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Don’t let feelings of stress get the better of you

We all go through times of stress but no matter its cause, any amount of stress can be both emotionally and physically taxing. Most of us do our best to push the feelings away but ignoring the effects of stress can increase the risk of developing long-term health issues like heart attack and diabetes.

Stress is generally built up over time and it doesn’t discriminate. Anyone is susceptible to feelings of stress; students as they prepare for exams, a heavy workload at the office, financial strain or personal problems. All these issues tend to create stress for us.

Treating stress isn’t as simple as going on medication – it’s impossible to completely remove stress from your life. However, there are ways you can manage your stress and prevent it from overwhelming you:

  • Do a stock take – think about what things in your life act as triggers for stress. This will help you to eliminate unnecessary stresses in your life, while those you can’t get rid of you can better prepare yourself to manage.
  • Manage it sooner rather than later – once you are familiar with your sources of stress, you will be able to develop your own action plan and before the stress builds up and creates bigger problems, you will be able to deal with it.
  • Stress as a motivator – sometimes stress can be a good motivator for getting tasks done, so if you take the time to track whether the stress you’re feeling is helpful or not, you’ll be able to recognise the different degrees of stress you feel and manage it accordingly.

If stress has become harder to manage and you find yourself being burdened by its power to overwhelm you, you might consider an effective, non-invasive form of therapy such as hypnosis. The process of hypnosis is rewarding, positive and safe. Hypnosis calms your nerves, mind and the whole body, alleviating the stress that hinders your everyday life. It can be a truly beneficial solution for those who often feel defeated by stress.

When a person undergoes hypnosis, they are placed into a deep state of relaxation whereby the subconscious mind becomes receptive to positive suggestion, new ideas and perspectives. It is then that a therapist can provide motivational encouragement, confidence building statements and a stronger means of managing stress.

If are finding yourself under a constant cloud of pressure and stress, you might like to consider hypnosis as a form of treatment. If you would like to find out more about how hypnosis can help you lead a happier life, contact a member of the Brand New Mindset team today.

 

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Emotional check-up – 5 ways to better manage your emotions

Whether you’re having a laugh with friends or getting frustrated in traffic on the way home from work, the emotional highs and lows we experience each day have a big impact on our overall well-being.

Some emotional responses are perfectly fine and appropriate to the situation. However, if you find that your emotions are over the top for the situation or you get enraged on a regular basis by things that you used to just shrug off, it might be time to get some help.

Here are few simple things you can do to help manage your emotions:

  1. Avoid your triggers – Do your best to avoid situations that trigger your frustration and anger. If running late makes you frustrated, make sure you allow yourself extra time. If there is an acquaintance or colleague who pushes your buttons and puts you into a bad mood, do your best to limit the time you have to spend with them.
  2. Take a more realistic approach – If you’re someone who aims for perfection, you probably find yourself feeling disappointed a lot of the time. Of course there is nothing wrong with challenging yourself, but if you are feeling constantly let down by your efforts, you might like to rethink your expectations. Set yourself a few smaller goals before aiming for the big milestone at the end.
  3. Focus more on you and less on everyone else – It’s human nature to compare ourselves to one another, but doing this can make you feel jealous and even embarrassed. Instead of comparing, try shifting your focus back to what you’re doing and channel that envy into a drive to improve yourself and your confidence too.
  4. Consciously regroup – While your heart beats faster and you feel an outburst coming on, make a conscious decision to stop, close your eyes, take deep breaths, and attempt to calm yourself. It sounds pretty simple but if you force yourself to stop and regroup, you’ll be amazed by the results.
  5. Change your thought process – Your emotional responses reside in your subconscious mind. This controls your emotions and is responsible for feeding your feelings to you at a conscious level. If you’re finding it difficult to consciously manage your emotions, you might consider hypnosis as a tool for reprogramming your responses. Through hypnosis you can access your subconscious mind and change your emotional response to any situation, circumstance, person or event.

 

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Don’t panic! How to know when it’s creeping up on you

Your heart starts beating faster; you can’t catch your breath; your vision gets blurry. If you’ve ever experienced any of these symptoms, paired with feelings of overwhelming anxiety or a sudden surge of fear, then you’re probably familiar with panic attacks.

Panic attacks can occur out of the blue, without any warnings or triggers. It is possible to have an attack only once, but it’s more likely that a person will experience repeat episodes. You can have panic attacks, but otherwise be perfectly happy and healthy.

So how can you tell if you are about to have one? There are a few common symptoms that you can look out for:

  • Dry mouth­ – One of the more common symptoms during a panic attack. If you want to counter a dry mouth and attempt to manage the attack, try sipping on water or suck on a boiled sweet to stimulate the production of saliva.
  • Shaking and shivering – When your body temperature drops, the muscles spasmodically contract, creating friction between muscles and body tissues and increasing your body temperature. During an anxiety attack, shaking and shivering is normal.
  • Heart palpitations – These are also very common during panic attacks and are caused by the release of adrenaline into the bloodstream. You may feel like your heart is skipping beats. This is perfectly normal and won’t cause any physical damage.
  • Body pain – Feeling pain in your neck, shoulders, chest, jaw, mouth and stomach, as well as having a headache is also common. When the body is under stress, parts of the body usually get tense, which results in pain. Do your best to try and relax if these pains arise.
  • Shortness of breath – This tends to be the most distressing symptom of an anxiety attack, making you feel as though you can’t catch your breath. If you experience this, the best way to counteract it is to remind yourself that you won’t suffocate, stop breathing or pass out and that this is only temporary.
  • Feeling detached – This symptom can alter the way you interact with and perceive reality. It leads you to think everything around you is part of a dream or unreal.

Understanding the symptoms of a panic attack is the first step in learning to control its effect on your everyday life. If you’d like to find out more about panic attacks and what you can do to help manage their impact on you, contact a member of our team today.

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The mind power of Virtual Reality

When you see the words ‘virtual reality’, your first thoughts are probably that we’re talking about video and computer games, and other forms of entertainment. While virtual reality (VR) headsets have been the ultimate gaming accessory for a while now; more recently VR designers have joined forces with therapists and other medical professionals to utilise the software as a therapeutic tool in the treatment of certain mental disorders. Virtual reality technology has proven itself valuable in treating everything from phobias, to anxiety, depression and even addictions.

Similar to exposure therapy, virtual reality technology helps patients confront their fears or phobias and learn new ways to manage them. Several studies have found virtual reality to be effective in the treatment of fears such as fear of heights, flying, public speaking and even spiders. The technology is also being harnessed in fields such as pain management, physical rehabilitation and post-traumatic stress.

You might be wondering how VR rates as an alternative to traditional exposure therapy where the patient is encouraged to visualise the object of their fear before slowly being introduced to it in real life. While VR is very similar to exposure therapy, it does have the advantage of being cheaper and easier to control. For the patient it is also less intimidating. The thought of having to come in direct contact with what frightens you or causes you any form of pain or discomfort is not very appealing to most patients, even if they know it can benefit them. This is where VR has the upper hand.

Virtual reality uses simulations – using a computer-generated world and headset, consciously the patient knows there is no direct threat. This makes them feel comfortable enough to interact with their given fear or phobia in a controlled, virtual environment. Think about it; if you had a phobia of spiders, would you feel more comfortable facing a real or a virtual spider?

If you’ve never had to deal with a phobia yourself, you might be questioning the effectiveness of a simulation over confronting the real thing. The truth is people suffering from a phobia only need the presence of a spider’s leg or the view from the top of a tall building to trigger a strong emotional response. Simulations are the perfect way to do this, and are therefore sufficient at initiating the process to help a patient manage or gain control over their fear.

If you want to find out how virtual reality therapy could help you, contact us for a free initial consultation today.

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