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Overcoming Fears & Phobias

It is unlikely that there is a person not plagued by fears and phobias – insects, high places, snakes, water, spiders. We believe we are born with our fears, that they are deeply decoded in our DNA and that we can never get rid of them. However, this is a common misconception.  We are not born with phobias, the only things that we fear as a baby are loud noises and falling. The rest of our fears we pick up throughout life. Phobias are mainly picked up from those around us, which is known as a learnt fear, or from experiences that we have.

Just as we can learn to have a phobia, we can also “un-learn” using hypnotherapy to re-programme the mind and change the meaning and association that we give to experiences.

A Brief Explanation of Fears & Phobias

A Fear:

Fear is a natural response caused by real danger.  This is an emotional response to a threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. Fear should not be confused with anxiety as this usually occurs without any external threat

A Phobia:

This is an intense reaction or irrational reaction to something or some situation. The sufferer will; experience feelings that appear to be completely out of their control. The sufferer will actively ensure that they never allow themselves to be in any situation that could cause phobic reaction.

Hypnotherapy can help to identify the root cause of the phobia and enable individuals to react to the particular object or situation they once feared in a calmer manner when encountering it in the future. Phobias are displaced fears and because they are not rational, they can be dealt with.

Hypnotherapy can also help with relaxation and visualisation techniques for desensitisation and forming new habits such as being more calm and relaxed.  We can install anchors in the subconscious mind that you can use to call up the relaxed state.

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Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is the phrase we use to describe the opinion we have of ourselves. It refers to how we think, the type of person we are, our abilities and what we expect for the future.

When our self-esteem is healthy, we tend to feel good about ourselves and have a positive outlook on life in general. A high self-esteem gives us the courage and strength to deal with the ups and downs in life – without them having a long-term impact on our health and well-being.

When our self-esteem is low, our thoughts and feelings about ourselves are generally negative. We are more likely to focus on our weaknesses and be overly critical of the things we do and mistakes we’ve made. Low self-esteem means our entire outlook on life is affected. We are also less able to cope with everyday challenges.

Our mental health can be severely affected by ongoing low self-esteem. Our relationships and physical health may also suffer. Seeking help is vital for ensuring long-term problems do not develop. Hypnotherapy for self-esteem is an increasingly popular means of treatment and support.

Self-esteem and self-confidence

The terms ‘self-esteem’ and ‘self-confidence’ are often used interchangeably when we describe how we feel about ourselves. However, although self-confidence is related to self-esteem, they are two different concepts. Unlike self-esteem, self-confidence is the level of trust we have in our abilities, our sense of judgement and personal qualities.

Levels of self-confidence can vary depending on a situation. For example, one may be self-confident when it comes to doing mathematical equations, but not so much when it comes to reading and writing. Self-esteem on the other hand is how we feel about ourselves overall – no matter what the circumstance. Our self-esteem is shaped by our experiences and situations that have happened in the past. These determine how we feel about ourselves in the present.

It is not uncommon for someone who is self-confident to have low self-esteem – and vice versa. Ultimately, when you value yourself, your self-esteem improves. This makes you feel more confident. When you are confident in many areas of your life, you feel better about yourself. You can work on both simultaneously. Hypnotherapy is one of the ways you can do this, but on this page we are looking specifically into overcoming low self-esteem.

Causes

It is generally believed that issues with self-esteem stem from childhood. Our history and relationships with those around us – including our parents, friends and siblings – shape the opinion we have ourselves. We receive a combination of positive and negative messages as we grow up, but for some reason it tends to be the negative ones that stick. Feelings of not being good enough can continue into adulthood.

How we develop our self-esteem through adolescence can impact our future levels of self-worth. Our own natural personalities may also play a part. Some of us may possess personality traits that make us more susceptible to negative thought patterns about who we are and of our capabilities.

Another source of low self-esteem, particularly among young people, is the media. People portrayed in the news and online are packaged into unrealistic ideals of beauty and success. These plant the seed of self-doubt into our minds and make us feel like we can’t measure up to what is considered desirable. We are inundated with messages from the media every day. For those struggling with low self-esteem, this offers little relief from feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness.

On the other hand, traumatic life events such as abuse or serious illness can cause self-esteem to plummet. Being forced into a physical or emotional position against your will can make it very hard to trust yourself or others. It can leave you feeling out of control and in your head you may have convinced yourself you were to blame in some way. Hypnosis for self-esteem works specifically with these past causes to help people overcome negative thinking patterns.

Hypnotherapy for self-esteem

Hypnosis is a relaxing and safe process that involves redirecting the attention of both the conscious and subconscious mind. The aim of hypnosis for self-esteem is to identify and challenge patterns of negative thinking. It also encourages positive changes through the power of suggestion. Once you’re under hypnosis, we will present various hypnotic suggestions, visualisations and other techniques. These help to promote positive thoughts, attitudes and beliefs that support a healthy self-esteem.

In the deeply relaxed state of hypnosis, your subconscious is more accepting of suggestions to change. By identifying your problems and goals in an initial conscious enquiry, we can tailor their suggestions to meet your needs. In the case of hypnotherapy for self-esteem, the primary aim is to encourage self-empowerment and reduce negative self-talk. Thus promoting the development of long-term, healthy self-esteem.

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Enhancing Sport Performance

We all know that to successful in sport, you must maintain a high levels of physical fitness. However, this is only part of the strategy required for success. According to research, sports performance has to do just as much with mental abilities as physical abilities. To many people this may sound like a strange concept, but thousands of sports people have recognised the power of their mental state having a positive effect on their sports performance.

Hypnosis has been used for many years to help professional athletes enhance their natural ability. The famous golfer Tiger Woods regularly used hypnosis since he was 13. One of the biggest names to use sport hypnotherapy is Michael Jordan.The whole Chicago Bulls team incorporated hypnotherapy into their pregame sessions to centre themselves and gain an edge over their opponents. Olympic athlete Mary Lou Retton used sports hypnosis to help bring a gold, and many other medals, home to the United States. Boxer Kevin McBride is known for beating Mike Tyson in a championship fight. The boxer used hypnosis to uncover his full potential. The Russian gymnastic team has been bring hypnotherapists to the Olympic games for years.

Hypnotherapy can help often help with golf, running, football, cricket, boxing, darts, swimming, and most other sports. Every athlete, whether currently successful or not, has internal resources. Accessing these inner resources and putting them to work is often the advantage successful athletes have.

Hypnotherapy can improve and enhance an individual’s mental attitude by helping them to relax, removing anxieties and boosting confidence.  Sport is a mental game. First, a player needs to have the right attitude to win. They need to believe they can win or they will be hindering their abilities with a lack of confidence. Then, a person has to be focused on winning. Doubts, anxiety, and unrelated thoughts can often get in the way of a player’s game. That is why famous athletes use sport hypnosis to relax their mind and focus on the challenge in front of them.

The brain can’t distinguish between doing something or imagining doing something so visualising winning a competition can help tune your mind for success. If the human mind is capable of imagining something, it’s capable of making it happen. Hypnosis can help athletes:

  • improve their confidence and self-belief
  • remove negative thoughts or beliefs
  • increase motivation and dedication
  • use deep relaxation and concentration to imagine success
  • maintain composure and overcome distractions.

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