Is who you are what you do?

James had been doing the same job for a number of years. He liked his job. But times were changing and retirement was approaching. James felt anxious, found it difficult to sleep, wasn’t enjoying life.

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Mary‘s husband worked long hours in the city and often travelled abroad. To begin with Mary had found this difficult, but over the years she had made a life for herself, doing her own thing with her own friends. This worked for them. She enjoyed her life. Then her husband took a redundancy package and was home – every day. Mary began to feel trapped. She began to feel anxious and stressed. Although she loved her husband, she no longer enjoyed her life.

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Hypnosis changes habits

A habit is something we do on a regular basis. It might be lighting a cigarette each time we make a phone call, or having a drink at a certain time of day. It could be scratching a particular spot or biting fingernails.

It is this regularity that builds the habit, rather like walking down the same path day after day. The shallow path becomes a deeper path and after a while it is so much easier to walk the path than push through the undergrowth.

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Once these neural pathways have been established, the mind executes them without the need for conscious thought and this is why they can seem so hard to change.

Yet hypnosis provides a route into that unconscious part of the mind where our habits reside and a means to change them.

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Spotlight on hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring, altered state of consciousness.

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When we focus on something very intently, it is often possible to turn down or block completely, other signals that the brain is receiving. This is especially valuable for pain control. How many of us have worked hard in the garden, only to find later that we have cut ourselves without being aware of it.

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Dealing with stress

For most of us, our daily lives provide ample opportunity to experience stress.

IBS, panic attacks, anxiety, weight problems, heart problems are often the outward manifestation of stress.

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Short term stress is not the problem – indeed a certain amount of stress is useful as a way of being on the ball and motivated. It is when a person feels powerless and not in control in the longer term – be it at work, or at home – that the corrosive effects kick in. The body continues to produce adrenalin and other stress hormones. The digestive and sexual systems are disrupted as the body puts all its effort into getting out of a situation from which it seems there is no escape.

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You can process and change unhelpful and debilitating emotions

Many people have seemingly illogical fears and emotions that prevent them living their lives to the full. Maureen was an example of this. She was in her forties and had two children. For as long as she could remember she had avoided any situation where something unexpected might happen.

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This was particularly true in social situations. She avoided going anywhere new, meeting anyone new, and when inevitably unexpected things did occur, she felt overcome with emotion and just had to get out of the situation.

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