Hypnotherapy for Change
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How To Manage Uncertainty in Uncertain Times
The world is currently in the grip of a global pandemic.
We are living in extremely uncertain times - and that uncertainty can be difficult to cope with.
You may feel worried right now.
You may struggle to keep anxious thoughts in check.
And you may feel unsure about the future.
But help is at hand - you CAN learn to live with uncertainty.
Facing Uncertainty is Scarier than Facing Physical Pain
In 2016, a group of London researchers explored how people react to being told they will either "definitely" or "probably" receive a painful electric shock. They discovered an intriguing paradox. Volunteers who knew they would definitely receive a painful electric shock felt calmer and were measurably less agitated than those who were told they only had a 50 percent chance of receiving the electric shock.
A new study shows that the uncertainty of something bad happening can be more stressful than the knowledge of something bad happening. Researchers recruited 45 volunteers to play a computer game in which they turned over digital rocks that might have snakes hiding underneath. Throughout the game, they had to guess whether each rock concealed a snake. When a snake appeared, they received a mild but painful electric shock on the hand. Over the course of the game they got better about predicting under which rocks they’d find snakes, but the game was designed to keep changing the odds of success to maintain ongoing uncertainty. And when we’re facing outcomes imbued with uncertainty, it’s the fact that something bad might happen that “gets” us. The volunteers’ level of uncertainty correlated to their level of stress. So, if someone felt “certain” he or she would find a snake, stress levels were significantly lower than if they felt that maybe they would find a snake. In both cases, they’d get a shock, but their stress was loaded with added uncertainty.
Archy de Berker from the UCL Institute of Neurology said: "Our experiment allows us to draw conclusions about the effect of uncertainty on stress. It turns out that it's much worse not knowing you are going to get a shock than
knowing you definitely will or won’t“.
Uncertainty Ignites our Primitive Survival Instinct
If we can’t neutralise a perceived threat, we engage in the unhelpful process called “worry”.
We grapple with whatever the problem is to find solutions to the threat, but there are none.
Does this make us feel better? No, of course it doesn’t - it makes us feel worse.
In our need for certainty, we are wired to “catastrophise” - we view or talk of a situation as worse than it actually is. This leads to worry, which in turn leads to anxiety.
The modern brain struggles to distinguish between real threat and perceived threat.
The result is that the primitive brain takes over and triggers the primitive survival instinct - fight-or-flight. It asks questions:
What is going to happen...?
What is around the corner for me...?
Should I be doing less...?
Should I be doing more...?
What if my business is threatened?
What if my livelihood is threatened...?
What if my life is threatened...?
The lack of answers can lead to:
What Can we do to Mitigate Uncertainty?
There are a number of things we can do to lessen the effects of uncertainty:
• Awareness is your superpower - be aware of your feelings and emotions
• Notice the “worry story” you are telling yourself - try to distance yourself from it
• Focus on breathing - long slow breaths
• Recognise the need to rise above fight-or-flight
• Accept uncertainty - allow yourself to stop the struggle
Stand up to Anxiety with Some Mood-Boosters
• Exercise and movement
• Meditation, self hypnosis
• Achievement-oriented activity
• Something pleasant or fun
Just 15 minutes a day, focussing on yourself, will help you regain a sense of balance.
The more you practice all these strategies, the better you will become!
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Lockdown and Alcohol
Have we been drinking more?
The effects of Britons drinking more alcohol during the COVID-19 lockdown could be felt for a generation, some experts have warned. Alcohol sales rose by 67% just prior to the lockdown, as many prepared to drink at home.
The question remained, however – were people stocking up because they feared shortages?
Or were they actually drinking more?
The research suggests that around 8.6 million UK adults have drunk alcohol more frequently under lockdown.
Worryingly, nearly one in five (18%) daily drinkers have further increased the amount of alcohol they have consumed since lockdown.
Why does it matter?
Habits are formed quickly and with will-power alone can be hard to break.
Alcohol intake - and its management - is particularly important for well-being and mental health during this pandemic.And there are also risks beyond the individual. One in 14 (7%) survey respondents felt that alcohol had worsened their household tensions since lockdown began.Unfortunately, whilst alcohol can help us relax and give us a brief feeling of euphoria, the effects are short-lived and the long-term negative consequences of over-using alcohol can be harmful.
If you rely on alcohol to manage your mental health issues, that reliance can itself become a problem. You may well find that your drinking gets in the way of other activities and puts a strain on your relationships and your work.While some will find that cutting down without support is possible, others will need assistance.
What Can You Do About It?
My Reduce Alcohol hypnosis program will help.If your drinking has become a habit, it’s worth remembering that drinking is merely a mental “program” - you have “programmed” yourself to drink alcohol in just the same way that you have programmed yourself to ride a bicycle. And these mental programs can be re-set and re-written.
Hypnosis is an effective approach in dealing with the problems that excess alcohol can lead to - issues with relationships, weight and health. It will identify those areas and aspects of your life that may require tweaks and modification.
In particular, it will enable you to adapt, change and to look at alcohol intake in a completely new way.
Hypnosis will help you realise that alcohol is not essential to relaxation, and is not necessary as a crutch or coping mechanism.
My Reduce Alcohol program will enable you to take back control, and will lead the way to a fitter, healthier you!
And NOW - it can all be done from the comfort of your own home with online sessions - wherever you are in the world.
Let the changes begin!
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here are celebrities who have used hypnotherapy too. They are as prone as we are to bad habits – perhaps even more so, with all the temptations that a celebrity life lays out before them. One of the most mundane habits that addicts many celebrities addicts many of us as well, and that is smoking.
Celebrities can turn to all kinds of expensive programs to help them stop smoking, but the one that many have found most effective is well within reach of most ‘regular’ people – and that is hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy is so effective that most people can stop smoking without side effects after a single session. Some of the celebrities who admit to using hypnotherapy to break their smoking habit are:
Matt Damon, whohas spoken openly of his use of hypnotherapy to overcome his smoking habit – and said on the Jay Leno show that he should have done it years ago!
Ben Affleck, who has more in common with Matt Damon than working together on movies – he too has used hypnotherapy to stop smoking. He spoke about it on the Oprah Winfrey show, saying that he was inspired by the imminent birth of his first child to finally decide to stop smoking. He says that he hasn’t smoked since and feels much healthier for it.
Drew Barrymore, who started smoking at the age of about ten and smoked two or three packs a day before hypnotherapy helped her stop.
Ellen DeGeneres, whowas hypnotised on her own TV show by celebrity hypnotist Paul McKenna in an attempt to stop smoking. This was instantly successful, to Ellen’s delight. She said Paul had probably saved her life.
Aaron Eckhart, who used hypnosis to break both his drinking and smoking habits and says he now lives a very healthy lifestyle.
Billy Joel, who tried to give up smoking for many years without success. Hypnotherapy finally helped him stop in a single session.
Other celebrities who are said to have used hypnotherapy to stop smoking include Britney Spears, Samuel L Jackson and Charlize Theron. There are certain to be many more – many celebrities don’t admit to having the habit in the first place and most hypnotherapists keep their client list confidential, particularly if it includes celebrities.
As these celebrities have found, a combination of a committed client and a qualified hypnotherapist is one of the most effective and least painful ways to stop smoking.
Credits to Charles Whitaker
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By Momtaz Begum-Hossain
I'm in the bathtub. It's Sunday evening and I'm mid-way through my weekly ritual of relaxing in an envelope of bubbles ahead of the new week. I open my eyes and within a millisecond I let out the most blood-curdling shriek of my life. Dangling above my head on the ceiling is a humongous beast: one who I am convinced is on a mission to kill me. I'm not exaggerating the size either, for this is a cardinal spider: the biggest variety of arachnid that exists in the UK.I scramble out of the bathtub and leap into my bed naked, dripping from head to toe. I lie still with my head under the duvet for two hours until my partner returns home from a night out with his mates. In tears I relay the events and insist he goes into the bathroom and obliterates the demon.
He returns five minutes later assuring me that the spider has gone. Breathing heavily and wobbling from nervousness I push open the bathroom door and there it is, perching on the frame. In looking for the suspect he'd had his back to the door, and missed it completely. Once was terrifying, but being face-to-face with my living nightmare for a second time sends me into a complete frenzied meltdown. Enough is enough. I have to sort this out.For as long as I can recall arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, was part of me. Many people dislike spiders but my fear was a debilitating condition that controlled my life. At any given point on any given day, I was alert and on spider watch. Every decision I made was based on whether it would result in me being in the presence of a spider to the point entire days of my life were being wasted. If a spider was spotted in a particular room of my home I'd avoid it for a week. My parents were my original saviors, throughout my childhood they'd be on call to get rid of intruders that wondered into my room and currently I had a man to save me; but in reality I knew this wasn't good enough. I wanted my independence and I craved normality, so I booked in to see a hypnotherapist.
Dealing with fearEverything I knew about hypnotherapy up to this point was what I had witnessed on television so when I turned up for my first appointment I was surprised that there was no bed to lie down on and no dangling pendulums being swung between my eyes. Instead my hypnotherapist Bhavin Patel asked me to sit down on an ordinary chair and placed me into a trance, just by talking softly. I closed my eyes and fell into a state of deep relaxation where I could hear what he was saying but my eyelids were so heavy that they couldn't open. Most of the session was spent focusing not on the negativity of my fears but on the aspects of life that I enjoyed and which brought me pleasure; memories and activities that made me smile and filled me with joy.Fear as Bhavin explained to me isn't rational: "It's a response the mind and body experiences to protect you from something. Hypnosis is a way to talk to your sub-conscious and change its thinking, coming up with a solution, so you no longer need to be protected, giving you a way to express the feelings differently."It sounds so straightforward and it is. I became flooded with positivity, so much of it, that it drowned out any notions of fear. I left the session feeling euphoric and I couldn't explain why.
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The focus of our second session was on tools I could use if fear tried to creep back into my thoughts. The method Bhavin used on me was called anchoring. Whilst under hypnosis I pressed on different parts of my fingers and thought about things that made me feel happy. The theory is that if faced with a spider I could simply press my finger in the same spot and any fear would be replaced with positive thoughts.
There are different types of hypnotherapy and skilled hypnotherapists may combine different forms or use hypnosis in conjunction with other treatments depending on the needs of their client. Hypnotherapy is commonly used to treat fear, addictions, eating disorders and anxiety by changing a person's patterns of thought, and changes can happen quickly.A new beginningFor me just two sessions changed my life and this is common in cases of fear. After the second session, I didn't feel as euphoric as I had the first time. When you're under hypnosis you're effectively half asleep so it doesn't feel like anything has actually happened, but when I stepped out of that room and went home I was a new person. I was no longer obsessively thinking about spiders and where they may be lurking. I just felt normal.The biggest challenge was when I started living on my own as there was no longer anyone to rescue me. The first time I carried a spider out of my flat using the traditional glass on top of a piece of card method I tweeted every stage of the experience and encouragement from the online community was a major help, but now I don't think twice about it: setting a spider free isn't pleasurable but it's not an ordeal either.10 years on from undergoing hypnosis I'm still experiencing the benefits. Today like every morning I applied my make-up in a mirror on my windowsill which has become a spider sanctuary. There's a family of two who reside there and I've even started talking to them.Spiders were once an enemy but now they're my friends and I'm already thinking I'll miss them, when the pair eventually move on
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By Susan Hepburn, an accredited hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, with over 30 years’ experience treating clients with a range of addictions and best-selling author of several books including No 1 best seller, ‘Stop Smoking in One Hour’. Her main clinic is in London’s Harley Street and she has clinics in LA, New York and Italy.
Known for her celebrity clientele including award winning singers like Adele, tv chef Nigella Lawson and the England Football team, Susan treats all sorts of people from all walks of life. Her unique and effective programmes can dramatically change deep ingrained behaviours and transform lives - particularly in helping smokers quit the habit with no withdrawal symptoms or cravings, no irritability or desire for unhealthy replacements, no matter how many years they have smoked or how many a day.
The turn of the New Year is a time of reflection where many assess the highlights of the past year and consider the aspects of their lives that they’d like to change.
New Year’s resolutions are a big driver behind enacting personal change, with a third of the UK’s 10 million smokers attempting to kick the habit for good each year.
However, quitting smoking is usually a difficult task mentally and emotionally, as it requires changing learned behaviour. It can also be an intense physical ordeal for your body to overcome and requires far more than just will power.
As a result, only 4-7% of people who attempt to quit smoking by going cold turkey are successful, and the average smoker will attempt to quit between six and eleven times before they succeed.
It’s therefore time to re-think how we approach smoking cessation.
Changing your routine and making non-smoking friends are certainly useful techniques, as are switching to patches and keeping your hands and mouth busy. Yet none of these get to the core of your addiction or will reverse your habit. As a result, each time you try to quit, cravings take over and you only end up wanting a cigarette more, and temptation always comes out on top.
This is where hypnotherapy has the answer.
Hypnosis evokes a state of deep relaxation within your body and increased awareness within your mind, which helps to focus attention and heighten awareness and suggestibility.
As a result, hypnotherapy is one of the most powerful tools for personal development and positive change as it can access your true creative potential. It also works to short-circuit – or delete – negative patterns of thought or behaviour. You have all the skills you need to get over addiction or bad habits in your mind: it's all about tapping into that 'I can change myself' mentality. Hypnotherapists are there to help release your power to control and change your habits.
By helping you to reach into your past and delete subconscious memories, hypnosis will work to erase the emotional complexities that cause you to turn to smoking, completely overhauling your behaviour and treating your addiction at the core of the issue.
Smoking is one habit than can be deleted instantly within one session. By working to remove the feelings that you associate with smoking, hypnosis helps you to find that delete button and to reset your habits and behaviours. It is easy and successful.
All too often with smoking comes feelings of guilt, anxiety and stress, which in fact whilst triggered by the addiction itself, can become an obstacle to seeking help. This is because it requires individuals to admit that there is a problem first, heightening these negative emotions.
Therefore, hypnotherapy can help individuals to build lasting, healthy and sustainable control over their behaviour, kicking their smoking addiction for good, whilst re-building patterns of behaviour that are completely free of guilt and dependence.
Ultimately, no one is born pre-destined to become addicted to smoking, it is a habit they adopt and so quitting for good all centres around changing this learned behaviour.
Irrespective of whether you have been smoking for two years or twenty years or smoking five per day or 80 there are no exceptions to being able to quit. There would have been a time in your life when you were not addicted to smoking, a time when there was no anxiety, guilt or stress surrounding the habit. Hypnosis can help you to find your way back to this path and move forward with a new way of life.
With hypnotherapy you will not experience any of the withdrawal symptoms normally associated with quitting smoking. These will all be dealt with in the session, as well as removing any dependence on smoking paraphernalia such as patches and vapes.
By freeing your dependence on smoking you will no longer be thinking about when your next nicotine hit is coming, introducing a new min set that will stay with you forever.
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The University of Manchester has found that Skype hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for people with severe irritable bowel syndrome
The study of 20 patients who had the treatment via the online communications tool was led by Professor Peter Whorwell from The University of Manchester. It is published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.
Professor Whorwell is a gastroenterologist at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, where he runs a hypnotherapy clinic for IBS patients. The patients in the study received 12 hypnotherapy sessions in total: the first was face to face with the remaining 11 sessions delivered via Skype.
Before the treatment, 65% had severe IBS pre-treatment with the remaining 35% having moderate IBS.
After the Skype sessions, 25% of were classed as having severe IBS, 40% moderate IBS and the remaining 35% mild IBS.
All the patients enjoyed significant improvements in their IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, abdominal bloating and bowel function.
In addition, other symptoms commonly seen in IBS improved such as nausea, headaches, heartburn, low backache, constant lethargy, chest pain and bladder problems. Quality of life and any anxiety or depression also improved.
When compared to an earlier study of 1000 patients who had face to face hypnotherapy at the clinic run by Professor Whorwell, the online treatment was only slightly less effective.
Hypnotherapy, in combination with other treatments, has been shown to be an effective treatment for patients with serious symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome which do not respond to other treatment.
However, many patients are unable to access treatment because they are unable to travel.
Despite the successes treatment and its endorsement by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), hypnotherapy has not been widely adopted and is still of limited availability in the UK.
Professor Whorwell said:
“Skype is starting to be used in a variety of clinical situations but to our knowledge, there have, so far, been no reports of its’ use in hypnosis, particularly in relation to IBS.
“Our centre is funded by the NHS and consequently we receive referrals from all over the UK which means that some patients have to travel long distances for treatment.
“Not only is this costly but also travelling might be impossible because of symptoms such as severe diarrhoea and incontinence.”
“Though some patients may need the occasional “top up” from time to time, there is no reason to believe that the benefits of hypnotherapy delivered by Skype should not be sustained.
“These encouraging results suggest that Skype is an ideal way of treating subjects who may find it difficult to travel to the unit.
“It is especially noteworthy that if Skype treatment had not been available, 71% of subjects said they would not have been able to have the treatment.
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