Hypnosis has been around for centuries, but it hasn’t been until recently that medical hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy, has gained traction in the medical sciences. Hypnotherapy uses verbal repetition and imagery to induce a state of mind that is highly focused. While in this relaxed state an individual under professional care can utilize a stronger mental capacity to improve the quality of life and mental challenges you are facing.
While you might think hypnosis is not for everyone, here are five reasons that hypnosis may be right for you:
1. It can boost your mental health
Mental health has often been misunderstood and understated in society. Yet, nearly one in five adults suffer from mental illness with about one in twenty-five experiencing serious mental health issues. While not fully understood, the study of mental health has experienced great strides in the last two decades. Hypnosis has been a big proponent, helping those who suffer from mental illness manage anxiety, overcome stressful obstacles, and even recall forgotten traumatic incidents to assist in understanding why an individual suffers from anxiety or depression.
2. It’s cheaper than other methods of therapy
While other forms of therapy such as talk therapy and group therapy are meant to help a person manage their life with their symptoms, hypnotherapy is the process of behavioral change. Depending on where you are located in the country will determine the cost of your sessions which typically range from $75-$150 per session. However, hypnotherapy tends to have a goal and many hypnosis programs such as “stop smoking” and “weight loss” offer flat fees. So, whether you are paying a flat fee or have a specific objective the cost of hypnosis over time is significantly less expensive.
3. It can improve your sleep
Sleep is a critical component to maintaining your mental health so it’s not something you want to sacrifice. For most people poor sleep is the result of outside distractions, a poor mattress, or habits such as staying out too late and waking up too early. But, for others, poor sleep is due to sleep disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, and even sleepwalking. Hypnosis can help alleviate some of these disorders. For example, someone with insomnia can be helped to relax their body and mind while hypnotic suggestion can train a sleepwalker to wake up when their feet hit the ground. It is also reported that hypnosis can help a patient increase the time they spend in deep sleep, thereby improving the benefits of sleep.
4. It can help you overcome your vices
Do you want to quit smoking or curb your seemingly insatiable appetite? Vices are personal behaviors that are bad for you, but you love to do: smoking, drinking alcohol, over-eating, and yes, beloved chocolate can even be a vice. The good thing is that hypnosis has become a popular therapy for overcoming the wicked things you love. In fact, hypnosis is one of the most popular treatments to help quit smoking. It’s become so popular that many hypnotherapists will offer flat-rate programs due to their success.
5. It can help to ease your physical pain
Chronic pain can be miserable. While you can try to manage everyday aches and pains with a lifestyle change, hypnosis has gained in popularity when lifestyle changes just don’t seem to work. Hypnotherapy has been proven to work with treatments of pain problems such as migraine headaches, lower back pain, arthritis, sickle-cell pain, and even cancer. And unlike other medicinal treatments hypnotherapy for pain relief is safe, effective, and non-addictive.
Hypnosis is a complementary or alternative therapy involving deep relaxation and focused attention. During hypnosis, people are awake, but they are less aware of their surroundings and may be less responsive to stimuli, including sensations of pain. Some studies show that hypnosis can effectively manage chronic pain, reduce anxiety, and decrease worry, particularly when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. Some research suggests that hypnotherapy can help treat parasomnias, or unwanted actions during sleep, such as sleepwalking. It’s reasonable to assume, then, that hypnosis might offer relief to patients suffering from chronic insomnia.
The medical efficacy of mind-body therapies is an emerging area of science, so information on the medical benefits of hypnosis is limited. Studies on the effectiveness of hypnosis for insomnia show mixed results; one overview of published research on the topic showed a benefit to sleep in 58 percent of studies. Many studies on the topic have small sample sizes or inconclusive results, so experts recommend more research to determine whether hypnosis can be as effective as or more effective than medication or CBT for treating sleep disorders.
Despite limited clinical evidence, many people report that hypnosis promotes a sense of calm, helps ease anxiety and worry, and aids sleep. Unlike sleep medications, hypnosis has no side effects, so it holds promise as an insomnia treatment for people who can’t or don’t want to take sleeping pills.
Catherine is the owner of Walking Between Worlds, a shamanic practice based out of the Philadelphia suburbs. Catherine offers shamanic healing, reiki sessions and attunements, tarot readings and psychic development training.
One of the most profound things I ever heard anyone say was something my high school English teacher told us: "Language precedes thought."
I had never heard anyone tell me that. I had never even thought about it. She went on to explain it to us by asking what language we dreamed in. Being English-speaking teenagers, we of course said English. She asked if we thought people who spoke French dreamed in English. This made me remember my mother, who is fluent in both English and Spanish, telling me how she used to dream in Spanish a lot and sometimes still does. It was a simple observation but for whatever reason it stuck with me.
Language Changes the Way We Think
Later on, when I started attending a Spiritualist development group, the leader said something that made me remember my English teacher's statement. She was trying to explain to us how the language we use can, and will, change the way we think, and therefore, the way we perceive ourselves and others. She asked us to try a simple exercise: not use profanity for a few weeks and see what happened.
Being a person who spent many years undervaluing myself, and engaging in a negative perception of who I was and how I looked, I was no stranger to profanity in both my words and thoughts, especially my thoughts about myself. Nevertheless, I found abstaining from cursing out loud to be relatively easy. Initially, I didn't notice much of a change in myself or the people around me by not using profanity in conversation. Over the course of a few months, however, I encountered people who used profanity all the time. It was part of their conversation. These were people I had been friends with in the past that I fell out of touch with. I hadn't noticed their language before. Now, I did, and it made me somewhat uncomfortable.
I also began to notice that my "internal dialogue" about myself was still pretty profane. So, I tried substituting ugly names with "sweetheart" or "baby doll" as these were names paramours frequently called me that I liked. Those two nicknames made me feel good. So, whenever I found myself thinking of myself as a "jerk" or "a**hole," I'd catch it and re-think the thought with the pet names instead. After a few months, this became habit. After a few more months, I found that it was easier to see my positive traits, and easier to stand up for myself when someone tried to manipulate me or speak unkindly to me. I began to feel that I did not deserve that treatment. My perception of myself, and my worth as a human being, had changed. This was the result of a few changes in behavior and company I kept, but the change in my speech had definitely started the process. Today, I do not think so harshly of myself anymore. I am secure in who I am. I am able to understand that others who do try to treat me unkindly do so more because of their own self-perception than anything they actually see in me.
I want to share another example of language influencing perception. My former mentor was a Lakota Yuwipi man. One day he was explaining why the Lakhota language doesn't have a word for "love" that translates into the same meaning as "love" does in English. He informed me that their word for love also translated into a word for respect. You cannot love someone you do not respect. I began to wonder how my romantic relationships would be different if I saw my feelings of love for my partners as a form of respect. Would my behavior change? Would theirs?
Later, I met a man who used the word "respect" as if it was synonymous with the word "fear." This was a man who had been abused as a child by his father, and grown up to be psychologically abusive and controlling himself. In his eyes, showing fear was showing respect. He believed if others feared him they would not hurt him, and not being hurt was being respected. How would his life have been different if he believed respect and love were synonyms?
Written by Cynthia Y. Haltom, Ph.D. of perfectly-organic.myshopify.com
Cynthia is an accomplished health educator and holds many degrees in health education, technology, psychology and life coaching. Her expertise has given her the ability to direct change in the behaviors of her students. She is always striving to improve
Health is wealth. If you are able to eat and live healthily then you may consider yourself wealthy. However, it does not necessarily follow that you must be already wealthy to become healthy. There are a lot of ways to become healthy without having to spend too much. Organic living is one of them.
Organic living is defined as being able to live without the use of products that are not organically grown. This includes eating produce that are devoid of chemical pesticides. This also includes eating protein from animals that are raised in a perfectly organic way. Another way to live organic is to only use products that are organically made.
Organic foods are those grown by farmers using practices that are designed to conserve soil and water as well as lessen pollution. Examples of these organic practices are mulching or crop rotation to manage weeds and diseases.
Although they were usually found only in health food stores, organic food are becoming more and more available in supermarkets in your areas. This is because people are also becoming more and more health-conscious as well as environmentally aware. The prices of organic food have also dropped considerably making them more affordable than before.
Because more and more people are clamouring for more environmentally-friendly products, a lot of companies have also joined in the organic bandwagon producing products that are free from chemical usage which include herbicides, pesticides and genetically modified seeds.
Most organic clothing is made up of fibres coming from organically grown plants such as cotton and jute. Their fibres may also come from silk, wool or ramies that have been harvested in compliance with organic standards.
Although organic clothing may be more expensive than regular clothing, they offer the following benefits:
o They are environmentally friendly since no chemicals were used in their production, harvesting and post-harvesting. Since no chemicals were used, the chances of these chemicals seeping into the soil and affecting our water system are lessened. Also, the likelihood of these chemicals being ingested by other beneficial animals is also lessened.
o Since organic farming does not use genetically modified seeds, there is no risk for humans and other animals that would eat the produce to have mutations in the future.
o Cotton that has been organically grown emits lesser carbon dioxide emissions that could affect global warming. Organic farming also reduces the amount of water being used by up to 60%.
o Humans who are working in an organic farm are not exposed to harmful chemicals.
Although organic clothing does not necessarily mean a 100% organic fibre composition; purchasing organic clothing and products will make you feel better since you know that you are doing your part in ensuring that our world will stay healthy a little longer.
You know how easy it is for people put on weight during the winter. And you tend to put on more weight if you’re already overweight. “Although seasonal weight gain varies from person to person, there are surveys that show an average of a five to seven pound gain in weight in the winter” according to founder and director of the John Hopkins Weight Management Center Lawrence Cheskin, MD.
The most annoying aspect of this winter weight gain is that it tends to remain with you even after the winter where it becomes difficult to lose the weight after the winter. Lack of physical exercise, overindulging during the holidays and comfort eating are the primary reasons people put on weight during the winter.
Also, during the winter, there are shorter days and cold weather. People can feel they undergo so much stress or boredom during the winter which makes it easy not to engage in physical activity. Depression can easily follow the holidays promoting overeating as well as undereating. If you remain indoors, there is a possibility to keep pacing between the kitchen and the family room eating high-calorie sweets and snacks looking for comfort and escape from the boredom.
Use these sample ideas to keep yourself from falling into the rut that can take a spring and summer to recoup. If you ever do!
Keep on moving
Understanding our brain is hardwired in our modern day just as our Neanderthal ancestors. You think they sat around during the winter months? They didn’t have refrigerators or pantry’s to store food. So body movement is programmed in our brain and during the fall and winter may decide to beef up to survive until the spring and summer. So you should avoid using winter as an excuse to remain at home without physical activity. You should endeavour to stay physically active during the winter to maintain the weight and minimize stress. Whether it’s exercise at the gym, or some equipment at home like our ancestors it requires movement to maintain your weight and a good mental attitude during the winter. Equipment ideas include jump ropes, free weights, resistance band, kettle ball, stability ball, etc. and it’s not a crime or unhealthy to dress up and take a breezy walk. Nothing like a sunny crisp day. Just don’t allow the winter stress to prevent you from physical activity. As well, there’s nothing like focused activity to keep us out of the doldrums, stress or depression.
Going to the store for groceries?
You should not get into the rut of ordering food for convenience via home delivery; you should go out to get it from the store. Not only that, you have a better chance of knowing what you’re getting. Definitely park so you have to walk. Don’t mind how bitterly cold it is out there. Do the grocery shopping the way you would do it at any time of the year. This will give you an opportunity to get some pounds off as it acts as a form of mild physical activity
Don’t store the bike or put off a healthy walk
Biking in the winter is one of the best things you can do. A bike ride or even a walk around the neighbourhood or a park can burn quite a few calories. Not only that simply seeing and being around people is a great mental stimulation the brain is geared for as well. We are social animals and very visual. So this stimulus can be very beneficial and keep our minds active with ideas and visualizations concerning our own lives. It’s pretty tough to be depressed or stressed out when the mind has positive stimulation.
Avoid heavy meals
It’s not going to be easy to rid yourself of the calories because of less activity. Ask yourself, “How many calories do I need in a more sedentary lifestyle?” Eating too many calorie adds to your weight even if you think you haven’t eaten too much. Your fist is your stomach, how much does it need? Stop eating because it tastes good. Eat to live well by eating healthy with correct portions for you. Meat protein should never be more than 4 oz. at a time. Therefore, instead of eating heavy meals or too many calories, you should eat fibre-rich vegetables, meatless proteins and grains. Think of our ancestors, a few berries or fruit several times day kept them lean and able to defend themselves to survive. We all need a mind-set “we eat to survive.” That’ll slow you down from the second plate! And if you do overeat, don’t betray your habits and routines, simply cut out a few calories over the next few days while adding some extra exercise.
Remember to have fun
The main reason we call this a festive season is be around, see people and celebrate. We don’t go to parties to eat! So be aware of why your there and focus on that. Let’s not forget, one bad meal once a week is not going to cause over weight. But not enjoying your self can lead to more stress, worry or even depression which can cause you to consistently over eat while eating junk food to find nurturance.
Maintain your skincare and body routines
You should take good care of your skin at this time of the year. Even better focus on your hygiene as you pamper yourself. Makes you feel good. Hard to be stressed when you’re loving on yourself and relaxing. (As a matter of fact it’s impossible) Moisturizers should prevent hard winter conditions. Also, ensure that you use sunscreen daily all through the season. Take some time at the saloon or take care of the car or other routines that bring little joys into your life. It’s the little things that can bring big pleasures.
Do not avoid a good bath at least a couple times a week during the winter season. Take a good bath after the day’s activities at work and relax with a gentle music. A little Epson salt, some smelly stuff, that’s the kind of relaxation that lets you become an observer of life for a nice reality check. The simple pleasures. And if it’s after work in the evening, a small glass of wine, oh my, you’re pretty close to heaven.
Get out of town
During the winter, everyone needs a dose of nature. You should go around the city or out of town. Take a break and visit places. If you cannot make it out of work, you should make good use of the weekends. There will certainly be a change in your health and stress level after this change in environment. A lunch or dinner in the next city over is a delightful way to spend some time with important people. A little catching up with what’s going on with somebody else. A great objective to take your mind off yourself. (Pretty hard to be overly stressed thinking about doing for others.) Just listening!
Have a cup of herbal tea
This should be warm, and it is good at all ages to drink herbal tea. There many herbal teas that help with body function and health. Teas to improve sleep, digestion, energy, mood and the list can go on and on. No house should be without St. John’s Wort, a tea to snip depression before it takes over. (The number 1 prescription for depression in France.) Teas are an excellent way to get enough hydration and with positive health results.
Get nutty with your dishes
Your holiday recipes should incorporate nuts. Not only are they a great source of protein but also magnesium and essential fatty acids. They also provide you with the fibre you need forming the bulk in your diet. Raw nuts should be used whenever possible for the healthier benefits. Cook them yourself then eat them. You don’t need the salt or rancid oil found in so many canned nuts.
Do make soups
Homemade vegetable soups should be frequently eaten. This is a healthy, nutritious and ensures you take it warm. When you do this, it gives you control over what you eat. You decide what amount of each ingredient that make up the vegetable soup you eat. The sodium content of your food can be monitored. Good vegetable soup can be filling, maintains a good healthy you.
Get to bed earlier
At this time of the season, the days are very short, and people become fatigued faster than ever. Therefore, going to bed early makes you less fatigued and wake up feeling refreshed. Lack of proper sleep is no. 1 on the list for weight gain. Without proper sleep the body recognizes it and produces chemicals which make you hungry. So you eat more. Lack of sleep is a major cause of stress. Cherry juice, yogurt, chamomile tea are excellent for preparing you for sleep. Eating your largest protein 2 - 3 hours before bedtime will promote the body to rest.
Stretch when you wake up
Ensure that you engage in a little stretching when you wake up in the morning. This is essential as it prepares you for the day and makes you relax. It helps to reduce tension and stress and at the same time, keeps you alert and not falling asleep. It gets you focused to take on the day.
Go easy on the coffee
Taking a few cups of coffee early in the morning when you wake up will prevent morning lethargy. Also, it is important to have breakfast with adequate diet followed by fruits. These helps you to prepare for the day as you will remain active and feel less stress. Switch to tea later on.
Go out and get your lunch every once in a while
It is important to prepare your lunch and take to work, but it is also important to always take a walk from the office during lunch time to nearby places to remain fit and active. If you do not have your lunch in the office, it is advisable to walk down to a spot you will take your lunch. Any movement away from the environment allows you to let down. Gives you a moment to ponder and relax. This will re-energize you for the rest of your day. Of course the fresh air is revitalizing too.
Finally, let’s not forget about nutrition. I highly recommend a vitamin B supplement. Vitamin B’s is what helps the body combat stress. St. John’s Wart is very effective for some people to combat melancholy or even depression. My favourite way to get St. John’s Wart is through a tea. Another highly important vitamin is Vitamin D. Naturally coming through sunshine, hard to find in the winter, the lack of this vitamin reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage – so calories you consume are stored in fat cells rather than being used for energy. Numerous studies show low levels of vitamin D in the overweight and obese. You can boost your vitamin D levels by eating more oily fish.