July 17th, 2013 § Comments Off on A Good Night’s Sleep is Icing on the Cake § permalink
I recently wrote an article about the importance of a good night’s sleep, and how hypnosis can alleviate sleep issues. What I didn’t know at the time was about the added benefits of adequate sleep. According to this article A Good Night’s Sleep Increases the Cardiovascular Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle sleeping well enhances the benefits of an already healthy lifestyle.
I have noticed with a handful of clients, an almost “macho” attitude about surviving on minimal sleep, as though it were something to be proud of. Not only can sleep deprivation decrease the health benefits of a healthy diet, exercise, moderate alcohol consumption, and abstinence from the use of tobacco, it can result in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
There are a variety of reasons for not getting sufficient sleep. They can include environmental factors, health problems, side effects from medication, stress and anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, or just plain bad habits. Regardless of the cause, hypnosis is a very effective tool for creating healthy sleep patterns. I have worked with many clients who have suffered with insomnia for years, and with just one hypnosis session have successfully changed their sleep patterns.
There is nothing like a good night’s sleep! It’s normal to have occasional bouts of sleeplessness, but if you experience persistent issues with your ability to get a full night’s sleep, give hypnosis a try. It’s easy, it’s safe, and it works.
July 10th, 2013 § Comments Off on Hypnosis Can Help Teens Get the Sleep They Need § permalink
Hypnosis can help teens get the sleep they need. The majority of teenagers developmental changes take place in the brain during sleep.
We all know that teens go through emotional, physical, and psychological changes as they enter adulthood. According to this study, Sleep Study Reveals How the Adolescent Brain Makes the Transition to Mature Thinking, the majority of these developmental changes take place in the brain during sleep.
Unfortunately for many teens, their sleep cycles, and the quality of their sleep, are compromised by over stimulation, excess stress and anxiety, and sometimes the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. It is clear that getting a full night’s sleep, uninterrupted, is critical for the successful brain development of our teens. Parents can help by monitoring the types and number of responsibilities their teens have. Many adolescents are overwhelmed with school work, participation in sports, music classes, part-time jobs, family and/or church responsibilities, the social pressures of being a teenager, and more. Add into the mix a dysfunctional family environment, poverty conditions, poor diet and depression, and you have a crisis situation.
Hypnosis can’t change one’s life situation, but it can make it easier to prioritize, to remain calm, and most importantly, to get a full night of uninterrupted restorative sleep on a regular basis. Maintaining a regimen of quality sleep for teens is critical to their brain development. Hypnosis is a great way to develop and maintain healthy sleep patterns at any age.
July 3rd, 2013 § Comments Off on Phantom Limb Pain and Hypnosis § permalink
Phantom Limb Pain and Hypnosis: Phantom limb pain is caused by the nerves that would normally communicate energy to an amputated or missing limb. Hypnosis can help rewire the brain.
Phantom limb pain is a very interesting phenomenon. It is the sensation that the amputated or missing limb is still attached to the body, and is actually moving with other body parts. Phantom pain happens when the nerves that would normally communicate energy to the missing limb cause pain. The pain sensations are generally described as burning sensations or other strange sensations that can be very agonizing for some people. Some experience temperature change in the missing limb, itchiness, or the sensation that the limb is in an uncomfortable position and causing great discomfort.
A variety of treatments to alleviate phantom pain are available including medication, physical treatment, nerve block, neuromodulation, and surgical treatment. Mirror therapy is another option for pain relief, and based on what we know about the subconscious mind, it makes a lot of sense. You may recall, from previous posts, that the subconscious mind does not discriminate between actually doing something and pretending or thinking about doing something.
In mirror therapy, a mirror box is used to trick the brain into thinking, and seeing, that the missing limb still exists. The patient places the good limb in a position that is reflected back in a way that makes the brain see two matching limbs. The patient then makes movements with the good limb, and the brain sees the reflected imagine of both limbs moving. Through the use of this artificial visual feedback, it becomes possible for the patient to “move” the phantom limb into a comfortable position.
Hypnosis is often used for pain management and in the case of phantom pain, it seems clear to me how valuable it can be to practice “seeing” the missing limb moving and responding in a way the helps to alleviate the pain. Again, the subconscious mind does not know the difference between doing and pretending. For those who are not visual, they can improve the degree of pain they experience by engaging in the “feeling” sense of the limb moving. The power of our mind is phenomenal, and hypnosis can expedite the desired outcome in many cases.
June 26th, 2013 § Comments Off on Job Burnout Can Hurt Your Heart § permalink
Recent studies show that job burnout can hurt your heart.
We all know that stress can compromise our health. So what can you do about it if you have a stressful job situation, but you feel stuck, over worked, under appreciated, with no end in sight? In the words of Byron Katie, “Learn to tell a new story!”
Recent studies show that job burnout can have adverse effects on our heart health (LINK), although we don’t need scientific research to tell us that. We know it from experience! So how can learning to tell a new story keep us healthy?
Consider that we are not stressed out from our actual job situations, but more accurately, from the stories we tell ourselves about our job situation. Our subconscious mind runs our physiology, and our subconscious mind responds to our thoughts and emotions as if everything we think about is happening right here, right now. If we are in a constant state of unhappiness, feeling victimized by life, by our work, our bosses, our life situation, our subconscious mind will respond accordingly and we will feel the effects physically.
Learn to tell a new story and give your subconscious mind the message that all is well, that you feel good no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Practice being present and focus on where you are NOW, and what you’re doing NOW. Let the past be just that, the past.
For many, feeling stressed at work is part of their identity, along with being a victim. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn to change your perspective on life, to tell a new story about your job, your boss, your life in general. Hypnosis is a very effective way to train yourself to think about life in a way that serves you.
If you are feeling burnout from your job, do something about it. If you can’t leave the unwanted situation for something wanted, then learn to look at it from a point of view that feels better. Using hypnosis can help you reach and maintain that healthier point of view. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Give it a try, your heart will thank you!
June 19th, 2013 § Comments Off on Mindfulness at school reduces likelihood of depression § permalink
Recent studies have shown that teaching mindfulness at school reduces the likelihood of depression related symptoms in adolescents.
Mindfulness training – we hear a lot about it these days. Mindfulness is officially taught in psychology courses now, and gaining popular support in a variety of communities and cultures. Incorporating mindfulness into our public schools would be an excellent next step for this country. Recent studies (LINK) have shown that teaching mindfulness at school reduces the likelihood of depression related symptoms in adolescents.
This makes sense if you understand that depression is often the result of negative downward spiral thinking about past events. By remaining focused on the present moment, which is what mindfulness is, the self-defeating pull of depression can be avoided.
Hypnosis is an excellent tool that you can use to train, or condition, your mind to stay focused on the present moment. Whether you use self-hypnosis or listen to hypnosis recordings prepared by a professional hypnotherapist, such as myself at Intuitive Hypnosis, you can successfully reduce the likelihood of experiencing depression related symptoms regardless of your life situation.
There are many options available when it comes to mindfulness training, each with the same result in mind – to be at peace with what is, to remain focused on the present moment, and learn to accept. Hypnosis can help you develop that discipline, and maintain the peace of mind that comes with staying present. Give it a try, you’ll be glad you did!