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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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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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How ADHD can impact your child’s social life

While Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is most commonly associated with difficulties related to a child’s ability to concentrate and pay attention, ADHD can affect more than just your child’s academic performance at school. It can also impact their ability to socialise and interact with other children as well as adults. For the children themselves, this can often be the most difficult part of having ADHD.

In 2015, research indicated that ADHD was the most common mental disorder among children and adolescents and was found to have serious impacts not only on the child themselves, but their relationships with family, friends and their school.

Children with ADHD tend to lack the vital social skills that not only help them to make friends, but also form reciprocal friendships with other children. Nonstop activity, impulsiveness, and confronting or demanding actions tend to create feelings of annoyance or irritation amongst peers and often cause arguments and disagreements to occur. Children with ADHD can also appear withdrawn or not interested, and struggle to understand other people’s feelings. This all impacts a child with ADHD’s ability to initiate and develop long term friendships.  When children with ADHD do have friends, the friendships tend to be of lower quality and less stable than typical friendships between children.

If your child is struggling socially, there are a few ways in which you can try to make it easier for your child to engage and interact with others:

  • If you’ve noticed your child struggling to make friends because they often interrupt or have trouble filtering what they say, you could use role play with your child to demonstrate appropriate dialogue and turn taking.
  • If your child is losing friends, you could involve your child in a sporting group or other group activity that allows them to engage with other children that have similar interests.
  • If your child often overreacts in social situations, when it happens, ask them to explain what has upset them and then talk about how their reaction may be affecting others. This will help them to recognise their triggers and the impact their actions have on others. Discuss with them more appropriate ways to respond when they are frustrated.
  • If your child has problems with following through, particularly with group work, you could introduce tools like checklists and charts that can help them to get organised. This can help to ensure that their group doesn’t feel let down when working with them.

To learn more about how you can practically support your ADHD or ADD child, please contact us for a free initial consult.