This hypnotherapy app will retrain your brain

hellomind hypnotherapy app news
The morning had been tough. Emails kept coming in, a police helicopter was irritatingly buzzing around outside, and a gardener had decided to cut the hedge next door with a very loud hedge trimmer. I wasn’t getting any work done, it was making me angry, and I had to leave in a few hours for an event. Hypnotherapy app HelloMind was installed on my smartphone, ready to test out, with sessions on motivation, stress, and plenty more. It seemed like a perfect time to give it a go. Would it make any difference, or would it be 30 minutes wasted?

Hypnotherapist Jacob Strachotta, with 20 years experience in the business, is responsible for the app, which employs his Result Driven Hypnosis technique. By releasing an app, Strachotta is giving everyone the chance to feel the benefits from hypnosis, anywhere and at any time. There’s no need to find your own therapist either, or go through a lengthy diagnosis session. In HelloMind, you choose the session that best fits the mindset you want to achieve, or problem you’d like to lessen.

The app is beautifully designed and very easy to use.

There’s a wide range of treatments inside the app, including those on stress, anxiety, weight, sleep, motivation, and self esteem. When you pick one, there are further options to help drill down to the source of the issue. For example, under motivation you can select a track that helps learn a new language, or increase your patience. Most treatments last 30 minutes and all include ten individual guided hypnosis sessions. There are 250 different treatments in all, so there should be something for everyone.

Rather unsurprisingly, given the way my morning was progressing, I chose the Stress category, and then the “I’m angry” option. I had an hour before I needed to leave the house to ensure I caught the train to my meeting. Was Jacob up to the challenge? Could he turn around my mood for the rest of the day? The narrator has a slight American accent, but not one that’s too strong, and he speaks clearly and steadily. There’s no alternative narration track for those who may want a female voice, language, or accent. I sat, and on the advice of the app, made sure my neck was comfortable, then closed my eyes and started the session.

HelloMind Screens

I hadn’t really known what to expect. I certainly hoped it wasn’t going to be a stage hypnotist telling me to “sleep” and snapping his fingers, or that I’d go to my meeting believing I was a chicken. Thankfully, it’s not that at all. The narration is very free-form, with lots of repeated phrases and abstract description. What could be annoying though, is rather pleasant, and listening for 30 minutes wasn’t a problem. During that time, I’d say I paid attention to 75 percent of what was said — the rest of the time my mind wandered. It’s not what’s being said, but the way it’s being said that’s effective, according to the HelloMind website.

Ten sessions to really feel the benefit

When the session ended, I changed, left the house, and walked to the station. My anger had definitely lessened. but whether this was the result of Jacob’s guidance, or just the fact I closed my eyes for 30 minutes, I can’t really say. It doesn’t really matter either, because I felt a whole lot better than before. Besides, it’s recommended you listen to all ten sessions to get the heart of the problem, and receive the most benefit. This first session certainly spurred me on to continue. Later, I tried out a motivational session designed to help me learn a new language. The opening was identical to the earlier session, during which time your mind is relaxed, before the narration switches to something more specific.

The app is beautifully designed and very easy to use. Before getting started there’s a short sign-up form to complete, but otherwise there are very few barriers between you and Jacob’s steady voice. It’s not something for the impatient though. Thirty minutes (at least) is required for each session, and they can’t be paused. If you stop, you have to restart, so make sure you’re not going to be disturbed.

My own anecdotal experience suggests HelloMind is beneficial, but if you want to try it out for yourself, then it’ll require a considerable investment. Each session costs $9, or you can pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee to gain access to them all. To start with, we’d pick a session that addresses a recurring problem to test the app out, just to see if it’s for you. We have a feeling people will react very differently.

HelloMind is available for iOS only at the moment, and can be downloaded for free here. An Android version will be along in the future.

Download for iOS

Wearables

Lack of regulation means wearables aren’t held accountable for health claims

As fitness trackers become more like health monitors, some physicians are concerned they can lead to over-diagnosis of non-existent problems. It’s already happening with wearable baby monitors.
Smart Home

The best sous vide machines cook your food perfectly, every single time

Want to make four-star meals from the comforts of your own kitchen? Here are the best sous vide machines available right now, whether you prefer simple immersion circulators or something more complex.
Photography

This A.I.-powered camera follows the action to produce epic selfie videos

Want to capture more epic action selfies? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action. Using a handful of different modes, the camera works to keep the action in the frame.
Emerging Tech

Yamaha’s new app lets you tune your motorcycle with a smartphone

It used to be that if you wanted to tune your motorcycle’s engine and tweak its performance, you needed specialized tools and even more specialized knowledge. Yamaha’s new Power Tuner app changes that.
Computing

What is fixed wireless 5G? Here’s everything you need to know

Here's fixed wireless 5G explained! Learn what you need to know about this effective new wireless technology, when it's available, how much it costs, and more. If you're thinking about 5G, this guide can help!
Mobile

Razer’s Wireless Charger will turn your desk into gamer heaven

The Razer Wireless Charger adds colorful flair to your desk or bedside table. It works with any phone that supports Qi wireless charging -- with some quirks -- but is it worth the high price tag? We take a look.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Gaming

Xbox app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.
Wearables

The best Apple Watch bands and straps to stylize your timepiece

If you have an Apple Watch, you know how easy it is to take off the strap it came with, so why not buy yourself another one? Here, we've gathered the best Apple Watch bands we've seen so far. There's something for everyone.
Mobile

How to choose an iPad in 2019: A practical guide to Apple’s tablets

Selecting an iPad from Apple's lineup can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Our comprehensive guide should put the numbers and specs in practical, easy-to-understand terms. Find your ideal iPad with the help of our guide.
Mobile

Apple resurrects the iPhone SE with brand-new units starting at $249

Apple quietly started selling the iPhone SE again, at even lower prices than when it was discontinued four months ago. Brand new units of the 32GB version are on sale for $249, while the 128GB version is going for $299.
Android

Popular Android navigation apps are just Google Maps with ads, researcher says

A malware researcher found that 19 free Android navigation apps on the Google Play Store were nothing more than Google Maps, but with ads. One of the apps asked for a payment to remove the ads, while some of them presented security risks.
Mobile

Google Maps will now help drivers stay within speed limits, avoid speed traps

Google Maps will now start showing speed limits and speed camera locations, so that drivers will not be flagged for speeding tickets. The new features arrive to the app years after they were introduced in Waze.
Mobile

Text up a storm with the best messaging apps for iOS and Android

These days, most people tend to favor digital messages over phone calls. We have the best messaging apps that allow you to share photos and documents, send text messages, and more with end-to-end encryption.