Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with Hypnosis

July 2nd, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Getting a good night’s sleep with hypnosis – For many people getting a good’s night’s sleep is difficult or impossible. For many of those same people hypnosis might be the answer.

I see a variety of sleep issues with my clients at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon. For some, getting to sleep is easy, but they repeatedly wake up tossing and turning with their minds racing the whole time, waking up completely exhausted each morning. For others, once they get to sleep they stay asleep, but can toss and turn for hours and hours before they drift off.

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. I always ask my clients about the quality of sleep they are getting. If they report that they struggle with sleep, I recommend to them that we do a session on sleep before we start anything else. It can be quite a challenge to change one’s eating habits, begin an exercise program, or incorporate other changes if one is sleep deprived. » Read the rest of this entry «

Job Burnout Can Hurt Your Heart

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!

Mindfulness at school reduces likelihood of depression

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!

Dwelling on Stressful Events Hurts

June 12th, 2013 § Comments Off on Dwelling on Stressful Events Hurts § permalink

Dwelling on stressful events hurts. It not only causes inflammation in the body (LINK) but serves to reinforce the neural pathways in our brains associated with the event. In other words, dwelling on an event is like traveling back and forth on a trail in a meadow. As we travel back and forth, the trail becomes more prominent, easier to find, and in the case of our neural pathways, easier to stay “stuck” in.

As we dwell on, or re-live, an unwanted event, we make it more difficult on ourselves to snap out of it, and get on with what’s happening in the present moment. Usually these types of events are associated with negative feelings and will trigger an anxiety response at a subconscious level. Many people are aware that are stuck in a cycle of negative thinking, but don’t know what to do about it.

Our subconscious minds do not differentiate between living an actual event, and the re-living of the event in our minds. Because we can trigger the fight or flight response just by thinking about an event, it is crucial to learn how to turn off the cycle of negative anxiety provoking thoughts and feelings.

Hypnosis is an excellent tool for this very purpose. By accessing the subconscious mind through hypnosis and anchoring a state of relaxation, you can train yourself to access and maintain a state of calmness, and condition your mind to focus on pleasant thoughts, and/or focus on the present moment. By training your mind to focus on pleasant thoughts and feelings, you create a new trail in that meadow, or, you direct your thoughts to a different set of neural pathways that result in better feeling emotions. Not only will you feel better emotionally, but you will effectively minimize the physical inflammation you may experience as a result of dwelling on stressful events.

You CAN control your thoughts and feelings, and hypnosis is a very effective way to condition your mind to work FOR you. Take control, you’ll feel better emotionally and physically!

Treating Compulsive Gambling with Hypnosis

June 3rd, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Treating compulsive gambling behaviors is easy with hypnosis. Using hypnosis, we can access the subconscious mind and create alternative behaviors that work for you, not against you.

Taking a chance on winning the Lotto now and then is harmless, but it is a gamble. We take gambles all the time. The shelves at our stores are lined with products promising us relief from a variety of discomforts, once we buy the product. We’ll feel better, live longer, look younger, and people will like us more if we just take this pill, drive this car, read this book, or watch this movie. Life is a gamble, but for some, gambling becomes an addiction.

Statistically speaking, gambling just doesn’t pay. Every now and then you might get lucky and win a few bucks, or cup full of coins, but the payoff rarely matches what was spent trying to win in the first place. The fantasy of “winning the big one” can really get its hooks into some people, and they find themselves risking everything for that big pay off that’s just around the corner. All reason is lost, perspective is skewed, and priorities falsely assigned when the gambling bug hits you. » Read the rest of this entry «