5 hypnosis tricks to help you sleep like a baby

People often come to me with sleep problems or insomnia after they have tried many other things such as herbal or prescription remedies. Hypnosis works in a different way and today I thought I’d share with you a few hypnosis tips that work really well for my clients. 

1) Relaxation hypnosis

Hypnosis works by calming the body and mind with soothing voice and music. Children fall asleep with bed-time stories, so why shouldn’t adults? Breathing and heart rate slow during relaxation hypnosis and prepare the body for a better quality of sleep.

2) Visualisation

Hypnosis can help you relax the mind and drift into your imagination through visualisation techniques. Guided visualisations under hypnosis can help you feel as though you are relaxing on a tropical beach or resting by a tranquil lake. It helps you experience these places as though you were there and prepares the mind for deep and refreshing sleep. 

 
 

3) Anxiety release 

Hypnotic techniques can help you reduce feelings of anxiety. Nagging worries that keep you awake can be released during hypnosis. Often metaphor is used in hypnosis so you can imagine your worries are like pebbles that you throw into the sea or dark balloons that you release into the air. The feeling of release can help you sleep deeper without nagging worries keeping you awake or disturbing your sleep.

4) Counting down

During sleep hypnosis the hypnotherapist will usually help you visualise yourself walking down some steps as they count down from 10-1. This process of counting down is called “deepening” and can help enhance the hypnotic state and promote deep sleep.

5) Establishing routine

By listening to hypnosis every night you can help establish a regular sleep routine. Most people find they fall asleep during the hypnosis and by repeating this every night the mind starts to establish better sleep pattern.

For further information take a look at our sleep pages.

Is it possible to lose weight over Christmas?

A MOMENT ON THE LIPS...

Does even the thought of Christmas cause your waistline to grow? Does the prospect of endless parties leave you feeling helpless? You'll try to refrain but then .. oh well there goes another glass of wine.

In a season of excess it's hard to be the one that says no. Here are our top 3 tips for surviving the festive season without needing a new wardrobe. You may even find you lose a pound or two!

 
 Image courtesy of Claude Hugenot www.freeimages.com 

Image courtesy of Claude Hugenot www.freeimages.com 

 

 

  1. Enjoy the good stuff! You've heard it before but it really does work. Fill your plate with vegetables and you'll have less room (and inclination) to eat that extra mince pie later!
  2. Water works! Not only is it essential to our survival but it is also essential to weight-loss. Try drinking a glass of water before each meal or alternating glasses of wine with water and see the difference!
  3. Replace the carbs and sugar with protein. In the western world we tend to fuel our bodies on carbs and sugar rather than protein. When you reduce your carb/sugar intake and eat more protein your body will naturally go for longer between meals. Simply have one extra slice of turkey and hold back on the roast potatoes!
 
 Image: Thomas Rola www.freeimages.com

Image: Thomas Rola www.freeimages.com

 

Here at HypnosisHelps we believe in sustainable weight loss. Fad diets don't work. Long term weight loss and maintenance is about replacing bad habits with good ones. Many people struggle with carb cravings or sugar addiction but the trick is to replace these habits with new healthier ones.

And the good news is ... its not so hard. One of the big misconceptions about weight-loss is that it's hard work. However sustainable weight-loss doesn't have to be a struggle. It's about putting the right approach in place and then just getting on with your life!

We'll drink to that!

Are you afraid of visiting the dentist?

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Image courtesy of AnaAmaral on www.freeimages.com 

It is thought that around 50% of people visiting a dentist experience some kind of anxiety. Many are afraid of needles, pain, or simply sitting in the dentist's chair. Hypnosis is now becoming a popular technique for reducing both dental pain and anxiety.

New research just published in The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis suggests that hypnosis produces similar effects to those experienced under sedation. Whilst local anaesthesia remains the preferred option, hypnosis was found to be "a good alternative" for pain control.

Hypnosis has also been found to be very effective in reducing feelings of anxiety whilst enhancing feelings of relaxation and control. As research continues to show the value of hypnosis many people are taking matters into their own hands. Sometimes as little as 1 hypnosis session can be enough to dramatically reduce anxiety and transform that visit to the dentist.

My week as a therapist: interview nerves

So this week I worked with an extremely gifted lady. Harvard educated and an employee of a top investment bank you would think that she exuded bundles of confidence. Unfortunately, the reality was the opposite. In short she didn’t believe that she was good enough. She believed in herself so little that she had begun to expect failure and had no confidence in her ability to pass an interview for a promotion.

From the outside this sounds ridiculous. How can such a talented person not believe in their abilities? Surely they must be able to see from their past successes that they are capable of great things? 

Sadly not.

In my clinic I see cases like this time and time again. We form beliefs about ourselves and the world around us in childhood between the ages of around 2 & 7. We start to give ourselves labels based on the things the most important people in our lives tell us. Sometimes these can be good beliefs like:

  • “I am a good person”

  • “I am clever”

  • “I am attractive”

 
 

But sometimes these can be negative beliefs like:

  • “I am a bad person”

  • “I am stupid”

  • “I am ugly”

 
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These beliefs form what is known as our “belief system”.

Now you would think that if had a negative belief from early childhood that you would outgrow it. People would tell you that you were great and you would believe it. Right? Wrong.

The reality is that the beliefs we form in early childhood often stick with us for life. That is unless we do something about it.

 

So how can hypnosis help?

After I’d been studying hypnotherapy for a few months I learnt about something called the “affect bridge”. It is essentially a way of tracing back negative feelings to their root cause so that you can change them. It fascinated me. It seemed so logical that in order to solve a problem you first had to find out where it came from. The “affect bridge” now forms the basis of much of my work, including the hypnosis downloads on this site.

Lets take a look at how it works:

My talented lady said that she was experiencing real “fear” when she thought about her forthcoming interview. She felt it in her chest and said it was like a nauseous feeling. Using hypnosis we were able to follow these feelings back to their origin. And guess what? They didn’t come from University or College, they came from early childhood. 

As a very young girl she learnt to believe that she wasn’t good enough. Her mother told her she was stupid and she believed it. In fact she continued to believe it for the next 30 years!

Fortunately once we had found the root cause she was able to change the belief. Using her adult mind she was able to re-examine what her mother had said and decide for herself whether or not it was true. She decided it was not. She realised on reflection that her mother was actually voicing her own insecurities.

This simple piece of hypnosis was the difference between failure and success for this lady. She contacted me after her interview and it went extremely well. We are still waiting to hear whether she got the job but the important thing is she believed, hand on heart, that she was good enough.

* Client consultations are always 100% confidential. Client names are never mentioned in this blog and details have been changed to protect privacy.

Update (09/12/2016) she got the job!

Hypnosis and anxiety

Stress and anxiety are often confused to mean the same thing. Anxiety is essentially “unresolved stress”. Unlike stress, anxiety is all about fear; a fear of what might happen. With anxiety our mind has a habit of looking ahead to the future and thinking up all sorts of negative scenarios.

When we are experiencing anxiety our mind’s favourite expression is “What if?”. How many times have you found yourself worrying about what might happen? If the answer to this is “often” then you may be experiencing a degree of anxiety.

You may find that you feel:

  • restless

  • irritable

  • a sense of dread

  • “jumpy” or “on edge”

  • unable to concentrate

 

Anxiety also has physical symptoms, which can include:

  • fatigue

  • dizziness

  • headache

  • nausea

  • difficulty sleeping

  • pins and needles

  • shaking or trembling

  • muscle aches

  • a fast or irregular heartbeat

  • excessive sweating

  • a dry mouth

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms you should discuss them with your GP as it is important that any underlying medical conditions are ruled out. Once you are confident that you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety hypnosis is an excellent place to start.

Our Free from anxiety download has been designed to help you safely and gently lift feelings of fear or worry. Hypnosis has been shown to be an effective therapy for managing anxiety. Research published in the journal Contemporary Hypnosis* found that self-hypnosis significantly reduced the psychological and physical symptoms of anxiety.

To find out more why not get in touch? Email us at: info@hypnosishelps.com

* O’Neill, L., Barnier, A., & McConkey, K. (1999) ‘Treating Anxiety with self-hypnosis and relaxation’. Contemporary Hypnosis, 1999, vol. 16 (2): 68