Supporting Yourself Naturally

Before, during and after treatment there are key actions we have found to be effective in helping people manage their current circumstances, improve their general health and get the most from their sessions:

Psychological Support

Quite often between sessions people find themselves feeling emotional and wanting some interim support. In these circumstances there are a number of things that can help.

Self-Help

The first option is always a degree of self-help; and particularly support from family and friends. Research has shown that our social support network makes a significant difference in both recovery from psychological trauma and in maintaining good mental health.

In addition, simple things such as healthy food choices, eating regularly and reducing alcohol and caffine intake help our mood to improve and stabilise. Excercise is also another activity that can boost mood and help in managing stress hormones. Therefore, the more you can do to help yourself the better - as it also helps provide an increased sense of control over your own welfare.

Support session

Where the above self-help does not feel enough then a support session, either over the phone or on skype, can prove tremendously beneficial. Not only can it help a person through a particularly difficult moment, therapeutic intervention also helps people process what is happening for them over the course of their treatment faster and easier.

 

Deep Relaxation

Just 30 minutes a day of deep relaxation can be tremendously beneficial for the body and mind, including:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Reducing pain and fatigue
  • Improving sleep
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Reducing muscle tension

Two simple ways to achieve this are with Meditation and Hypnosis.

Meditation

Meditation is the focussing of one's attention, to calm the mind and reduce the incessant mental chatter in order to create more inner harmony and peace.

Different forms of mediation include:

  • Breathing
  • Mantra (repeating a word or sound internally)
  • Visualisation
  • Body relaxation
  • Guided meditation
  • Mandala - focussing on a sacred geometric image


 

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.

Mary Anne Radmacher, author

 

Hypnosis

Hypnosis can be described as an altered state of conscious awareness. It is a natural state of relaxation similar to daydreaming or when you are completely absorbed in an activity such as reading or watching TV.

Hypnotherapy audio tracks use relaxation techniques to allow the listener to alter their state of consciousness in a controlled, pleasurable way with specific goals in mind (such as reducing anxiety). The listener is very relaxed but aware of all that is being said and is always able to take whatever action would be needed in their best interests. A person can not be hypnotised against their will. It is a consenting process only.

Coming Soon: a series of hypnotherapy audio tracks available for you to download

The difference between Meditation and Hypnosis

There are many similarities between the two, as both create an altered state of awareness and can produce deep relaxation. However there are two distinct differences, firstly with hypnosis there are usually specific goals that the hypnosis script is orientated towards.
Examples include:

  • Reducing anxiety,
  • Increasing performance levels,
  • Reducing life-affecting symptoms such as digestive troubles (IBS) or pain.

With meditation there may well be a goal, such as increased spiritual awareness, but the goals are generally wider and less specific.

The second difference is that conscious concentration is not required for hypnosis to be effective, it is possible to listen to a hypotherapy audio track and fall asleep and it can still be effective. In contrast conscious concentration is central to meditation.