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COVID-19 and How to Manage Your Mental Health with Hypnotherapy

As a result of the global outbreak of COVID-19, many are struggling to adjust to what will be our “new normal” for the foreseeable future: social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine and a nationwide lock-down.

ANXIETY DISORDERS, DEPRESSION, POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

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If all of this is making you worry, feel anxious or down – you are not alone. You are certainly not without advice from experts from the University of Cape Town (UCT) on how to manage these experiences, particularly anxiety and depression.

Thomas’s training is in clinical psychology and his specialization is in neuropsychology. His research is focused primarily on modifiable causes of cognitive impairment and dysfunction, such as stress, anxiety and trauma, as well as disrupted sleep.

According to Thomas, those already experiencing mental health struggles – of whatever kind – may find that these struggles are exacerbated by the inability to attend face-to-face psychotherapy sessions, exercise regularly and engage in needed social contact, among other things.

“I will give three specific examples of some common mental health issues people in lock-down, quarantine and/or isolation have been reporting across the world,” Thomas said.

The first is depression.

Those prone to depressive episodes may be deprived of needed protections against low mood, protections such as exercise and social contact. Being isolated might feed their tendencies toward rumination, and reading about the effects of COVID-19 across the world may increase their sense of negativity about their present circumstances and prospects.

The second example is generalized anxiety disorder.

“Those diagnosed with this disorder tend to worry excessively about world affairs, their health, the health of family members, and so on,” explained Thomas.

While in the current circumstances these worries may appear to be appropriate at first, if they are not checked by some positive re-framing of the situation – such as the lock-down may be inconvenient in the short term, but in the long term it is proven effective at slowing infection rates – then there can be a spiraling of negativity and increased anxiety.

The third example is PTSD = post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Some people might find themselves confined in spaces with individuals who have inflicted violence, abuse or neglect upon them,” said Thomas. “This confinement can trigger memories of those prior negative episodes and can reawaken previously dormant traumatic episodes.

Expert advice

To help manage the mental health struggles people might be facing during this time, Thomas shares some advice.

Lock-down, social distancing, isolation and quarantine does not mean that all social contact must cease. We are fortunate to live in an age where social media allows us to remain in touch with friends and family members who are physically distant from us.

“I would therefore advise judicious use of social media as a means to protect mental health.”

The keyword in the previous sentence is “judicious”. It’s not wise to furiously scroll through social media in search of COVID-19 information – an endless loop of bad news over which you have no control is a recipe for increasing stress and anxiety.

Limiting news intake to discrete, and brief, periods such as 30 minutes in the morning and/or 30 minutes in the evening.

Structure your days. People who are used to externally imposed structures on their daily activities, for example students and corporate workers, might find themselves wondering how best to spend their time. That sort of uncertainty can lead to increased levels of stress and anxiety. Have a period you dedicate to work tasks, make mealtimes as special as you can, take time to exercise, and celebrate mini-anniversaries (“One week into lock-down! Only two more weeks to go!”).

Be aware of how your relationships with others are being affected by the lock-down. Family ties, even the strongest ones, can fray when people are forced to spend whole days and weeks around one another with no breaks. Schedule some time when you can be alone, with a book or a podcast or something else that makes you happy and takes you out of your immediate family orbit. Parents of young children might want to schedule times when one of them is with the kids while the other works, and to then switch after a few hours.

Sleep regularly. Healthy sleep is important for emotion regulation, so it’s important to maintain your normal sleep habits. Do not use your bed for work or daytime reading – try to limit it to your regular night-time activities.

Finally, maintain contact with your mental health professional as much as possible.

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“It is best to ask about this as far ahead of time as possible to make sure that your therapist is available to you in some form,” said Thomas.

If you cannot have contact with your regular therapist, there are some free online and telephone counselling services he suggests, such as the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, the Centre for Interactive Mental Health Solutions.

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Kevin GF Thomas – Head of UCT’s Department of Psychology.

Ref: allafrica.com

5 Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a method of therapy that involves deeply relaxing the body and tapping into the subconscious mind with the power of hypnosis.

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Endorsed by both the American and British Medical Associations, hypnotherapy has a wide variety of applications and a multitude of potential benefits. Regular hypnotherapy sessions can transform your life in a number of ways.

Here are five of the biggest ways that hypnotherapy can be truly life-changing:

1. Hypnotherapy Can Help You Break Bad Habits.

All of us have one or two bad habits that we would like to be free of, but actually overcoming them can be hard. Hypnotherapy can help by addressing the underlying subconscious messages that cause you to repeat unwanted behaviours. With hypnosis, your internal urges to continue with a bad habit can be replaced with positive messages that give you the mental strength and willpower to make a change for the better. Hypnotherapy can be used to address a wide variety of habits like overspending, drinking too much alcohol, smoking and overeating. It can also put an end to procrastinating behaviours that undermine your performance at work and your ability to accomplish tasks in your personal life.

2. Hypnotherapy Can Improve Your Mental and Physical Health.

Because hypnotherapy has the ability to change ways of thinking, it is often used as an alternative intervention for mental health concerns (although a doctor should always be consulted first before beginning any complimentary therapy). Hypnosis can eliminate the irrational fears that cause a variety of phobias from a fear of heights to a fear of driving to a fear of public speaking. The relaxation benefits of hypnosis can be highly beneficial for people with anxiety disorders, and hypnotherapy can even improve mood to ease feelings of depression. Experts also recommend hypnosis as a complementary intervention for obsessive compulsive disorder.

Science has established that there is a powerful connection between the body and mind, and hypnotherapy can allow you to capitalize on this bond to address the symptoms of a number of medical concerns. Hypnosis has been shown to be a highly beneficial alternative pain management intervention for back pain, headaches and other types of chronic pain, and its stress relief benefits can reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other medical conditions.

Hypnotherapy can also help you give up bad habits or adopt new habits that will help you to lead a healthier life. Hypnosis can assist with weight loss, help you to improve your diet and give you the encouragement that you need to work out on a regular basis. You can also use hypnotherapy to improve sleep and combat insomnia.

3. Hypnotherapy Can Improve The Way You Think.

Our minds can be our worst enemies, as negative ways of thinking can be a detriment to everything that we do. Because hypnotherapy has the power to act on the subconscious mind, it can change the way you think for the better. Hypnosis is an effective way to increase self-esteem, boost self-confidence, increase your belief in yourself and reduce feelings of worry. You can also use hypnosis to become more assertive and creative or to improve your ability to remember and concentrate.

4. Hypnotherapy Can Help You Achieve Your Goals.

Everyone has goals that they want to achieve, but often our minds interfere with our ability to succeed. Hypnotherapy can ensure that you have the proper mindset to make your dreams a reality. For students, hypnosis can improve study habits and improve performance on exams. Professionals can use hypnosis to increase their leadership abilities, improve their productivity and make themselves more receptive to opportunities to make money or advance their careers. Athletes can improve their performance in training and competition by strengthening their minds with hypnosis, and hypnotherapy can also increase motivation and energy levels during workouts.

5. Hypnotherapy Can Improve Your Relationships.

Self-improvement with hypnotherapy can help you to mend troubled and strained relationships. Hypnosis is an effective way to overcome personality traits and behaviours that interfere with your ability to connect with others and that cause conflict with friends, family and romantic partners. Through hypnotherapy, you can overcome anger issues, jealousy and shyness and even recover from the pain of past relationships that makes it hard for you to trust and open up to a partner. Those who are looking for love can use hypnosis to make themselves more attractive to prospective partners, and for those in relationships, hypnosis is a proven way to improve sexual performance and address sexual problems like a lack of libido, impotency and premature ejaculation.

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Hypnotherapy can truly change your life for the better, and benefiting from hypnosis can be easier than you think.

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The content in this publication is presented for informative purposes only. In no sense is this information intended to provide diagnoses or act as a substitute for the work of a qualified professional. For this we recommend that you contact a reliable specialist.

Change The Way You Think And Change Your Life

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Dr Wayne Dyer

I facilitate changes in human thinking and spiritual awareness utilizing affirmation, suggestions and other techniques, thereby disentangling and unraveling unwanted thoughts, beliefs and habits, freeing my clients to live the lives they choose to.

Using hypnotherapy, I specialize in helping people to release debilitating patterns, discover their inner resources and unlock their potential.

If you have the desire to change your life for the better, whether to stop an addiction or bad habit, or just to attain the goals you have set yourself, I can assist you through the use of hypnotic trance. You cannot alter your past, but you can change your perception of it, and in doing so influence your future!!

In my practice I deal with most problems, self-esteem, smoking, weight, hair-pulling, letting-go, sexual dysfunction, sport performance, goal-setting, sleep disruption etc.

In life, what we look at is not nearly as important as how we look at it. Our perception of the world is what creates our life experience.

Behind every human being is a story, a rich personal history that is filled with the tales of our experiences in life, both good and bad.

Such experiences and their memories create our perception: Our unique view of the world around us. For example, if a dog bit you at a young age, you may have a slight prejudice towards or even fear of dogs. Similarly, if you had a happy and loving pet growing up, you will likely project some of that positive feeling about animals into your present reality.

When we explore and are eventually able to understand this concept, we have the capacity to make adjustments to our personal perception.

If you have always been afraid of heights but one day, you happen to suddenly remember that time when you were 4 years old and you got stuck really high up a tree, the fear becomes somewhat silly. You may realize that the fear you felt so strongly for so long is not actually real, and that you have been creating it from the place of your 4 year old self.

This is what it means to change the way we look at things.

This concept can be compared in a small way to the Universal Law of Relativity. That is, when we compare something with something else, it may seem better or worse. But the thing itself doesn’t change, only our perception of it does.

Our thoughts remain real and true until challenged. If you take a moment to look a little deeper at your thoughts, and their origin and justification for existing, you may find that your perception has been somewhat skewed and is therefore not true at all.

It is the spiritual individual’s quest to seek out truth, and personal truth is a large part of that journey. Personal truth is, among other things, to have a deep and honest knowledge of ones perception of life and therefore ones ‘self’.

When we set this quest for truth as our intention, we are opening ourselves up to finding a new awareness of what is, rather than what we believed previously.

Only then can we allow the screens of judgement and bias that we have manufactured within us to slowly drop away. This is a life-long process, but it is empowering to know and understand that almost anything in life can be adjusted with a change of perception.

Here is a list of ways you can change your thoughts and give a positive direction to your life.

1. Change your thoughts by creating positive affirmations

Affirmations are not always positive. They can be negative as well. The hexes created by the witches are negative affirmations.

The truth is that most people are given to making negative affirmations. When you think repeatedly that you are not going to succeed in a particular project, it is a negative affirmation. Affirmations, both negative and positive impact the neurological functioning of the brain.

Positive affirmations are like mantras. They have a sacred and spiritual force about them. Let us be clear about creating positive affirmations. They should not be normative or weak.

Thoughts such as I ‘should’, ‘ought to’ or’ abstain from’ are normative.

Examples of negative affirmations are: ‘I can’t’ do this. It is ‘quite difficult’. On the hand affirmations should be forceful and determined such as ‘I can’, ‘I will’, or ‘I am going to’. As mentioned above, your brain is always adapting to your thought patterns and directs your organs to act accordingly.

2. Learn to apply full stop

We keep mulling over our misfortunes, the perceived wrongs committed to us by those who we have loved and stood by so sincerely. We never stop cursing ourselves for the mistakes that we think we have committed. What would have happened if I had done this or that? What would happen if I do this or that in the future?

This is not to suggest we should not learn from our past mistakes or plan our future intelligently. The only thing is we should stop thinking over and over once we have learned from our past and decided about our future.

3. Let go of the need to be masochistic

Quite often we love to wallow in our misery. We enjoy creating self-punishing thoughts or being gloomy and pessimistic. Here is an example:

“If I start selling candles, the sun will stop setting,

If I start selling shrouds, people will stop dying.”

I was born unlucky. Nothing good will ever occur to me.

Such thoughts not only cause a harmful impact on the mind, but they adversely affect your physical health as well.

4. Change your thoughts by counting your joys and blessings

Most people take their joys and blessings for granted and start grumbling about what they do not have; or, when they are faced with problems and troubles. Just think of those who are less fortunate than you. Or, think of a situation that could have been worse than it is now. You are crying because have hurt your knee in an accident. What, if the leg itself had broken? See the filled half of the glass for satisfaction and the empty half with a resolve to fill it.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie

5. Appreciate and enjoy what you already have

A great way to change your thoughts is to appreciate and enjoy what you already have. This is not to suggest that you should not aspire for a still better life. Enjoy whatever amount of success you have achieved instead of feeling sad about what you have not been able to achieve. There is nothing wrong with always fixing higher benchmarks or goals, but failure to reach them should not spoil your enjoyment of what you already have.

“If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.” ~ Lao Tzu

6. Savor the joys of your achievements

It is one thing to achieve your goal; it is another to enjoy it after you have achieved it. For example, you marry a woman of your dreams, but get bored with her soon thereafter and start looking for a new one. This is one of the most common causes of marital discords and breaks up.

“There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

7. Stand erect and hold your head high in trying circumstances

We often tend to feel demoralized in adverse conditions. We stop and feel low as if we are bending under their weight. This happens both literally and figuratively. You will, however, surely feel better if you try to lift your spirits and also your head like a person determined to take up the challenge. This is the best way to get out of depression. Try it.

8. Allow yourself to be playful and childlike

Children are known for the innocence and simplicity of mind. They soon forget their quarrels with their friends and start playing together once again. This is the reason that generally they are always happy and smiling. Translated into the language of the adults, we should learn to forget and forgive.

“The great man is he who does not lose his child’s-heart.” ~Mencius, Book IV

9. Seek happiness and contentment in the present moment

Do not associate happiness with future events. I will be happy when things happen this way. It is like postponing your happiness to an unsure future. The better alternative is to try to postpone your sorrow to some future moment as much as you can. The time to be happy is to-day because yesterday has already passed and you cannot be sure that tomorrow will bring any happiness.
“How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now.” ~ Gerald Jampolsky

10. Be a master of your moods

Be a master rather than a servant of your own moods. You are the ruler of the kingdom of happiness. Do not allow other people or circumstances to make you happy or sad. Do not depend on material possessions to create happiness for you. It is for you to choose to be happy whatever the situation. Do not allow your heart to break up if your loved one has ditched you. If he/she can be happy without you so can you.

11. Wake up with a resolve to stay happy during the day

Resolve the first thing as you wake up in the morning to remain happy throughout the day. Spend some time with the flowers and plants in your garden. Listen to the songs of the birds in the trees or watch them flying high in the skies. Or, go out for a walk in the park nearby. Remember your resolve to remain calm as soon as you sense trouble coming. You owe yourself an ethical duty to remain happy.

12. Your body is your temple, honor it

Keep the temple of your body neat, clean and well-ventilated. Do not dump garbage of dirty, negative thoughts and toxic junk food in it. It is really difficult to remain happy when you are sick physically or mentally. There is a close relationship between the mind and the body. Take physical exercises regularly according to your constitutional needs. Subscribe to some inspiring- thought- for- the- day service to motivate you to stay happy during the day.

13. Meditate daily

Take stock of your day in the evening. Remember the little good things that happened. You were not held up in traffic snarls. Your car ran smoothly. There was no problem with your boss and colleagues. You had a delicious lunch or coffee. Thank your stars for a nice and happy day. This will fill you with gratitude and make you a happier person.

“During meditation, your metabolism and your breath rate go down to a level of rest, twice that of deep sleep.” ~ Mike Love

14. Focus on changing yourself instead of changing the world around you

It is impossible to change the world around you. So stop fretting when people do not come up to your expectations. The best course is to change yourself or at least adjust with the people or situations you do not like.

“Never underestimate your power to change yourself; never overestimate your power to change others.” ~ Wayne Dyer

15. Make the best of what you have

It is always better to make the best of what you have rather than pine for what you think is the best. A perfect state occurs only in Utopia and the world you live in is not that kind of ideal place. Do not be worried about the imperfections. The word ‘imperfection’ is derived from ‘perfection’. Even the most imperfect situation has some small element of perfection in it.

You change your life by changing your thoughts. If the thoughts you think are pure, your life will be pure.

Do you believe that thoughts have the power to transform your life? What do you believe stands between you and complete happiness? Is it your thoughts or something or somebody else?

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