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How hypnotherapy can help you overcome stuttering

Stuttering is a type of speech disorder which manifests in the interruption of the normal flow of speech. This means that people who have a stutter will know precisely what they want to say, but may find it challenging to vocalise it.
Some people learn to live with their stutter, and many famous people have been known to get speech coaches to help them with their speech disorders. Most notably, King George VI sought the help of speech and language therapist Lionel Logue to help him overcome a stutter. This was famously dramatised in the 2010 film The Kings Speech.
There are other ways of overcoming a stutter, however. Hypnotherapy is one of those many ways, and this article will explain how. A stutter can lead to damaged self-esteem and low self-confidence, but fortunately, there are ways to deal with speech disorders.
What is a stutter?
There are some different speech disorders which can make communication difficult. Stuttering is just one of the many. It can also be referred to as a stammer and is characterised either by a speaker repeating the first part of a word, or holding a sound for an extended period. Stammers are incredibly personal, however, and can get better or worse depending on a person’s mood. Different people will also find various syllables challenging to get out.
Thus who stutter may also add ‘um’ into their speech if they anticipate a problem moving to the next word. There are also other behaviours like facial tics and head jerks which can manifest as part of having a stammer.
What causes a stutter?
Many different factors cause a stutter, and there can be a number of different ones at play at once. Experts have outlined four main causes: genetics, other speech difficulties, rapid speech rate, and differences in the brain.
There can also be different causes for stuttering in children and adults. Especially in very young children, stuttering can merely be a phase in our speech development, so most will grow out of it. In adults, a number of other causes such a neurological trauma, drug reaction, and stress can all lead to the development of a stammer.
Hypnotherapy for stuttering
It’s advisable to contact a speech therapist when it comes to stammers, and often there can be physical causes as well as mental. It’s always good to seek the diagnosis of a professional before looking into hypnotherapy. However, hypnotherapy can help in a number of areas including anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, past trauma, and triggers, all of which can lead to, or be caused by, a stutter.
As with all forms of therapy, your treatment will be very individual. It’s all about what works for you, so your hypnotherapists plan of action will vary depending on your needs. For those with a stutter though, a multi-directional approach is usually most useful, so it’s advisable to consult your GP first, who will recommend speech therapists in your area.

If you would like more information or if you think that hypnotherapy could help you then please get in touch with me today on: 07870 893226

6 Ways To Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

We don’t need an expert to tell us that the weather can have a significant impact on our mood. Waking up to a rainy and dark morning can leave us feeling gloomy while the feeling the sun stream through the window onto our faces can send us off with a skip in our step!
If you have noticed that the darker, longer days and colder weather leave you feeling down and fed up year after year, then it may be that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is to blame.

Typically occurring during the dark and cold winter months, SAD is a form of depression that is usually remedied during the spring and summer months. Symptoms of SAD can include some or all of the following:
Decreased concentration
Increased appetite
Weight Gain
Social withdrawal

Historically SAD has been disregarded as a genuine form of depression, and it’s suffers written off as being merely moody or grumpy. Recent study and research, however, has concluded that it is, in fact, a real form of depression that occurs in direct relation to a person’s hormonal state, exposure to natural light and temperature which can both influence the body’s production of melatonin.

If you feel that you are feeling down during the winter months, then the first step should be to visit your doctor. The symptoms of SAD are very similar to other types of depression, so it’s important to rule those out first and to get a formal diagnosis. Once you have done this, you will be happy to know that there are some things you can do to ease the symptoms of SAD.

1 – Go for a walk
Being outside in the natural daylight, even if it’s cloudy, can be a big help. So try and motivate yourself to get up and outside every day – ideally within a couple of hours of waking up!

2 – Light, light, light
Light therapy is a proven treatment for SAD but sitting and staring at your kitchen halogens won’t do the job! You need to use a proper light box that will provide you with the exact type & brightness of light that will help.

3 – Get talking
There have been numerous studies carried out, and it has been shown that ‘talk therapy’ can be just as effective as light therapy in treating SAD sufferers.

4 – Pop a pill
It may not be your first choice for treatment but for those that suffer severely and repeatedly from SAD taking an antidepressant may help control both mood and energy. Speaking to your doctor will help you decide if this is the right option for you.

5 – Exercise
It’s common knowledge that getting regular exercise can alleviate the symptoms of general, non-seasonal depression. Research has shown that combining this with light therapy can be a highly efficient way of treating SAD. So even if you don’t feel like it, do your best to get up off the sofa and go for a short jog or walk.

6 – Carbohydrates
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays an essential role in regulating mood. Complex carbohydrates help to maintain serotonin levels so make sure to include them in your diet.

Though the cold and dark winter can leave many of us longing for spring, it’s important not to just accept SAD as being an unavoidable side effect of winter. If you are proactive and take action when you feel the first symptoms, you may be able to change your whole experience of the season for the better.

If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder and would like more advice on how to avoid or treat it over the coming winter months then please get in touch with me today for more information.