Fly with confidence with hypnotherapy!

Podcast 19: Fly with confidence with hypnotherapy. Today I’ll be talking about fear of flying, how this is commonly experienced and how you can use hypnotherapy to help you fly with confidence. Listen to the podcast for my 5 top tips for a calm, relaxed state of mind.

There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

Are you one of the many people who find it a bit nerve wracking to fly? Does the thought of it give you butterflies or knots in your stomach?

Fear of flying is one of the most commonly experienced phobias, ranging from mild anxiety to full blown panic which can feel irrational at times. A fear of flying can interfere with holidays with loved ones or business travel which could make you avoid that career you’ve always wanted or going to that country you’ve always wanted to visit. A holiday is supposed to be relaxing, if the thought of flying makes your blood run cold it can make what should be a relaxing experience a really tense and uncomfortable experience.

Why do we experience a fear of flying and how does this turn into a phobia?

A phobia usually builds up over time, it might start with a small incident like

  • Bad turbulence or having to make an emergency landing
  • Seeing accidents on the news
  • Someone you know might have a fear of flying and this has transferred to you, perhaps a parent or guardian had a fear of flying when you were a child?

There are many different aspects of flying that can create anxiety which can include worrying about

  • Terrorism
  • Fearing the plane will crash
  • Claustrophobia
  • Fear of panic attack
  • Fear of heights
  • Worrying about the pilot or their abilities

These anxieties all start with the flight or flight response which is there to protect us. It’s a response all mammals have, when we experience something that we perceive as exciting or dangerous our bodies and minds make a snap decision.

Do we fight or run? This causes a reaction within us that we have no control over. It is an automatic reaction to the stimulus. Humans are so intelligent that we can turn this response on just by thinking about something we find stressful and this is why thinking about being in a plane, booking a holiday, looking at a plane in the sky or seeing your luggage in the cupboard can cause this reaction and make you feel anxious. Our minds can’t tell the difference between a real and a perceived threat so our bodies react in the same way to a thought as they would to a physical threat.

How do you know if your fight or flight response has been triggered?

Commonly people will experience

  • Sweating
  • Feeling tense
  • Racing heart beat
  • Shallow breathing
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling sick or actually being sick
  • Worrying about the flight for days, weeks or months in advance
  • feeling claustrophobic
  • feeling out of control
  • feeling fidgety or uncomfortable
  • or having a panic attack

Hypnotherapy is a great tool to help you make the changes you need to overcome a flying phobia. You can reduce the symptoms the anxiety causes and change your subconscious reactions to flying in a calm and relaxed state of mind. As I’ve said before, there are many different aspects of flying that can cause anxiety and there is an intervention for each one of these. Reducing anxiety and increasing relaxation will help you fly with confidence!

Looking into your reaction to flying, or the thought of flying, can help change the experience in the future. This gives you more control over your thoughts, feelings and reactions when you want to fly.

There are numerous techniques that can help you fly with confidence so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Exercise motivation with hypnotherapy!

Podcast 18: Exercise motivation with hypnotherapy. Today I’ll be talking about exercise, what happens if we don’t exercise and the benefits of regular exercise. And also how you can use hypnotherapy to build your motivation to exercise.

There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast to help build exercise motivation that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

In the last two podcasts I’ve talked about building a better body image and how to manage your weight with hypnotherapy. These podcasts link together with this week’s to form a strong base that will help you achieve the ideal you.

We live less active lifestyles nowadays, we relax in front of the TV or computer and we walk less than ever. Using cars or public transport to get around. Fewer people are doing manual work, more jobs involve sitting at a desk now. Machines wash our clothes and dishes which is really helpful but means we move less and burn less calories than we would have in past generations. I love my dishwasher and I couldn’t imagine living without the washing machine so getting rid of these is NOT an option!

What are the benefits of exercise? Exercise lowers your risk of

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stress
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Regulates your mood
  • Helps you work through challenges
  • Gives you a break from daily challenges
  • Helps you feel good about yourself
  • Endorphins are released

Hypnotherapy can help you build motivation to exercise in many different ways, you can challenge the reasons you use not to exercise and find ways to overcome these. Build your self esteem and confidence, feeling better about yourself will help you make the changes you want to without it feeling like a punishment.

You can improve your focus and concentration which allows you put your problems aside so you can enjoy your practice. Are you anxious about exercise or what others will think of you? You can overcome these negative emotions in a calm, relaxed way!

Hypnotherapy can also help you visualise success! Being able to see yourself achieving your goals will make it easier to achieve those goals, whatever they may be.

Today’s podcast will include techniques you can use to build motivation to exercise and to visualise your success in a relaxed and calm state of body and mind.

There are numerous techniques that can help you build motivation to exercise so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Manage your weight with hypnotherapy!

Podcast 17: Manage your weight with hypnotherapy. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you change your weight in a relaxed and stress free way. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

In the last podcast I talked about how you can build a better body image with hypnotherapy. If you haven’t heard this yet I’d highly recommend going back to this if you’d like to feel better about yourself and love the skin you’re in. Next week I will be discussing how you can build motivation to exercise with hypnotherapy.

Before you listen to this podcast you need to decide if you just want to lose weight, or do you actually need to lose weight. Do you have an altered body image. This can be hard to judge if you think friends are just “being nice” wen you ask them about your size or shape.

  • Always speak to your GP before losing weight, you might be experiencing thyroid or other problems.
  • Check your BMI, is this over 25
  • Pain in your joints, or excessive breathlessness
  • Type 2 diabetes, you need to maintain a healthy weight if you have type 2 diabetes

Being overweight can cause a few other health challenges, the most common other cognitive challenges include:

  • Low self esteem
  • Low confidence
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress

Physical problems, complications include

  • Type 2 diabetes, if you have diabetes it is important you maintain a healthy weight
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Cancer

You can use hypnotherapy to help you manage your weight in many different ways.

Remember there is no magic cure to weightloss, the only way to lose weight is to use more calories than you consume. Hypnotherapy can help you reduce calories and increase activity.

  • Overcome cravings, enjoy what you eat. Change your reactions to foods so you enjoy the food rather than wishing you could be eating something else
  • Break down mental blocks to exercise with hypnotherapy, build your confidence so you are happy to commit to an exercise plan
  • Not a quick fix, it is a lifestyle change. You can’t change overnight or change by making drastic changes that are uncomfortable. Steady progress that can be measured and that is sustainable. Crash diets don’t work because you lose weight quickly, your body goes into starvation mode and will store more fat so it needs to be a steady change in weight.
  • Are you happy to keep up the new changes for the rest of your life? If your habits caused you to gain weight, you change for a bit but then go back to those old patterns the weight will come back so you need to make change that you are comfortable keeping up.

Today’s podcast will include techniques you can use to build a better body image in a relaxed and calm state of body and mind.

There are numerous techniques that can help you build a better body image so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Build a better body image with hypnosis

Podcast 15: Build a better body image with hypnosis. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of stress effectively. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again. 

It’s good to be aware of how you view yourself, body image is how we see ourselves, having a negative or distorted body image can cause some serious problems if left unchallenged. Being overly critical can lead to you feeling self conscious about the smallest perceived imperfections, things other people wouldn’t even notice are blown out of proportion until they become an obsession, a source of unnecessary anxiety.

With body shaming posts asking if you’re “beach body ready” already appearing on social media do you feel beach body ready? If you’re on a beach and you have a body you are beach body ready! No matter what your shape or size, why not try loving the skin you are in imperfections and all.

Are you a perfectionist or overly critical of yourself? You could be experiencing a distorted body image. Other symptoms of an unhealthy or negative body image include:

  • Constantly comparing yourself to others, this could be your size, shape or your abilities
  • Thinking critically about your body or abilities
  • Obsessively checking your reflection in the mirror or avoiding mirrors completely
  • Envying a friend’s body or just as commonly a celebrity

The causes of a negative body image can be complex, they can come from comments from people around us, friends, family, teachers. And a comment which isn’t meant as derogatory can be perceived as criticism once you are in that negative space, a negative body image will seek out proof that it is right, this perceived problem is actually a disaster.

 

Today’s podcast will include techniques you can use to build a better body image in a relaxed and calm state of body and mind.

There are numerous techniques that can help you build a better body image so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

What is stress and how can hypnotherapy help

Podcast 15: What is stress and how can hypnotherapy help. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of stress effectively. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again. 

So what is stress? A good definition of chronic stress is having too many demands and not enough resources. On the other side of the scale having too few demands and too many resources will leave you in a state of boredom or apathy which can be just as damaging. You need to get to a level where your demands match your resources even if this is at a bit of a stretch at times.

Our bodies try to maintain an ideal balance, a constant internal environment, this ideal balance is called homeostasis –Homeostasis in a general sense refers to stability or balance within a system. Maintaining this stable internal environment requires constant monitoring and adjustment as conditions change.  A stressor is anything that knocks you out of this balance, a change to the conditions. In animals this is a short term imbalance, a life or death physical crisis the stress response is supposed to restore us to homeostasis.

Today’s podcast will include techniques you can use to build the resources you will need  to manage chronic stress effectively.

There are numerous techniques that can help you manage stress so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Chronic pain management with hypnotherapy

Podcast 14: Chronic pain management with hypnotherapy. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of chronic pain. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

Why do we feel pain? Pain is a signal that tells us something needs addressing. Our bodies can only communicate with us through sensations. This includes telling us where the pain is, is it continuous or varying and can range from mild pain to excruciating agony.

We have many different word to describe pain and discomfort this might be sharp, dull, throbbing, nagging, it could be a burning sensation or itchy, an ache, a numb or pins and needles type feeling.

Pain can be an indicator of many different things so it’s important you don’t self diagnose. Get checked out by your GP and make sure you follow any advice they give you. Chronic pain can be a mild inconvenience or totally incapacitating.

  • Acute pain, this starts suddenly and is usually short-term.
  • Neuropathic or nerve pain that can come and go.
  • Visceral pain is felt when organs or tissues are damaged.
  • Psychological pain or mental pain, this is an unpleasant feeling (a suffering) of a psychological, non-physical, origin. This isn’€™t to say it’s “all in your head” or that you’re making it up this means there is a psychological reason for your pain, your brain is sending signals down to your body that cause you to experience physical discomfort.
  • Chronic pain is felt over a longer period of time, usually defined as chronic after 12 weeks of discomfort.

We need to address psychological as well as the physical aspects of a pain condition. Taking painkillers is a good, short term solution but what are the underlying causes? Is stress a factor? It usually is in some shape or form, being in pain is a huge stressor which you can improve and reduce with relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy. Pain doesn’€™t usually exist alone, it might also cause

  • Insomnia or disruption to your sleeping pattern. It’s hard to get comfortable enough to sleep when you’™re in pain.
  • Fatigue, it’€™s exhausting being in chronic pain. It can take all your energy to do the most basic jobs.
  • Generalised discomfort.
  • Withdrawal from activity and an increased need to rest.
  • Not being able to socialise or visit loved ones.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • Changes in your mood.
  • Physical disability.

Thi€™s podcast includes techniques you can use to build the resources you will need  to manage chronic pain effectively.

There are numerous techniques that can help you manage chronic pain so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Overcome depression with hypnotherapy

Podcast 13: Overcome depression with hypnotherapy. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of depression. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

Depression is a very complicated subject, people can experience mild, moderate or major depression.

Major depression is among the worst diseases a person can suffer. To really understand depression we need to look at the biology of depression as well as the psychological factors.

It can be hard to admit you are depressed as it can be judged as a self indulgence or an illness for those who don’t just pull it together in times of stress or anxiety. Have you ever been told to just “pull yourself together”? Would a person with a broken leg be told to just walk it off! Depression affects an estimated 350 million people around the world.

Today’s podcast will include a technique you can use to build the resources you will need  to overcome depression.

There are numerous techniques that can help you manage deression so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Manage psoriasis and eczema with hypnotherapy

Podcast 12: Manage psoriasis and eczema with hypnotherapy. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema with suggestions to reduce the amount of discomfort and disruption these cause. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

Stress causes a strain on the immune system, short term stress can boost the immune system but long term stress causes a fatigue – this stress on your immune system can cause an outbreak of psoriasis or eczema.

Do you find you experience a flare up of psoriasis or eczema when you’re under pressure? When you have a lot to get done or when an unexpected stress or drama in your life pops up?

Hypnotherapy can be used in many different ways to reduce stress and to help build coping strategies to deal with the challenges you face on a daily basis. Hypnotherapy can also be used to boost your confidence and self esteem, it’s common to need a bit of a boost if you’ve felt self conscious about past flare ups of psoriasis or eczema.

Hypnotherapy can also be used to challenge subconscious limiting behaviours €such as not wearing certain things, or always wearing a cardigan or jumper. Maybe you avoid doing things like swimming or going out with friends. Is there anything you can think of that you avoid if you have had a flare up in the past?

During the hypnosis trance we can use direct and indirect suggestions to help you heal your skin and stop the problem coming back as regularly as it might have in the past.

This podcast will include suggestions that are directed at healing and soothing your skin. We will go for a walk in a sunny field and then take a dip in a cooling pool so if these are things that cause a flare up for you, you might want to follow the relaxation but just don’t go in the water and make sure you think about yourself as covered up in the sun during the relaxation.

There are numerous techniques that can help you manage psoriasis or eczema so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Exam confidence with hypnotherapy

Podcast 11: Exam confidence with hypnotherapy. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you build your exam confidence and keep calm during exams, including top tips for exam success! There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

In last week’s podcast I talked about how you can use hypnotherapy to help you study with confidence so if you haven’t listened to this yet and you still have some studying to do I would recommend going back and having a listen to this, especially if you’re finding it hard to study as there are some great tips to help you study more effectively.

With exams coming up for people of all ages I thought now would be a great time to talk about how stress can cause all kinds of problems if it’s not properly managed as you go into an exam. This stress can also spill over into your everyday life if it isn’t managed.

Today’s exam confidence podcast will include suggestions to help you stay calm and focused during your exam.

There are numerous techniques that can help you study with confidence so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Study with confidence

Podcast 10: Study with confidence! Looking at how hypnotherapy
can help you study more effectively, there will also be a free

hypnotherapy
audio at the end of this podcast that you can
enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

The podcast was inspired by something I saw on facebook this
week and thought now would be a great time to talk about how
hypnotherapy can help you to study with confidence. In next week’s
podcast I’ll be talking about exam success and how you can use
hypnotherapy to help you succeed in exam situations.

Relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy help you create the same
calm and relaxed mental state you need for success, it’s in you
right now so all you need do is teach your sub conscious mind to
narrow its focus and you will be able to study more
effectively.

You can train yourself to focus on any chosen goal where and
when you need to, becoming the master of your own concentration!
Imagine how confident you will be going into an exam knowing that
you have studied to your full ability and been able to focus
entirely on your learning, with clear concentration. This focus,
this clear concentration will also stop you from getting distracted
from your goals and stay on track to success.

Today’s podcast will include a technique you can use to focus on
your studying and develop powerful concentration, we will also go
through a visualisation that will help rid you of self doubts.

There are numerous techniques that can help you study with
confidence so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to
have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in
mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!