Quick and Easy Stress Management

Living in modern life means that we all have to deal with stress. Sometimes this can be a positive force in our lives. It can motivate and get us going. However, sometimes stress can really get us down. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools out there to help us cope and deal with life’s pressures.

Here are a few tips to help you get through life’s stresses.

Stressed people naturally touch their forehead. This is because touching the forehead does actually relieve stress. Put two fingers on the boniest part above the eyebrows and think about whatever is causing you tension. You will be able to feel a pulsating underneath your fingers. When the pulsating has eased and you feel that it is difficult to think about the stress. Then you are finished.

Regard your emotional ups and downs as an avenue to learn and grow rather than as an enemy that must be combated. Getting angry at the stress only creates more dis-stress and makes you feel worse. Thanking it, even if you have no idea how it is going to help you to learn in the future is empowering. It gives you hope, which puts positive energy into the situation.

Vitamins C and B complex are the stress vitamins. When under pressure or emotional strain, take a higher dose of both than normal. They are both good for your adrenal glands, which produce your ‘fight, freeze or flight’ hormones. The glands can become exhausted under stress, and make you feel tired and even more stressed, an ever increasing circle of despare. These vitamins balance and calm the adrenal glands, allowing you to get back to your normal […]

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Your Guide To Hypnosis

Your Guide To Hypnosis

There are many stories about hypnosis and hypnotherapy being dangerous, turning people into chickens, people not being able to wake up, and unscrupulous hypnotists exploiting their ‘vulnerable’ patients. However there are many people who are adamant that it has helped change their lives, some from Dudley, Tipton, Wolverhampton and much further afield – I know of for sure. I have helped them succeed in their goals. Millions of people swear that it has helped them with many issues such as weight loss, quitting smoking, other addictions, confidence, phobias, stress, success, IBS, and many more issues.

Many people are missing out on this powerful, yet very safe therapeutic tool because they are too afraid to use it. I hope to dispel these fears by answering these common questions about hypnotherapy right here and now!.

Can I be hypnotised? Most people can go into a hypnotic trance. The only types of people that cannot be hypnotised are … 1. Those suffering from psychosis or a thought disorder 2. A person with a low IQ 3. A person who does not want to be hypnotised. It is very easy to resist hypnosis if you want to.
What is a hypnotic trance? It is a normal and natural state that most of us experience several times a day without even knowing it. It commonly happens when people are driving. Have you ever driven somewhere and not really remembered the journey?, I have just missed my junction. It also often occurs when reading a book or watching TV. Sometimes you can be so absorbed in the book or TV programme that you are not consciously aware that someone is talking to you, or even where you are sat. Hypnosis […]

Why do I need Help?

Why do I need Help?

Well let’s have a look at life briefly to establish Why do I need Help?
We are all born with a clean memory. We become what we have experienced to a degree. As we go through life we have good and bad experiences with those around us and things that happen to us, or, our closest family.

Problems in human beings do not necessarily emerge overnight. As I have already said they are an accumulation of experiences. Things we put into our life’s rucksack if you like. They tend to evolve over time. Some things we deal with satisfactorily, others may be firewalled because they are too big to deal right there and then, or, just too painful at that time of the event. Unresolved emotions or feelings from long ago which have slipped from conscious into subconscious memory, all may have an impact on your current ‘being’ and your perceived feeling of wellness.

Childhood trauma, stressful relationships, work issues, bereavement, divorce, and accidents, war, sudden shocks, all can have an impact on the whole that is an individual human being. Mind body and soul to some can feel the effect internally as well as externally.

When problems do occur many people tend to assume that they will just go away, or disappear if we ‘don’t go there’ as we feel the body has its own innate healing processes. All will be well, they think if they ignore things. But if you overlook problems they may later manifest themselves in physical ills later in life such as – frequent colds, headaches, migraines, stomach disorders , IBS, heart attack and stroke etc.

These physical reactions may be signals that your body is sending out to tell […]

CBT on prescription, pick it up at the library?

CBT on prescription, pick it up at the library? Wiltshire embraces new scheme to help depression through reading

The library facility at County Hall, Trowbridge The library facility at County Hall, Trowbridge

A new scheme which uses reading to help the six million people in England who suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety, is now available to access in libraries across Wiltshire.

Reading Well Books on Prescription will enable GPs and other health professionals to recommend 30 self-help titles for people to borrow from the local library. The service, which launched nationally last Tuesday, is now being put into place in public libraries across England.

It is a joint initiative from independent charity The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, working with local library services and LIFT Psychology Teams, and offers people self-help books from the library as part of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) prescribed by a health professional.

Wiltshire Council, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, will both have multiple copies of the core list of 30 titles covering issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, bulimia and sleep problems. The titles will be available to borrow free of charge from local library branches or online through the request service.

Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This scheme will allow anyone in Wiltshire, in need of such support, to access self-help books locally and for free. Our libraries are friendly, community focused places, so I am delighted we are able to participate and help support the health and well-being of many local people.”

4:59pm Tuesday 11th June 2013 in News

Source: http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/10477297.Wiltshire_embraces_new_scheme_to_help_depression_through_reading/

Comment: A brilliant idea! More CCG’s should follow this example. The more a patient […]

French firemen test hypnotherapy techniques

French firemen test hypnotherapy techniquesFirefighter performs hypnotherapy

Hypnosis appears to lessen the pain and emotional distress of people who are trapped or injured after accidents, Haguenau station manager David Ernenwein said.

Fire brigades keep a person under hypnosis in a vehicle during an extrication exercise, on May 28, 2013 in Haguenau, eastern France.

“Look me straight in the eye. Your mind is emptying, your body is relaxing,” says the fireman, using the calming words of hypnosis to help a trauma victim — a technique being pioneered by fire crews in the eastern French region of Alsace.

At the Haguenau fire station, 120 firemen have been trained in basic medical hypnosis which they can use to soothe someone trapped under rubble or in a car following an accident, or even a person suffering an asthma attack.

The idea is that hypnotherapy can complement traditional first aid assistance.

“These are verbal, gesticular and respiratory techniques that aim to ease pain and anxiety, but that obviously don’t replace traditional first aid,” explains Cecile Colas-Nguyen, a nurse and member of the fire brigade, and a trainer in hypnosis.

While firefighters arriving on the scene of an accident get to work tending to the injured or cutting a victim free, staff trained in hypnosis establish a more personal link with the person and divert his attention away from the trauma of the scene.

Typically the firefighters speak in a calm and measured voice and are careful to avoid any negative words. Instead of focusing on the […]

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Fire fighters trained in clinical hypnotherapy

Fire fighters trained in clinical hypnotherapy

The National Council for Hypnotherapy Responds to Hypnotism Being Used to Help Victims in Traumatic Situations

According to Connexion France in an article published on the 24th June 2013, the complementary therapy hypnotherapy has been used to help victims of traumatic situations, helping them to remain calm and focus on relaxing situations rather than the traumatic situation they are currently in. At Haguenau fire station in France some 120 fire-fighters have been trained in basic medical hypnosis in order to soothe victims of accidents and serious traumas. The idea is that hypnosis can be used alongside traditional medical techniques to help the patient physically and mentally. The fire-fighters tend to establish an interest or like of the patient and use hypnosis to help them imagine that, ‘While my colleagues take care of your safety, your mind will take off to the ski slopes and your body is going to stay here,” explained a trained member of the team.

Describing the effectiveness of hypnotherapy station manager David Ernenwein said:

“We have all noticed that when we hold someone’s hand, things go better, even if we did not label it as hypnosis. The first thing we can do to help people is to calm them down, and this technique has given us the tools to be able to do that, to help people suffer less.”

The introduction of such techniques is supported by UK based hypnotherapist directory, The National Council for Hypnotherapy. A representative from the Council explained:

“Hypnotherapy has many different uses and we are delighted to hear that it is being used to help victims in need of help. We hope that the pilot scheme in France will be successful enough […]

By |July 9th, 2013|Anxiety, Fears, Hypnotherapy, Latest News, Pain, Panic Attacks, Stress, Support Organisations, Talking Therapy, The Body, The Mind|Comments Off on Fire fighters trained in clinical hypnotherapy

Proposed structure of local health delivery in Dudley and beyond

Proposed structure of local health delivery in Dudley and beyond

Healthwatch Dudley & Dudley CCG  – Ideas for future structure of local health delivery

Proposed structure of local health delivery in Dudley and beyond – Why? The structure of healthcare in the community should in my opinion should be reviewed. I have had conversations with The King’s Fund regarding health care provision for the future in the UK. I have voiced these ideas to try to stimulate dialogue, but getting to the decision makers in very near impossible. Making me believe the top down approach to decision making despite the portrayal of a bottom up approach to changes in local and national NHS Service. The proposed ‘Phoenix structure” is to utilise local schools and redundant buildings that have for whatever reason become redundant.

Why a rethink?

The current community health centre is just that, a health centre. what I propose is a centre with a health section but encompassing all the disciplines listed below. Stress is the foundation for many illnesses and if eliminated or substantially reduced, could bring about fundamental change to the local communities, their Health and wellbeing and wealth to the country ultimately. GDP suffers due to the amount of hours lost to stress alone, let alone the additional burden of all the more serious implicated illnesses caused by stress. These in my opinion could be alleviated if not eliminated for the majority by introducing a centre that was multi faceted.

These would have a primary wellness role. The incorporation of suitably qualified ‘Complementary’ therapies along with the utilisation of of the premises by multi charitable organisations after normal business hours, after all […]

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Hypnotherapy the research

IBSSlogoThe following studies have taken place and are listed here for an on behalf of an evidenced based treatment of IBS.

‘Hypnotherapy and refractory irritable bowel syndrome: a single case study’. Tara E. Galovski, Edward B. Blanchard.  American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (July 2002), Vol.45, No.1, p.p.31-38.

‘Treatment with hypnotherapy reduces the sensory and motor component of the gastro colonic response in irritable bowel syndrome’. Magnus Simrén.  Psychosomatic Medicine (Mar-Apr 2004), Vol. 66(2), p.p.233-238.

‘The nature of IBS and the need for a psychological approach’. Olafur S. Palsson.  Editor’s Preamble, The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.1-6.

‘Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome:  the empirical evidence of therapeutic effects’. William E. Whitehead.  The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.7-20.

‘Effective management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome – the Manchester Model’. Peter J. Whorwell. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.21-26.

‘Gut-directed hypnotherapy:  the Manchester approach for treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome’. Wendy M. Gonsalkorale.  The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.27-50.

‘Standardized hypnosis treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome:  the North Carolina protocol’. Olafur S. Palsson.  The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54 (1), p.p.51-64.

‘Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: the quest for the mechanism of action’. Magnus Simrén.  The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.65-84.

‘Hypnosis home treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a pilot study’. Olafur S. Palsson, Marsha J. Turner, and William E. Whitehead.  The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (January 2006), Vol.54(1), p.p.85-99.

‘Effects of tailored and manualized hypnotic inductions for Complicated Irritable Bowel Syndrome’. Arreed […]

Stress of exams

Stress of exams
Try to reduce the stress levels of exam season

Reduce Stress of exams –  There are lots of ways to prepare for exam success and avoid the exam blues. I remember the pressure of exams which hits at the age when everyone feels they’d be better off out partying with friends or having a game of football are playing on the game boy or computer. The problem is, what once seemed like a distant memory in our own lives. The thoughts come back as soon as your own children find themselves in the same situation – EXAMS!. Exam season is upon us and it isn’t much fun for the whole family. May be you’ve had to cancel holidays fro a while till the dreaded deed is done?

 What can a parent do to help? How can you do to help?

Firstly – Keep calm and be supportive. Dont stress on their behalf, easier said than done I hear you say mmm. There is maybe more than one child in the house yes? well try to treat all equally otherwise world war III will ensue One important thing parents can do is take action to stop their brother or sisters acting up because they are jealous of the attention their brother or sister is getting. Try to explain it is just for a short while and do things they enjoy with them to make sure they don’t feel left out. Even with the best intentions in the world you can’t sit your children’s exams for them (nor do you wish to perhaps!) so getting through with the least amount of stress is important. Avoid setting up expectations by telling your son or daughter that you know they will do well – it would be […]

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PTSD Do you or a Loved one Have it?

PTSD Do you or a Loved one Have it?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder isn’t an exclusive for war veterans! Anyone can have it given they have been in the wrong place at the wrong time so to speak. That’s not dispelling or minimising the after affects of war either.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect people who have been in natural disasters, air crashes, boat sinking ‘s, in fact accidents and catastrophic events even a car accident PSTD can affect you.

Here are some facts about PTSD.

It’s natural to be afraid when you’re in danger. It’s natural to be upset when something bad happens to you or your loved ones or even someone you know. But if you feel afraid and upset weeks or months later, it’s time to talk with your doctor. You might have post-traumatic stress disorder.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD?

PTSD is a real illness I’ll make that quite clear. You can get PTSD after living through or experiencing or seeing a dangerous event, such as war, a hurricane, or bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid even after the ‘REAL’ danger is over. It affects your life and the people around you.

If you have PTSD, you can get treatment and feel better.

Who gets PTSD?

  1. PTSD can happen to anyone at any age.
  2. Children get PTSD too.
  3. Witnessing domestic violence could trigger it
  4. You don’t have to be physically hurt to get PTSD. You can get it after you see other people, such as a friend or family member, get hurt.

What causes PTSD?

Living through or seeing something that’s upsetting and dangerous can cause PTSD. This can include:

  1. Being a victim of or seeing violence
  2. The death or serious illness of a loved one
  3. War or combat
  4. Car accidents and plane crashes
  5. Hurricanes, tornadoes, […]