Panic Attacks and Hypnosis

Hypnosis for Panic Attacks Panic attacks and panic disorders are a debilitating mental health issue for many people. They can strike unexpectedly and can affect your personal life, work life and relationships. However, you don’t need to be held captive by the issue, if you work on tackling the root cause of the problem. Here are some tips. Speak to Your Doctor The first step if you are having issues with panic attacks is to speak to your doctor. Many of the symptoms of a panic attack including shortness of breath and a racing heart can also be symptoms of physical issues such as asthma or heart disease, as well as a side effect of some medications. It is a good idea to make sure that your feelings of panic are not caused by any underlying issues before you start specific treatments for panic. Consider using Hypnotherapy Panic attacks stem from the body incorrectly sending the body into a ‘fight or flight’ mode, where it sends large amounts of adrenalin pulsing through the body. This creates the physical sensations of a racing heart, shorter breaths and sweating hands as the body prepares for an imminent threat. However, in modern life, this feeling can arise for other reasons, including stresses at work or simply the over stimulation of modern life. After a while, the body can become almost desensitised to this adrenalin and the patient can simply feel overwhelmed by any issues. Hypnosis for Panic Attacks Using hypnosis can be very useful for people in this situation. It can allow users to connect which situations or stimuli in their life...

Workplace Stress Affects Your Sleep and Diet

Wouldn’t it be great if we could leave workplace stress at in the office? Unfortunately, a study by an Auburn University has found that workplace stress affects our life far beyond our 9-5 work day. As a matter of fact, the study has found that workplace stress may be the cause of our unhealthy eating habits, which could, in turn, lead to long-term health problems. Luckily, Jaclyn Koopman, an assistant professor of management in Auburn’s Harbert College of Business, has found a remedy for both workplace stress and unhealthy eating habits: sleep. Sleeping Alleviates Workplace Stress The paper “Eating your Feelings? Testing a Model of Employees’ Work-Related Stressors, Sleep Quality, and Unhealthy Eating”, is the result of two and a half years of study. It was made in collaboration with the University of Illinois, Michigan State and Sun Yat-sen University in China. Koopman studied 235 workers in China and examined the relationship between the amount of sleep a person had and the correlation between workplace stress and unhealthy eating habits. Unsurprisingly, the study found that those who had stressful mornings at work were more likely to eat unhealthy foods both during the workday and during the evening. When the same workers had an adequate amount of sleep, the amount of unhealthy eating decreased dramatically. Unhealthy Eating Koopman studied two groups of workers: those in information technology and those in customer service. She found that both groups of workers suffered from less workplace stress and unhealthy eating if they had an adequate amount of sleep. She concluded that sleep provided a ‘buffer’ against unhealthy eating. Koopman admitted that the results...

Hypnosis for Panic Attacks & Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental health disorder in which the sufferer is overcome with worry, anxiety or fear that can sometimes impact their day to day activities. There are many forms of anxiety, including generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, social anxiety and phobias. Many sufferers of anxiety find that they have a panic or anxiety attack for no discernible reason at all and these attacks are often accompanied by debilitating physical sensations. This is a common symptom of a generalised anxiety disorder and has been shown to respond exceptionally well to hypnotherapy treatment. A Physiological Response Although it may not feel like it at the time, a panic or anxiety attack is often caused by a physiological response, rather than a psychological one. Feelings of anxiety or panic attacks are caused by our evolutionary ‘fight or flight’ response that is hardwired into our DNA. This flight or fight response needs to be powerful as it is necessary to keep us alive in certain situations, but in the case of an anxiety sufferer, it can act as a roadblock to rationality. One of the main reasons why hypnotherapy is successful when it comes to treating anxiety and panic attacks is that it triggers a relaxation response, which is the opposite of the fight or flight response. Even though we may not be aware of any specific causes, panic attacks are caused by our heightened fight or flight response. This response can sometimes be so powerful that, sometimes, even thinking about a panic attack can result in all of your anxiety inducing feelings and worries returning to cause yet another panic attack....

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...

My analogy of the Richards Process

My analogy of the Richards Process Judith Richards The Richards Process is something I have been practising for the last two years.  Prior to that I considered myself an accomplished practitioner.  I was satisfied with results that I was achieving.  Many of my clients were personal referrals.  I also had excellent testimonials and short video clips – see them here on my site. I have to attend so many workshops a year to keep up my qualifications.  At one event the main speaker for one of the workshops cancelled due to illness, Judith Richards was a ring-in.  Her presentation made sense.  Some of the presenters were, in my opinion, wafflers. First she gave her background of where she was coming from.   In her first marriage she had been extremely abused and traumatised, both physically and mentally – to the extent that she couldn’t show her face in public.  She didn’t go under; she worked out how to fix it.  She then studied hypnotherapy and used that skill as the tool.  She worked up a very good practice using the skill of hypnosis and the knowledge of what she had been through in her own personal life.  When she finished her presentation she stated she intended to run a two-day course to teach other therapists her own personal skills.  I immediately shot up my hand and fortunately I was one of the group she selected. As we go through life there are milestones that, on reflection, have a major influence on our lives.  One of the main ones in my life was joining the Royal Marines.  That was a period which...