Hypnotherapy and work stress

Our modern lives have left us with more and more demands on our time whilst at work. Technology, whilst making our working lives more convenient, has also made things faster, and people less patient. Work has also encroached on our personal lives in the form of smart phones and emails demanding to be answered even after we’ve left the office.

All of this can often lead to a lot of undue stress on both our minds and our bodies. But it is possible to find some peace of mind in this hectic milieu using hypnotherapy. Read below to find out how!

What is stress?

First off, it’s a good idea to talk about what stress is, although it is important to realise that everyone experiences stress differently. This means different things cause different people stress, and that stress will manifest itself in different ways in different people.

We all face stress at one point in our lives, unfortunately it’s a part of life, and to hope we can eliminate it entirely might be a lovely idea, but it’s unfortunately unrealistic. In fact, that nervous feeling we associate with stress can have its benefits in terms of motivating us and keeping us focused.

However, if stress becomes too much for someone to cope with, it becomes a real problem and can in fact have the opposite effect. Stress can be debilitating and paralysing as well as having a negative impact on both our mental and physical health.

Stress has a number of emotional, physical, and behavioural symptoms, too many to list here. But the chances are, if you’re feeling stress, you’ll know it. Listening to our bodies is an important way of figuring out early whether or not we’re suffering from stress.

How can hypnotherapy help?

Fortunately, there are ways in which you can manage and deal with your stress levels at work. This includes a number of different techniques, some of which might work for you, and some of which might not.

First off, ensuring you get some exercise, eat well, and get a good amount of sleep is a really good starting point. Neglecting these can lead to us feeling drained and stressed, so it’s important to work them into our daily schedules. Even just going for a walk of an evening can really help to relax the mind.

Hypnotherapy can really help people manage their stress, and also find out its root cause so it can be better dealt with. Once the root of the problem has been discussed, it’s then possible to set a realistic goal you can work towards with your hypnotherapist. Working towards these goals will involve various techniques, depending on the hypnotherapist and what they think works best for you.

So, it’s clear hypnotherapy can help you control your anxiety levels in just a few sessions, so it is a really great place to start if your job is causing you an unmanageable amount of stress. So why not give it a go?

The benefits of mindfulness

Mindfulness has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and it’s a fad that’s backed up by countless studies and research. But what exactly is Mindfulness, and how can it improve your wellbeing? This article hopes to answer this question, and others, to help you on your way to mental wellness.

What is mindfulness?

Put simply, mindfulness is about awareness. Awareness of what is going on both inside and outside out bodies, moment to moment. The Oxford Mindfulness Centre, a part of Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry, is at the forefront of mindfulness research, and they say mindfulness is “moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience, without judgement”.

Often, mindfulness is associated with meditation, and this is broadly accurate. But, unlike traditional meditation which aims to clear the mind of all thoughts, mindfulness is more about allowing thoughts and feelings to appear in the mind, but using something like your breathing as an anchor to return to.

But mindfulness isn’t just about meditating, and there are countless ways you can be more mindful. Just noticing the breeze against your skin as you walk down the street is an example of being more aware of your body and your surroundings.

At the very heart of mindfulness is the idea of observing your thoughts in a non-judgemental way, and seeing them as simply mental events. This means it’s not necessary to engage with them and make whatever you’re feeling worse. Providing this space between you and your thoughts can be incredibly useful for people who are anxious or depressed.

Why is mindfulness so important now?

Mindfulness has become increasingly popular in recent years which might be a sign of an increasing number of people realising the benefits of slowing down and taking some time out. Our modern lives can be hectic and fast-paced, meaning we have little time to ourselves just to take a moment to check in on how we’re feeling.

Evidence has shown that mindfulness is a more effective treatment for depression than medication, and other research has shown mindfulness to have similar benefits for those suffering from anxiety. Not only does it help to give us some perspective on our thoughts, it also helps us notice signs of stress and anxiety early, so we can deal with them earlier rather than later.

How can I be more mindful?

There are plenty of ways to be more mindful in your everyday life. As already mentioned, even walking down the street and being aware of the breeze on your skin is an example of being more mindful. Another good idea is to keep this regular. Pick a time every day you want to practice being more mindful, possibly on your way to work.

There are a number of apps, books, and online courses which can give guided mindfulness meditation recordings, as well as prompting you to practice daily. Guided meditations are a great way to get introduced to mindfulness.

Finally, there are places which offer mindfulness courses. These are often a week long, and are a more intensive and detailed way to get into mindfulness. Not everyone has the time to spare though, so buying a book, or finding guided mediation courses online are the way to go!

For more information contact Lisa Jury today on: 07870 893226

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Using hypnotherapy to break bad habits

It’s been quite a while since the beginning of 2017 now, and many people will have forgotten about their New Year’s resolutions. But that doesn’t mean you have to despair. Many people give things up for lent, or maybe you’re just really trying to kick a bad habit. Either way, hypnotherapy can really help you to break bad habits. Read on to find out how to get help to stop biting your nails, pulling your hair, or any other bad habits you might want to kick!

What are habits exactly?

So, first off, not all habits are bad. It’s important to realise that, although some habits are unwanted, there are also a whole host of really useful ones. Habits like checking your rear view mirror before pulling out of a parking space, or brushing your teeth twice a day. Habits are actually incredibly useful. Imagine if you had to really focus on brushing your teeth, or remembering the way to work every day. Habits free up space in the brain, and as much as 40% of our daily behaviour is habitual.

What makes a habit?

Progress is neuroscience has recently allowed us to peer inside the brain and see exactly what happens when a new habit forms. Studies have shown that the firing of cells in the striatum (a part of the brain associated with motor and reward systems) becomes more organised as we repeat tasks. Although this is incredibly useful in some ways, it also makes breaking bad habits really difficult. The main reason for this is that habits are unconscious impulses that are firmly wired into our brains.

Habits and hypnotherapy

Habits ranging from nail biting to smoking are often behaviours we have picked up in order to distract ourselves, or deal with difficult emotions. Often, the habit would have seemed positive to begin with, but it quickly outstays its usefulness and can have a negative impact on our lives. The fact that habits are subconscious makes it difficult to know that we’re even doing them! This is where hypnotherapy can really help.

Hypnotherapy can help you to increase your awareness of how the habit operates, and also increase your awareness of your hands. Most unwanted habits are related to the hands (smoking, nail biting, hair pulling, etc.) so being more conscious of what they’re doing is a great step towards breaking unwanted habits.

Hypnotherapy can also help you to create new responses which counteract the habit. It’s also really important to identify triggering situations which can cause you to resort to your habit as a form of coping mechanism. Finding a better way to deal with these situations is another step towards breaking your bad habit.

Hypnotherapy can be a really powerful tool when it comes to getting over those bad habits you’d like to shake off. Everyone responds differently to hypnotherapy, and there are a number of different methods, so you’re bound to find something that works for you!

For more information or to see how hypnotherapy could work for you then please get in touch with Lisa Jusry on: 07870 893226.