The Hypnotic Power of the Great British Bake Off
It was the week of the Viennese Whirls. After that episode I just had to have one…or some. My daughter kindly obliged and made a dozen with lashings of raspberry jam and icing. We scoffed the lot within 24 hours. I dare not think how many calories we consumed but they were so very good.
Pick yourself up, dust yourself down and start all over again
Last weekend while at a friend’s house for a summer gathering, I heard a slight thump and realised a bird had flown into a window. I paid it little attention and carried on with the conversation. But then, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a fluttering movement on the ground and realised that the impact had been greater than I had originally thought.
Not just Muscle…
Hints and tips to improve sporting performance
While we wonder at the amazing Olympic achievements, like the seemingly impossible gymnastics of Simone Biles or the grit and determination of the long distance cyclists it’s worth remembering that it is not just muscle that wins these competitions.
On Losing Pets
My mother was told that if she cried when one of her pets died she would not get another. Skip to the next generation and her instructions to me were slightly milder but the message was definitely that we should not get sentimental about animals dying. Grief was not an option.
Hypnotherapy and Anxiety
At the beginning of this week there was a news item about the prevalence of anxiety (apparently 4% in this part of the world), how it is under recognised and how debilitating it can be. This was followed up by a phone in on Radio 4's You and Yours. Both are worth looking at.
I find anxiety and anxiety related issues make up a very large portion of my work. Every other enquiry seems to include an anxious element. Someone came to me recently who had been anxious for over 20 years, with a feeling of impending doom for much of the time. Another wanted help for social anxiety and excruciating self-consciousness. Another still felt anxious about certain aspects of their work.
All were helped enormously by a few sessions of hypnotherapy and I will come back to that later.
What you should expect from your Hypnotherapy Sessions
If you have not experienced hypnotherapy before, or been disappointed by a previous therapeutic experience, it is worth considering what makes a good hypnotherapist. My professional body, the Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy have devised the Atkinson-Ball standard. Bill Atkinson-Ball founded the Corporation in the 1980s. I have discussed his contribution to the hypnotherapy profession, and what it means for you, the client, in another post.
I must give credit for most of this material to the Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy. To see the original go to http://advancedhypnotherapyregister.co.uk/standards I have adapted it in a few places in order to explain what I do having developed my work over twelve years of practise.
What is special about Advanced Hypnotherapy
The Atkinson-Ball Standard
I must give credit for most of this material to the Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy. To see the original go to http://advancedhypnotherapyregister.co.uk/standards
Advanced Hypnotherapy is far more effective than many of the ‘talking’ therapies for one very simple reason. Talking about your problem may help in the short term, but to get to the cause of the problem, you need to reach the subconscious mind.
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
My son, currently living abroad, is a great fan of Freakonomics Radio (http://freakonomics.com/ ) and I have started listening when I have the chance. A couple of very interesting episodes are about the economics of sleep and how good it is for you in terms of health and productivity. It discusses how the amount of sleep we get has reduced over the decades and how it varies according to a number of factors. Socio-economic status, where you live in terms of sunrise and sunset times, your sleep environment, including what you can’t control like outside traffic, and what you can control (eg screen time as you go to sleep) all affect how much nightly rest you get.
Interesting as these episodes are (and I may have forgotten every detail) the assumption seems to be that to a large extent sleep is either a matter of choice or a given if you sort out your circumstances and environment. It is as if sleep automatically wafts in and takes over so that you can easily grab an extra 15 minutes or couple of hours at will.
How I became a Hypnotherapist
Back in 2004 I was working part time as a chartered surveyor and had three young children, one of whom had a long term illness which was going to take some years to resolve. My husband had been diagnosed with a heart problem and needed an operation and was also likely to be made redundant later in the year.