Starting Over with the Help of Hypnosis

October 31st, 2013 § Comments Off on Starting Over with the Help of Hypnosis § permalink

Starting Over with the Help of Hypnosis – A guest post by Caroline East, Consulting Hypnotist, on the use of hypnosis to manage the stress of change.

Starting Over: The act of recovering from, or adjusting to, an event which has affected one’s life in such a manner that life never returns to its previous state of “normal”.

The one common factor, no matter how varied the circumstance, is that each one of us, at multiple times in our lives, experiences an event, or events, which causes us to have to “start over.”

The most common events are: Birth of a baby, loss of a loved one, marriage, divorce, a traumatic event, surviving a long-term or serious illness, being diagnosed with a devastating illness, losing a job, starting a new job, moving, or changing careers.

All of these events, viewed either as positive or negative, generate stress by causing our life to veer off track in a different direction. We struggle through the transition, often floundering, trying to adapt to the changes that come with life’s new direction. Sometimes we can use help to deal with the stress related to “starting over.”

Do these common symptoms resonate with you: Fatigue, grief, focus and flexibility, pain, fear, performance anxiety (job, sports or academic)? I see, and address, these issues daily in my practice as a consulting hypnotist at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon. » 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!

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!

Using Hypnosis to Treat Depression Symptoms

May 6th, 2013 § Comments Off on Using Hypnosis to Treat Depression Symptoms § permalink

This article examines using hypnosis to treat depression symptoms. It looks at underlying contributing factors, as well as additional treatment strategies.

Depression – it comes in all shapes and sizes and does not discriminate. It affects men and women, young and old, every race and all socioeconomic levels. The symptoms vary from person to person, and can become overwhelming and disabling. There are a variety of “types” of depression, some more severe than others.

So What Exactly Is Depression?

We all go through periods of sadness at various times in our lives. Feeling sad is a normal reaction to loss, disappointment, or frustration. Some people call this degree of sadness “depression,” but depression is much more than just sadness.

If you or someone you know suffers from depression, you may have heard it described as “living in a black hole” or, having an unrelenting sense of doom. For others, there is no sadness, but instead they feel lifeless, empty, worn-out, or apathetic about life. Some people, men in particular, may feel angry, aggressive, and restless, often for no identifiable reason at all.

Regardless of the symptoms, depression is clearly very different from normal sadness. It consumes your every waking moment, often robbing you of your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy life. Consistently feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless can become overwhelming and unrelenting. » Read the rest of this entry «

Releasing Natural Brain Chemicals for Pain Reduction

March 10th, 2013 § Comments Off on Releasing Natural Brain Chemicals for Pain Reduction § permalink

Releasing natural brain chemicals for pain reduction can be accomplished using hypnosis.

Using hypnosis to ease pain is very common and often very successful. Using hypnosis to reduce stress is also very common and often very successful. Perhaps this is because these two “states of being” are strongly related to the same region in our brain called the “amygdala”. This part of our brain is where we process emotions and pain, and, in many cases, our emotions add to the intensity of our pain.

According to the article, How the Brain Suppresses Pain During Times of Stress, the suppression of pain during times of stress can help us cope with or escape from potentially life-threatening situations. Apparently, there are marijuana like chemicals in our brain called “endocannabinoids”. Pain reduction due to fear, called “fear-induced analgesia”,  is strongly related to elevated levels of this marijuana like substance in the amygdala.

We know that the subconscious mind is responsible for running our physiology. It runs our circulatory system, respiratory system, nervous system, our blood pressure, body temperature, etc. So it makes sense that if we can get access to the subconscious mind, then we can influence the manner in which the subconscious mind affects our physiology. Through the use of hypnosis it is possible to release endocannabinoids, and other pain relieving chemicals, without needing the added stress, or experiencing the side effects of drug usage. For many clients, the addition of certain types of visualization exercises also help to reduce the intensity of pain, and for some, eliminate it completely.


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