Are you Concerned About Alcohol?

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are not small problems in Australia. Experts estimate the annual cost at somewhere in the vicinity of $36 billion.

Excessive drinking is tied to at least three thousand deaths in the nation every year, with thousands more hospitalised. Auto accidents, fatal and near fatal illnesses, and successful or attempted suicides top the list.

Then, of course, there are the untold thousands of husbands, wives, children, and other family members whose lives are damaged from having to deal with the fallout from living with problem drinkers; so add intense emotional pain to the physical and financial damage.

There is a growing recognition, among both laypersons and health professionals, that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are effective tools for working with alcohol abuse; and the fact that you are taking the time to read this blog probably means that you are at least wondering if you need help with unwise drinking.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Have you had an accident that, if you look at it honestly, you know would not have happened if you hadn’t been drinking?

Have you gotten into physical fights when drinking, but never when sober?

Have you been arrested for driving under the influence?

Even though you are a mellow person when you are sober, do your friends and family stay out of your way when you have had a few, because you are an angry drunk?

Have you lost a job, or been threatened with its loss, because even though you never miss a day of work, your hangovers interfere with your job performance?

Have you gotten up the morning after a big weekend and been unable to remember what you did?

Have your family or friends told you they are concerned about your drinking?

If you answered even a couple of those questions yes, then you need to face the probability that you are drinking unwisely, that you have a drinking problem. That means you have a living problem, and it didn’t start yesterday.

In the next blog we will take a deeper look at the problem, and how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can make a difference. And then, if you live in the Gold Coast area, you may want your next step to be giving a call to clinical hypnotist Greg Thompson.

Feeling fat? Change your Mindset with this One Thing

Even with the powerful help you get from hypnosis, reaching a healthy weight is not an overnight task; when you do it properly, it takes time, especially if you have a lot of kilos to shed. It doesn’t help that your body’s metabolism has a mind of its own. It will speed up at times, and slow down other times. It hits plateaus.

Your mood also has a mind of its own. Some days you may feel like you’ve got the world in a basket. At other times, it may feel like someone took that basket, turned it upside down, and dumped it over your head.

Hypnosis will help smooth those ups and downs out, but there may still be major swings that will make sticking to your weight loss regimen hard. After all, when you are up, everything feels easy. When you slip into one of those inevitable downs, not so much.

There is a technique that will help you keep your self-image and self-esteem positive. It is called the Premack Principle, named after the psychologist, David Premack, who came up with it.

Here is what to do:

First, make a list of the good things you can say about yourself: physical looks, talents, personality traits, or whatever. They don’t have to be big things. They don’t even have to be true all the time—nobody’s perfect, after all.

Next, pick the ten you think are the most important, If your list has fewer than ten items on it, choose them all.

Now, type or print that list in a column. For instance,

I am kind
I am smart
I am fairly good looking
I have a good ear for music
I am honest
I can dance
I am mostly polite

At the end of the list, add:

I am all of these things
I deserve to be healthy
I am losing weight
And nothing will stop me

Next, make several copies of your list. Put one on your bathroom mirror. Put another one on the inside of your bedroom door, and a third on the inside of your front door. If you work in an office, put a copy in your desk drawer. Put others anywhere you can figure to see them frequently.

Now, every time you look at one of those copies, read it. Read it out loud if you are somewhere you can. Read it with feeling, like you really mean it. When time allows, put yourself into a light trance first.

Within a couple of weeks, you will begin to notice a real difference in your attitude. You will feel more confident, more in charge of your life. Other people will see a difference, too.

Try it. You have nothing to lose—except for all those unwanted kilos, of course.

Hypnosis to Quit Smoking?

If you are looking for reasons to use hypnosis to break your nicotine addiction, here are a few:

Start with the cost factor. Sure, hypnosis and hypnotherapy represent a financial investment, but compared to the cost of smoking? Face it, if you are a pack-a-day smoker in Australia, where cigarettes are more expensive than any other country in the world, you are putting out around $700 a month to satisfy your habit.

Some smokers turn to nicotine replacement gums and patches, or to prescription drugs, to combat their smoking habit. Beyond the fact that these approaches don’t work very well, you also have to deal with side-effects. One often-prescribed drug, Champix, can cause nausea, headaches, vomiting, lack of energy and sleep disturbances. Another, Zyban, offers all those wonderful things, plus weight gain and weakened sex drive. Replacement gums and patches keep you loaded up with nicotine, which is of course a toxic substance that raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. Side effects of hypnosis? Feeling calm and relaxed.

Here’s another plus for hypnosis—it connects you with your unconscious, the creative part of your mind. This is where your inner wisdom lives. By connecting with that part of you through hypnosis, you are forming a powerful alliance that won’t let you do harmful things to yourself.

Then there are cravings. As a smoker you certainly know about those. In a hypnotic state, you simply cannot feel cravings. They don’t exist when you are in a trance, and one of the things you will learn working with a competent hypnotist—in Gold Coast, think Greg Thompson—is how to slip into a comfortable trance whenever you need to. All cravings go away if they are not immediately satisfied, and you will be able to simply go into a light trance and wait the craving out. Even better, every time you do that, the craving will be weaker next time, and will eventually disappear.

Last, hypnosis gets you beyond the physical addiction to examine other aspects of your smoking habit. Maybe you smoke when you are angry, or depressed, or stressed and needing a break, or even just bored. A hypnotist can help you examine the triggers that make your habit so stubborn, and develop hypnotic tools that will allow you to take charge. Even better, you will discover that those tools will also help you in many other parts of your life.

If you are ready to step away from your smoking habit, hypnosis is the way to do it.

Depression: How Hypnosis Helps

Some cases of depression have primarily biological roots. Some are strictly psychological. Most are a mix of the two.

Serious mood disturbances such as bipolar disorder have genetic causes and tend to be treated with drugs. Mood swings, however, that are not severe enough to justify a bipolar diagnosis, can still create problems for people. When those mood swings are rare, and not too intense, you can usually just ride them out, because you know they will end, and life will get back to normal.

On the other hand, if those swings are severe, and last long enough, they can interfere with life. They make it hard to get up in the morning. They get in the way of work. They may trigger excessive drinking, or abuse of other drugs. Then you need help.

In these cases, although the problem may have a biological basis, a skilled hypnotherapist can make a difference. For instance, you can be taught how to use self-hypnosis, and the trance state itself is a mood-altering tool, one that is more powerful than a drug. You simply cannot feel bad when you are in a trance. In addition, hypnosis can be used to instill positive, ego-boosting suggestions that will stay with you permanently.

More important for most people, the primary triggers of depression are not biological but emotional and psychological—tied to such things as life history, family learning, and social isolation. People get depressed because life has knocked them down repeatedly, and sooner or later they can’t get up again. Even with things like depression during or after pregnancy, while hormones may play a part, the big problem is usually psychological. The mom-to-be is afraid of failure, and the new mother is overwhelmed by the added responsibilities, and often has no support.

In other cases, people are depressed because they were taught to be. They may have grown up, for instance, with abusive parents whose constant message was, “You’re a loser.” Little kids can’t tell what’s true from what’s not true. What they are told is what they believe, and that can become a destructive reality later in life. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for creating a new, positive self-image.

Depressed people are frequently socially isolated. They avoid people because they don’t think people like them. Isolation leads to depression, which leads to more withdrawal and traps them in a vicious circle of loneliness, social avoidance and depression. Hypnosis is a potent tool for breaking out of that trap.

Depression is often tied to unresolved past trauma. Hypnotherapy offers a way of going back into the past and resolving the injury.

Hypnotherapists have been working for decades to develop strategies for dealing with depression. Hypnotherapy helps strengthen ego and self-esteem. It can break through social isolation and fear of contact. It can be used to resolve old trauma.

Best of all, the only side-effect is feeling good about yourself.

Hypnosis for Depression

Here’s an unhappy fact: On any given day, more than a quarter of Australians—we’re talking a million people—are clinically depressed.

Here’s another: On the average day, seven Aussies will kill themselves. That adds up to more than twenty-five hundred men, women and children every year.

If you are a man, chances are one in eight that you will suffer a period of serious depression in your life. For women, the rate is one in five, and that number goes up with pregnancy. Around ten percent of all women become depressed during pregnancy, a rate that rises to fourteen percent postpartum.

It is thus no surprise that one of the biggest businesses in Australia revolves around prescribing and selling antidepressant medications. Approximately ten percent of the people in Australia take these medications. For older women, the rate is closer to twenty-five percent.

There are major problems with these so-called mood-elevating drugs.

First, they don’t actually elevate mood for most people; they mainly flatten feelings out. You don’t feel ups or downs, just in-between blahs.

Second, they have side-effects—weight gain, reduced sexual desire and responsiveness, suicidal impulses.

Last, and perhaps most important, they don’t work. When Harvard Medical School researcher Irving Kirsch conducted a major re-assessment of thirty-five studies that had been conducted on the most widely used antidepressant drugs—Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil and Zoloft among others—he found that about the only difference between these drugs and a placebo was that the placebo didn’t trigger side effects.

Kirsch’s study came out in 2008. A second study in 2010 had about the same results. Despite that, physicians keep prescribing, and their patients keep taking, these drugs. When the drug doesn’t work, the doctor either boosts the dose, or goes to a different medication, which probably won’t work any better.

There is a more effective way to help people who suffer from depression. It is called hypnosis.

For many decades, hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been helping people defeat depression. Sometimes it is used on its own, sometimes in conjunction with other approaches, such as cognitive therapy. It works, and the only side-effects are a sense of well-being and a feeling of happiness at being able to live without pills.

We will look at how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can combat depression in the next blog.

Is Hypnosis Safe?

A commonly asked question. Is hypnosis safe?

If you are having problems in life—maybe you want to stop smoking, or you need to lose weight, or you’ve been dealing with stress, for instance—you may have heard good things about hypnosis.

However, you may also have heard concerns about how safe it is. Could sitting down in that hypnotist’s chair be risky? Could you wind up leaving with more problems, or worse ones, than you came in with?

Here’s the truth. Of all the tools you could think of using to make needed changes in your life, hypnosis and hypnotherapy are among the safest. Professionals use hypnosis to deal with physical and mental pain. Hypnosis is used to sharpen skills, hone talents, and boost motivation, to study for exams. Hypnosis is powerful and safe.

One of the primary reasons that hypnosis is safe is this—all hypnosis is essentially self-hypnosis, despite the stage-hypnotist image of a charismatic puppet master who puts you into a trance and makes you quack like a duck.

The reality is that when you go into a trance you are on a journey of your own devising. The hypnotist is only a guide, someone who will offer suggestions about where you can go, and what you can accomplish. You are the one in charge. You decide if you are going into a trance. You decide when you are going into a trance. You decide what you will do while you are in a trance. You are the boss.

It may not always feel like you are the boss. In a deep trance, your unconscious takes over while your conscious mind goes on a short vacation. But your unconscious mind, after all, is still an aspect of you, and even in the deepest trance, there is always a part of your mind that stays close to the surface, a hidden observer, in touch and aware of what is going on. That hidden observer will not let you go anywhere you are not ready to go.

In the meantime, here are two things to help you be sure that your hypnosis sessions will be both safe and effective.

First, have a clear idea of what you need and want to gain from hypnosis.

Second, pick a trained, competent professional hypnotist. In Gold Coast, think Greg Thompson.

Hypnotherapy for Anger Management | Moving Minds Gold Coast

Anger is a normal response to frustration. When we are trying hard to get something done, and can’t, it is natural to feel at least a degree of irritation. Anger can also be a healthy response to threat, even if we decide that, in a particular situation, flight is better than fight. But while anger is normal, how we respond to it can be a problem.

Most of us begin learning to deal with anger early in life. Our parents, and our experiences, teach us that most things are not worth getting into a hassle over, and that cooling down works better than picking a fight.

For some people, however, anger is a constant issue. They don’t control their anger; the anger controls them. It drives friends and family away. It gets them in trouble at work. It impairs their physical health. Sometimes it lands them in jail.

It isn’t unusual for people with chronic anger problems to wind up—either by court order or because a loved one told them to get help or else—in what is known as anger management counseling. This is usually group or individual counseling—talk therapy. It offers strategies for dealing with anger, ways of avoiding situations that trigger anger, and ways to talk yourself out of being angry.

And, sadly, it doesn’t work all that well. It usually doesn’t deal directly with angry feelings, and doesn’t touch on the emotional roots of the anger.

Hypnotherapy offers a much more effective approach. Anger is a multi-layered problem, and hypnosis offers a multilayered solution.

For example, people with anger problems tend to be tense and aggravated much of the time, not just when they are actively upset about a particular situation. With hypnosis, they can learn to develop a relaxation response that will be there day in and day out.

Hypnosis can also help develop an immediate response to angry feelings the moment they start to arise—for instance, going into a light, calm altered state, using a simple physical trigger like pressing your thumb and forefinger together.

Anger is often tied to poor self-image, which makes you vulnerable to feeling put down, which of course makes you angry. Hypnotherapy is an effective tool for dealing with self-image and self-esteem problems.

Anger is also a frequent defense against depression, because being angry feels better than being sad. Hypnotherapy is a well-accepted tool for dealing with depression.

So, if you have anger issues, and live in the Gold Coast area, give clinical hypnotist Greg Thompson a call.

Hypnosis is Not Meditation

Both hypnosis and meditation have been around for a long time, probably since the dawn of humanity. There are cave drawings that depict priests in what are clearly tranced states. Sanskrit writings describe hypnotic states and how to enter them. The Native American vision quest involves self-hypnosis. At the same time, meditation is practiced in various forms around the world; and it is described in ancient Chinese and Hindu writings.

It is also true that both meditation and hypnosis involve altered states of consciousness, and both use well-defined techniques to achieve those altered states. Meditators repeat mantras, or repetitive movements. Hypnotists use such things as eye fixation and hand levitation.

Also, both hypnosis and meditation lead to a shift away from the beta brain waves that are found in a normal state of wakefulness. However, those brain waves differ in the two states.

In meditation, it is typically true that the brain, especially in the frontal lobes, is dominated by theta waves, which are a step slower than the alpha waves usually found in a relaxed but alert state. In hypnosis, the frequency of brain waves depends on the depth of the trance. In a light trance, where most hypnotic work is done, alpha waves are dominant. In a deeper trance, the kind you might use for past regression, theta waves are strongest. In the very deepest, somnambulistic trances, where the person has zero conscious awareness of what is going on, the very slowest frequency, the delta wave, is in control.

In addition, hypnosis and meditation have different impacts and different results. In meditation, the goal is to empty the mind, to have no thoughts, to lose awareness of any mental activity. Once you have accomplished that, your job is done. In hypnosis, the task is not to empty the mind, but to focus it as sharply as possible in order to accomplish a specific goal—stopping smoking, eliminating pain, resolving an emotional trauma, or sharpening a skill.

You could see hypnosis as being like having a spotlight turned on to light up some specific area in your mind, while meditation is a way to dim the light, or even turn it off. Meditation is a great tool for achieving a general sense of calm. Hypnosis is a goal-oriented tool for getting a specific job done.

Make a change and gain motivation | Hypnosis for weight loss

Even though they may know that exercise is an important part of weight loss, with or without the extra power of hypnosis for weight loss, a great many people who are struggling to get their weight down to a healthy level don’t add physical activity to the mix. Why is that?

  1. In some cases it has to do with money. Going to a gym usually means being a member, and that costs money. If you budget is tight, finding the funds may be a problem.
  2. Some people may have the money, but they are reluctant to go to a gym because they are afraid they would be out of place. They figure that everyone else there will be athletes and bodybuilders who are in perfect shape, and who will look down their noses at anyone who is out of shape and, oh my gosh, fat.
  3. In other cases it has to do with available time. If you have a demanding job, and kids to take care of, and a yard that needs keeping up, you want to be able to just kick back and relax during what little spare time you have available.

But, hey, mate, you don’t have to go to a gym or climb a mountain to get some exercise. Your everyday life offers you ways to be more active without being involved in a formal regimen of exercise.

  • If you have a job, you probably get a lunch break. If you eat away from the office, find a place that is as far from your place of work as you can reasonably get to, and then walk there. If you’re a brown bag luncher, don’t open that bag in the office. Go to the nearest park, or at least the nearest park bench, and eat your lunch there. Once again, of course, walk to that site.
  • When you go to the mall, you will probably drive, but most of those places have big parking lots. Park your car at the far end of the lot; that means you will have to walk at least a little way, and every step will be good for your body.
  • Maybe you take a bus to work. Get off several stops early, and walk the rest of the way.
  • Do you work in an office building with more than one floor? Great. Just avoid the elevator. Take the stairs instead. In fact, take a quick walk up and down the stairs on your coffee or tea break.

These are all small things, but every one of them adds up, burning calories, increasing muscle fiber, and boosting your energy.

Need Motivation to Exercise?Hypnosis can empower you to make changes to lose weight with a busy time-poor lifestyle. If you need help getting started consider hypnosis for weight loss, with Greg a from Moving Minds Hypnotherapy on the Gold Coast.

Learn How to Beat Anxiety with Hypnotherapy

It is widely recognised that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are very effective in the treatment of stress and anxiety. Whether the problem is chronic nervousness, or is tied to a specific, short-term situation, a trained hypnotist has the tools to help you beat anxiety.

What is less often recognised is that, in addition to helping with existing stress, hypnosis can be used to prevent anxiety in advance. You don’t need to wait until the anxiety strikes. There are many situations where you can see a problem coming down the road. In those cases, you can use hypnosis and hypnotherapy to deal with it before it arrives.

Take this example. You want to go on a great vacation, but you have to fly to get where you are going, and you are terrified of flying. The idea of climbing into a metal tube, hearing the door close, and being sealed in and at the mercy of fate, is too much to handle. You aren’t sure you can bring yourself to go.

However, the trip is several weeks away, so you have three options.

  1. You can simply not go, and cheat yourself out of what promises to be a great time.
  2. You can spend day after day worrying and fretting, and making everyone around you suffer for your anxiety.
  3. Or, if you are in Gold Coast, you can call Greg Thompson and set up a few sessions of hypnosis for Anxiety.

One idea is to use hypnosis, and self-hypnosis, to rehearse, mentally, all the stages of the coming flight—driving to the airport, getting on the plane, strapping yourself in, feeling the plane taxiing and taking off, flying, and finally landing. You will go through all of that in a trance, which will mean that you cannot feel any anxiety. You will learn basic self-hypnosis, so that you can rehearse those stages at home while you are in a comfortable trance. And when the big day comes, you will be able to slip into a light trance before you leave home, and stay calm and relaxed the whole flight.

You will be flying the friendly skies of hypnosis.

This preemptive approach works well for just about any stressful situation looming in your future. Even better, you will have learned a skill that you can apply to other situations—an all-purpose tool that you will carry with you the rest of your life.