impact of healthy relationships on mental health

The Impact of Healthy Relationships on Mental Health

Since 2001, every year the world unites on July 30th to celebrate the United Nations International Friendship Day. This world recognition is designed to foster peace and happiness between individuals, cultures, and nations. Our world currently faces many challenges. From human rights abuses and war to the economic crisis and recent global COVID-19 crisis, it’s easy to get caught up in the forces that undermine peace, development, security, and social harmony. Surrounding ourselves with loving, positive relationships is one way to maintain our happiness and mental wellbeing.

 

Fostering Friendships Helps Us Thrivehealthy relationships and mental health

A recent study reported in Personality and Social Psychology Review reveals how and why positive human relationships are essential for maintaining our emotional health, physical health, and wellbeing, and growth. Lead researchers, Brooke Feeney of Carnegie Mellon University and Nancy Collins of University of California at Santa Barbara, analysed the ways in which relationships can hinder or promote “thriving” in life. According to Feeney, the study focused not only on “…what helps people cope with stress or adversity” but also how relationships impact our “efforts to learn, grow, explore, achieve goals, cultivate new talents, and find purpose and meaning in life.” 

Throughout the course of the study, researchers determined relationships impacted five distinct areas of thriving, including:

  • Happiness: feeling fulfilled and living a meaningful life.
  • Purpose: having purpose and progressing toward meaningful goals in life.
  • Psychological well-being: maintaining a positive self image and an absence of mental health symptoms/disorder.
  • Social well-being: experiencing meaningful and deep human connections, faith in others and humanity, and positive interpersonal expectancies.
  • Physical well-being:  maintaining healthy weight, activity levels, and health status above expected baselines.

According to Harvard Medical, dozens of studies have shown that people who have social support from family, friends, and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer. On the other hand, a relative lack of social ties is associated with depression and later-life cognitive decline, as well as with increased mortality. One study, which examined data from more than 309,000 people, found that lack of strong relationships “increased the risk of premature death from all causes by 50% — an effect on mortality risk roughly comparable to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, and greater than obesity and physical inactivity.”

 

The Quality of Your Relationships Matter

quality of your relationships matterThe quality of your relationships matter. Toxic, negative, physically abusive, and emotionally abusive relationships can be detrimental to your overall health and well-being. For example, studies have linked disappointing or negative interactions with family and friends with poorer health. Another line of research has found signs of reduced immunity in couples during especially hostile marital spats.

Toxic and negative relationships can cause:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low-self esteem
  • Lack of interest in things you once loved
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure

 

Relationship Hypnotherapy

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Whether you are seeking help to overcome obstacles with your current relationships or would like to change your relationship habits, hypnotherapy can help.  When we are in healthy, positive relationships, we are much more likely to be fulfilled in other aspects of our life. An unhappy relationship can wreak havoc on your happiness, and trickle into many other aspects of your life too. Hypnotherapy is an effective method of change. It can assist us in understanding why we act and feel the way we do. Additionally, hypnotherapy for relationships can help us develop new ways of thinking, and provide us with the tools needed to see things from our partner’s perspective.

The professionals at AB MIndworks, leverage their experience and expertise to successfully treat a variety of mental health concerns, to include maintaining healthy relationships. Contact a member of our team to learn more.

Annie Brown - Best Dubai Hypnotherapy

Annie Browne

Born in the UK, my professional career started as a nurse in a busy accident and emergency unit in Canterbury, Kent. During this time I did trauma counseling with patients and staff alike. After living in Saudi Arabia for 5 years working in a clinic attached to the US Embassy and an International School, I came back to the University of Kent to study Sport Science and Education, specialising in Sport Psychology. With a young family to look after, I taught in state and private schools and particularly helped students who suffered from exam nerves and stress. After my family had grown I then went back to University in Greenwich, London, to do postgraduate studies as an instructor in Basic and Advanced Life Support Training, First Aid and Health and Safety.


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Benefits of Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation

benefits of hypnosis for smoking cessationWe all know that smoking is deadly. Not only does it kill the smoker, but second handshake can also kill your loved ones. Even if it doesn’t kill you, smoking or vaping is extremely harmful to your health. Smoking and secondhand smoke is the leading cause for cancer, and heart disease, as well as a long laundry list of other harmful diseases and health ailments.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 7 million people a year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to secondhand smoke.”

Although we know how dangerous smoking is, kicking the habit is hard. In fact, at times it seems impossible. As the world shelters in place observing social distancing orders in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many smokers are feeling anxious about their health, future, and loved ones. Ironically, this anxiety often leads to more smoking. 

The good news is that you are not alone. The professionals at AB Mindworks offer hypnotherapy for smoking cessation to help you quit once and for all. Hypnotherapy for smoking can help you quit smoking and lead a healthier life.

 

What is Hypnotherapy?

stop smoking hypnotherapy dubaiHypnosis is a natural state of deep relaxation and heightened awareness. In 1955, hypnotherapy was officially recognised as a legitimate therapeutic technique by the British Medical Association. By 1958, the American Medical Association followed suit and published a report recognising hypnotherapy as an orthodox medical treatment (rather than one relegated to the realm of alternative or holistic medicine). Since that time, hypnotherapy has become an accepted and celebrated component of traditional health treatment. 

Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy focuses on understanding and altering the patterns of behaviour that make you crave nicotine and cigarettes. For example, are you more likely to smoke when you are frustrated or anxious? Do you smoke after meals or right when you wake up in the morning? 

The only way to break an addiction is to rewire the brain and change the neural pathways which drive you to carry out the addiction. Hypnotherapy is designed to allow your therapist to work with the unconscious part of the mind. Together with your hypnotherapist you will locate the triggers that cause you to smoke and work to break the negative behaviours and thinking patterns associated with these triggers. 

 

Hypnotherapy Reduces and Eliminates Cravings for Cigarettesstop smoking hypnotherapy

Unlike nicotine patches and other medications, hypnotherapy successfully fights and eliminates a patient’s tobacco cravings. 

Hypnotherapy sessions are tailored according to the individual patient and their specific needs, focusing on the specific feelings and triggers that result in smoking (both conscious and subconscious).

During your hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist will help you identify the reasons you want to smoke and use positive suggestions to reduce your cravings. During your sessions, you will also learn techniques to help you eliminate your cravings when you are at home, work, or any other place you would usually be tempted to smoke.

 

Quit Smoking with AB Mindworks

Research shows that treating smoking without relying on medication can be achieved through techniques such as hypnosis, mindfulness, and relaxation. AB Mindoworks use hypnotic and relaxation techniques to help patients understand the triggers and root causes of their addiction.

Hypnotherapy provides an effective method for coping with stress and anxiety, as well as managing chronic pain. Aside from proving beneficial for relationships, hypnosis has also proven beneficial for other conditions, including anxiety, phobias, sleep disorders, smoking cessation, and much more.

 

Contact a member of our team to learn more.


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Hypnotherapy for Love, Relationships and Breakups

relationships hypnotherapy uaeAs human beings, we are all social. We crave connection, conversation, and intimacy. So it should come as no surprise that when a relationship is in danger, we are deeply impacted. Whether romantic or platonic, our emotions are attached to these relationships. Additionally, the experiences we have when we are young impact the relationships we have as adults. Over time, these subconscious events can develop into unhelpful behaviours and patterns that deeply affect our current relationships.

Relationships Hypnotherapy is an extremely powerful tool for ending difficulties and generating positive relations to help you create the healthiest relationships with romantic interests, friends, colleagues, and family.

 

The Benefits of Relationship Hypnotherapy

love relationships hypnotherapyWhen we are in healthy, positive relationships, we are much more likely to be fulfilled in other aspects of our life. An unhappy relationship can wreak havoc on your happiness, and trickle into many other aspects of your life too. 

Hypnotherapy is an effective method of change. It can assist us in understanding why we act and feel the way we do. Additionally, hypnotherapy for relationships can help us develop new ways of thinking, and provide us with the tools needed to see things from our partner’s perspective.

 

Relationship hypnotherapy can help with:

  • Conflict management – It is perfectly natural and healthy for relationships to have conflict. After all, we cannot always agree with one another. However, when conflict and anger become a constant presence in relationships without resolution, it may be time to take a step back and reevaluate things. Relationship hypnotherapy is designed to help get to the root cause of your conflict, and helps you to recognise and change the way you communicate for positive conflict resolution. It can also help you learn to manage and cope with stressful emotions more easily.
  • Moving past toxic relationshipsFrom a friend who makes you feel bad to an abusive significant other, a toxic relationship is any relationship that makes you feel bad and has a damaging impact on you. Hypnotherapy can help you build the confidence and self-esteem you need to reconnect with yourself to move beyond your toxic relationships. Commonly used to manage anxiety, hypnotherapy can also provide you with an inner anchor and help you to learn how to manage difficult memoires that may be impacting your current relationships.
  • breakup hypnotherapy uaeMoving past a break-upBreak-ups can be very painful and sad. They are a great loss, and the pain can linger long after the relationship ends. While some people can move on quickly, others get caught in the cycle of loss and grief. This is often caused by an unconscious denial that the relationship has ended. During this time, you may become trapped by feelings of negativity. Hypnotherapy can help you reevaluate negative behaviours and thoughts, turning them into a more positive perspective. 
  • Dating confidenceWhether you have been single for some time or are just coming out of a relationship, dating can prove to be and exciting and stressful experience. Opening yourself to be vulnerable and meet new people can be difficult. Relationship hypnotherapy can help you develop a stronger self of self-worth and confidence. 

 

AB Mindworks

relationships hypnotherapy uae annie browneAt AB Mindworks, Annie Browne and her team leverage their experience and expertise to successfully treat a variety of mental health concerns, ranging from stress and anxiety to eating disorders, depression, sleep deprivation and more. 

Hypnotherapy provides an effective method for coping with stress and anxiety, as well as managing chronic pain. Aside from proving beneficial for relationships, hypnosis has also proven beneficial for other conditions, including:

If you are hoping to enhance your health and wellness, both mentally and physically, as we enter the new decade, hypnotherapy can help. Together with the professionals at AB Mindworks, you will decide the best course of treatment for your happiness and mental health. 

 

Contact a member of our team to learn more.


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Health and Wellness 2020 - The Benefits of Hypnotherapy

A new year and a new decade are upon us and with it comes the determination to transform our health and wellbeing. Whether you have plans to eat healthier, lose weight, save money, stop smoking or lower your stress levels, the professionals at AB Mindworks are here to help you on your path to health and happiness.

 

What is Hypnotherapy?

what is hypnotherapy dubaiHypnotherapy was officially recognised in 1955 as a reputable therapeutic technique by the British Medical Association. Over time, hypnotherapy has become a widely accepted and celebrated component for health and wellness. In fact, research shows that hypnosis works as program for a wide range of medical and psychological conditions, including the treatment of anxiety, chronic pain, and phobias. 

Hypnotherapy involves using a combination of techniques designed to minimise distractions, enhance concentration, and strengthen responsiveness to suggestions to alter an individual’s behaviour, thoughts, feelings, or physiological state. In-office hypnotherapy sessions, combined with self-guided hypnotherapy techniques at home, helps to change thinking patterns, which will help you live a healthier life.

Hypnotherapy provides an effective method for coping with stress and anxiety, as well as managing chronic pain. Hypnosis has also proven beneficial for other conditions, including:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Phobias, fears, and anxiety (such as a fear of flying)
  • Self-esteem management
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder/anxiety
  • Stress
  • Weight management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Grief and loss
  • Addiction
  • Pain management
  • Sports performance
  • Exam stress and anxiety in children and teenagers

 

How does Hypnotherapy Work?

how hypnotherapy works dubaiThe human brain experiences several variations of consciousness, ranging from fully alert to drowsy or fully asleep. Researcher indicates that hypnosis encourages particular brain wave activity which “allows the mind to take in and adopt new ideas, while others suggest that hypnosis accesses the ‘unconscious mind,’ which is more open to new ideas than the rational ‘conscious mind.'” Your hypnotherapist will provide you with hypnotherapy tailored to help you address your specific area of concern, such as addiction, a fear of flying, anxiety, etc. 

During hypnotherapy, your therapist will induce a state of relaxed consciousness. Once the mind enters this state of relaxation, therapeutic suggestions will positively impact your behaviours, attitudes, and perceptions. Together with your therapist, you will learn various methods to relax quickly and efficiently. You’ll learn how to switch off your active mind before you reach a state of fear, anxiety, or negativity. You’ll determine the areas of your life that would benefit from hypnotherapy. Additionally, you’ll learn how to practice self-hypnosis from your home.

 

AB Mindworks

benefits of hypnotherapy annie browne mindworksAt AB Mindworks, Annie Browne and her team use relaxation and hypnotic techniques to help individuals understand the root causes and triggers of their behaviours and habits. They leverage their experience and expertise to successfully treat a variety of mental health concerns, ranging from stress and anxiety to eating disorders, depression, sleep deprivation and more. 

 

If you are hoping to enhance your health and wellness, both mentally and physically, as we enter the new decade, hypnotherapy can help. Together with the professionals at AB Mindworks, you will decide the best course of treatment for your happiness and mental health. 

 

Contact a member of our team to learn more.


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Hypnotherapy for Seasonal Depression

hypnotherapy for seasonal depression uaeThe holiday season is generally known as a time for joy, love, and celebration. However, for some, the holiday season is a time of loneliness and depression. Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the holiday months can cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.

Some people miss their loved ones or feel depressed about the New Year. While others dread the idea of holiday parties and New Year’s Eve parties without a significant other. The holiday season can also place financial stress on many people. 

Here are a few suggestions to help you deal with your holiday depression and loneliness.

Remember You are Not Alone

While you may be feeling alone in your life right now, you are not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of recurrent depressive disorder in which episodes of loneliness and depression occur during the same season each year. Commonly called the “holiday blues ” or “winter blues,” SAD can affect anyone during the holidays. However, according to research conducted by the National Alliance of Mental Health, 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse. If you are looking for a traditional way of dealing with this mental issue, we recommend you contact our friends for depression treatment in Dubai

 

Show Yourself Some Love

Self-love is extremely important. This holiday season remember to show yourself some love and kindness. While this may not completely erase feelings of depression and loneliness, taking care of yourself or treating yourself to something special can help you to feel better. 

Being kind to yourself does not necessarily mean buying an extravagant gift or taking a vacation (although that’s nice too). Try taking a relaxing bath, spend the afternoon at the spa, start a new hobby, or learn something new. Taking time to do things that make you happy will enhance your self-esteem and help to take your focus off of your feelings of loneliness and depression.

 

Reevaluate Your Expectations

We place a great deal of pressure on ourselves during the holiday season. From giving others elaborate gifts and creating amazing holiday treats to spending a romantic evening that ends with a kiss as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, we all feel pressured to live up to certain holiday expectations. 

The absence of a significant other or family feels magnified during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. One way to deal with feelings of loneliness is to re-think your expectations. This holiday season, be sure to cut yourself some slack. It’s ok if you take a friend to a holiday party or to attend alone. Once you break free of expectations you may feel more free to experience the holiday without the added pressures.

 

Hypnosis for Depression

Hypnosis is a natural state of deep relaxation and heightened awareness. In 1955, hypnotherapy was officially recognised as a legitimate therapeutic technique by the British Medical Association. Since then, hypnotherapy has become an accepted and celebrated component of traditional health treatment. 

Depression Hypnotherapy concentrates on understanding and changing the patterns of behavior that trigger feelings of depression and loneliness. 

When left untreated, depression can lead to:

– Feelings of negativityhypnotherapy for seasonal depression

– Feelings of constant sadness and anxiety

– Feelings of restlessness or irritability

– Feeling worthless, helpless or guilty

– Feelings of low self-worth

– Difficulty concentrating and making decisions

– Thoughts of death or suicide

– Losing interest in things

AB Mindworks

Annie Browne and her team at AB Mindworks use hypnotic and relaxation techniques to help patients understand the triggers and root causes of their habits and behaviours to successfully treat a variety of mental health concerns, to include sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and more. 

Whether you are looking to elevate your feelings of depression and loneliness this holiday or seek to live a healthier life, both physically and mentally, hypnotherapy can help. Together with the professionals at AB Mindworks, you will decide the best course of treatment for your mental health. 

Contact a member of our team to learn more.


Hypnotherapy and Mental Health

Every year, on 10 October, the world observes World Mental Health Day, with the aim of raising awareness for mental health issues around the world. According to the World Health Organisaton (WHO), "World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide." 

 

What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Our mental health impacts how we feel, think and act. It also helps to determine how we relate to others, handle stress, and impacts the choices we make. 

Just like any other aspect of our health, mental health is important at every stage of life. Essentially, there is no health without mental health. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

- Biological factors (such as brain chemistry, genes, or family history)

- Life experiences (such as abuse or trauma)

- A traumatic brain injury

- The use of alcohol or recreational drugs

- External factors (such as lack of sleep, anxiety, and stress)

 

While many mental health problems are common, there is hope. With the proper treatment, people suffering from mental health problems can feel better, and in many cases can completely recover.

 

Mental Health Disorders

According to the World Health Organization, "One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide."

Treatment for mental health problems differs between patients, depending on the severity of their diagnosis. However, as many as two-thirds of individuals with a known mental disorder choose to not seek medical treatment. Most commonly, discrimination, stigma, embarrassment, and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental health disorders.

Common mental health disorders can include one or more of the following:

- Depression

- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

- Panic disorder

- Social anxiety disorder

- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

- Eating disorders (such as bulimia and anorexia)

 

Mental Health and Wellness

Positive mental health allows people to:

- Reach and live life to their fullest potential

- Deal with the pressures of life

- Work productively

- Create significant contributions to their family, friends, and community

 

Ways to achieve, support, and maintain positive mental health include:

- Seeking professional help if you need it

- Forming meaningful connections with others

- Remaining positive

- Helping others

- Developing coping skills

 

AB Mindworks for Mental Health

Officially recognized in 1955 as a legitimate therapeutic technique by the British Medical Association, hypnotherapy is recognised and celebrated as an essential component of traditional health treatment. By placing the brain in a natural state of heightened awareness and deep relaxation, hypnotherapy can improve mental health by helping an individual understand and change the patterns of behaviour that trigger stress and anxiety. 

Research demonstrates that treating physical and emotional ailments without medication can be achieved through techniques such as hypnosis, mindfulness, and relaxation. Designed to change how you perceive and think, hypnotherapy helps identify the memories held in your mind causing you to experience feelings of panic, anxiety, and fear. 

Annie Browne and her team at AB Mindworks use hypnotic and relaxation techniques to help patients understand the triggers and root causes of their habits and behaviours to successfully treat a variety of mental health concerns, to include sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and more. 

If you are ready to live a healthier life, both physically and mentally, schedule your hypnotherapy session today. Together with Annie Browne and her team, you will decide the best course of treatment for your mental health. 

Contact a member of our team to learn more.


Sports Hypnotherapy – Peak Performance Mental Training

For years both Olympians and professional athletes have turned to hypnotherapy to gain a mental edge over their opponents. It has been said competition at any competitive level is 80% mental and 20% physical, and hypnosis is the key to mental success. As such, professionals such as Tiger Woods in golf, and Wayne Gretzky in hockey have used sports hypnotherapy to enhance the mental aspect of their game.

 

Research shows the key components of successful athletic performance go beyond physical fitness to include the mind. In fact, more often than not, the difference between first and second place is ultimately decided by mental attitudes. When it comes to performance, a positive mentality is essential to sports. For example, if you are anxious, depressed, or lack confidence in your abilities, you are not going to perform to the best of your ability (no matter how hard you train).

 

Sports hypnotherapy is widely recognised as an essential tool to boost athletic performance, and produce the vital edge needed to become a winner.

 

What is Sports Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a natural, safe, and relaxing form of therapy. Sports hypnotherapy involves an interactive process to redirect the attention of both the conscious and subconscious mind where any negative thoughts impacting your performance develop and fester. For an athlete, this state of mind is crucial to achieving automatic responses to produce a hyper-focused state during performance. Essentially, when an athlete is focused and unaware of distracting thoughts their performance becomes automatic, often called ‘being in the zone’.   Regardless of age or experience, achieving this state of mind is a key component for facilitating peak sports performance.

Together with your hypnotherapist, you'll determine the root causes hindering your athletic performance to change the way you respond to certain triggers. Sports hypnotherapy will also provide you with various methods to relax quickly and efficiently. You'll learn how to switch off your active mind before you shift to negative thoughts, anxiety, and stress. Additionally, sports hypnotherapy will help you develop the ability to maintain motivation and inner determination to practice and refine your athletic ability and performance.

 

Benefits of Sports

Sports hypnotherapy enhances and improves an athlete's performance. As you enter a deep state of relaxation, your hypnotherapist will work to remove any negative thoughts or anxieties hindering your performance while simultaneously boosting your self-confidence.

Contributing to improved focus, confidence, and self-belief, additional common benefits of sports hypnotherapy include:

- Increased dedication and performance motivation

- Reinforcement of established athletic goals

- Improved self-belief

- Enhanced ability to handle nervousness

- Removal of negative thoughts or self-doubt

- Enhanced ability to maintain composure and overcome distractions (both external and internal)

- Enhanced stress management

- Increased concentration

- Pain management (when applicable)

- Improved body awareness

- And more

 

AB Mindworks

Sports therapy often focuses on managing, mitigating, and eliminating the negative thoughts and self-doubt associated with performance. While negative thoughts are common, when left unchecked, they can wreak havoc on your ability to achieve your goals.

Developing mental resilience allows athletes to manage and identify any turbulence of the mind that may be hindering athletic performance. Even if you are meeting certain expectations, with the help of sports hypnotherapy you may be able to take your performance to the next level.

Annie Browne of AB Mindworks has a sport psychology degree and worked with professional and amateur athletes over many years.  She has developed a course specifically for Golfers to improve their golf with the power of their mind. Football, rugby, cricket and other teams have all benefitted from this type of training, which is often lacking in coaching sessions.

The professionals at AB Mindworks will help you train your mind to immediately recognise and eliminate any negative thoughts before they begin to impact performance. Contact us to learn more.


Study Identifies What Happens to the Brain During Hypnotherapy

Thanks to pop culture, hypnosis has earned a bit of a bad rap. In the past, hypnotherapy has been known to conjure up images of dangling watches, purple capes, and quacking like a duck on stage in front of hundreds of strangers. However, it is a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception, pain, stress and how we view our body.

In 1955, hypnotherapy was officially recognized as a legitimate therapeutic technique by the British Medical Association. Since then, hypnotherapy has become an accepted and celebrated component of traditional health treatment proven to reduce and manage chronic pain, soothe anxiety, and help individuals quit bad habits (such as smoking and overeating).

 

Hypnosis – A Serious Science

Scientists have long discussed whether the hypnotic ‘trance’ is a separate neurophysiological state or simply a product of a hypnotized person’s expectations. However, new research suggests hypnotherapy does indeed create a separate neurophysiological state.

A recent Stanford University study, led by senior author David Spiegel, MD, identified a handful of differences between the hypnotized brain and a fully conscious brain. Spiegel, professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, wanted to determine exactly what happens in the brain when it is hypnotized. 

During the course of the study, Spiegel and his colleagues used MRI machines to examine the brains of 57 people as they engaged in their hypnotherapy sessions. As a control, they used 36 participants who had scored high on tests measuring susceptibility to hypnosis, and 21 who had scored low.

 

The Hypnotized Brain

 According to a press release for the study, the scans revealed several areas of the brain where the two control groups looked different, to include sections of the brain associated with impulse control, attention, and awareness of the body. Additionally, the brains of the hypnosis-prone volunteers showed fewer connections between a region deep in the brain associated with self-reflection and daydreaming. The study also found changes in the areas of the prefrontal cortex, which are involved in planning and executing tasks.

Notable findings of the study included:

A decrease in activity in part of the salience network of the brain, called the dorsal anterior cingulate. This area of the brain is associated with decision making and emotional regulation.

An increase in connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the insula. This area of the brain is associated with the brain-body connection. It helps the brain process and control what is going on in the body.

A decrease in connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the default mode network, which includes the medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortex. This area of the brain is closely associated with decision making. 

 According to Spiegel, “When you’re really engaged in something, you don’t really think about doing it — you just do it.” During hypnosis, this disassociation between reflection and actions permits the hypnotized individual to engage in suggested activities.

 

Treating Anxiety and Pain with Hypnotherapy

In patients more susceptible to hypnotherapy, sessions have proven effective in treating chronic pain, post-surgery pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, smoking addiction, and many other phobias. The findings of Spiegel’s study on how hypnosis impacts the brain may help pave a path toward developing treatments for the rest of the medical communities, particularly for those individuals who are not naturally susceptible to hypnosis. 

Moving forward, Spiegel and his team are interested in using the findings of their study to determine how to change an individual’s ability to be hypnotized by stimulating specific areas of the brain. “A treatment plan which combines hypnosis and brain stimulation could improve the recognized analgesic effects of hypnosis and potentially replace the addictive and side-effect-laden painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs,” he said. However, more research is needed before such a therapy could be implemented.

 

AB Mindworks

Designed to change how you perceive and think, hypnotherapy helps identify the memories held in your mind causing you to experience feelings of panic, anxiety, and fear. Annie Browne and her team at AB Mindworks uses hypnotic and relaxation techniques to help patients understand the triggers and root causes of their habits and behaviours. If you are ready to live a healthier life, both physically and mentally, schedule your hypnotherapy session today. Contact a member of our team to learn more.


Fear of Flying Hypnotherapy

Fact - flying is the safest and fastest way to travel. 

Whether you are headed on holiday or a business trip, eventually we all have to fly. And while flying is statistically safer than any other form of travel, the thought of flying places some travelers into a state of anxiety and panic.

Although distressing, you can overcome your fear of flying. Hypnotherapy can be used to determine the root cause of your anxiety to help conquer your fear permanently. 

 

What is Aviophobia?

Aviophobia, commonly referred to as flight phobia, is the fear of flying in an aeroplane. Fairly common, research suggests as many as 20 percent of people experience aviophobia to some degree. For some, the fear of flying derives from the stresses commonly associated with aeroplanes and aeroports (i.e., long lines, security checkpoints, large crowds, etc.). For others, the fear is much greater, and it seriously hinders their ability to live their lives. 

Statistically, you are far more likely to die or be injured in an auto crash than in a plane to crash. In fact, if you flew on a plane every day, it would actually reduce your chances of dying. Unfortunately, rational statistics rarely make a difference for phobias. 

Typically, individuals who suffer from anxiety, in general, are more likely to suffer from fear of flying. This fear can be present in first-time flyers or be triggered later in life for seasoned travellers. Those individuals suffering from a fear of flying may experience panic attacks and other symptoms associated with anxiety, to include:

Repetitive negative thoughts

Headaches

Increased heart rate

Irritability

Sweating

Trouble focusing

-  Nightmares

Upset stomach

And more

 

Hypnosis to Conquer Your Fear of Flying

Over time, a fear of flying can impact your social life, career, and happiness. Hypnotherapy is designed to help our minds become much more receptive to new information. As you participate in your hypnotherapy sessions your subconscious will listen to suggestions to help you overcome your fear of flying.

While the fear of flying may be irrational, knowing that your fear is irrational does not always help you feel any better. While you recognize your fear is irrational, you may still feel anxious, jittery, or panicked at the thought of flying. Even when you want to fly, your fear gets in the way. The good news is you are not alone and there is hope.

Hypnosis is a highly effective way to feel comfortable while flying. Like any other phobia, a fear of flying is rooted in your subconscious. Whether you had a traumatic experience at an aeroport or watched a plane crash, your mind is trying to protect you. It thinks that flying is dangerous. Ultimately, your fear is devised to warn you away from flying. 

Fear of Flying Hypnotherapy works with the unconscious mind to quickly and efficiently determine the root cause of your phobia. Designed to change how you think, hypnotherapy will identify any memories held in your mind that are causing you to experience feelings of panic, anxiety, and fear about flying, air travel, and aeroports.

 

AB Mindworks

At AB Mindworks, we help you process your memories to prevent them from triggering fear in the future. Together with your hypnotherapist, you will learn to identify triggers and anxiety patterns, as well as learn critical skills to help you respond differently in the future. With the help of Annie Browne and her team at AB Mindworks, you will regain control and overcome your fear of flying so you can enjoy your travel experience and life to the fullest. 

Contact a member of our team to learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you overcome your fears and phobias.


Public Speaking Hypnotherapy

75% of people experience feelings ranging between mild resistance and full-blown terror at the thought of public speaking.

Chances are, you’ve heard a few people expressing their overwhelming fear of public speaking. In fact, more people fear public speaking – by a pretty sizeable amount.

A 1973 study, found that 41 percent of adults surveyed were afraid of public speaking, compared to the 19 percent who said they feared death.

These statistics were again reiterated in a 2000 Gallup Poll, where 40 percent of those polled expressed an immense fear of public speaking. According to this specific poll, public speaking was the second most common fear among participants, falling behind the fear of snakes.

The Fear of Public Speaking

Glossophobia (speech anxiety) is the fear of public speaking. Whether it's presenting a PowerPoint to a handful of colleagues or speaking to hundreds of people, the thought of public speaking causes overwhelming anxiety in many people. The fear of public speaking can manifest in many forms ranging from breaking out into a cold sweat to enduring sleepless nights leading up to the presentation.

In short, fear of public speaking resides deep within our subconscious mind. Essentially, our subconscious mind is the warehouse where we store our vast collection of desires, beliefs, and memories. Without even realising it, we can develop strong opinions on how we feel about various things in life - to include public speaking and our confidence in our public speaking abilities. The challenge lies in untangling these thoughts and replacing them with new, more helpful information.

 

Why is Public Speaking So Difficult?

We talk to people every day. We talk to our family, our friends, and our colleagues. Many of us even strike up the occasional conversation with a random stranger in the checkout line. However, place most of us in front of an audience, whether it's a dozen or thousand, and we freeze up.

 

Generally speaking, there are three different reasons we fear public speaking:

1- Evolutionary Trait - The fear of public speaking is deeply rooted in our evolutionary development. Since the dawn of man, our brains are constantly thinking about survival. Through the course of thousands of years, we have evolved to become skillful at recognising threats. When we recognize a threat, our bodies respond with the fight or flight response. Essentially, when you are speaking in front of a group of people, regardless of the size, you can not flee. You are stuck.

2- Self Perpetuating Fear - Negative thinking patterns (before, during and after your speech), can derail your performance. Your thoughts get in the way. You've memorised your notes and prepared for the big event. But what if you mess up? What if you forget a word? As we become nervous about speaking in front of people, we fuel our fear with self-doubts. These feelings of self-doubt can become heightened when combined with a negative experience. Over time, these self-sabotaging, irrational, negative thoughts become embedded and reinforced.

3- Fear of Failure - Up until you step in front of your audience, your mind races. Your thoughts are all over the place, which makes you lose focus. You have become lost “in your head.” Unfortunately, when we become lost in our heads, our nervousness amplifies. When we become nervous, we also become distracted, stumble over words, and lose our train of thought.

 

AB Mindworks

During a state of hypnosis, our minds become much more receptive to new information. We listen to suggestions and we file them away in the subconscious, and they are more likely to stick. Public Speaking Hypnotherapy works with the unconscious mind to quickly and efficiently determine the root cause of your fear.  Designed to change how you think, hypnotherapy will identify any memories held in your mind that are causing you to experience feelings of panic, anxiety, and fear about speaking in public.

With the assistance of your hypnotherapist, you will process your memories to prevent them from triggering fear in the future. Together, you learn to identify anxiety patterns and triggers, as well as learn key skills to help you respond differently in the future.

With the help of Annie Browne and her team at AB Mindworks, you will regain control and overcome your fear of public speaking so you can enjoy the experience talking calmly, naturally and confidently.