
Stress is a medical condition and it can have a serious effect on your health. If you think you are suffering from stress it is crucial that you consult a medical professional.