Hypnosis and PTSD

March 5th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating type of anxiety commonly occurring after you’ve seen and/or been through some kind of traumatic experience involving threat of injury or death. During the event, you feel that you have no control over what is happening and it is normal to feel confused, frightened, or angry. If these emotions get worse, or are not resolved, the result may be PTSD. This can disrupt the normal flow of one’s life and the lives of their loved ones. Fortunately, there are some very effective treatments for PTSD, including hypnosis. » Read the rest of this entry «

Breast Cancer, PTSD, and Hypnosis

March 4th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

It is normal to have a strong emotional reaction when you receive a diagnosis of cancer. However, according to this report, (Breast Cancer and PTSD) nearly one in four women (23 percent) newly diagnosed with breast cancer reported symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shortly after diagnosis, with increased risk among black and Asian women.

Symptoms of PTSD generally fall into 3 categories, including, intrusive memories, avoidance and numbing, and increased anxiety or emotional arousal (hyper-arousal). When we experience a traumatizing event our brains are unable to process the event properly. The combination of hypnosis and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) can greatly relieve and often eliminate the symptoms of PTSD.

Living with a cancer diagnosis is hard enough. Learning self-hypnosis not only aides in the relief of PTSD symptoms, it actually increases your rate of recovery by allowing your mind and body to create an environment for healing. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, learn how to utilize hypnosis, you’ll feel better if you do!

Exaggerating is a Bad Idea

February 15th, 2013 § Comments Off on Exaggerating is a Bad Idea § permalink

Exaggerating is a great way to convey the intensity of emotion we have around a specific idea, event, or situation. When we are excited about something, good or bad, and we really, REALLY want others to know how intensely excited we are, it is common to “embellish” the facts. And if we tell our story a little louder, or softer than usual, people pay attention.

So where’s the problem? Well, taking into consideration that our bodies respond to our thoughts and emotions, even when they don’t reflect the truth, you can see where you may be causing undue hardship on your physiology by exaggerating.

Think about the times you’ve been watching TV and tears came to your eyes, or maybe you recognize the signs of anxiety and stress when you get all wrapped up in a book you’re reading about violence. Our bodies respond to what we are thinking about.

If you have a work situation that is bothering you and you are complaining about it, and exaggerating the facts, your body will respond to the intensity of what you are saying, and you can actually make yourself sick. If you really feel the need to vent about problems at work, or home, or anywhere, think about the words you’re saying as you vent. And more importantly, think about how YOU feel when you’re telling your story. You may find that most of your stories are better left untold.

Learning to stay in the present moment and focusing on what “is” instead of what was or what should be, is more than just a good idea. It’s CRITICAL to your well-being!

Self-Hypnosis is Easy and Fun!

February 4th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

You may be interested to know that we all experience self-hypnosis several times each day. Wouldn’t it be nice to be aware of the ways in which you are hypnotizing yourself, so that you can deliberately choose which habits and behaviors are running the show? Learning how to use self-hypnosis deliberately can do just that!

When we talk about hypnosis, we’re talking about the co-mingling of the conscious mind and the sub-conscious mind, as if there are two minds. Well of course there is only one mind, and so it’s more accurate to speak of conscious processes and sub-conscious processes. A conscious process is something you do, or think about, consciously. Conversely, a sub-conscious process is something you do automatically, kind of like being on autopilot. Hypnosis is a process of bringing the two together so that you’re in charge of those automatic behaviors. » Read the rest of this entry «

Using Hypnosis to Alleviate Test Anxiety

August 27th, 2012 § Comments Off on Using Hypnosis to Alleviate Test Anxiety § permalink

As a former classroom teacher, as well as a long time student, I am very familiar with the concept of test anxiety. When I think of those days as a classroom teacher, I realize that if I had known then what I know now about test anxiety and how to alleviate it, my students would have been even more successful than they were.

Test anxiety shares the same origin, and nearly the same cure, as public speaking anxiety, performance anxiety, and anxiety in general. It all stems from a perceived threat, usually a conditioned response, often completely unfounded, and the onset of the fight or flight response. As discussed in a previous article, How Stress Affects Our Health, and How Hypnosis Can Help when the fight or flight response gets triggered, our bodies are flooded with stress hormones and there is an allocation of energy away from our viscera to our arms and legs, and away from our fore-brain to the reflexive part of our brains. In other words, the part of our brain that we need to access in a testing situation, is undergoing a depletion of energy, blood circulation, as a result of the fight or flight response. » Read the rest of this entry «

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