Stress, hormones and depression
Our bodies are very clever pieces of finely tuned equipment, which if not maintained correctly start to misfire and run a bit slower than usual. The hormone called Cortisol helps to replenish your body after a stressful situation. Nowadays we have an unfortunate tendency to ‘stew’ over situations without ever expending the calories we would have used in the past. So for a caveman the stress would have been a sabre-toothed tiger and we would have run like Forrest Gump, a modern-day stress is more likely to be a comment, an email and rather than running we sit stewing over the it more and more.
The body doesn’t understand that you aren’t going to run, so it sends a hormonal signal to your brain to replenish nutrition stores by making you want to eat. The body stores these supplies in a place where it knows it can store in larger quantity. It stores it as ‘Visceral fat’ which tends to be around your waist.
Now here’s the annoying thing. If a further stressful situation occurs, the muscles send out a signal for fuel, asking for sugar. Hence the reason you start to crave carbohydrates when stressed. To transport sugar from our blood to our muscles requires the hormone, insulin. High levels of sugar and insulin in the blood can send a message to the brain to store fat. The body wants to be prepared for running away from the next ‘sabre-toothed tiger’ that comes along, which also goes by the name of the ‘boss’, ‘the gossips’, ‘the rude message’, the list could go on.
So how can we deal with these stresses?
Exercise can burn off excess calories. It can also produce various biochemicals that can counter the negative effects that stress hormones have, helping in turn to control levels of insulin and sugar.
Relaxation can produce chemicals within the brain that can counter the effect of stress. If you feel you can’t relax easily, try hypnotherapy, mindfulness, yoga, or meditation.
A balanced diet includes never skipping meals. This helps balance blood sugar levels, inhibiting insulin production and reducing cortisol levels. I have daily conversations with people who do not eat enough food. Here’s a tip. That’s a stress to the body. It thinks the world food supply is ending and thinks it should tell your body to store more.
Finally sleep. Poor sleep leads cortisol levels to rise. Make sure you have a good night’s sleep.
So to sum it up:
· Find a way that suits you to release the stress.
· Eat a balanced healthy diet to stop the hormones taking control in a negative way.
· Allow your body to recover and regenerate through sleep.
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How many times have you sat in a meeting at the office and, in your mind, been on that last beach holiday? Or walking around a local supermarket, remembering the last time you picked up that certain food and reminiscing about a night you had with friends or family.
When people ask me to describe how hypnotherapy feels, I usually describe a daydream-like state as one of my comparisons. In a deeply relaxed state, the mind can be allowed to focus on making sense of everything that is going on around us.
Kids are great daydreamers. I am sure most of you remember playground games, where you lived in a castle or were being chased by a dragon.
I am not saying you have to go back to that daydream childlike state, but wouldn’t it be great to be able to take yourself away from it all, for a short period of time, to sort out what’s going on in the subconscious mind.
You can with hypnotherapy. Think of it like a giving yourself a bit of ‘ME’ time. Pure self indulgence.
Why not pop along to my show at the Chequer Mead on the 24th of September where I’ll be talking about taking ‘A Weight off your Mind’ or come and see me at the Sussex Women’s show on the 27th and 28th of September.
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So are you one of these people that sleep soundly or are you up and down all night, unable to sleep soundly?
The clients I’ve been working with report that the more they think about trying to sleep, they more they can’t sleep.
I use hypnotherapy to teach relaxation techniques to use whilst nodding off but also encourage them to forget about trying to sleep!
I suggest maybe reading a book, writing down the thought in a notebook or diary.
You get what you focus on so if you focus on not being able to sleep, then…
So if you want to sleep more than 40 winks or as soundly as a baby why give hypnotherapy a try?
May sleep envelop you as a bed sheet floating gently down, tickling your skin and removing every worry. Reminding you to consider only this moment.
Too much talking last week, now I’m losing my voice. It’s so important to remember one’s own advice sometimes and take a ‘time out’.
Put down the phones, pack away the computers and allow yourself some ‘me time’.
I am as guilty as everyone else of picking up the phone to check, just in case! Tonight I can’t I’ve left it in Tinsley Green, and do I miss it? No I don’t!
There are so many ways you can just enjoy the moment. Take a walk in the country with your phone turned off, meditate, or book in for a hypnotherapy relaxation session with me. Even if you don’t feel you need hypnotherapy for anything in particular, that 30 minute time out is so refreshing.
Imagine being able to go into a meeting focused, full of energy and refreshed.
Hypnotherapy lunchtime power booster, now there’s an idea.
If you want to take your lunch break imagining you’re on a beach, or relaxing in a hammock planning your next strategy, give me a call and I’ll give you a lift up to that perfect place to relax for you.
While you were sleeping
A rainy Sunday afternoon is a perfect time to relax and watch the afternoon movies on TV.
Our minds are quite amazing pieces of equipment. I noticed whilst watching the films this afternoon, that my subconscious mind was busy suggesting to itself what it would do in a similar situation.
I believe hypnotherapy works in the same way, you preoccupy the conscious mind using relaxation and while it’s distracted, allow the subconscious to open up and absorb beneficial information.
What can hypnotherapy help with? What about habits. What about personal and business confidence? The answer is yes for these and many other issues.
Do you have to believe in hypnotherapy for it to work? No. It can still work, the only important thing I will establish is that the client is having hypnotherapy for themselves and not to please someone else.
So if you’d like to take a time out with beneficial effects, give me a call and I can talk to you ‘while you were sleeping’.
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It’s all just a matter of habit
Today I started to wonder how many of the things we do in our lives are habits, either bad or good, so I tried to take a mental note of all the things I did throughout the day.
When I wake up in the morning I have got into the habit of looking at my mobile phone to see what the weather’s like (why don’t I look out the window like I used to?). I also see what the world’s been up to as I slept. I wonder if it actually said that the world was ending in an hour, whether I’d believe it and stay in bed for an extra hour so as to not waste my energy getting dressed.
We have become so reliant on technology these days and it must affect our habits. If our sat nav says don’t go a certain way, we believe it and change direction.
I like to think of hypnotherapy as a form of sat nav. You listen and observe, take in the information and then change direction to a more positive direction for you, creating a new habit for the future.
So if you want to work on your internal satellite navigation system, give me a call and let’s see if we can head you off in the right direction with the least obstructions on the way.
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September - It just comes round so quickly, especially if you're a teacher apparently?
Schools are getting ready to open their doors, shops are emptying of uniforms. It's that time of year again when most parents breath a sigh of relief as their children go back to school. Teachers prepare for the onslaught of manic kids, exams and the mountains of paperwork that the authorities demand these days.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety features high on my treatment lists this time of year. Have you ever had that feeling that it's all just too much? Even trying to sleep your mind buzzes with thoughts that normally just wouldn't matter.
So why does hypnotherapy for anxiety help in most cases. Firstly I like to teach my client total relaxation. Just allowing them to go in a deep relaxation helps the subconscious take a nice long deep breath from within.
Then on the following sessions I show them how to control the anxiety and not allow it to control them. We all have anxiety to some degree, it's just how we deal with it. Imagine you are standing at the foot of a roller coaster looking up at it. Feeling those butterflies in the stomach would cause some to feel physically sick but others would be buzzing from the adrenaline high. I want clients to feel the latter, in control and ready to take on any challenge they face!
You'd be surprised what a few relaxing breaths can do in an intense situation.
Do you get that Monday morning feel? Sunday night, Saturday night... or all through the week? Have you tried hypnotherapy?
What are my plans for this week? I’m taking myself on holiday and jumping on a plane to Florida. I'm going to be testing out several roller coasters, swimming with Rays at Discovery Cove and spending plenty of time on a sun lounger just taking in as much relaxation as I can by the pool. Even managed to squeeze in a massage in the Upper Class lounge at Gatwick on the way. Even us hypnotherapists need to relax occasionally.
Why not book an appointment with me at my Harley Street clinic or in one of my clinics down in Sussex.
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Becky lives in West Sussex, UK and is a Therapist using hypnosis, Psy-TaP, Kinetic Shift and Mindscaping. Please feel free to explore the website to learn more about her.