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Common Sense and Hypnosis

I love that quote. Everyone I work with wants to do common sense things that should be easy to do. They want to stop smoking, eat right, control anxiety, focus on important areas of life and avoid distractions.  All of these things are just common sense.

  • It’s common sense to not smoke tobacco.
  • It’s common sense to eat healthy foods.
  • It’s common sense to get physical activity.
  • It’s common sense that speaking to groups of people should be easy.

These things should be easy … but they are not.  If gaining this level of control were easy people wouldn’t need a hypnotist.  A lot of people will explain that they “can’t get our of my own way.”

Hypnosis is designed to create the “ideal conditions” where doing the commons sense things are simple, easy and automatic.

People wonder what the experience of hypnosis is like to make such a dramatic, and common sense, change.  I remind people that it’s all about directing the attention to the right things. The hypnotist is the tour guide, your job is to do the “heavy lifting” by simply following the hypnotists instruction. Most of the time the feeling you get in hypnosis is so positive and pleasant it’s amazing. A lot of people feel so dramatically better they’re smiling and laughing at the end of the session.  Yes, it’s an “ideal condition” for being able to do what is just common sense.


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Stress busting tips that work part 2

Hey campers! In our last article we gave you 5 simple ways you could combat stress. We talked about identifying our stressors, letting go of commitments that are holding you back, being more punctual and getting more organized.  We want to follow up with 5 more things you can do to reduce your stress level and keep on making positive changes.

Cut down on Multi-tasking

A common myth is that people are able to do multiple tasks at the same time. The truth is, the more tasks you are trying to do, the less effective you become.  As you become less effective and strain to disperse your attention evenly, your stress level rises with the tempo.  Focus on one thing at a time and you will be more effective and less stressed.

Don’t try to control everything

You can’t be master of the universe.  The sooner we accept the fact that we can’t control every variable in every situation, the more life will go our way. Keep a positive attitude and try to be accepting of the way other people process things.  “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try some times, you just might find, you get what you need.”

Eliminate things that drain your energy

If you went through the first step we suggested in the first part of this article, you already made a moral inventory and identified some of the things that were stressing you out most. (if you haven’t done this, please don’t forget to do so.) Think about the things you have identified, which of those things are things that drain you of energy? Identify things (or even people) who drain you of energy. Make a plan to avoid these things.

Identify and Avoid Stressful People

You know who they are. Make a list and think about how you can either avoid or better deal with these people.  Hopefully you already started dealing with the draining people more effectively, now it’s time to move on to dealing with people who cause stress in your life.  Dealing with stressful people on your terms is much easier than dealing with them on theirs or even not dealing with them at all.

Help other people

If this seems out of character for a stress busting tip, you should consider it strongly! Helping others helps you to reflect on an important part of your humanity.  When we serve others, we feel better about ourselves. Just as people and stressful situations can facilitate stress, being actively engaged in the cause of good will do nothing but elevate your happiness.

How can Hypnosis help?

Along the way, this is the sort of practical advice people who have been clinical hypnosis patients can put directly into play.  Hypnosis will help you to have the fortitude to put these helpful suggestions in to play.  If you are struggling with stressful situations, we can help you to overcome them.



Removing Phobias With Hypnosis

Help with phobiaHypnosis has been shown to be an effective treatment for many individuals with phobias.

A significant percentage of the population suffers from a phobia of one type or another. For some individuals it can be mildly distressing but manageable.  For others it can be seriously debilitating.

A phobia is an irrational fear of a particular stimulus. This stimulus can be a situation, a thing, or an activity.  People with phobias will either go to great lengths to avoid whatever it is they fear, or they will tolerate it with considerable anxiety. For some people, a phobia can trigger panic attacks. In severe cases the phobia can end up literally controlling a person’s life.

In short a phobia is a fear response to a stimuli. The freedom from phobias using hypnosis is achieved NOT by accessing the underlying cause of the phobia but by instructing the Subconscious mind to simply change the response to the stimuli.

Many hypnotists (wrongly) believe that the only way to remove a phobia is to find the original cause of the phobia through regression. In other words, they ask you to go back in time and relive a trauma! Why not simply change  your response to the stimuli?

The process is straightforward and lasting.

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Conquer Fears With Hypnotherapy

Fear is an invisible concept, but it’s one of the largest obstacles when it comes to achieving desires and goals in life. It can undermine confidence; prevent opportunities from being realized, or even severely damage personal and professional relationships. Unfortunately, treating or eliminating fear through medicine is incredibly difficult, as pills and prescriptions tend to only address the symptoms – elevated heart rate, sweating, anxiety, and so on – and not the cause of the fear itself. Hypnosis, on the other hand, is uniquely suited to this task because it focuses on the initial cause of the fear and uses a person’s own inner strength to defeat or mitigate it.

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Hypnosis Helps Where Pills Cannot

The effects of hypnosis treatment provide support in intense situations where taking out a pill bottle might not be appropriate. A person with social anxiety, for instance, might find himself or herself confronted with a sudden job interview that reaction-dulling medication would impact in a negative way. If that same person had previously invested in the healing, calming techniques that hypnosis utilizes to combat fear, they would be able to face the same prospect of an interview with a calm, clear mind.

While sometimes medication is necessary, most common fears can be managed through hypnosis treatment. This approach ensures that the patient isn’t left paying hundreds of dollars for a cycle of medication annually. Additionally, hypnosis has no side effects and gives the client the power to solve their own issues, rather than temporarily silencing them with a pharmaceutical.

What Fears Can I Overcome With Hypnosis?

Some common fears that hypnosis can help with are:

  • Flying on an airplane
  • Fear of contracting a serious illness
  • Fear of losing loved ones
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of serious injury
  • Fear of confined spaces
  • Fear of social interaction
  • Fear of animals / insects
  • Fear of germs
  • Fear of other’s perceptions

Hypnosis treatment is also ideal for unique or challenging fears, due to its personalized application. No matter what set of triggers keeps a client up at night, each one can be addressed and treated individually for holistic success.

Stop Triggering Fears Through Hypnosis Treatment

Trigger moments for some fears can happen completely without warning. Once a trigger moment has occurred, a virtual tidal wave of connected associations and negative emotions is unleashed, ruining productivity and emotional stability. The ensuing reaction to a trigger moment can cause issues with personal relationships, jobs, and general happiness due to embarrassment or concern over self-perception. Even in the space between these trigger events, quality of life is diminished because of the constant fear they will occur. Spiders, the dark, confined spaces – all of these can happen instantly, a variable that leaves those with phobias in a continual state of low-level panic. Hypnosis helps isolate the core of fears like these, giving the hypnosis patient valuable subconscious insight and thus more control over their visceral reactions.

Demand a Better Life Now

If you’ve been struggling with your fears, there’s no need to face them alone. Make the choice to live a life free of fear by contacting New Hampshire Hypnosis now. Imagine rising above the anxiety, the cold sweats, and what-ifs that plague your peace of mind; the answer is closer than you think when you use the power of hypnosis therapy to silence your deepest fears once and for all.

Quitting Smoking Can Reduce Anxiety

Quitting Smoking Reduces AnxietyQuitting smoking reduces anxiety, especially among those who mainly smoke to “cope” with life, according to new research from Oxford and Cambridge Universities and Kings College London.

“The belief that smoking is stress relieving is pervasive, but almost certainly wrong. The reverse is true: smoking is probably anxiogenic (causes anxiety) and smokers deserve to know this and understand how their own experience may be misleading,” said the researchers.

For the study, researchers followed 491 smokers who were enrolled in U.K.’s National Health Service smoking cessation clinics throughout England.

They had all received nicotine patches and were attending weekly appointments. Overall, 106 (21.6 percent) of the participants had been diagnosed with mental health problems before they tried quitting smoking — mostly anxiety and mood disorders.

At the beginning of the study, participants were assessed for their anxiety levels. They were also asked their reason for smoking: mainly pleasure, mainly to cope, or about equal.

Sixty-eight (24 percent) of the participants were still smoke-free six months later. Ten of these had a current psychiatric disorder.

According to the results, those who were able to quit smoking showed lower levels of anxiety. The decrease in anxiety was especially notable among the ex-smokers who used smoking “to cope,” compared to those who smoked “for pleasure.”

Among participants who started smoking again, pleasure smokers reported no change in anxiety levels after relapsing. However, those who smoked “to cope,” as well as those with a diagnosed mental health disorder showed an increase in anxiety.

Participants who smoked to cope were far more likely to have a cigarette first thing in the morning. The researchers say this behavior aims to “stave off withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety.” If they managed to quit smoking, these repeated episodes of anxiety eventually lifted and they felt less anxious.

“In summary, stopping smoking probably reduces anxiety and the effect is probably larger in those who have a psychiatric disorder and who smoke to cope with stress. A failed quit attempt may well increase anxiety to a modest degree, but perhaps to a clinically relevant degree in people with a psychiatric disorder and those who report smoking to cope,” said the researchers.

“Clinicians should reassure patients that stopping smoking is beneficial for their mental health, but they may need to monitor for clinically relevant increases in anxiety among people who fail to attain abstinence.”

Source:  British Journal of Psychiatry

Using Hypnosis as Alternative Medicine

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis or “Hypnotherapy” (as it is more properly termed) is a technique that uses mental cues to effect a physical state. It involves an inductive trance-like state where the person receiving the therapy can experience a very relaxing form of training in which to change behaviors.  Recent studies have shown that hypnosis can be beneficial in acute anxiety disorders such as panic disorder.

Scientific Research Supports Hypnosis

Several studies have begun to identify the positive benefits of Hypnotherapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders (a class of disorders where patients experience irrational or excessive worrying that can be complicated with physical ailments such as chest pains and shortness of breath). In 2010, a report from Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, researchers found that hypnosis is safe and effective as a method to treat and manage anxiety disorders.  Moreover, they found “compelling evidence” that suggests Hypnotherapy can be used to treat physical health problems such as irritable bowl syndrome and migraine headaches.

More studies have shown that hypnosis can be used as a preventative method to treat anxiety disorders that are triggered by stressful situations. This is done by setting up positive self-empowering cues or “nudges”  that the person can use as an anchor in situations of extreme duress. Hypnosis as a means of preconditioning patients for stressful situations has been proven useful in medical procedures. A 2006 research study found that 76% of patients who were treated with a hypnosis induction prior to surgery felt less anxious before going into the operating room.

How can YOU use the benefits of Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is typically performed by a hypnotherapist. A proven hypnotist can help train your mind to think differently about situations and set up a treatment program for your unique situation that may include personalized recorded inductions.

Should You Use Hypnosis to Treat Anxiety?

If you are considering the benefits of hypnosis in your life, the best thing to do is to call us. We can help you to determine the best course of action for you personally.