Drug deaths involving cocaine use rose by 16% to 371 last year, according to the Office for National Statistics, while overall there were 3,744 deaths from legal and illegal drugs in England and Wales. The ONS said it was the highest number of deaths since comparable records began in 1993. [Read more…]
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…]
Being popular and successful has become one of the ‘requirements’ of modern living – whether it comes from having a rising career, being a top sport star, having thousands of ‘friends’ on social media or being financially top of the pile.
Not being there can dent one’s self confidence while being at the top can also set you up for a fall and hit one’s self esteem – as has happened to England cricketers Ian Bell and Jos Buttler, rugby players like Sam Burgess and even football teams like Chelsea. [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…]
The recent accidental fatal shooting of a man live on YouTube – in an attempt to draw more followers to their site – has been described by US authorities as a ‘social media stunt gone wrong’ and has highlighted the dangers of social media addiction.
Monalisa Perez, 19, was booked into a Minnesota county jail after shooting at Pedro Ruiz as he held a book to his chest, believing it would stop the bullet, the BBC reported. The couple’s three-year-old child and nearly 30 onlookers watched as she fired the fatal bullet into his chest.
A relative of Ruiz said she had told her they did it because ‘we want more viewers, we want to get famous’.
One of the problems with social media’s rise in popularity is that people think their list of ‘virtual friends’ and the number of ‘hits’ they get for each item they post makes them ‘more famous’ and this need to be famous or popular can become an addiction.
Breaking an unwanted habit or addiction is not easy but clinical hypnotherapy can help people conquer their addictions and has great success in helping people stop smoking, overcome alcohol misuse, drug dependency and other ‘problem behaviors’.
We define a problem behavior as an unwanted habit or addiction; something you feel you have no control over which affects your life and the lives of those you care about.
Habits such as overeating or smoking are the most common. But there are other behaviors that affect people’s lives, make them unhappy or cause a risk to their health and the health of those around them.
An addiction can feel like it controls your life, but the good news is that we are in control and can change how we react to certain situations and you can protect ourselves in ways that are healthy.
An unwanted habit can also lead to stress and anxiety – another area in which hypnotherapy can help.
The rise in the popularity of social media is staggering. Facebook alone now has more than 1.5 billion users worldwide. This changing world has brought new opportunities but also pitfalls. Every week there seems to be a news headline about someone who has got into trouble through social media.
Referring to the tragic YouTube shooting, the Ruiz relative said: “It was just a prank gone wrong” and Ms Perez, who is pregnant, is now facing charges of second degree manslaughter. The single gunshot was fired from about one foot away as neighbors gathered to watch outside their Minnesota home.
If you feel you have a problem behavior that needs help, want to deal with anxiety issue, get help coping with a social media addiction or any other problem or issue then please get in touch or have a look around my Audio Hypnosis shop for sessions designed to help with similar issues and problems …
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 ….