Cognitive hypnotherapy for stress management
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Some people may not have heard of cognitive hypnotherapy; can you tell us what it is?
Cognitive Hypnotherapy was created by the world renowned Trevor Silvester, Director of The Quest Institute.
It is a modern form of therapy that utilises theories from psychologies such as cognitive psychology and evolutionary psychology as well as neuroscience.
There are unique factors of Cognitive Hypnotherapy such as the utilisation of the cool fact that neuroscience is recognising our mind is more plastic than we first anticipated, so you can ‘reframe’ old memories in the light of new learnings removing any negative emotion associated with them.
Cognitive hypnotherapy is a 100% natural means of achieving the life you want.
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Some people find the idea of hypnotherapy scary; that they lose control when in trance. What do you think?
I believe trance is neither a weird nor special state – and you are in control. We all go in to trance a number of times a day, for example day dreaming or reading a book.
Have you ever been watching TV and not realised someone is talking to you? That’s you being in a trance. Our unconscious mind controls 90% of our behaviour so surely it makes sense to work at changing that rather than our conscious mind?
Coping with Stress
Many of us live in stressful times. How does stress effect us?
The brain responds to signals of stress by using the bodies natural ‘flight or fight’ response i.e. do I stay and fight the danger/source of stress or run from it?
The body prepares for ‘fight or flight’ by what is known as the stress response by shunting blood to the muscles to prepare them for action and providing the body more fuel through releasing glucose from stores which gives you get an adrenalin kick.
Although this is designed to prepare us for a short term stressful moment it can be both wearing and detrimental to our health when we experience it over longer periods of time due to life circumstances.
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How can we take control of how our body responds to stress?
Below are some tips for you to use on yourself. These can be done any time, anywhere, and are a great way to combat stress, re-energise or bring yourself out of a negative mood.
Don’t worry about trying to achieve all the steps, move on to the next one when you feel ready. Each step will deepen your relaxation.
- 1. Breathe slowly, deeply and evenly from your stomach. Be aware the speed, the depth of each breath and the length of the pause between breaths.
- 2. With every exhale, say a word to yourself that represents the way you want to feel. For example, say “calm” or “relaxed”.
- 3. As you breathe, become aware of the sensations in different parts of your body, perhaps starting with your feet and moving up e.g. how does one arm feel in comparison to the other?
- 4. Recall a relaxing memory from your past. Vividly re-experience it, remembering the sights, sounds and smells around you. Enjoy reliving the relaxing feeling.
That sounds great – how often should we do this?
Practise this for three to five minutes a couple of times a week, and enjoy the benefits it can bring you!
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