Friday, May 29, 2009

Debilitating Phobias Can Be Cured

Like every other human, I am sure there are certain activities that you enjoy more than others. Perhaps you prefer a day of pulling weeds in your garden to spending that time shopping for new shoes at the mall. Maybe you are a world traveler who is willing to hop on an airplane at a moment’s notice for a grand adventure while your best friend would rather stay close to home and enjoy the local environment. We would be a pretty boring group if we all enjoyed the same pastimes and found ourselves drawn to the same people and objects. However, there are instances in which our preferences are the result of strong aversions known as phobias. If you are limiting yourself and the potential for a fulfilling life because you are simply terrified of something specific you might encounter, you owe it to yourself to conquer that fear. What are you afraid of? Does this phobia affect your life? If you answered “yes” to the second question, let today be the day you start to change this pattern.

If you have a phobia, you certainly are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ten percent of all adults experience a phobia of some kind. The five most popular phobias are as follows:

1. Arachnophobia – the fear of spiders; up to fifty percent of all women admit to this phobia
2. Ophidiophobia – the fear of snakes
3. Acrophobia – the fear of heights
4. Agoraphobia – the fear of not being able to escape; both crowded and wide open spaces trigger fear in those who have such a phobia
5. Cynophobia – the fear of dogs

Do any of these sound familiar? If not, maybe it’s the fear of flying, needles, social situations, germs, or a whole variety of other possibilities that is affecting your everyday life.
Quite often, phobias develop out of a personal experience that you may have had decades ago. If a neighbor’s dog attacked you while you were outside playing in your yard, your mind will establish a trigger related to every dog that you encounter. If you grew up in a home that was abusive or perhaps simply not supportive, you may still feel like you cannot escape from a difficult situation. The key to alleviating phobias is to find this root cause and then detach the connection from the object or situation that now engenders such fear.

Clinical hypnotherapy is a safe and wonderful way to address your phobias and remove their impact from your life. With the assistance of a trained professional, you can learn relaxation techniques and thought exercises that will release the unconscious mind in which so much of our personal history is stored. Once the connection from a certain event to your current phobia is discovered, your mind can be retrained to look at the situation through an entirely new lens. Why deny yourself that week-long trip to Italy, the company of good friends, or the joy of viewing the countryside from the highest vantage point a mountain will allow? Find the freedom that comes from a phobia-free life!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Discover Help for Panic Attacks through Hypnosis

Do any of the following situations sound familiar? You are driving in congested traffic and have to come to a sudden stop as a careless driver cuts right in front of you. All of a sudden, you are finding it difficult to breathe and you feel trapped in your own car. You are engaged in a screaming match with your spouse or partner and, seemingly out of nowhere, you begin to experience chest pains and dizziness. You are alone on an elevator and it comes to a screeching halt between floors. In the two minutes that the elevator takes to resume proper function, you have convinced yourself that you are going to die in that small space and no one will notice for weeks. If you found yourself nodding your head to any of these scenarios, or you have experienced something similar, you may have had a panic attack.

There are around three million people in the United States who suffer from panic attacks, so please know that you are not alone. Panic attacks are described as one of the most distressing and terrifying conditions that a person can experience, as the symptoms can appear so suddenly and often mimic those of a heart attack or a nervous breakdown. While these attacks can last from a few seconds to several hours, most times the symptoms will exhibit themselves for about thirty minutes. There is no doubt that this half-hour of time can seem like an eternity for someone in the midst of a panic attack’s grips.

What are some indications that you may be experiencing a panic attack? The symptoms may include; a racing or pounding heartbeat, nausea, difficulty breathing, hot flashes, trembling or shaking, feeling of choking, and fear of losing control or dying. With this in mind, it is no wonder that many first-time sufferers contact their local emergency room as quickly as possible!
There are many reasons that certain people are more inclined to suffer from panic attacks. Panic disorders have been shown to run in families, so certainly heredity must be considered. Men and women with strong phobias may experience a panic attack when confronted with the situation or object they fear so greatly. The withdrawal process from alcohol, drugs, or other medications can cause an onset of panic as the effects of the substances leave the body. Finally, and perhaps a cause that is not considered often, a lack of assertiveness in an individual can cause panic attacks. When you engage in passive communication with others, you may be holding in important emotions that eventually explode in the form of an attack. While this is not an exhaustive list, many people who suffer from panic attacks will find one of these issues as the source of their condition.

There is a safe and effective method for bringing an end to the panic attacks that cripple your life. A trained clinical hypnotherapist can introduce you to relaxation techniques that will unlock the initial source of your attack and remove that connection in your mind. You will no longer have to live in fear that certain situations or people will trigger another traumatic episode. Imagine a life without panic attacks and find a hypnotherapist to get you started on this path today.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

You Choose What You Eat and Where You Live … Now Choose Your Emotions

Each one of us is given the task of making countless choices every day. What should I eat for breakfast? Do I want to listen to music or news or just enjoy the silence during my drive to work? Will I take advantage of the beautiful spring day and go for an afternoon jog? One of the most important decisions we can make is the emotions that we are going to let dictate our mood for the day. This is not a choice that needs to be made once a week or even once a day, but instead must become a fundamental and ongoing part of our psychological development. Will we choose to let fear, jealousy, or guilt fuel our souls as we go through our day? Or, will we decide upon the more positive option of focusing on love, happiness, and success? Perhaps you think that the impact of these strong emotions is beyond your control. You can’t help what you feel, right? I am here to tell you that you can.

We all have the capability to reorient our minds and focus on the healing emotions of self-love and contentment. The unconscious mind that exists within each one of us is the basic tool we need to create the shift in our outlook. All you need to know are the simple techniques that will unlock your brain’s amazing potential and you will notice a change almost immediately. Through work with a trained clinical hypnotherapist, you can master deep relaxation exercises that will focus your mind and remove those old emotional roadblocks. Imagine finally being freed from the chains of negative thoughts, inner conflict, and guilt.

I am now offering the ability for you to learn key relaxation techniques right in your very own home. With my new book, The Anja Technique, and companion CD, you will discover the joys of self-love and a more fulfilling life. It is my professional and personal joy to learn about the transformation that men and women experience after practicing my simple steps for just a few weeks. If you have any questions about hypnotherapy, or if you are willing to share how the experience has helped you, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Self-Doubt Does Not Need to Paralyze You for One More Day

Perhaps one of the most paralyzing emotions that we allow to plague us is self-doubt. We do not want to accept a promotion because we do not think we are intelligent or talented enough to handle the new responsibilities. We shy away from a potential romantic partner because surely that person could not really like us for who we are. We live every day unfulfilled and wishing for more joy but not quite feeling as if we deserve such happiness. If any of these scenarios rings true with you, please know that life does not have to be this way.

Self-doubt can stem from a variety of different episodes in our lives. You may have had a parent who was constantly telling you that you are not good enough. Maybe a spouse made you feel inadequate or unworthy of love. Whatever the root issue may be, there is a way to discover the problem and remove its power from our lives. Clinical hypnotherapy is a safe and effective method for opening your unconscious mind and retraining your thoughts in a way that encourages self-acceptance and self-love. In case no one has ever told you this before, let me be the first—you deserve to be loved! The best place to start experiencing this emotion is within our own selves.

I want you to learn the skills that will enable you to erase self-doubt from your mind and soul. In my new book, The Anja Technique, I guide my readers through a series of relaxation exercises that will lead you to remove the emotional blockades in your life. The book is accompanied by a CD that will provide a soothing background through each step in the process. I hope you will try The Anja Technique as a way of relieving your self-doubt, panic attacks, depression, or any other issue that restricts your life. Today is the day to start on the path to greater serenity and peace!

Breaking Through the Misconceptions of Hypnotherapy

I am often contacted by potential clients who are interested in my services, but are somewhat hesitant about the idea of hypnotherapy. The misconception is that this practice is not one that is typically embraced by Western medicine and has the unfair label of being a fringe New Age movement. While hypnotherapy certainly challenges some traditional notions of medicine, its positive results are proven and can be life-changing. In fact, hypnotherapy is an increasingly common practice at dental visits, during the labor and delivery process, and for any doctor who is treating patients with long-term illnesses. If you are struggling with chronic pain, depression, addictions, eating disorders, stress, or any other physical or emotional ailment that is diminishing the quality of life, you should consider that perhaps hypnotherapy is the right path for you.

When you visit a hypnotherapist, you will learn a series of relaxation techniques that will allow you to focus on certain memories and the physical and/or emotional connections that you have with that event. Through regular work with your therapist, you will learn to dissociate the unwanted reactions with the original memory and allow yourself a new and improved outlook on life.

If your reason for visiting a hypnotherapist is to break an addiction to smoking or food, your therapist can help you to create new conditioned responses and visualize life without the bondage of your addiction. A study published in 2007 in Science Daily shows that patients who used hypnotherapy to quit smoking were more likely to be non-smokers six months later than those who tried nicotine replacement therapy or stopping “cold turkey.” Hypnotherapy does work!
I know that hypnotherapy is surrounded by many misconceptions and unfair labels. I would love the opportunity to discuss the practice with you in detail and show you how hypnotherapy can help with your specific struggles. Please visit my website or contact me directly and let’s see if we can partner together in creating a better life for you. If you know that there is a method out there that can make each day more positive and filled with love, why wait another day?

Hypnotherapy May Be the Missing Piece in Your Weight Loss Plan

Now that we are well into the middle of May, I imagine that most New Year’s Resolutions have long since been forgotten. In fact, a majority of these promises we make to ourselves are broken by the time we are purchasing candy hearts and flowers for Valentine’s Day. Did you set a certain goal to accomplish for yourself in 2009 that has now become another personal disappointment? Maybe it’s that next pack of cigarettes that you just cannot stop yourself from buying when you stop for gas. Perhaps the trips to the gym that started at four times a week quickly dwindled to a few times a month and now you do not even know where your running shoes are anymore. We all know, of course, the number one resolution that is made by countless men and women every year—to lose weight. Feeling physically burdened by all of the food consumed over the holidays, you dedicate yourself to a healthier lifestyle and start off this transformation with great resolve and initial success. Why then, do so many people never meet the goals they set? Perhaps it is time to change your weight loss method and try an approach that has shown lasting success.

Clinical hypnotherapy can finally break you of those harmful yo-yo diets, food addictions, and overall feelings of disappointment and shame you feel every time you do not meet your weight loss goal. A trained hypnotherapist can alter your state of consciousness and allow the hidden powers of your unconscious mind to teach you and retrain your way of thinking. While in the relaxed state of hypnosis, your mind will be open to new suggestions of behaviors that assist in the weight-loss process. You will learn to visualize yourself as a thinner, healthier person and as thoroughly enjoying the steps that it takes to get to this end result. Instead of finding satisfaction when you eat a large slice of cake or greasy French fries, you brain will become conditioned to crave the green vegetables and fresh fruits that make those unwanted pounds finally disappear.
The therapist also can work with your opened mind to discover the root problems contributing to your weight issues and break that connection through directed, positive thinking. As most of us already know, men and women who are struggling with weight issues usually can trace their unhealthy relationship with food back to a source that has nothing to do with a refrigerator. A qualified hypnotherapist will work with you to improve your overall sense of health and well-being. Men and women who love themselves and who are open to the power of positive energy will discover a new outlook on any problem they are facing, including anxiety, addiction and, of course, the desire to lose weight.

If you have tried all of the diets and you still find yourself dreading that scale in your bathroom, perhaps it is time to become open to a new method. Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective way of helping people with a wide variety of life’s struggles. If you want to be happier with the way you look and, more importantly, happier with the way you feel inside, I hope you will consider giving hypnosis a try today.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Make the Personal Decision to Reject Fear

Fear can be a very powerful emotion in our lives. It can drive us to avoid intimate relationships, ignore opportunities for professional advancement, view everyone we meet through a lens of suspicion, or even keep us trapped in our own homes behind chains and deadbolts.

During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt reminded his fellow Americans that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Through this statement, the president was encouraging people to be bold and confident in their own abilities during unprecedented times of difficulty in our country. Subsequent political leaders seem to have forgotten this wise piece of advice from our 32nd president. We are now told from our elected officials in Washington, D.C., as well as the 24-hour cable news stations, that we need to live in fear of war, terrorism, global warming, the recession, too many government programs, not enough government programs, the swine flu … even each other. How can we reject these daily cries of fear that surround us?

You have the power within yourself to conquer fear and enjoy a life that is filled with love and contentment. All you need are the tools to unlock the subconscious mind and learn from the peace that its wisdom offers. Clinical hypnotherapy is a safe and effective means through which you can overcome the fears that affect your life, as well as other challenges such as lack of confidence, addictions, panic attacks, insomnia, and many others. I would like to be your partner as you start down this important path towards inner healing. Please take a few moments to learn how hypnosis can help you. Then, I hope you will contact me with any questions and we can discuss a plan to bring you a whole new life. Why wait another day?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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Over the past few decades I began to understand what life is about. It is only when we look back that we begin to see the meaning of our lives and how things were set in motion to bring us to a place of understanding.

Many years ago I began a wonderful exercise every morning, I would ask myself "How do I love thee?" and then I would grab a piece of paper and a pen and make a list of all the things that I loved, appreciated and liked about myself. From this exercise sprang The Anja Technique."

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Let Your Mind Heal Your Body

Hypnotherapy uses the techniques of suggestion and trance-like states to access the deepest levels of an individual’s mind to achieve positive changes in his or her physical and mental health. Furthermore, people have come to accept hypnotherapy’s value since its formal sanction by the American Medical Association in 1958. Hypnosis, a technique used in hypnotherapy, is the most powerful nonpharmacological relaxing agent known to science and can best be described as a state of focused attention that facilitates access to the subconscious mind.

There are two methods used by hypnotherapists to initiate hypnosis: (1) passivity of mind with distraction and (2) active participation with attention. The passivity of mind with distraction approach is to engage in some kind of mental activity to occupy your mind and remove your focus from induction into hypnosis. This allows the subconscious to be more accessible because the distraction will produce sensory fatigue.

Active participation with attention is the opposite. This method encourages you to pay strict attention to what is being verbalized and what is taking place around you, including all feelings and sensory awareness. Hypnosis is a two-person process, and a hypnotherapist can aid you in determining which method will work best for you. It is important to remember that motivation is the most important factor affecting your ability to be hypnotized by a hypnotist or yourself.

Hypnosis will enable you to make productive changes to your inner self by working with your subconscious. The main objective for induction into hypnosis is to quiet the conscious mind and make the unconscious mind more accessible. The reason this is so effective is because the unconscious mind is noncritical, and suggestions have a better chance of being more effectual than they would if given during a waking state.

Even though the changes you have not been able to make in the past but want to make are in your best interest and would greatly improve your quality of life and personal health, they still elude you. Five years ago, Mary Wilson1 suffered a neck injury on the job. Her life became a chronic neck pain nightmare inundated with migraines, depression, and an excessive weight gain of sixty pounds. Mary began to define herself by her pain, which had taken over her life. It became increasingly difficult for Mary to create any positive thoughts for her well-being and personal health as long as these traumatic experiences dominated her subconscious.

The wonderful thing about the subconscious is that while it can work against us, as in Mary Wilson’s case, it can also be used as our most powerful ally to effect positive changes in our lives. The subconscious contains all of your memories from the past, your belief system, and sensory information from all five senses. There are things stored from the most traumatic experiences of our lives and from repetitive negative thoughts we have had about ourselves or been told to us by others. Unfortunately, our subconscious does not have a sense of humor or a sense of time, and therefore everything from the gentle jibes we may get from a coworker about having love handles to teasing from a classmate about not being cool enough are stored there as serious, real, and current realities. These negative imprints, also called blocks or obstacles, get in the way of our more positive thoughts and ideas, which can produce physical symptoms.
Mary Wilson embraced hypnotherapy to help her overcome her chronic neck pain and migraines. Through the process of hypnotherapy, Mary was able to remove the negative imprints that had impacted her daily life. Moreover, hypnotherapy enabled her to reclaim her self-confidence and inner strength, allowing her to become the adventurous, spontaneous, loving, and passionate person that she was before her injury.

Whatever path you are considering taking to improve your health, it is highly likely that you have made the same agreement with yourself in the past, and after a few months, you are faced with old behaviors and unhealthy symptoms once again. In fact, it seems like the more we want something and the harder we try to obtain it, the worse our problem becomes. Why exactly does it work this way? Why is it so hard for us to keep our promises to ourselves?

The reason is surprisingly simple. While you are obviously aware of and can control your conscious thoughts (for example, “I will exercise more,” “I will give up chocolate”), your unconscious thoughts are not within your awareness or control and may be telling you the exact opposite (“You cannot succeed,” “You are ill”). The unconscious or subconscious thoughts win this battle most of the time because they are more powerful, making up as much as 95 percent of our mental potential. You are what your conscious mind tells your subconscious. Subconsciously, you are still accepting and living by negative thoughts and ideas that you have had for a long time. It is these negative ideas or thoughts at the subconscious level that keep you doing the very things that you consciously no longer want to do.

Research has demonstrated that a person’s body chemistry actually changes during a hypnotic state. For instance, a lowering of blood pressure and stress reduction are common. However, not only does hypnotherapy provide these therapeutic benefits, it has been shown to serve as an effective adjunct therapy for medical procedures such as chemotherapy and orthopedics.

Some medical conditions may appear to be beyond one’s ability to control and are frequently the most distressing aspects of being ill. Learning how to relax will give you a sense of confidence in your ability to focus your mind and influence your body. Additionally, conditions caused or aggravated by stress often respond to relaxation techniques used in hypnotherapy. Remember that relaxation is a learned skill, and you can practice techniques through self-hypnosis at home.

Self-hypnosis is a one-person process where you take on a dual role. You can become your own hypnotist. This is not difficult to accomplish because the mind is used to doing two things at once. With self-hypnosis, you are multitasking as you do in your daily life while in a waking state. For example, when you go shopping and are looking for a parking place at the mall, you are able to find a parking place while your mind is also thinking about what you are going to purchase at the store.

There are few ways to give yourself suggestions to induce a self-hypnosis state of mind. Record suggestions on a cassette tape and relax quietly with your hands in your lap as you play the tape back. Memorize suggestions and repeat them back to yourself after hypnosis has been induced, or you can write the suggestions out and read them a number of times prior to inducing the hypnotic state in yourself. This produces an autosuggestion sequence that you can visualize floating across the screen in your mind. All ethical hypnotherapists should teach self-hypnosis. This discourages dependency on the clinician and encourages empowerment on your part.

In addition, a trained hypnotherapist should never require recreational drugs, especially hallucinogenic agents, under any circumstances. The purpose of hypnotherapy is to bring one’s energy into balance and raise its quality. No drug can do that for you.So before you decide to make better choices in your life, consider making this one first: explore the idea that the key to good health lies within your own mind.

Understanding this and deciding how to use it to your highest potential is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Reclaim your desire for good health and a great life.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Self-Doubt Does Not Have to Win

If you turn on the television news these days, you will not have to wait long for someone to tell you that we are living in difficult and uncertain times. The global economy is struggling, there are continuing conflicts between leaders and countries, and now there is even a flu named after a pig that has health organizations on high alert. There certainly is no shortage of reasons for fear and doubt to creep into our most personal thoughts. Have I done enough to protect my family? Will I still be living in my home this time next year and, if not, is it completely my fault? Why am I not strong enough to battle these tough times without feeling depressed? Let’s be honest and acknowledge that, even without current events to add fuel to our self-doubt fire, we entertain inner questions that plague our minds and our spirits. Please know that these negative thoughts to not have to win the battle.

While inner conflict and self-doubt are not reserved for one gender or the other, women seem to carry this burden with a particular heaviness. We spend so much time and energy wondering if we are sufficient as wives, lovers, mothers, professionals, and the myriad of other titles that we wear every day. How many women have discovered that their partner has been having an affair and their first reaction has been, “What did I do wrong? How could I have prevented this from happening?” Can we begin to count the number of women who look in the mirror every morning and detail the many ways in which they just do not measure up? All of us need to start nourishing ourselves so that we can transform into beings that accept and thrive on love and beauty.

Please know that not making the decision to change and welcome more positive energy into your lives affects more than just your outlook and mental state of being. Inner conflict can lead to depression, which then has serious effects beyond mental well-being. You likely will experience a physical toll on your body, ranging from lethargy to nervous energy to simply an outlook of apathy towards your overall health. The need to focus on your own transformation into one who experiences self-love and fulfillment stems from the yearning of mind, body, and soul. Do not underestimate the power you have to produce a comprehensive change to the quality of your life.

How is this change possible? First, decide that you are worth at least the exploration of how to make things better. Once your mind is open to this prospect, simply start the process by grabbing a piece of paper and writing down what you love about yourself. This initial exercise will set you on a path that, through practices centered on deep breathing, relaxation, and inner focus, soon places you in a position of self-love and positive energy. If you are ready to become the fulfilled person you have been yearning to discover, decide today to take that journey’s first loving step.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Smoking Addiction Becomes More Expensive

For those of you who have suffered under the power of addiction, you know that its grips can be difficult to break. Whether you are beholden to food, gambling, alcohol, shopping or any of a variety of other captors, the unwanted relationship can affect the ability for overall happiness in life. In addition to the important emotional consequences, personal addictions often come with a financial toll as well. One current example is the impact that cigarette smoking is having on a worker’s health insurance. The trend for state governments to increase insurance costs on their employees who are smokers as a way of offsetting the increased liability has some people more eager to break the habit. Combine this cost hike with the new taxes on cigarettes that have been implemented by those in Washington, D.C. and the cigarette addiction suddenly becomes much more expensive.

Have you tried and failed repeatedly in your attempts to stop smoking? Is that promise to yourself part of a New Year’s resolution every January, only to be broken by Valentine’s Day? Are the words “cold turkey,” “Nicorette,” and “the patch” all now part of your vocabulary? It is time to stop the cycle of unsuccessful treatments and make today the day that you focus on a real solution.

I am a therapist with a background in hypnotherapy and natural healing, and I want to help you quit smoking. I believe that your subconscious mind is one of the most powerful tools that you own in achieving this goal, and I can work with you to unlock its potential. I encourage you to listen to the free sample of my CD “Smoking Cessation – Break the Chain” and then decide if my method is right for you. The ability to start a new life lies within you. Allow me to share my expertise and start you on the right path.
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