I don’t think any of us could have predicted the events this past year or so! The look of bewilderment as supermarket aisles emptied. Masks, sanitiser, and queuing for basic items the norm, with toilet paper becoming the new black market currency! Travel restrictions, deserted streets, closed pubs creating an eerie silence reminiscent of a dystopian fantasy.
Fast forward to today where masks are normal and conversations revolve around vaccinations. Although overused unprecedented is an accurate depiction of the world today. All of this has created an uncertainty resulting in high levels of stress, and anxiety based disorders. The lack of stability in the job market and peoples’ ability to pay bills has caused many to suffer.
Anxiety and stress have long been known as the silent killer and at the clinic we have seen a huge increase in clients who are struggling. We also had to close at one point due to restrictions, and had to use our training to keep moving forward and stay positive.
We are now running four session packages to deal specifically with anxiety and stress. These are fully bespoke and everyone is treated as an individual. We also are offering a free, no obligation consultation. Message via the website if you want more information or to book a consultation.
We are all aware of the challenges that face us at the moment. The Coronavirus and its effects are unprecedented in modern times. Although the media has highlighted some amazing acts of kindness, bravery, and solidarity that communities have shown, it is still a very stressful time.
We worry for our families and friends, our jobs, our ability to pay bills as well as the possibility of someone we love catching the virus. Our key workers are particularly at risk, working under tremendous amounts of pressure.
We have decided to offer therapies online to help people whose movement is restricted. Hypnotherapy is equally effective when done in an online environment. We can teach you EFT- Emotional Freedom Technique, a modality which helps with many things including stress and anxiety. We also offer classical therapies, all from the comfort of your own home.
The video below explains how Hypnosis online works. Message us for a free, online consultation.
When things feel uncertain it can cause us to not feel safe, this is a normal reaction to stress. A large proportion of anxiety is caused by a feeling of not being in control of what is happening. We may feel helpless or afraid and our mental health can suffer. You may feel on edge, angry, helpless or sad, or cycle between these emotions. For those already struggling with mental well being, you may feel more depressed or less motivated than usual.
It is important to take care of our mental health especially in times of uncertainty, and to also protect our immune system. Did you know that stress impacts not only our mental health, but can also lower our immunity to illness? The mind and body are intricately connected and one can affect the other.
Here are some things you can do to help you take back some control in the face of uncertainty.
A seaside town, the amusements, fairground rides, and candy floss. The somewhat shifty, perhaps even dishevelled hypnotist on stage with his bawdy humour and innuendo. This is often people’s perception of what hypnotherapy is, and although this exists clinical hypnotherapy is much more. In this blog we shall dispel some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnotherapy.
Firstly, let’s look at what hypnosis is. The word comes from the Greek meaning “to sleep”, although hypnosis occurs when the mind is in a Theta state which is just below the level of sleep. We all experience hypnosis on a daily basis. Don’t believe me? Have you ever been driving and then realised you do not remember driving the last few miles? Or drifted into a trance like state whilst reading a book or watching TV? All hypnosis is self hypnosis, we are merely facilitators. If you want to be hypnotised you can be.
A lot of people avoid hypnotherapy because they worry they will reveal their darkest secrets or be forced to do something against their will. No doubt, in part, this comes from seeing what stage hypnotists are apparently able to make people do. In the simplest terms you can not be forced to do anything you do not want to. The primary job of the subconscious/unconscious mind is to protect you. So why have I seen people dancing like chickens you ask? Remember all these people chose to go to a hypnotists show. They also chose to go on stage and be hypnotised. Now of course this is not for everybody but the participants are willing and therefore the subconscious allows this to happen. You can never be forced to do anything you are not comfortable with or be made to do things against your will. Any therapist who tried this would get either no response from the client or they would open their eyes and break trance.
Another concern is that you could get stuck in trance. Again this is a common misconception. Lets say your hypnotherapist fainted and banged their head. All that would happen is at some point you would either bring yourself out of trance or have a relaxing doze from which you would wake naturally.
Once you ignore the antics of stage hypnotism, not that there's anything wrong with it as everything has its place, clinical hypnotherapy is worth considering as a non-invasive alternative to other therapies. Hypnotherapy can help with anything from weight loss to anxiety, to pain management, to fears and phobias, and much more.
So why choose Hypnotherapy? Well that’s a story for the next blog…