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I just read a blog by a support group for Panic and Anxiety sufferers.  It was clear the group has been in existence for some time.  I was saddened to think that the group members did not know that hypnotherapy could very possibly bring them permanent relief from their anxiety attacks.

They are caused when the mind recognises a supposed threat (sometimes unconsciously) and the person over-thinks, imagining the panic attack which their thoughts in fact cause.  Alongside this over-thinking is body tension and changes in breathing all of which combine to give dreadful feelings which really make people suffer.  Of course, no one does this deliberately, but luckily with a help from hypnotherapy these attacks can be a thing of the past.


Published on Feb 7, 2012 by

http://www.euronews.net/ Could hypnosis become the preferred method for pain relief in maternity wards throughout the world? A hospital in Lille is trying out the drug free method with surprising results. Taking a different look at drugs, chronotherapy is proving an effective weapon in the fight against cancer but can taking medication at certain times of the day help combat other diseases?

The first half of this interesting news report shows how hypnosis is used in childbirth with happy results. Confident Childbirth is one of the services I offer.  Contact me for more details.

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Happiness Tips

Research shows that people who are generally cheerful and enjoy life regularly do one or more of the following activities:

* Perform an act of random kindness every day

* Get in touch with nature daily - do some gardening, go for a walk, anything that gets you out outside and in touch with nature.

* Do more of what makes you happy.  Work out what makes you happy and do more of it.  If you’re not sure what makes you happy, check it out for a week.   Make a simple chart with the days of the week across the top and each time you feel even slightly happy write in the appropriate slot.

* Do less of what makes you unhappy.  Sounds obvious but this basic step is often overlooked.

* Work towards eliminating toxic people from your life.  They’re the people who do you no good - you feel worse after being around them.  It may take some time to do this, but just working towards it will bring a sense of relief.

* Spent time with people who leave you feeling positive.  Again, an obivious tip, but a sometimes overlooked one.

* Look after your body.  Cut down on alcohol and unhealthy foods.  Get regular exercise.

* Give yourself regular goals.  They can be big Make a million in the next five years or small Drink wine only at weekends.

  • Join in.  Whether it’s an evening class, a singing group, an exercise  class or anything else you enjoy, spending time with others who have a similar interest will boost your happiness level



Great Time Management Tips


1.    Prioritising:  The really effective urgent and important method works better than any other I've come across.  Urgent means the needs to be done soon, and important means that there will be big benefits from doing it or big trouble if you don’t.

Items which are:

Urgent but not important – do these immediately (because they are urgent) but don’t spend long on them (because they are not important)

Important but not urgent – make a start and schedule the remainder (so that it doesn’t creep up on you).  Allow yourself enough time to do the job well (because it's important)

Neither urgent nor important – Delegate if you can, defer to a later date (remember to put it in your diary), dump, or do (if it can be done in two minutes)

Both urgent and important – do it now (because it's urgent) and give it as long as it needs (because it's important).  If you have several urgent and important items ask yourself Which of these will give me the greatest benefits or save me the most trouble.  That should tell you how to prioritise them in more detail.


Conquering the Paper Mountain

1.    File your papers every day.  If you hate doing it, find a reward for yourself such as doing the filing before coffee break.

2.    Have a great filing system that everyone understands

3.    Only have on your desk the piece of paper you are working on

4.    Immediately destroy or recycle any paper you don’t need

5.    Regularly go through filing cabinets destroying out of date information.


Dealing with interruptions without giving offence

1.   If you work with others, agree between you to have a ‘quiet hour’ each.  You’ll need to book this so that you don’t all chose the same hour.  During that hour you divert your phones and have something on your desk which signifies it’s your quiet hour so that others leave you alone.

2.   If the interruption is work related, ask the person to write you an email about whatever they’ve interrupted you for.

3.   If the interruption is just chat, say you’re busy but will catch up with them during the next break

4.  if you know your ‘interrupter’ always comes by at the same time of day, try to be elsewhere at that time to break them of the habit.


Training yourself

1. Don’t use the internet for private use during work time (simply stick to your breaks)

2. Ditto e-mails

3. If you have a phone on your desk, don’t have your mobile phone on during work time.  It'll just distract you.

4. If you’re a perfectionist and tend to spend too long on things, decide how long each task deserves before you start and then stick to that time.  Write that time next to each task on your to-do list.

5. If you live on adrenaline rushes and tend to flit from task to task, learn to recognise the ‘adrenaline rush’ as simply that.  Take a deep breath and ask yourself what would be the most important thing to do now (as opposed to what just popped into your head)


To-do lists

1. Always have a to-do list.  It's an essential part of good time management.

2. Refresh your to-do list at least daily, crossing off any item you’ve completed.

3. Don’t put long term tasks (like quarterly reports) on your to-do list.  They’ll stay there for ages demotivating you.  Write the submission date in your diary along with any sub dates for partial completion.  On your to-do list you only write what you’ll do in the next day or two towards that task.  It's so much more motivating.

4.Get your to-do list out every time the phone rings, you open your emails or someone walks towards your desk.  The odds are you’ll need to add something to it.



1. Take a lunch break every day – you’ll get just as much done because you’ll be refreshed and work better in the afternoon.  




20.1.12.  The New Yorker who has a phobia of cuddles.

I was reading an article in the online magazine The Gloss today by New Yorker Amanda Chatel.  She was bemoaning the fact that she doesn’t like cuddling adults.  But her phobia, if it is strong enough to be called that, is very specific.  She can cuddle children and her dog, she can have intimate relationships, but she just doesn’t like cuddling.

‘How sad’, I thought reading this because cuddling is such an important part of life.  Have you noticed how we cuddle ourselves when we are unhappy or cold or in pain?

And cuddles from others have other benefits too.  A report in the Daily Mail on 8 December 2011 quoted research from Duke University and the University of Adelaide.  Researchers found that this type of attention in early childhood may actually beneficially change the immune response of the young child’s brain.  It’s so important that some hospitals actually use volunteers to cuddle babies who are patients if their parents were not available to do so.

In a study on rats, those who had close physical contact with their mothers were able to resist the temptation of a dose of morphine when they were older.  If this could be translated to humans, there would be hope that cuddled children would not turn to drugs later in life.  Rats share the same ‘reward’ pathway as people so they are particularly appropriate for this type of research.

Another report in Medical News today reported that babies need cuddles, love and stimulation to aid healthy brains.

Cuddles from someone we value are a great way of relaxing and reducing stress.  It provides us with validation of our worth and cements close relationships.

Amanda said that she is already seeing a therapist but so far has made no progress with her phobia problem.  I do hope she will see a hypnotherapist for some effective phobia treatment, then she can look forward to the pleasure of lots of hugs in future.


24.1.12  How to Deal with Panic Attacks

Many articles offer useful advice on how to deal with a panic attack when it is beginning. As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist I regularly treat people who experience panic attacks to prevent them ever happening again and to give the client freedom from the fear of their recurrence.

If you suffer from panic attacks here are some easy and very effective steps you can take to stop that attack in its tracks.

1. Learn to recognize your stress at a very early stage, well before you get to the panicky stage. This will be slightly different for different people but is likely to include one or more of the following symptoms:

o breathing shallowly from high in the chest 
o raised shoulders 
o tense muscles 
o inability to think as clearly as normal

2. Once you have recognized that you are getting stressed, try to stop doing whatever is making you stressed. However, if that is not possible you can absolutely reduce the likelihood of an attack by getting in control of your breathing. To do this: 
*  lift your shoulders to under your ears and then let them drop.  This is to relax any tension that you might be holding there. 
*  Adjust your breathing so that you are breathing low in your chest 
*  For each breath, breathe in for the count of four and out for the count of ten so that your lungs can empty of air. Do this four or five times and as you do so, 
*  Keep your  shoulders low, drop your head forward a little 
o if possible, take a sip of water or better still get saliva in your mouth

One of the problems with panic attacks is that the oxygen mix in your blood is changed because of shallow breathing. This makes your muscles tense and stops you thinking clearly. Taking step 3 above will help to adjust this. You may also like to spend 5 minutes twice a day practicing this breathing as a preventative measure.

Patricia McBride is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist in Cambridge, England. I specialise in treating clients with fears, phobias and panic attacks. I use a variety of treatment methods including hypnosis, NLP, EFT, Time Line Repossessing and Task Setting. Often panic attacks and phobias can be eliminated in just one or two sessions.

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I was so sad to read this letter in the Independent where it had been sent to their agony aunt.  Whilst the advice Virginia Ironsides gave was sound, it was disappointing that hypnotherapy was not suggested.  Guy had already tried several other therapies without success.  

I have often treated people with social phobia.  It can sometimes take a few sessions to overcome because there are usually several issues to be dealt with, but generally there is a good success rate.  If you know someone with this problem, do suggest they see a hypnotherapist in their area.

Letter in the Independent 24.1.12
'I suffer from a social phobia. I am afraid to drink and eat in public, because I am afraid that my hands will shake. I worry it will be noticed and I will feel humiliated and people will not consider me a serious person and, worse, not a real man. This problem basically excludes me from one of the largest and best part of social life. I've consulted many therapists and a CBT counsellor, but it still persists. What would you advise me to do, apart from not staying home (because I already know that but I can't overcome it)? Yours sincerely, Guy'

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