|•Beginning Your Forgiveness Journey|
Are you currently coping with a damaging situation that's using simply too much emotional energy? It's possible you have been hurt in a love relationship or maybe cheated monetarily. Possibly the negative mindset or actions of a friend, member of your family, colleague or neighbor continues to upset you at the same time.
Reaching farther back, do issues from childhood still bother and cause you a more than sufficient amount of hurt?
There's a way to lighten your load, claim back your life...
•How To Motivate Yourself -- Motivation 101
Have you ever listened to a motivating speaker, felt motivated to make a change in one or more aspects of your life as a result, but then failed to take action upon leaving the conference room or auditorium? Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common.
Consider this; every year on January 1st millions of people outline a list of goals they intend to achieve for the New Year. Yet, all too few accomplish their goals. Why is this?
You cannot achieve your goals and dreams unless you get...
•5 Ways To Boost Your Self Esteem
While for many, self-esteem issues are a transitional part of growing into an adult and finding a place in the world, scientific research studies show that people with continued low self-esteem are also more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, poor physical health, and even a lower income later on in life.
Those with long lasting issues of low self-esteem know only too well that it is not something you grow out of, but something that sits in the subconscious mind and continues to...
•Moving forward - Separation Success 101
So, you've separated. The relationship is over. Now what? How does an individual move on in a healthy way? Breakups are surely not easy, whatever the scenario, but there are methods to reduce your suffering.
-- Allow yourself time to heal.
No matter how committed you are to moving on, you need to allow yourself time to mourn the relationship. Whether you had been the one who parted or your partner was, separations happen to be painful. Adjustments must be made as well as emotions...
•Why Values Change as We Age
Values can and do change. They are shaped by our lived experiences, changing and evolving as we age, gain experience and are exposed to new situations.
A variety of factors can impact our values, including age, family, friends, culture, media, education, career, peer groups, and social movements. Each of these factors can and do shape, mold and change our individual values over the course of a lifetime.
Evolution is natural and this applies to values, too. Though many of our core values...
•How to Combat Pornography Addiction
Pornography addiction is getting more and more attention in the media these days. In our therapy clinic here in the UK, we are seeing a growing number of people who seek help in dealing with it.
The Internet places pornography at the tip of our fingers. With the click of a mouse anyone can access all manner of porn.
What happens when online pornography viewing snowballs and becomes out of control? At what point does it become an addiction? How can someone struggling with a pornography...
•Six Steps to Loving Your Life
How much do you actually love your life?
This might be the first time you have been asked this question, but you probably should really be asking yourself this every day. Our decisions and choices create the world we inhabit. It is possible, if you aren't focusing on where it's all headed, that you can find yourself in some places you never actually intended to go. While there really are no overnight fixes, there are a few steps you can take to start your journey of getting back on track to...
•Sexuality: Can It Be Changed?
A person's sexuality is an integral and important part of who they are.
When people wonder about whether or not a person can choose their sexuality, they are often wondering about if they can choose or change their sexual orientation.
Sexual orientation is how a person identifies in relation to what gender(s) they are attracted to. As a rough guide, a person's sexual orientation may be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or asexual. Today we use the initials LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual, and...
•On Becoming Yourself
Sooner or later we must face the truth: we were born into a world that is at times unjust and imperfect.
We will need to come to terms with this if we are to face life with emotional and mental stability.
We may begin our journey with the highest ideals, believing we really can change the world--and, indeed, every one of us can change the world, though only some of us will--but we will never change the way that life is.
Like it or not, life will go right on being life. It has no need to be...
•Emetophobia & How To Stop Yourself From Being Sick
Very few of us actually enjoy vomitting, but when our dislike becomes an anxiety disorder then we may have a quite common phobia.
This phobia is called emetophobia. While it might sound strange to someone who doesn't suffer from it, it's actually believed to be the sixth most common phobia in existence. People with emetophobia rarely discuss it, so many people who have this disrder are not aware of how common it is.
There are ways to help someone who has this issue. One of the best...
•3 Effective Strategies for Managing Anxiety
In today's modern world, with all its bustle and competitiveness, so many people struggle with feelings of anxiety.
But we do not need to be the victim of anxiety. There are things we can do to halt it in its tracks.
Anxiety Disorder Self Help
Perhaps the first thing to realize about anxiety is that it is not unique to you. If you are feeling anxious, you are not alone.
One recent study published by the American Psychiatric Association showed that at least 46% of people living in North...
•Feeling Lonely? Here Are 6 Things You Can Do
At one time or another, each one of us has felt lonely. It's a natural part of living.
For some, loneliness surfaces when separated from a loved one by distance, divorce, or death. For others, it surfaces when feeling emotionally distant from their mate or spouse. Feelings of isolation, lack of a sense of connectedness to others, general social unease, loss of work, or rejection in a relationship.
Every now and then loneliness can be healthy, allowing us to look within, reflect on where we...
•The Wise Psychology of Accepting
Sooner or later we have to face the truth that we live in a world that is, in many ways, imperfect and unjust.
We will need to come to terms with this if we are to live life with emotional and psychological stability.
We may set out on our journey with the highest intentions, believing we really can change the world--and, indeed, each one of us can change the world, though only some of us will--but we will never change the way that life is.
Life will continue to be life, despite our...
•Boost Your Self Esteem With These 4 Tips
Most people need a little self-esteem boost every now and then.
Self-esteem is all about how we feel within. When we have low self-esteem, we can feel anxious and depressed, we can be more prone to tolerating abusive behavior and relationships, and we can fail to live up to our full potential.
There can also be cons to self esteem. For example, when a person's sense of self worth is much too high, it can be expressed as arrogance or what is termed 'narcissism', and this can bring problems....
•6 Methods To Help Yourself Socially
There's absolutely no denying, we are now living in a social world, one that may be difficult to face for those who don't look at themselves as outgoing extroverts. If you feel uncomfortable in social environments, you may look at the people all around you who manage to float through life effortlessly and wonder how on earth they do it.
Even if you're not a spotlight-grabbing extrovert, you'll find ways to overcome the discomfort you are feeling in social or group situations. The more often...
•Lactose Intolerance Symptoms
Is lactose intolerance something that you are suffering from?
When a person is lactose intolerant it means that he or she has an inability to properly digest milk sugar, and this is a problem that is far more common than is generally known. The fact is that many people are completely unaware that they have an intolerance to lactose.
At least 5% of the UK population and between 30 and 50 million Americans are believed to be suffering from lactose intolerance by the age of 20. There is about a...
•Do Slimming Pills and Supplements Really Lead To Weight Loss?
We are now a nation of overweight people.
The terrible truth is that it has now become normal to be fat. In fact, more than half of us are now either clinically obese or very much overweight.
The epidemic of obesity that has swept through North America, the UK and Australia has brought with it a host of major health problems from diabetes to heart disease. Nowadays, being overweight and being sick has become the rule rather than the exception. It is now the norm.
Why are so many people...
•Eye Health Care -- What Your Eyes Reveal About Your Health
Simply by monitoring our eyes, we can keep them -- and ourselves -- healthy.
However, doctors and trained medical professionals are able to diagnose a great many health issues from specific examination of the eyes. This is one reason why it is important to have regular eye checkups.
Blepharitis is a common disease of the eyelids. Inflammation and soreness occurs because of dry eyes and so both the eye and the inner eyelids are not receiving the lubrication they require. Though...
•Depression and Food - Conquer Depression with Food
Eat only healthy foods
This is the very first and most critical step in returning to full health of mind and body.
Learning how to eat natural, vital, healthy food is a process. It's something that we have to learn to do and that means working at it. As with learning anything truly worthwhile, this does require a degree of self-discipline. This self discipline will usually only arrive when you finally realize the importance of what you are putting into your body -- and into brain....
•Hypnotherapy for Blushing and Flushing
Blushing is something that everyone has experienced at one time or another. Yet the bizarre thing is that, despite its universality, nobody has really uncovered the reason why we blush.
We do know that blushing is a natural response which occurs spontaneously in anyone experiencing a powerful emotion such as embarrassment, anger or excitement, but we do not know why such emotions should produce this kind of flushing.
It has been theorized that perhaps blushing is a consequence of a primitive...
•Anaemia - Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
When we feel run down and tired, there is a possibility that we might be anaemic, but how many of us really know what anaemia really is?
What is Anemia?
Anemia is the term given when the red blood cell count is lower than it should be. Rates vary for men and women. There are different types of anemia which can and do adversely affect various sections of the population.
Symptoms of Anemia
The following symptoms may or may not point to anemia as they can also relate to other medical...
•Dry Itchy Skin? Eczema Symptoms and Eczema Treatment
Dry Itchy Skin? Eczema Symptoms and Eczema Treatment The skin condition known as eczema is a form of dermatitis that can have several different causes and variations.
Eczema often presents itself as scaly, flaky and cracked patches of dry skin, red itchy areas, open weeping flesh and/or little water blisters.
Sufferers may find themselves consciously or unconsciously scratching the affected area thereby making the condition worse and delaying the healing process.
Causes of Eczema
•Pediophobia - Conquer Your Fear of Children, Dolls, Mannequins with Hypnotherapy
Pediophobia is the clinical name given to the fear of dolls, dummies, mannequins or children
While it is certainly not the most common phobia that we treat here in our hypnotherapy clinics in the UK, it is something that we do see several times a year. Many clients have been relieved to learn that not only is there a name for this disorder, but that it most certainly can be successfully and quite easily treated.
The real number of people suffering from this particular anxiety disorder is...
•Hair Loss & Hair Loss Treatment
Losing your hair can seriously affect a person's self image and self esteem.
With men, however, it is something that is more or less accepted as a natural occurrence by society at large. In fact, about fifty percent of the general population experience normal hair loss by the time they reach 50 years old. We may not like it, but sooner or later half of us are forced to accept it.
Hair loss in women, however, is thought of in an entirely different context.
Male pattern baldness is an all...
•Top Tips for Nail Health
Are you proud of your healthy fingernails?
Judging by the ever growing market for false acrylic nails, it would seem that many people prefer to hide their nails.
Amazingly, the condition of your fingernails can reveal a clear picture of your general physical and mental health.
Horizontal indentations in the nails which travel all the way across can indicate diabetes or malnutrition amongst other things. The lines can also be the result of an accident or a previous illness...
•What is Arthritis & How Can it be Treated?
? Many of us will experience the pain of arthritis at some stage of our lives. It comes in more than 200 different types.
Though generally associated with the aging process, arthritis can also show itself in the very young and at all ages in between.
In this article I describe some of its more common forms and their treatment.
There is no specific cause of osteoarthritis, a condition that affects a large number of the population; however it is known that excessive wear and...
•Constipation Causes and Treatments
Exactly What is Constipation?
Constipation is the term employed when there is difficulty in passing stools and the stools tend to be very hard and /or lumpy. They can appear to be small, almost like rabbit droppings, or large.
Bloating of the stomach sometimes accompanies constipation which causes the sufferer further discomfort.
A condition that the majority of people experience occasionally can turn into a major issue for those who frequently or constantly encounter it. This, of course,...
•Pittakionophobia - End Fear of Stickers with Hypnotherapy
The fear of stickers is a phobia that handicaps countless people all over the world
As with all phobias, it is classified as an anxiety disorder.
Simply put, those with this particular phobia experience varying degrees of anxiety when faced with stickers or sticky labels - whether those stickers are on fruit such as apples, bananas or kiwis, on plastic items, household appliances or on clothing, it makes little difference.
This phobia can cause even the strongest to quake with fear....
•Effective Treatment for Candida and Thrush
Thrush, which is also known as candida, is a really annoying infection that can affect both women and men.
Anyone who has ever experienced thrush or candida knows only too well of the discomfort and distress that this troubling condition can cause. So, what exactly is thrush, and can it really be prevented?
The medical name for thrush is candida or candidosis. Thrush is caused by an overabundance and imbalance of bacteria and natural fungal yeast found in the body. It commonly manifests...
•Your Feet and Health
All of us want to be healthy, however, did you know that understanding what your feet are trying to tell you is a good way of staying in good health?
Men's feet tend to be warmer than women's, however extremes of coldness or warmth should not be ignored. If you suffer from feet that are constantly cold, this may be due to an underactive thyroid, while hot and sweaty feet might be due to an overactive thyroid. The thyroid has the responsibility for regulating the body's...
•Acrophobia Treatment - Conquer Fear of Heights with Hypnosis
Acrophobia - the fear of heights - is a condition that we regularly treat here in our hypnotherapy centers
Though often incorrectly referred to as 'vertigo', true acrophobia is an extreme and irrational fear of being in high places. For the person experiencing acrophobiia, though, perception is everything - a high place may simply be nothing more than a couple of rungs on a ladder, for instance.
(Vertigo is the feeling that the head is spinning or swimming which occurs when the head is not...
•How to Quit Smoking - Top Tips
The essential element necessary in order to quit smoking is the genuine desire to do so. With this, you have all the power you need to accomplish your goal.
Read about all of the terrible consequences of continuing to smoke. Look at pictures of cancerous mouth and lung conditions. Find out what the harmful chemicals in cigarettes can do to your body. Keeping these images in mind can greatly assist you in overcoming any cravings you may have.
Sit down and make a list of all the great...
•Treating Anemophobia - Ending Fear of the Wind & Fear of Drafts
Though most often called anemophobia, fear of the wind or of drafts is also sometimes called ancraophobia
Regardless of the name used, this all too little-recognized fear can be really incapacitating for those who suffer from it.
Often this phobia simply becomes worse as time passes and, left untreated, it can significantly impact on the person's quality of life.
Indeed, it can severely restrict so many of the normal activities that most people simply take for granted.
Not only can this...
•Overcome Your Fear of Phobia - Effective Phobia Treatment with Hypnosis
No one was born to live with a phobia.
And no one was born to live their life with the fear of phobia. But what exactly is a phobia?
Simply put, phobias are conditioned fears that are acquired on the individual's life journey - a consequence of a frightening experience through which the phobic person has passed. Such experiences may have been undergone by the individual him or herself - often, but by no means always, in childhood. Or it may have been a response to another person's phobic...
•How to Stop Procrastination with Hypnosis
There are probaly a few people sitting there right now thinking: 'What exactly is procrastination? Well, I'll just look it up later...'
And in that thought is the answer.
Procrastination is simply putting things off, delaying things - whether those things are important, family or work related.
If you've ever left something to the very last minute, then you are engaging in the awful habit that is procrastination.
If you have ever missed opportunities in life because of needless delay, or...
•Letting Go of the Past - A Psychotherapist Speaks
Letting go of the past may not always be the easiest thing to do, but it may very well be one of the wisest
One thing is certain - each and every single one of us has a past. And just as certain is the fact that in that past, each one of us will have undergone experiences that were in some way unfair.
When we have the perception of unfairness then there are only two primary emotions that we can feel - anger and guilt.
Though anger may pose behind other names such as 'resentment',...
•Putting on Weight with Hypnotherapy
Being underweight can be a real challenge for those who struggle to gain weight but just can't seem to do so.
In modern society, with so many suffering from obesity and overweight, precious little attention is given to those who have the opposite problem. Yet being and feeling skinny, scrawny and underweight can have a really negative effect, not only on the individual's health, but on his or her confidence and self esteem.
Hard gainers very often believe that it's their metabolism that's...
•Hypnosis for Effective Treatment of Social Anxiety and Social Phobias
One of the most common form of anxiety disorder is that called Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder.
In fact, it's so common that it is believed to affect somewhere around 10% of the entire population in one degree or another.
What's more, it can affect absolutely anyone - from housewife to movie star.
Renowned entertainers who have spent years in the public eye -- from Barbara Streisland to Kim Basinger -- have spoken publicly of their experience and recovery from social phobia and...
•Treating Compulsive Skin Picking
Compulsive Skin Picking is a condition often hidden by the person who is compelled to continue this harmful behaviour. It can affect anyone at any time.
What may well begin as an apparently innocent activity - an attempt to remove and deal with small skin imperfections and irregularities - can all too soon turn into a compulsion that leaves the individual feeling powerless and confused.
The person who picks compulsively at their skin can spend extended periods of time engaged in this...
•Anxiety Therapy -- Dealing with Anxiety
You have already experienced anxiety. Each and every single one of us has.
Indeed, anxiety is something that each one of us is certain to have felt, in one form or another, at some time in our lives.
As such, it really is nothing to become alarmed about. In truth, a degree of anxiety can even be beneficial. Occasional feelings of temporary, minor anxiety can push us on, giving us 'the edge'. It can keep us on our toes, allowing us to perform to a greater degree of excellence than we ever...
•Loss, Deaths and Bereavement and How We Cope
Sooner or later we must all face the loss of someone we care about.
It is the way of the world. Indeed, without death there could be no life. After all, if every single person that had ever lived had never died then there would simply be no room for us to live.
Yet knowing this seldom makes bereavement easier. So many of us have grown into a world where death is something of a taboo subject, something to be hidden from view and not talked about - something perhaps to be shunned and denied....
•Paruresis - Shy Bladder Treatment with Hypnotherapy
Many people have experienced short episodes of hesitation or 'shy bladder' when about to urinate in a public toilet or urinal.
Indeed, public toilets with their close proximity to others can sometimes have a temporary inhibiting affect on even the most confident person.
Yet for the individual experiencing shy bladder syndrome - or avoidant paruresis to give it its medical name - the difficulty goes far beyond simple urinary hesitation.
Indeed, in extreme cases, this condition can make it...
•Migraine Headache Treatment with Hypnotherapy
As anyone who has ever experienced a migraine headache knows, migraine is so very much more than a bad headache.
Often the migraine sufferer experiences severe mood alterations and changes in their behaviour hours or days before the actual onset of a migraine attack.
Some people experience an 'aura', or flashes of light and they have real difficulty in focusing their eyes.
The eyes become extremely sensitive to light and even minor noises and sounds become practically unbearable.
•Allergy Treatment - Hypnotherapy Help with Allergies
In all probability either you or someone you know has an allergy of some sort.
In fact, one in three people in the UK suffer from some form of allergy. Each year there is an increase of 5% in those reporting allergic reactions and as many as half of these are children.
In the USA, it is estimated that there are well over 35 million people who experience allergies of one kind or another.
Exactly why allergies appear to be increasing so rapidly is something of an enigma.
•Levels of the Mind - Why Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Work
As a psychotherapist who uses hypnosis I must admit that sometimes it feels like I have two separate people in my big reclining therapy chair at the same time.
The two certainly are related and they seem to know quite a bit about each other. They appear to have passed through some remarkably similar experiences.
But they just don't seem to communicate very well with each other.
One person is entirely rational and logical; they analyze and compare, measure and debate. When I speak with these...
•Hypnotherapy Help for Skin Problems, Skin Conditions and Skin Health
Our skin is our largest organ. It is also the most visible.
It is the boundary, the interface between our physical self and all that is beyond that self.
Because of this, the skin is also one of the main areas - together with the digestive system - that an emotional call for help is registered.
In fact, though skin problems and skin conditions may indeed have a physical origin, they also very often have a distinct psychological component too.
Eczema, psoriasis, acne, pruritus or itching,...
•Trauma and PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment with Hypnotherapy
Most of us experience trauma of one kind or another during our lifetime. It just seems built into existence. Indeed research suggests that from 50% to 90% of us will have to cope with trauma at one time or another.
Psychological trauma is always the product of an experience that leaves the individual feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with or fully process the emotions produced by that experience.
With trauma, the subconscious mind has been shocked by an event, or a series of events, and...
•Weight Loss - How to Lose Weight and Keep it off with Hypnosis
Eaten too much over the holiday season? Thinking about going back on a diet?
Read on. You just might change your mind.
You see, diets are fine - as far as they go. But the difficultly is that you just can't spend the rest of your life on a diet and, sooner or later, you have to come off them. And that's when, for most of us, the weight just seems to pile back on.
Why is this? We were doing so well and now we aren't. What happened?
To fully understand, we need to see the fundamental flaw in...
•What Causes Claustrophobia and How to Cure It
Claustrophobia - or the fear of enclosed spaces - is one of the most common phobias that we see here in our hypnotherapy practice in the UK.
Indeed, it is estimated that as much as 5% of the world population suffer from this truly debilitating and troublesome disorder. Sadly, only a very small percentage of claustrophobics receive treatment for their condition.
This is usually because they are unaware that effective treatment actually exists.
The good news is that regardless of what you may...
•Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Treating IBS with Hypnotherapy
Back in the days when I was starting out in practice, few people had ever heard of Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS.
In those times, IBS was most often referred to as 'spastic colon' and it was a mystery to all but a few perceptive specialist practitioners who intuitively identified its psychological component.
Now, however, it is widely accepted that Irritable Bowel Syndrome, if not caused by emotions, is indeed greatly influenced by them.
And what's more, it is thought that up to 20% of the...
•Self-Hypnosis for Stress Management and Stress Relief
Stress is simply the way we feel when too much pressure is placed on us.
It is such a far reaching condition that its effects are thought to be felt in practically every kind of illness, every kind of disease.
Yet so few of us really have an effective stress management strategy in place in order to bring about the essential stress relief that we need.
A certain amount of stress, of course, can be beneficial. In small to moderate amounts, it really doesn't hurt and, indeed, may be necessary...
•Pain Relief with Hypnosis -- Managing Chronic Pain with Hypnotherapy
Pain is something each one of us has experienced at some point in our life.
Though few people actually welcome it, few would deny that it has an essential role to play in our survival. After all, without pain, we simply wouldn't be aware that tissue damage is taking place somewhere in our body and that we need to do something - fast.
In any approach to pain, of course, we need to first check with a qualified doctor or other medical practitioner. It is essential that we get a proper medical...
•Uncovering Your Own Confidence with Hypnotherapy
Being confident is our birthright.
Whether or not we realize it or are aware of it, the simple truth is that every single person came into this world with an abundance of self-confidence.
In fact, we were born to be confident. Inside each one of us there is an authentic self and this self is confident by nature.
But when we try to be something that we don't truly feel we are then we are usually in for a difficult time.
This is why the old 'fake it to make it' philosophy is so limited in...
•Teeth Grinding and Bruxism - How Hypnotherapy Can Provide Help for Grinding Teeth
Clenching and teeth grinding - or Bruxism, to give it its medical name - is a condition that we see quite frequently here in our hypno-psychotherapy practice in the UK.
Many times our clients are referred by dentists who understand that this behaviour is linked to psychological causes. Still other clients self-refer themselves for grinding teeth, calling to make an appointment when they realise that this is a problem that simply won't go away on its own.
Very often the person suffering from...
•How to Increase Your Energy Levels - A Psychotherapist Explains
With today's busy lifestyles and the constant demands on our time and energy from work, family and our social life, it's easy to feel as if our batteries are constantly being run down and depleted.
It's only too easy to feel a little drained and out of energy.
The popularity of 'high energy' drinks, - so often loaded with caffeine, stimulants and 'quick fix' simple sugars like fructose and sucrose - is testament to our desire to boost our energy levels by almost any means.
And often we do...
•Emetophobia - The Fear of Vomiting and How to Conquer It
Emetophobia is the name we give to the fear of vomiting, the fear of being sick, or the fear of throwing up.
Often clients call the hypnotherapist seeking help in overcoming a fear of vomiting, believing that they alone have this fear or phobia.
Contrary to this popular misperception, emetophobia is not at all uncommon. In fact, it is the sixth most common phobia. Given this fact, it really is surprising how little this fear is discussed.
Part of the reason for this, of course, is that...
•End Dental Phobia and Dentist Fear and Smile!
Dental phobia and dentist fear are conditions often seen by the hypnotherapist. Usually, clients who have suffered from this crippling fear for most of their lives are amazed to find that after just a couple of sessions of hypnotherapy they have been released from their often overwhelming fear of the dentist.
After brief hypno-psychotherapy, they can at last visit the dentist and begin the process of restoring their dental health in a calm and relaxed manner, without the heart-palpitating,...
•Agoraphobia Disorder and Agoraphobia Treatment -- A Psychotherapist Explains
Though agoraphobia disorder is an anxiety disorder seen frequently at our hypno-psychotherapy clinic here in the UK - around 5% of all adults develop an agoraphobia disorder - it is the only phobia regularly treated as a medical issue.
As anyone who has ever experienced agoraphobia anxiety or a similar anxiety disorder is only too well aware, it is a condition that has the ability to produce intense and often incapacitating feelings of fear and panic.
Until fairly recently, agoraphobia was...
•Anxiety and Panic Attacks - A Psychotherapist Explains
Anxiety and panic attacks are conditions that we regularly treat here in our hypno-psychotherapy practice in the UK. Such extreme feelings of anxiety and panic can have a major, disruptive affect on the individual's existence, impacting on his or her home, work and social life and often seriously limiting the ability to live life in a normal manner.
But what, in fact, is anxiety and what is its relationship to panic?
Well, anxiety itself is simply a symptom that is produced in response to a...
•3 Powerful Supplements for Your Mind - A Psychotherapist Explains
EPA - Top of my list of stress busting, mood and mind enhancing supplements is pure EPA. This is one of the Omega 3 fatty acids, found abundantly in fish oil.
I have been singing the praises of this particular supplement to clients for a couple of years now, and have seen first hand the difference it can make in the lives of those who regularly take it. Indeed, there is a growing body of evidence that pure EPA helps improve mental functioning, stabilise mood and helps us to deal more...
•Top 5 Tips for Mental Balance - From a Psychotherapist
Life really doesn't have to be such a grind. When we let go of a few old habits, things just tend to run a bit more smoothly. Here are my top tips for inner balance and mental health:
1. Let Go of the Need to Be Always Right - How often have we worked ourselves up into an excited state attempting to prove that we were right? If only we had been able to take a small step backwards and look at the situation in a calmer, less egotistical manner, then perhaps we might have been able to see -...
•How to Deal with Insomnia and Sleeplessness - A Psychotherapist Explains
Sleeplessness is something that affects most of us at one time or another and as such it's nothing to be overly concerned about. Before too long, we usually find ourselves returning to our normal sleep patterns and behaviour and things just seem to naturally fall back into place.
Yet research has found that around 30% to 50% of people report being affected by insomnia, while about 10% report suffering from chronic insomnia.
Exactly how much sleep each person needs is, of course, entirely...
•How Thoughts Affect Us
Perhaps the most basic of all the 'mental laws', and one hopefully drummed into every student of psychotherapy and the mind, is that every thought has a consequence.
Yet so often in our day to day lives we choose to see thoughts as simply abstract things - we think them and then forget about them, as if they had never existed. No harm in this, we reason, it's just a thought. Unfortunately, there are dangers in this way of thinking.
Believing that thoughts themselves have no real and actual...
•Top 10 Tips for Weight Loss from a Psychotherapist
We see many clients who are having trouble controlling their weight, here in our UK hypno-psychotherapy practice. Here are my top 10 tips for helping to manage your eating:
1. Never eat while watching TV - When we watch television, or sit in front of a computer screen, we tend to automatically enter into a form of hypnosis. In this state our critical faculty becomes disengaged, which is why we can cry at a sad movie that we know is not real, and why time can pass so rapidly when in front of...
•Top 10 Depression Tips from a Psychotherapist
Depression is something seen increasingly often in our psycho-hypnotherapy practice here in the UK. Here are my top 10 tips for help with depression:
1. Respect the Clock - Set your alarm clock for a reasonable time each morning and make sure you get out of bed within 5 minutes of it going off, even if you feel you have no real reason to do so. Eat at three specified times during the day, whether hungry or not, and make sure you eat a reasonable amount of good, healthy food - no matter how...