It is estimated twelve million adults see their GP with mental health problems every year and more struggle without seeking help.
Chronic stress can affect our health adversely in many ways, including premature ageing and health problems associated with getting older. These age related diseases occur at different rates, and ‘psychological distress’ appears to be an important factor in how quickly they occur.
Signs of stress
In our modern lives we often experience many daily stresses. Stress is what happens to us when our mind thinks that we are under some sort of threat. These threats can be small, like an argument, a mountain of paperwork to complete, or being stuck on hold when you are waiting to talk to someone on the phone. Occasionally we may also experience actual threats to life such as illness and disease. Whether they are small or large our mind still responds in exactly the same way. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. This is the body’s way of preparing us to respond to the threat. You may know this as the “fight or flight” response. A small amount of stress is not actually a problem, it can motivate us. However when stress levels become high and we are producing an overload of these hormones it can be quite damaging to our physical and mental wellbeing.
Stress can affect us physically. You might find that your first clues about being stressed are physical signs, like tiredness, headaches or an upset stomach. Prolonged experience of the fight or flight stress response can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, speed up the aging process and leave you vulnerable to a host of mental and emotional problems. Common signs of stress are insomnia, dizziness, low mood, rapid heartbeat and palpitations, loss of memory, eating more or less, social isolation, avoiding tasks and loss of sex drive and frequent colds.
If you think that you might be under too much stress why not try some solution focused hypnotherapy? It is very effective in helping with anxiety. It can help clients to learn how to relax and enjoy life again in a relatively short space of time. Sallie Horner a solution focused hypnotherapist offers a free initial consultation. Subsequent sessions are designed to focus the brain into finding solutions in the client’s life, which mean that therapy does not delve into past events or painful memories that the client may have experienced. The focus is upbeat and looks at how the client would like their life to be.
Skype and Hypnotherapy
I have recently had an influx of clients that have chosen Skype hypnotherapy. It is really no different from hypnotherapy sessions where you would come and see me in person; we still do exactly the same as we would if we were in the same room. The bonus of Skype is that clients do not have to live in the region where I practice which is helpful if there are no suitable therapists in local vicinity. Clients do not have to travel from their own home and brave traffic and parking which can add to stress levels especially if the client is agoraphobic. Skype clients like to be at home where they generally feel more relaxed and comfortable and in control of their environment. Skype does not mean that hypnotherapy is any less successful. As long as the client is prepared to go with the flow then it doesn’t matter where you are the process of change will happen if you want it to happen.
New Year Goal's Gone Wrong?
Whether it's managing your weight, keeping fit, maintaining a tidy house, gaining a qualification or improving your work/life ballance, hypnotherapy can help you achieve your goal. The enthusiasm and good intentions of sticking to New Year’s resolutions will for many, wear off when the optimism and revitalisation that most of us experience at the start of the year often fades and when day to day worries and pressures begin to cloud our focus and weaken our resolve.
We learn by repetition. When we were learning to drive a car, we kept practising the same manoeuvre until we could do it automatically, subconsciously. It’s the same with any new skill. Sallie employs techniques designed to help clients visualise their ‘preferred future’ she explains, “By asking specially formulated questions, I help people to describe how their future will be when they have achieved their goal. I encourage them to provide as much detail as possible so that they can create a vivid mental image.”
This visualisation exercise is followed by a session of hypnosis, a relaxed state in which the mind is more receptive to ideas and suggestions. Sallie is keen to reassure clients that they don’t need to be creative or artistic to be able to visualise a scenario, “If people are worried about this aspect, I ask them to describe their wedding day, or tell me what their kitchen looks like. Visualisation is no more difficult than that.
Helping to Reduce the Autumn Blues
As we start to get ready to go back to work towards the end of the holiday season, then people’s perceptions of stress may start to increase. With the start of autumn just a few weeks away, and with the prospect of the nights beginning to draw in, this time of the year can prove itself to be a little daunting. A possible change in the weather from sunny summery days into a more autumnal outlook can, for some people, also prove to be a little unsettling.
Solution focused hypnotherapy can really help people who may find they need help to manage the change of seasons combined with the return to work.
Sallie Horner says, “September can be a tough time for some people as they start to try to settle back into a routine of deadlines and meetings. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can really help to reduce stress and promote a calm and relaxed approach to work and life as a whole.”
Aim for better sleep with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
In our busy, modern lives where we are constantly juggling work schedules, finances and family life, then it is, all too often, easy to find ourselves feeling too stressed to sleep. Well, if that sounds like you then you might want to look at visiting a fully qualified, and insured, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioner whose training and skills can help you to relax with the aiming of helping you to sleep better at night. We all live increasingly busy and hectic lifestyles, modern living can see our stress levels quickly build up. When we go to sleep then the brain normally reduces stress levels by using something called Rapid Eye Movement, or REM sleep Unfortunately REM is limited to 20% of our sleep pattern, so, if there is a lot of perceived stress in your life, then you quickly use up that 20% of REM, and, as a result, you may find that you wake up and struggle to return to sleep. I use Solution Focused Hypnotherapy to help people focus on positive aspects of life and then helps clients find solutions to certain issues before a session continues by using safe hypnotic techniques to further reduce stress. By cutting down on stress in the comfort of the clinic then we find that the client can feel more relaxed and so can then experience a good night’s sleep. We believe it may take a number of sessions for the effect of therapy to be felt but its effects can be very beneficial – not just for aiding sleep but the techniques can also be useful for helping with weight, stress and anger management issues.
Are you a late night picker?
The British Medical Journal spoke of the increasing links between lack of sleep and the chance of weight gain and obesity. What the research has indicated is that people with restricted sleep eat more calories than those sleeping more. … a whopping 550 calories more per day on average! They also found that people mainly ate those calories between 10pm and 4am. Not only were people eating more, but the food that they ate was more fatty and therefore likely to be converted into fat.. Hypnotherapy can help work towards gaining an ideal weight and more sleep. By explaining how the brain works you can gain an understanding of how to tap into the types of behavior that are going to help you to maintain your weight and get the most out of life. It won't happen by magic and you do have to work at it, but if you are prepared to put the work in, it is extremely successful!
Phobias are irrational fears of situations, places or things that in reality do not pose the threat we perceive. We know that our fear is irrational but we have no control over the feeling. People can go to great lengths to avoid their fears and when they cannot avoid the fear they will suffer enormous stress or even panic. Sometimes this can happen even just thinking about the fear. People will then often start to avoid or steer clear of any anything that could trigger this response. So why do we have phobias? The answer is that it is linked to the evolution of our brain. In pre-history we would have roamed wild plains and open spaces and would have been open to attack. Our original primitive brain was all about survival and was wired up to perceive such life threatening situations. Instant hormonal and physiological changes took place to put as on high alert and give us a sudden burst of energy to respond and give us the best chance of surviving the potential attack. Our pulse rate and blood pressure speeded up to get more blood round the body, our senses became sharper and we could breathe more rapidly. All these changes happened so fast that we were not even aware of it happening; before we have even registered what we are looking at! The brain then stored this potentially deadly event and when we encountered the same or a similar threat In the future we retrieved that same memory and the body reacted as if there was a recurrence. We felt the same fear. However as our brain has developed throughout evolution, our ability to think abstractly and use imagination also developed. With this development our “fight or flight” response also became more sophisticated. This presented more problems for us. With these new thinking abilities not only did we feel fear in response to actual threats but we could now feel fear to our imagined threats. While we may consciously know that we are thinking of an imagined threat the sympathetic nervous system does not and responds as if it was real. We will feel the “fight or flight” response to our imagination. Phobias are irrational; the brain has overreacted to a stimulus. The brain areas that deal with stress and fear will keep retrieving the frightening event inappropriately. Hypnotherapy can help the brain to replace that memory and reaction with something more rational so life can be experienced with more balance.
Trance and Hypnotherapy
When people come for hypnotherapy initially they are often wary of going into trance. They are afraid of what might happen to them. There are many misconceptions about what it is, some coming from the media where clients are seen going into a really deep sleep and handing all control over to the hypnotherapist. In reality trance is nothing like this. We go in and out of trance very regularly throughout the day. It is a really common phenomenon. If your mind wonders off into a daydream while you are staring out of a window or sitting in the garden then this is trance. It is no scarier than remembering what you had for dinner last night! It is simply when your imagination takes over and you are lost in thought. We use trance every day to float ideas around out head. It could be that we imagine out next holiday, sitting by a sky blue pool and sipping a cocktail or wondering through some streets and admiring unusual architecture for example. We can also use trance to think negatively; we may find ourselves worried about situations at work and how they might turn out or remember a disagreement we had with a friend. Whether positive or negative we are lost to the present. Hypnotherapy uses the power of trance in a positive direction. We focus on how we want our lives to be. Planting suggestions in the brain, the mind then starts the process of change on our behalf. So no one can make us do anything that we do not want to do. There are no swinging pocket watches or looking into anyone’s eye at all. Just a gentle relaxing and calming experience.