Exam Anxiety? Hypnosis can Help

Using Hypnosis for Exam Anxiety Through many years of working as a teacher from key stage one all the way through to adult pre-access learning, a common theme occurred throughout. When faced with exams or tests of any kind, many students fail to produce their usual standard of work and under-perform in the exam setting. This surprisingly common trait is one that holds students back because the education system fails to recognise their potential. In the most extreme cases just the mention of an exam could trigger severe reactions including shaking hands, feelings of sickness and a complete inability to recall facts and write coherently. This was often experienced by students who were entirely capable, but who struggled with the exam setting and the pressures that this applied. Stressful Examination Some students can become so stressed in exams that they cannot recall or repeat facts and processes that they have clearly demonstrated an understanding of previously. The shift in ability to perform is clear to see with the shift in pressure that is applied by the exam setting. In a society that relies so heavily on certification in all walks of life there is no escape from this performance anxiety and it can very significantly hamper the progress of careers. Learning may be disrupted by the fear of failure and for those who suffer this burden it can be a significant challenge in all walks of life. Effective Learning For effective learning to occur, students need to be able to follow a process of understanding, sorting and organising information, but anxiety can disrupt this process, making it impossible to...

The Richards Trauma Process: Effective Anxiety Relief

Many of us are unaware that we may be suffering from the affects of trauma and the impact that this could be having on our lives. Trauma is often classified into two groups, the first being the result of life threatening events, and the second caused by accumulated, less dramatic events that over time has compounded into underlying trauma, both of which take an emotional toll. What are some of the main causes of underlying trauma? Some of the core reasons that underlying trauma may develop range from growing up in a poor home environment to having a dysfunctional marriage, dealing with high-stress work environments or even being severely bullied at school. While we may learn to live with trauma, over time it accumulates and often comes to a head, which is when it can’t be ignored anymore. This is why The Richards Trauma Process is vital, as it’s a process used to effectively resolve both extreme trauma and trauma related issues. How is trauma resolved through The Richards Trauma Process?  TRTP™ is a structured form of therapy that treats trauma and the corresponding issues that are often the result, such as depression and anxiety, as well as fears and phobias. A dynamic treatment, TRTP™ involves different components, including: • Choice therapy • Mindfulness • Dream rehearsal therapy • Parts therapy • Hypnosis for anxiety • Emotion focused therapy • Motivational interviewing • Cognitive therapy • Ego-state therapy Hypnosis is a crucial therapy for dealing with trauma and anxiety in the subconscious. With both extreme and underlying trauma there are often unconscious beliefs that leave trauma sufferers stuck in...

Personal contact in business reduces Stress

Personal contact in business reduces Stress Growing up I watched my father in business and the relationships he built, both professionally and personally. Now, in my own business, I realise that most of my best business connections are with people I already knew personally or they came from personal recommendations.  I grew up on a farm in England and farmed in my own right for over thirty years.  The agriculture merchants and other businesses that I did business with, I knew their representatives personally.  Not necessarily as close friends, but colleagues. One incident in particular comes to mind.  A sales rep of a new machinery company, which had just started up in the area, arrived at my door one day.  At that point I really didn’t need a new tractor, although I liked the idea of a new one.  The sales rep viewed my tractor, produced a quote for part exchanging of my tractor for a new one.   I was not completely conversed with the value of agriculture machinery.  I rang Philip a friend, who owned a machinery agency and told him of the quote. Phillip’s immediate reaction was, “take the deal quick and make sure you have all the extras”.   Phillip did not persuade me to deal with him and his own company; he missed out on a sale.  From then on, nearly all my machinery purchases were via Phillip’s company.  I knew I had service reliability, mutual trust.  The same applied to all the agriculture merchants, who I purchased fertilisers and concentrated feed for the pig enterprise.  I was not a ‘shopper’ as such, trying to squeeze the...

Chemicals in Cigarettes Cause Stress and Anxiety

Chemicals in cigarettes Smokers, you probably already know the following facts and just ignore them, you may think they are never going to damage you. These are just a few or the chemicals in cigarettes, many of them are poisonous.  This is what you are constantly inflicting into your body. This is obviously creating stress and anxiety.  You may not show it outwardly, it’s still deep down in your subconscious mind. TAR refers to particles in the smoke that are measured in   machine test methods.  These partials are made up of many constituents including some that public health authorities believe are the likely cause of smoking related diseases like lung cancer. NICOTINE When tobacco is burned , nicotine transfers into the  smoke nicotine had been identifies as the addictive substance in tobacco smile. CARBON MONOXIDE is a gas that is formed in tobacco smoke.  It has been identified  as a leading cause of cardiovascular disease (heat disease) in smokers. AMBERGRIS is more commonly known as whale vomit. It is a waxy fatty substance that develops in the intestines of sperm whales.  It is believed that ambergris is vomited up by the whale in order to help  expel indigestible food from the whales stomach.  Lumps of ambergris are known to wash up on shorelines with indigestible parts of cuttlefish and squid deep inside ARSENIC exposure affects the structure and function of the cardiovascular system. It may cause arrhythmia and chronic exposure could induce cardiovascular pathogenesis BENZENE: The content of benzene in cigarettes accounts for half of the total exposure to this dangerous chemical that humans are to subject to during their...

Reduce emotional stress, Increase confidence to communicate

As Stress Levels Increases Confidence & Communication skills decrease The power of hypnosis is not the be-all and end-all in helping my clients.  The basic principle of hypnosis is to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious mind.  The ability to do this not rocket science.  In fact, to learn it is relatively simple.  All one needs is to have a passion for it and an aptitude.  I fortunately have both these attributes.  I enjoy my therapy work and I have a passion for it.  I rely mainly not on the courses I have attended but on my experiences in life in general.  I reflect on my personal experiences and what I have observed with other people. In fact recently I have had a few health problems.  My therapy has been my therapy.  It has given me something to focus on, not on myself.  It’s amazing how this alleviates the stress. I will reflect on helping a young part-Chinese man stressed out by his inability to communicate, stressed out with his studies.  This stress created anger outbursts.  He was, on first observation, a classic example for the Richards Trauma Process.  This was to clear the negative emotion from what he had experienced in his life which had created stress.  He had come from China.  His parents, quite understandably, wanted him to be a high achiever. He has a first class academic brain and is achieving excellent results.  The problem is that his parents had put too much pressure on him.  This principle is quite understandable.    The records show Asian students are coming out on top.  Their parents instil...

The Nicotine Trick

The Nicotine Trick This is an explanation of a concept regarding the nicotine trick. This will help educate the smoker to recognise another reason why the smoking habit becomes an habitual cycle for them. There is a process called the nicotine trick. This process describes the actual physiological, chemical and psychological effects of nicotine on the body when someone experiences their first puff and takes in the nicotine. Nicotine causes a very specific chemical reaction in the body. This reaction can mimic the     sensations of fear and anxiety.  It takes about twenty minutes after smoking a cigarette for the body to begin to develop this response.  So when someone has their first cigarette, approximately 20 minutes later the heart automatically begins to beat faster and they get slightly sweaty palms or a tightness or knot in the stomach, also in the muscles of the jaw. The neck and upper body begin to feel tense and tight, including the shoulder.  There seems to be an uneasy feeling in the body, just like the unconscious experience of anxiety. This is the chemical effect of nicotine on the body. It feels like uneasy fear or anxiety What happens then is a natural human response when people do not understand or like the way they are feeling. Many acknowledge that they feel odd so they say ‘Hmmm, I don’t like this feeling.  I must need another cigarette to calm me down and make me feel better.’ The cycle begins. They initiate the same 20 minute cycle process again. The person takes another dose of nicotine, they feel bad again, they take another cigarette...