Mindfulness at school reduces likelihood of depression

June 19th, 2013 § Comments Off on Mindfulness at school reduces likelihood of depression § permalink

Recent studies have shown that teaching mindfulness at school reduces the likelihood of depression related symptoms in adolescents.

Mindfulness training – we hear a lot about it these days. Mindfulness is officially taught in psychology courses now, and gaining popular support in a variety of communities and cultures. Incorporating mindfulness into our public schools would be an excellent next step for this country. Recent studies (LINK) have shown that teaching mindfulness at school reduces the likelihood of depression related symptoms in adolescents.

This makes sense if you understand that depression is often the result of negative downward spiral thinking about past events. By remaining focused on the present moment, which is what mindfulness is, the self-defeating pull of depression can be avoided.

Hypnosis is an excellent tool that you can use to train, or condition, your mind to stay focused on the present moment. Whether you use self-hypnosis or listen to hypnosis recordings prepared by a professional hypnotherapist, such as myself at Intuitive Hypnosis, you can successfully reduce the likelihood of experiencing depression related symptoms regardless of your life situation.

There are many options available when it comes to mindfulness training, each with the same result in mind – to be at peace with what is, to remain focused on the present moment, and learn to accept. Hypnosis can help you develop that discipline, and maintain the peace of mind that comes with staying present. Give it a try, you’ll be glad you did!

Fruits and Veggies Good for Emotional Health

March 7th, 2013 § Comments Off on Fruits and Veggies Good for Emotional Health § permalink

When it comes to feeding our families, it is easy to become overwhelmed with so much focus on gluten-free foods, food allergies, organic food choices, etc. Separating the chaff from the wheat (pun intended) can be quite a challenge. What a relief to know that sticking to a healthy, clean, and green regimen is still supported by scientific research as noted in Many apples a day keep the blues at bay.

As this report shows, there is a strong day-to-day relationship between more positive mood and higher fruit and vegetable consumption, but not other foods. That makes it easy to shop for your family, easy to plan meals, and easy to cook! In the early days of processed foods, they were seen as a convenience. Now that we understand the harmful effects of eating a diet heavy in processed foods, they don’t seem so convenient anymore.  Thank goodness for natural foods! After all, what could be more convenient than fresh fruits and vegetables?

However, some people don’t like fruits and vegetables. In the past four years, I have had the pleasure of working with more than a few clients whose desired behavior change was to learn to like fruits and vegetables. As adults we usually eat and enjoy more foods than we did as children, but that early childhood programing can often keep us from enjoying a wide variety of foods. Hypnosis can help by re-programming your mind, and your taste buds!

As parents, and grandparents, it’s important to remember to feed our children fresh fruits and veggies at a young age,  allowing them to develop a taste for what is healthy. Be a good role model for your children. Keep a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables on hand at all times, and eat them yourself. Children imitate what they learn at home. Eat fresh, clean, and green!

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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