When the subconscious mind detects a threat it prepares the body to take action which is to run away or fight. The mind becomes ‘fully focused’ and adrenaline is released, speeding up the heart rate. Blood courses through the body, oxygenating the muscles in the legs and arms preparing us for action. Blood leaves the stomach making us a little nauseous and the bowels and bladder prepare to empty. The slow conscious, rational mind shuts down and the ‘faster’ life preserving subconscious mind takes control. We are now ready for action!
We are not really under attack it is only a perceived threat. We are then left with all this adrenaline and pent up energy trapped in our bodies and the ‘slow’ uncomfortable release of energy and hormones begins leaving us tired, tense and aching.
If this cycle is repeated and we regularily feel under threat the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ is fed into our system so that we are prepared to take action at any moment. Unfortunately if the anxiety is prolonged cortisol can be detrimental to our wellbeing.
The established way of dealing with anxiety is with anti-depressants and talking therapies which address physiology and conscious, rational thought. They do not address the actual problem and that is why they are largely ineffective.
Sigmund Freud said “there is no effect without cause and the cause is usually hidden from the conscious mind”. He also said” amnesia lies at the base of all neurotic symptoms. Our goal is to reveal the forgotten memories through yet to be learned methods”
The “yet to be learned methods” have been largely ignored for years by health professionals. The key to gaining access to these “forgotten memories” is through hypnosis. In hypnosis you can access these memories and re-process them so they don’t bother you any more.
Anyone who has studied semantics or language patterns realises the importance of the words that we use to describe the world around us. For example illness is defined as ” a disease or sickness of the body or mind”. Common mental issues like Anxiety, stress, depression, OCD, PTSD and phobias are classed as mental illnesses but they are not diseases or sickness. While they are thought of as illnesses there will be stigmas attached to them and sufferers will be less likely to seek help.
Over 90% of people classed as mentally ill actually have thinking issues or problems. Either they are in a situation that they are not comfortable with or, they have been traumatised or they have a habitualised negative way of thinking. They do not need chemical intervention to make them well, they just need to be taught how to think clearly so that they can move on and start enjoying life again.
There is a mind beneath our conscious that is responsible for maintaining anxiety, fears, phobias, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks, eating disorders and harmful habits such as smoking. This subconscious mind sometimes makes us do harmful things to ourselves and overrides logic thought. This subconscious mind may seem irrational at times but it’s purpose is to protect us and fore fill our basic needs. The subconscious mind has kept us alive for thousands of years but unfortunately hasn’t adapted to the pressures and complexities of modern life. This mind is capable of processing millions of bits of information a second and creating wonderful things but can sometimes be our Achilles heel.
if you are interested in exploring the power of the subconscious mind or experiencing difficulties coping with life call me on 07899886882 or visit http://www.norwichhypnotherapyservices.com.
A piece on the news caught my attention this morning. Apparently the NHS are funding a 400 person survey to discover why people do not follow through with the advice of their GP’s, take their medication and make appropriate life style changes.
No doubt this survey will cost the tax payer tens of thousands of pounds and probably conclude that GP’s will need to clearer explain the health benefits of following their advice and the terrible out comes if they don’t to their patients. This is the logical and correct advice but unfortunately it will be rejected by most patients. So why is it that even when faced by death most of us ignore the advice of people who know best?
We are controlled by a subconscious mind that is programmed to move us away from discomfort. When I say discomfort I mean it hates moving away from what is familiar and what requires effort. The subconscious mind lives for instant gratification which is particularly evident in people who smoke and people who over eat. While they are smoking or eating they are in ecstasy and it is only afterwards that the realizations of what they have done sets in and makes them feel bad. It is a fact that 60% of smokers diagnosed with lung cancer continue to smoke.
It is essential the subconscious mind is convinced that the effort is worthwhile and that change is more beneficial than continuing what is familiar. For some this can be achieved by the awareness of new information or through re-education.
If there is still no acceptance of the benefits of change and a ressistance to change then alternatives need to be looked at. The most appropriate is through hypnosis where a connection is made with the subconscious mind to break down any resistance to change.
Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years. Hypnotherapy is a natural and safe way to deal with problems like anxiety, fears, phobias, trauma, negative habits and thinking issues. There are no nasty side effects, it is direct and fast.
Look through the website to see how you can change your life for the better or call me on 07899886882 to make an appointment.
When people are sitting in my chair my job is usually pretty straight forward. I talk to my clients subconscious mind, ask it what the problem is and it either just tells me or I go and find it. When it’s been found I get them to re-process it so that they can move forward.
The hardest part of the job is getting them into the chair in the fist place. Through misconceptions about what hypnosis is, the attitude of soldiering on and unawareness that hypnotherapy can help are the main barriers that I have to overcome.
Close to 1in 3 people will have a mental issue at some point in their lives including anxiety, depression, panic attacks, IBS, psoriasis, grief, trauma and phobias to name a few. Taking drugs and talking about them will not make them go away because they are subconscious issues.
Why can’t you quit smoking, loose weight, stop reliving a past trauma, get on a plane, leave your house, have to check the lights are off 50 times, be near a spider?
If you want to find out why and you are sick of living with one of the above go to http://www.change4thebetter.co.uk. If you suffer from anxiety and want some free self help techniques for stopping anxiety go to http://www.hypnotherapy4anxiety.co.uk. If you suffer from IBS go to http://www.hypnotherapy4ibs.co.uk.
A group of Maverick hypnotherapists are claiming that they have found the solution to curing anxiety and stopping panic attacks. Some of them are even claiming that they can reverse depression. Speaking for hypnotherapists Alex Evans, from the aptly named Change 4 the Better hypnotherapy practice in Norwich said that “hypnotherapists have known that depression is an issue maintained in the subconscious mind for years and can be reversed”.
Health officials stumped
Doctors have found anxiety and depression very frustrating, many opting to deal with it as a physiological issue prescribing antidepressants even though it has been recently proved that placebo was more effective.
Officials at the NHS are still very confused as how to approach anxiety and depression still opting for conscious therapies like Counselling and CBT. Hypnotherapists all over the country are baffled by this as mental issues are in the realm of the subconscious mind where beliefs and memories are stored.
Experts are working hard on understanding the complexities of the mind. One said that everyone’s mind is different due to genetics, different life experiences and ones individual experiences. Frankly we are finding it very difficult and uncooperative to work with.
No change on the horizon
We asked some big Pharmaceutical company’s about the hypnotherapists findings but most would not comment though one said off the record that there was no money in curing people, what ever that meant?
Alex Evans when asked if hypnotherapy could help everyone said “only the ones who were ready to change and came willing to use their imaginations could be helped. There are some people who’s minds are closed to this type of therapy and had already decided that there is no help for them which made him sad”
He also said that talking and exposure therapies compound anxious and depressive thoughts making patients feel worse. Hypnotherapy is fast, direct, effective and most clients are able to move on from anxiety after just 4 sessions he claimed.
Alex Evans told us “knowledge is power, and when people have the information that you can change your mindset, mental issues become less scary”
Alex has a website for anxiety self help at http://www.hypnotherapy4anxiety.co.uk and his main website http://www.change4thebetter.co.uk for information about hypnotherapy.
As a hypnotherapist I am asked to explain to my clients what is wrong with them because they don’t understand why they feel so bad. My reply goes a little like this.
Your brain is magnet that searches for whatever your dominant thoughts are. Notice if a negative thought takes you inside your mind how quickly other negative thoughts seem to come along making you feel even worse. If this negative thought process continues a pattern or habit will be formed and your mind will only search for more negative stuff.
If this continues it can turn into depression where a person has been following this pattern of thought for so long their mind has difficulty finding anything positive it is so intent on looking for negative stuff.
If you recognise this happening to you don’t worry the mind can be helped to look for positive stuff too. The brain is elastic and can be taught to attract positive stuff just as effectively.
If you want to break the cycle of negative thought and are interested in how hypnotherapy can help go to http://www.change4thebetter.co.uk
If you are suffering from anxiety and would like to learn some anxiety busting techniques go to http://www.hypnotherapy4anxiety.co.uk
What is fear to you? Here is an extract from the book The Life of Pi describing fear that most of us can recognise in our most anxious moments.
“Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease…Reason comes to do battle for you. You are reassured. Reason is fully equipped with the latest weapons of technology. But to your amazement, despite superior tactics and a number of undeniable victories, reason is laid low. You feel yourself weakening, wavering. Your anxiety becomes dread. Fear turns fully to your body, which is already aware something terribly wrong is going on. Already your lungs have flown away like a bird and your guts have slithered away like a snake. Now your tongue drops like an opossum, while your jaw begins to gallop on the spot. Your ears go deaf. Your muscles begin to shiver as if they had malaria and your knees shake as though they were dancing. Your heart strains too hard, while your sphincter relaxes too much. And so with the rest of your body. Every part of you, in the manner most suited to it falls apart. Only your eyes work well. They always pay attention to fear. They are on the constant prowl for more objects of fear”
The feelings and thoughts described are perfectly normal if you are facing a man eating tiger but if these thoughts are occurring outside of life threatening incidents it’s time to get some help!
If you are interested in changing where your thoughts lead you visit http://www.change4thebetter.co.uk to see how hypnotherapy can change your life. If you want some free self help techniques that can control anxiety visit http://www.hypnotherapy for anxiety.co.uk.
What you think about or tell yourself determines how you feel!
If you don’t believe me search your mind and find a really happy memory. When you have a memory think about that memory in detail, intensify the color and sound, imagine you were back in that moment. The more detail you add the more real the memory becomes. Now notice how your mood changes, your spirit lifts, you may even find yourself smiling. Notice the feelings inside getting better and better.
Now you don’t have to imagine how focusing problems and concentrating on how cruel life has been to you is going to make you feel but that’s just what we do. It is a form of self hypnosis and the more we practice feeling bad the better we get at it. Our mind is constantly looking for patterns of behavior to make sense of the world and to guide us through it.
If you concentrate on bad stuff for long enough your mind will only look for more bad stuff and it then starts to get harder to find good stuff because your mind has given up looking for it.
Bad things do happen to people, there is no denying that and there are periods of time that people need to recover from them but if these periods over extend then escaping the trauma’s of the past can be difficult.
The first step to recovery is noticing that you are stuck in the past with negative thoughts. The second step is being brave and getting some help. If you think that this maybe you, you’re not alone, one in four of us will suffer with a mental issue at some point in our lives.
If you would like some information on how hypnotherapy could help with negative thoughts have a look at the http://www.change4thebetter.co.uk website or if you are anxious check out the http://www.hypnotherapy4anxiety.co.uk website for some free hypnotic self help techniques.
It’s mental awareness week next week and I can’t see many references as to the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for treating anxiety! Hope the picture helps.
If you want some self help techniques for controlling anxiety visit http://www.hypnotherapy4anxiety.co.uk
For information on hypnotherapy visit http://www.change4thebetter.co.uk