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7 Tips to Beat the Social Anxiety Grinch

grinchsmallWe all know that the Grinch did his best to ruin Christmas, but social anxiety can also make the holiday season a nightmare. It is not easy to live with at any time, but as the party season comes closer it can be more difficult than ever. Family gatherings, parties and other festivities can be a nightmare for those who are not at ease in company, all the more so because everyone else seems to be having such fun.

Quit smoking timeline

quit smoking

Well, it's 'Stoptober' and lots of you are planning to quit, so have you ever wondered just how fast your body adapts back to good health? This infographic will make it nice and clear.

And if you need some help and support from me, just get in touch.

 

Hypnotherapy and Depression

Hypnotherapy and Depression

Depression is a mood disorder and it’s much more common than you’d think. In fact MIND, the mental health charity believes that around one in four people in the UK will suffer depression every year. Despite this, it’s much misunderstood, is often seen as a signal of personal weakness, and not everyone who experiences it recognises what they’re going through.
How do I know if I'm depressed?

Although depression ranges from mild to severe, it's more than feeling 'down' or 'sad' for a few days. It's one of those conditions which affects each of us differently, but you might have depression if you

  • feel sad, hopeless ('what's the point?') or deeply unhappy
  • can't be bothered to do things you used to enjoy
  • feel tearful or find yourself crying for no specific reason
  • feel tired or listless a lot
  • find concentrating on things more difficult than usual
  • change your behaviour patterns around food, sleep, sex,
  • think about self-harm, death or suicide

People who are depressed often experience stress or anxiety as well

What can I do about my depression?

The first thing is to go see your GP. In my experience, a lot of people avoid doing this because they worry about not being taken seriously, or don’t feel their problems are 'bad enough'. Others worry that the only option they'll be offered is pills, or they just can’t find the emotional or physical energy to get to the appointment. Despite this, you really need to get your symptoms checked out: it might help to ask a friend or relative to go with you.

Depression is a very varied condition with a lot of variations in the symptoms and causes, so it needs medical expertise to diagnose it. Some of the symptoms which look or feel like depression can also be due to other causes such as hormone imbalances, which again need to be ruled in (or out) by a doctor.

Hypnotherapy and depression

Lifestyle changes will often be a part of reducing your depression, such as getting more exercise and 'me time', and cutting down on alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy foods.

Unfortunately, the depression itself can make this difficult. When you are depressed, it's often hard to see the 'light at the end of the tunnel' that tells you that you can feel better or to find the energy to do the things that will make that happen.

Help is at hand, though. As you might have seen elsewhere on this site, hypnotherapy can offer support with many of the changes your GP might ask you to make as part of treating your depression.

  • it can teach you relaxation techniques for regular use
  • it can support you as you quit, control or reduce your smoking
  • it can support you as you change to healthier food choices
  • it can help you find the motivation to exercise more regularly
  • it can teach you techniques to deal with negative thinking and worrying so you feel more positive
Ethical issues around using hypnotherapy for depression

It's only fair to say that the Advertising Standards Agency has a couple of concerns about using hypnotherapy to work directly with depression. These are:

  • that people with depression might be discouraged from seeing a doctor if they see a hypnotherapist
  • that hypnotherapy should be used with depression and other serious illnesses under the guidance of someone who is medically trained

It's important for me to work responsibly so I ask all clients seeking help with depression to see their GP before I begin working with them. If we plan to use hypnotherapy with your depression (rather than simply to support the changes mentioned above) I will also ask for a medical referral.

Having said that, I draw on a wide variety of skills to help with depression, including counselling and coaching. Often these are the best and most effective first approach, with hypnotherapy used as an 'add-on' if necessary to support specific changes, like those mentioned above.

If you'd like help with depression please get in touch.

If you'd like help please get in touch.

Are there guarantees for hypnotherapy?

guarantees for hypnotherapyIf you are considering using hypnotherapy to resolve some problem in your life, you have probably done some reading around on the subject. (Good for you - you absolutely should!)
You have probably heard that hypnosis is very effective; maybe even that it can be a 'miracle cure'. It may be quite a big investment for you in terms of time, money and effort. So it might seem reasonable to ask if I can offer a guarantee to solve whatever problem you are dealing with.

Hypnosis in History: Franz Anton Mesmer

mesmer {{PD-US}} I'm sure you have heard of Mesmerism or feeling mesmerised, but you may not know that this comes from Franz Anton Mesmer (1754-1815). He was interested in magnetism, having watched a demonstration of ‘magnetic cures’ and exorcisms by a priest called Father Maximillian Hell in 1774.

Get rid of negative thinking

negative thinkingAre you a glass half full or a glass half empty type of thinker? To be fair, all of us think negatively from time to time. Something happens and it flits through our minds that the results of it will be bad, or uncomfortable, even though we're aware there is no particular reason that things won’t turn out well. The problem with negative thinking is that it can take over. From being an occasional, fleeting thought, it can become overwhelming, and feel as if it’s out of your control.

Happiness - can you make it happen?

happinessheader2What would make you happier? A new job? More money? Improved health? Nicer holidays? Or something else?
In fact, research shows us that this sort of detail has surprisingly little to do with how happy we believe we are.

 

  

Does hypnotherapy work?

does hypnothrapy workOften (and quite understandably) people ask me; “Does hypnotherapy work?” What can I say, except, 'Yes', and for some, that's enough But I can hear others thinking, 'Well, she would say that, wouldn't she?'

So don’t just take my word for it. The good news is that there is a lot out there and new evidence coming out all the time.

Hypnotherapy and Blushing

blushingGoing red in the face is a very common and unpleasant experience for many of us but some find that they blush far more easily or frequently than others. If you are aware of this or feel embarrassed by it, chances are you will just blush more. So what can you do?

 

Debbie Waller Hypnotherapy

The Loft Complementary Therapies Normanton, West Yorkshire, WF6 2DB

Please note: information on this site is for your guidance only and does not take the place of advice from a medical professional.

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