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 «

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!

Eating Regularly Scheduled Meals Just Makes Sense

May 8th, 2013 § Comments Off on Eating Regularly Scheduled Meals Just Makes Sense § permalink

Eating regularly scheduled meals just makes sense. Developing a routine of eating three meals and two snacks each day is a good idea for a variety of reasons. Hypnosis can help you to establish an eating routine, and maintain it long-term.

If your goal is to lose weight, it just makes sense to develop a “habit” of eating on a regular schedule. Most of us are familiar with what happens when we don’t eat enough and our bodies go into starvation mode. It stands to reason that eating three meals and two snacks each day will keep us from getting too hungry, and bingeing on foods that are not good for us.

But did you know that if you include protein in each of those three meals and two snacks you can stabilize your blood sugar and minimize, or eliminate, unnecessary cravings? It’s true! In addition, developing the habit of eating healthy nutritious foods in the just the right amounts, at just the right times all through the day, can also improve your mood.

The types of food we eat, along with the amounts have an effect on our outlook. According to this article there is a strong connection between negative moods and disordered eating habits. It makes sense that if you put junk in your body that you’re not going to feel well. However, I think the psychological effects of unhealthy eating are just as responsible for the negative moods as the chemicals in the food.

When you are not in control of your eating habits and you have a weak moment of binge eating you just feel rotten. You feel frustrated, angry, hopeless, and out of control. Many of my weight loss clients have experienced this level of negativity in relation to their eating patterns. Hypnosis is a very effective way to develop the habit of eating regularly scheduled meals and snacks. Control your hunger, and your mood, and let hypnosis show you the way!

Unhealthy eating can make a bad mood worse

How to Get the Most out of Self-Hypnosis

March 26th, 2013 § Comments Off on How to Get the Most out of Self-Hypnosis § permalink

OK, so you learned how to do self-hypnosis (Self-Hypnosis is Easy and Fun!), you know about creating positive suggestions for yourself, but, do you know how to get the most out of self-hypnosis and really get to the bottom of what you want?

In my practice at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon, I use an approach with my clients based on a Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) outcome frame. It is an excellent tool that I use with almost every client to help us narrow down exactly what they want as a result of their hypnosis treatment.

The NLP outcome frame has a lot of questions, all of which I use with clients in my office. I have narrowed down the questions to the most important, in my opinion, to include when combining with self-hypnosis. By learning to use this NLP outcome frame to create your outcome statement, you can learn to expertly define exactly what you want as you practice self-hypnosis. » Read the rest of this entry «

Modeling Healthy Eating Habits for Our Children

March 8th, 2013 § Comments Off on Modeling Healthy Eating Habits for Our Children § permalink

Modeling healthy eating habits for our children helps prevent them from becoming junk food addicts and has a greater influence than the mother’s eating habits while pregnant .

It is common knowledge that what we consume, or whether or not we smoke, when are pregnant will have an effect on our baby. So it makes sense that if a pregnant mother consumes a diet rich in junk food, that the baby may be effected by the quality of nutrients. The following study suggests that pregnant mothers who consume junk food actually cause changes in the development of the opioid signaling pathway in the brains of their unborn children. This change results in the babies being less sensitive to opioids, which are released upon consumption of foods that are high in fat and sugar. In turn, these children, born with a higher “tolerance” to junk food need to eat more of it to achieve a “feel good” response. (See  Eating junk food while pregnant may make your child a junk food addict)

While I agree that the consumption of junk food while pregnant is not healthy for mother or child, it seems to me that the eating habits and lifestyle of the family unit after the baby is born has more influence on whether or not a child becomes a junk food addict. In other words, modeling healthy eating habits for our children helps prevent them from becoming junk food addicts and has a greater influence than the mother’s eating habits while pregnant. Learning about nutrition is interesting and fun, and learning to like new foods can be enhanced with the use of hypnosis. Hypnosis is about behavior change, and eating is one behavior we have participated in since the day we were born! Almost all the clients I’ve worked with in regard to weight loss have had an addiction to one or more categories of junk food. Hypnosis is a very effective way to eliminate the cravings for junk food, thus eliminating the addiction.

I’d like to believe that it’s never too late to learn about nutrition, and model that behavior for our children and grandchildren. If you feel that you are addicted to sweets, or chips, or anything that is not good for you, hypnosis can help.

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