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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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How hypnosis can help your child

Did you know that children are the perfect candidates for hypnosis? The suggestibility of their mind makes them particularly receptive to hypnosis, significantly more than adults. They don’t have the years of conditioning and resistance that adults have. It is through their vivid imaginations that children can be successfully placed in a hypnotic trance through the use of storytelling, which can bring about effective results very quickly.

Children are more receptive to suggestions of change. They are not as likely to question the process, making them easy for a hypnotherapist to work with. Adults in comparison are often reluctant and tend to resist being hypnotised, and therefore can be harder to treat.

Recognised as an effective form of therapy for young people, hypnosis can help treat a number of problems, issues and disorders in children. Common problems include:

  • School-related anxieties;
  • Attention deficits;
  • Stuttering;
  • Fears and phobias; and
  • Sleep-related issues including nightmares and bed wetting.

At Brand New Mindset one area we focus on is sleep hypnosis for children; in particular a technique called the Goulding SleepTalk® method. This process teaches parents to work one-on-one with their child while the child is sleeping to help them develop a more positive mindset. The 2-minute process is suitable for children up to the age of 16 years and is an auto-suggestion technique that has parents speaking to their child’s subconscious mind while they sleep.

The Goulding SleepTalk® process isn’t a cure for illnesses, but a gentle way to enhance a child’s self-esteem and make their lives more positive.

Most parents would agree that it is difficult for children to confidently deal with issues in their life if they are anxious, fearful, and unhappy. Children trying to cope with bed-wetting, anger or fear for example, can be anxious, sad, and lack self-confidence. Through positive suggestion, therapists can guide a child’s behaviours towards effective changes that will help them to achieve better results in school, boost their confidence and overall enjoy a more joyful childhood.

If you would like to find out more about hypnosis for children, contact us today and book an initial consultation.

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Hypnosis and pain relief – can it work for me?

Pain is something we all experience, on some level throughout our lives. Sporting injuries, headaches, soft-tissue injuries, dental pain are all relatively common; but there are also those who suffer ongoing pain because of surgical procedures, debilitating or terminal illnesses.

Pain falls іntо twо categories: (1) acute pain, whісh іѕ of short duration and (2) chronic pain, whісh continues for weeks, months or even years.

Most people respond to pain (whether acute or chronic) by taking a form of medication but this is often only a temporary solution. From 1 February 2018, patients using medicines containing codeine will no longer be able to access them without a prescription. Codeine can be harmful to you and can lead to dependency and in some cases even death. The side effects of long term use of combination codeine medicines are also potentially life threatening.

If you suffer from chronic pain and are looking for a long-term effective treatment option, consider hypnosis. This has been proven to be an effective tool for pain management; providing a safe, effective form of treatment for reducing sensitivities to all types of pain. It can be used in the management of pain related to headaches and acute injuries; and for more chronic conditions such as back pain and arthritis. In fact it has been suggested that hypnosis may be the most effective psychological treatment for patients suffering from chronic pain.

As a treatment for acute pain, hypnosis is most effective through suggestions that focus on reducing anxiety and minimising an individual’s sensitivity to pain. For chronic pain, it is more effective to confront the pain directly while the patient is under hypnosis, helping to deal with both the physical and psychological effects of the pain.

So now for the ultimate question; does hypnosis work for everyone? The answer is yes, everyone can be helped to some degree.  There are five categories into which the effects of hypnosis can fall:

  1. Total, permanent relief;
  2. A decrease in the severity of pain;
  3. Initial pain relief, but occasional reinforcement is needed;
  4. Intermittent relief; and
  5. Pain is still being felt but is significantly less than before.

These differences in relief are related to the patient’s susceptibility to hypnosis, or the level of relaxation they reach during their sessions; the more relaxed you are, the more effective the pain reduction is. If you would like to find out more about how hypnosis can help you manage pain, contact us today and book your initial consultation.

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Lacking motivation, and wondering why?

Have you ever found yourself staring at a pile of dirty dishes or a full garbage that needs to be taken out, with zero motivation to get it done? Or maybe you have some vague goals you want to achieve but don’t have that ambition driving you forward. And more to the point, you don’t know why!

Many people wait until they feel a spark of inspiration to start working on something or take action. But unfortunately waiting for that spark could take a while!

When you’re struggling to find motivation, it may help you to have a goal in mind or visualise the outcome you want. But again, this often isn’t enough of a push.

Most people believe they live their lives consciously; setting yourself goals and living your life with the intention to reach them. But incredibly research now suggests that your subconscious mind is where the majority of your cognitive activity (95% to 99%) comes from; with the conscious mind only having 5% influence. This means your subconscious mind is capable of helping you to achieve, as much as it can sabotage or limit your capabilities without you even knowing it.

It’s not always clear why some people have developed self-defeating thoughts or habits, but it is possible to reprogram them.

Hypnosis is capable of influencing the unconscious expectations that determine your approach to life, the attitudes you apply and the choices you make. It is a medium that can help to reprogram your subconscious mind to be more positive. Positive thinking becomes instinct; freed from the effort of trying to be positive; you will begin to expect the best automatically.

If you truly believe that things are going to work out for the best, then not only will you feel more confident, but you will have more energy and enthusiasm to achieve.

 

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