It is men more than women who suffer mental health problems brought on by work and are less likely to seek help, the charity Mind has said; with a survey of 15,000 employees showing that 1,763 had poor mental health. In fact, men are twice as likely to have mental health problems due to their job, compared to problems outside of work. [Read more…]
We are fast becoming a population of insomniacs as health and lifestyle problems like obesity, excessive alcohol and sugary drink consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, mental health problems, stress at work, shift work, financial concerns, and long commuting impact our sleep patterns. [Read more…]
Social media use and ‘being online’ seem to be part and parcel of modern living with UK teenagers have some of the highest rates of internet use in the developed world – something that has a strong link to lower levels of well-being.
But limiting children’s use of the internet will not protect them against the ills of social media, researchers say. The BBC reports that the Education Policy Institute study said restricting usage can prevent children gaining the digital skills and emotional resilience to keep them safe. [Read more…]
We all know that we do not perform at our best after a bad night’s sleep. We are also well aware that our 24-hour culture is putting more demands on us and affecting how much sleep we get. And now, scientists in Canada have launched what is set to become the world’s largest study of the effects of lack of sleep on the brain.
A team from Western University in Ontario want to get people from around the globe to sign up to a series of online cognitive tests to test reasoning, language comprehension and decision-making. The team will collate the cognitive scores and see the variations depending on how much sleep people have had, and that lack of sleep affects cognitive performance, the BBC reported.
Professor Adrian Owen, the neuroscientist heading the study, said: “We all know what it feels like to not get enough sleep but we know very little about the effects on the brain; we want to see how it affects cognition, memory and your ability to concentrate.”
Everyone’s sleep requirements are different, he said, but if enough people join the study, it may allow scientists to determine the average number of hours needed for optimum brain function. When we are tired, says Prof Owen, there is much less activity in the frontal and parietal lobes – areas that are crucial for decision making, problem solving and memory.
While we all know that it is dangerous to drive when tired, because our reaction times are impaired and we might fall asleep at the wheel, the more subtle effects of sleep deprivation on day-to-day living are far less understood.
Prof Owen added: “It may be that lack of sleep is having very profound effects on decision making and perhaps we should avoid making important decisions like buying a house or deciding whether to get married when we are sleep deprived.”
Better than medication or diet changes to cure this is hypnotherapy which has a good track record in this regard, a hypnotherapist can create a program of personalized treatment that identifies the client’s sleeping patterns and teaches self-management techniques which make a big difference not just too how long they sleep but the quality of sleep they enjoy.
Research shows that hypnosis combined with cognitive behavioral therapy is the most effective treatment for insomnia while further research shows that insomniacs generally respond well to hypnosis.
The BBC report added that a paper in Nature Reviews Neuroscience said there was ‘remarkably little understanding’ of the consequences on the brain of chronic sleep loss and further mentioned a ‘precipitous decline in sleep duration throughout industrialized nations’, adding that more research was urgently needed.
After sessions with a hypnotherapist, a person may feel more confident; more relaxed in situations that have previously been challenging. The person usually is calmer and shows more clarity of thought – able to make decisions more easily, so contact me for further information or take a look in my Audio Hypnosis shop for suitable sessions that can change you …
Social media pressure is making some young people resort to cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers, says a study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which adds that government must protect people from an unregulated industry.
The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic surgery games aimed at children as young as nine, reports the BBC, adding that the report’s authors fear such apps are contributing to growing anxieties around body image.
The report identifies several factors that are encouraging young people in particular to focus on body image. These include increasing levels of anxiety around appearance; the rise of social media where photos can receive positive or negative ratings and the popularity of celebrity culture, complete with airbrushed images and apparently perfect lifestyles.
And, while much of the cosmetic procedures industry is unregulated so reliable data on its size is hard to come by, one market research company estimated the UK market could be worth as much as £3.6bn in 2015.
Professor Jeanette Edwards, from the University of Manchester, who chaired the council’s inquiry into ethical issues surrounding cosmetic procedures, said some of the evidence around games aimed at younger children had surprised the panel.
“We’ve been shocked by some of the evidence we’ve seen, including make-over apps and cosmetic surgery ‘games’ that target girls as young as nine. There is a daily bombardment from advertising and through social media channels like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat that relentlessly promote unrealistic and often discriminatory messages on how people, especially girls and women, ‘should’ look.”
The report describes how apps with names such as ‘Plastic Surgery Princess;, ‘Little Skin Doctor’ and ‘Pimp My Face’ could be contributing to mental health problems in young people. Prof Edwards also called for cosmetic procedures to be banned for anyone under 18 unless they involve a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, GPs and psychologists.
A government spokesperson said: “This report highlights once again that we live in a world where young people are under immense pressure on a daily basis about how they should look – it is ethically wrong for companies to exploit this and offer unnecessary cosmetic procedures to under 18s.”
Coping with anxiety caused by issues like bullying, altered Self Image or low self-esteem is often helped with clinical hypnotherapy. Anxiety can manifest itself in different worries, it may be fear of being around other people, it may be anxiety in specific social situations, anxiety in your relationships with particular people at home, at school or at work, how you look and how you fit in to your social circle.
A trained therapist will assess your anxiety, and find the root of stress or anxiety and then work with you, through hypnosis, to reach your goal of a life free from anxiety, using a range of different techniques; Hypnotherapy unlocks the potential you have to break free of negative thought patterns, and to react more positively and more confidently. Low self-esteem often begins in childhood, Teachers, friends, siblings, parents, and even the media send us messages about ourselves, both positive and negative. For some reason, the message that you are not good enough is the one that stays with you.
To boost your self-esteem, you need to identify the negative beliefs you have about yourself and challenge them, contact me for further information or visit my audio hypnosis website and shop to find suitable self-hypnosis sessions to help …
Pain is not pleasant and while some pain is unavoidable some experiences are made worse by our imagination – like a visit to the dentist or child birth. But can these painful moments be eliminated, as anaesthetic relieves the pain of an operation?
A prime example of this comes with dentistry treatment being an anxious experience for many but UK scientists have found that putting patients in a virtual reality (VR) environment while being treated can reduce anxiety levels.
Researchers from the University of Plymouth said a visit to the dentist’s chair could be as relaxing as ‘walk on the beach’. The researchers said this ‘bottled nature’ approach could help many people get past their fears, reports the BBC.
“Our idea was that if we bring nature into a stressful situation, such as the one in a dentist’s surgery, then that should have a similar benefit as when people are able to go out into nature,” explained co-author Sabine Pahl from the University of Plymouth. “We know about the benefits of the natural environment in psychological and physiological terms – people can feel relaxed and restore their cognitive resources.
“We also know in dentistry there is a high percentage of people with dentist anxiety and their teeth tend to be in a worse state and they tend to miss appointments because they are worried about going to the dentist; and that, of course, has an effect on their teeth. We are trying to intervene in that dental anxiety process,” she added.
However, not all were helped and those who experienced a more urban VR environment in the study did not receive the same benefits.
Clinical hypnotherapy has been proven on many occasions to help people overcome pain and the anxiety preceding events like a visit to the dentist, or child birth, hypnotherapy is the application of hypnotic techniques in such a way as to bring about therapeutic changes. This is achieved through an external influence – the therapist – that assists in activating the inner resources of the client in order to achieve realistic goals.
When it comes to pain control, hypnotherapy’s worth has been proven in birthing, for example, with hypnosis used as a technique to deal with pain and support birthing labor for many years. It can help overcome fear and anxiety around conception, parenting or birth itself. It can reduce stress and anxiety, boost your confidence and give mothers a feeling of control so the birth experience is the best it can be.
Hypnosis techniques can be taught to you to help you manage chronic pain as well as pain post-surgery. It has also been shown to reduce the post-operative recovery time on some surgical procedures. Research shows that hypnotherapy works well in particular with children who are undergoing chemotherapy. By using certain visualizations and stories children can be helped to manage their treatment in a gentle, empowering way.
Hypnotherapy is often highly effective in dealing with pain management. In fact, people often undergo surgery and dental work using hypnosis as an anaesthetic, if you’d like to know more, then get in touch with me for further information, or have a look around my Audio Hypnosis website for suitable Self-Hypnosis sessions in a wide range of subjects suitable for personal use ….
From an unusual fear of crowded places or open spaces to a persistent fear of spiders or social situations, many of us have phobias or above-average fears which cause undue anxiety and can even hamper they way we behave or lead our lives.
According to the mental health charity Mind, a phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is an extreme form of fear or anxiety triggered by a particular situation (such as going outside) or object (such as spiders), even when there is no danger.
The NHS says: “A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are more pronounced than fears. They develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object. If a phobia becomes very severe, a person may organize their life around avoiding the thing that’s causing them anxiety. As well as restricting their day-to-day life, it can also cause a lot of distress.”
It adds that a phobia is a type of anxiety disorder and Mind says it can be difficult to know when to seek treatment for a phobia.“If avoidance of the object, activity or situation that triggers your phobia does interfere with your everyday life, or keeps you from doing things you would otherwise enjoy, it may be time to seek help,” says the charity.
Mind says a person who thinks they have a phobia should consider getting treatment if they have an intense and disabling fear, anxiety or panic; if they recognize that the fear is out of proportion to the danger; if they avoid certain situations and places because of the phobia and if this avoidance interferes with normal routine or causes significant distress.
Using hypnotherapy, the Phobia can be seen in a different context. The therapist will let the sufferer see their fear from an objective perspective and then gradually build up exposure from a minimal to comfortable level and this can be done rapidly as the unconscious is able to process information more effectively without the interference of the critical mind.
This is a known as desensitization and is done by gradually building up the person’s confidence and ability to stay calm when confronted with a situation that brings on the phobia and dependant on the response of the client the therapist will try to give a realistic expectation of how long treatment may last.
If you think you might have a phobic condition which is changing the way you behave, contact me or have a look at my Audio Hypnosis Shop and see if there’s anything relevant to you, it could change your outlook on life …
Recent research has shown that there is such a thing as beauty sleep – and that it is important.
A couple of bad nights were enough to make a person look ‘significantly’ less attractive, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found, adding that dark-circled ‘panda eyes’ and puffy lids can even put others off socializing with you.
In the research, people were rated by strangers as less healthy and approachable when they had tired faces as a result of broken sleep patterns.
The subjects were given kit to measure their sleep; told to have two good nights’ sleep and, a week, later, two nights of just four hours’ sleep. After each session, they were photographed without make-up. Then a panel of strangers was asked to rate them on attractiveness, health, sleepiness and trustworthiness, as well as been asked: “How much would you like to socialize with this person in the picture?”
The panel was good at judging if the person they were looking at was tired, and, if they were sleepy, their attractiveness score suffered. The strangers also said they would be less willing to socialize with the tired students, who they also perceived to be less healthy, Royal Society Open Science journal reports.
Lead researcher Dr Tina Sundelin said “An unhealthy-looking face, whether due to sleep deprivation or otherwise, might activate disease-avoiding mechanisms in others”
She said this makes sense in evolutionary terms while Dr Gayle Brewer, a psychology expert at the University of Liverpool and member of the British Psychological Society, said: “Judgment of attractiveness is often unconscious, but we all do it, and we are able to pick up on even small cues like whether someone looks tired or unhealthy. This study is a good reminder of how important sleep is to us.”
There are many things that prevent us from having a good night’s sleep – ranging from the pressures of modern life and using social media in bed to anxiety about exams, job interviews and other stressful situations, but, clinical hypnotherapy can help people overcome these issues and get a good night’s rest on a regular basis.
During a hypnotherapy session, a therapist will relax you, make you feel comfortable and work with you towards achieving your goal. In treatment sessions for anxiety and stress, the therapist will set you a goal asking how you wish to feel, how you would like to be, and things that you would choose to do in your life if you were free of anxiety.
“Many people say that they are calmer and that they have more clarity of thought – able to make decisions more easily. People, who have experienced side effects of anxiety such as insomnia, find that they are sleeping much better and as a result are able to work more effectively.”
So if you are ready to catch up on your beauty sleep and ready to explore ways of freeing yourself from anxiety and living a fulfilled and happy life, contact me for more information or have a look in my Audio Hypnosis shop to find a suitable session …
The horrors of a terror attack are immediate and frightening but for the heroes who rush in and do their duty to help the injured and make things safe, the after effects can be long lasting and debilitating.
The attack by a suicide bomber, targeting young people leaving a pop concert in Manchester, will leave scars for a long time – not only for those who lost loved ones but also those who were there and survived.
For most of us, dealing with the horror of such an event is difficult; for those who survived, were injured or lost loved ones, it is even harder. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often suffered by people involved in such events.
According to the NHS, PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events and someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, maybe even experiencing feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later. It is estimated that the disorder affects about 1 in every three people who have had a traumatic experience, although it is not clear exactly why some people develop the condition and others do not, adds the NHS.
“While it is normal to experience upsetting and confusing thoughts after a traumatic event, most people improve naturally over a few weeks,” says the NHS. “You should visit your GP if you or your child is still having problems about four weeks after the traumatic experience, or if the symptoms are particularly troublesome. If necessary, your GP can refer you to mental health specialists for further assessment and treatment.”
This could include being prescribed medication – but there can be side-effects – or some form of talking therapy such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Talking therapies involves treatment that can help the PTSD sufferer feel more in control of their emotions and result in fewer symptoms, although there might still be some bad memories.
Clinical hypnotherapy has a proven record in treating anxiety, stress, PTSD and other similar issues as the hypnotherapist will work with the subconscious mind and identify and treat those ‘triggers’, allowing the person understand them and cope with them in the future.
The aim of hypnotherapy is to unlock stored emotion so that the trauma can be revisited and explored from a different perspective and there are various forms of hypnotherapy a practitioner may use and in order to determine which is the most suitable.
“In some cases, a therapist could use cognitive hypnotherapy or analytical hypnotherapy, both of which function on a deeper level than suggestion hypnotherapy and are able to work with the unconscious mind so that negative beliefs which were built up during the trauma can be explored and alleviated.”
During hypnotherapy sessions, sufferers can learn to come to terms with their trauma and gain a sense of control over their fear. By focusing on realistic thoughts, they can avoid falling back into negative thinking patterns whenever they encounter a trigger.
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