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Harnessing the Power of Sadness

If the title of this blogpost made you think about the gloomy character from the animated film Inside Out, you’re not entirely on the wrong track. Contrary to what some may think, not all depression is useless. Being sad—in the right way—can offer various practical strengths if we can learn to employ them. This blogpost delves into three major ones.

Better appreciation for life

Too often we take for granted things we only appreciate once we lose them. For many people who are caught in bouts of severe sadness, this is true. Once the individual emerges from the melancholy state, their eyes are newly open to what they have been missing—appreciating the “little” things like a good laugh, hearty meal, clement weather, relationships with friends, etc. It’s similar to the way one loses contact with a friend or a coworker, later to realize how much one underappreciated their friendship and companionship.

Solidarity with others’ sadness

For instance, those who have been sad can mourn with others who are mourning. One prime example would be losing someone dear to you. Once you have grieved the loss, you become a new member of a unique group of people who have experienced the same or a similar loss. Now you are able to personally and viscerally understand those who have experienced the same kind of incidents in their lives. For example, a recent widow can be walking through her home and have a sense of her late spouse’s cologne or think she momentarily saw him standing in the hallway. These are all normal experiences for someone like her, because they have had so many memories they have shared throughout their lives.

Being the comfort that you wanted

The third point that we are writing about deals with experiencing sadness and empathizing with others’ sadness. This can help one develop a wonderful support system. One example would be to be rejected by a job recruiter yourself only to become able to better sympathize with others who have had the same rejection. Another example would be to suffer from a chronic malady and then go on to better understand someone who is suffering from the same one. In some times of trial, hearing someone say, “I know exactly how you feel” can be a powerful comfort. Other times, something else could be more appropriate: “I don’t know exactly how you feel, but I am here to listen and help you any way I can.” And since everyone is fighting the tough battle called life, we can all use more of that.

Conclusion

Of course, wallowing in self-pity and sadness is not healthy. But by harnessing the power of sadness—and reflecting and feeling sobering things—one earns great benefits from being sad. For more wisdom on dealing with sorrow, don’t hesitate to contact Mind Enhancement Center.

Hypnosis for Insomnia

Are you having trouble getting a good night’s rest? Your mind may race, thinking about an upcoming stressful event, like the first day of a job. You might replay problems from the day before in your mind over and over, such as a work meeting or a fight with a spouse. Sleep hypnosis for insomnia can provide a way to help turn off our minds. By reaching a relaxed state, you can experience the deep sleep your body is craving. If you would like to learn how hypnosis can help with insomnia, then continue reading!

Physical Relaxation

Hypnosis can offer a way for the body to relieve tension. When the muscles in the body start to relax, clients can achieve a feeling of heaviness in the body. Breathing and focus techniques are then implemented in the process. Breathing is important because it focuses your attention on one simple task and allows your body to let go of any remaining tension.

Mental Relaxation

According to Grace Space Hypnosis, “the hypnotic state, much like meditation, is a state of heightened awareness and focus.” By following hypnosis techniques, you can begin to clear your mind of worries and fears. You may start to move away from your conscious thoughts, and find a disconnection from your surroundings. Sleep hypnosis is considered beneficial because it helps slow your internal thoughts and tune them out. Your hypnotist may ask you to think of a color, a simple thought, or other variable to help you drift off to sleep.

Deep Sleep

The transition from a state of hypnosis to sleep is quite natural. Once you’ve relaxed mentally and physically, simple suggestions can allow your body and mind to enter a deep sleep. According to WebMD, “it’s difficult to rouse you during this stage of sleep, and if someone woke you up, you would feel disoriented for a few minutes.” Overall, deep sleep gives your body and mind a chance to recover and heal during the night.

Conclusion

Take advantage of sleep hypnosis and get the deep sleep that your mind and body need. We encourage you to contact the team at the Mind Enhancement Center and get treated for your insomnia or other sleep disorder. We have the resources you need to improve your sleep and be better rested for the day ahead. Visit our website to learn more about our hypnotherapy treatments today!

Summer Stress Management

Many think of the summer as a time of relaxation, vacation, and fun in the sun. While these are all great activities that do happen during the summer, many others find this season to be stressful. The days are longer, schedules are busier, and our attention spans are challenged. If you’re someone who feels summertime is stressful, read along with this blog to see what you can do to manage the stress.

Prioritize

Summertime is one of the busiest times of the year. The days are longer and the sun is always out, which means people want to go out and have fun. While having fun outside with all your friends and family is fun and should be a priority, sometimes it can be a bit too much. People find summer to be a time of stress simply because there’s less time to sleep. The days are long, but work, and sometimes school, must continue. At the same time, you are always being invited out to picnics, the beach, BBQ’s, and more. Staying out later to enjoy time with your friends and family can take away from your sleep schedule. During the summer, it is important to prioritize your obligations. Enjoying yourself with friends is important, but shouldn’t be compromising your sleep schedule. Being able to keep up on sleep despite the longer days is important in order to maintain mental and physical health. Learn to find a nice balance!

Self-Care

Vacations are a huge part of summer. While the idea of going on a tropical vacation is tempting, the planning that goes into a vacation is stressful. Vacations, parties, and picnics are all things that can take great organization, and, on top of the preplanning, you must also be alert and able to ensure that everything is going well during the actual event. This type of stress can take away from the whole idea of what a vacation or party is about. We still encourage you to take those summer vacations and host that summer get together, but we also suggest you take time to keep up with your self-care! Allow yourself time between planning, hosting, and managing to relax, decompress and enjoy yourself. We suggest that you plan a spa day while on vacation or pack your favorite snack for the picnic. During the event, if you find yourself stressing and becoming overwhelmed, ask someone for help!

Focus

Summertime in the world of social media is a whole new type of stressor. Everybody is filming, editing, and posting what they are doing each day in order to prove they are having a great time. While the problem isn’t the post in and of itself, it’s the effect it will leave on those who are having a totally normal and unedited summer. We suggest unplugging and leaving your phone in your bag when you are out having fun with your friends and family. Snap some photos, but worry about posting and checking your social media later. Placing your focus on the happy activities and times happening right in front of you is far more important than focusing on what your friends are doing. If you focus on the right people, you are less likely to feel left out, inadequate, and stressed about what you are doing this summer!

Conclusion

Summertime is filled with late nights, delicious food, and exciting vacations. With that being said, there is still room for potential stress to sneak up. Due to the lack of sleep, hefty organizing, and focus errors, stress is something that can take the fun away from these upcoming summer months. In this blog, we highlighted some helpful ways to move past stress this summer. For more mindful practices and help, head on over to Mind Enhancement Center’s website to learn more!

Hypnosis and the Law of Attraction: A Recipe for Long-Term Happiness

Did you know that it may be possible to create the life you want simply by thinking positively and visualizing it? According to the Law of Attraction, it’s a very real way of achieving your goals. You may be a little confused, which is why we’re going to give a simple explanation of the Law of Attraction and how hypnosis can help you use it effectively.

What is the Law of Attraction?

To put it simply, The Law of Attraction is the idea that our thoughts and feelings attract similar events and experiences. In other words, a woman who is regularly visualizing being more financially successful will attract wealth into her life. Similarly, a man who is constantly imagining the worst possible scenario befalling him will end up in negative situations.

The principle was first named in the late 1800s after inventor Phineas Quimby successfully cured his own tuberculosis, a disease that was highly fatal at the time, simply through positive thinking. Afterwards, the idea was further developed and practiced by spiritual teachers and philosophers and it was eventually popularized by the 2006 film, The Secret.

How does hypnotism help?

In order to “manifest,” or bring the desired experiences to occur, you will need to believe wholly in The Law of Attraction. The problem is that society has taught many of us to be skeptics and to passively accept the negative aspects of our life as inevitable facts. Even if you know exactly what you want in life, you may have deeply-rooted beliefs that those things will never come to you, due to low self-worth, pessimism or guilt.

Overcoming those problems in your thought patterns may seem like a daunting task, but through hypnotism, it’s possible. Hypnotism is intended to help change the way we think and can enable you to accept those changes as your new truth. Afterward, you will be free to manifest love, health, a successful career, and more.

Conclusion

The Law of Attraction can be a powerful tool for change, but only if you’re able to overcome the challenges that your own mind can create. Hypnosis is one of the best methods of doing this. If you’re ready to manifest happiness and abundance in your life, start your journey with affordable and effective hypnosis at Mind Enhancement Center.

Benefits of Mindfulness

You lead a busy life and you are always on the go. On your rush to accomplish all of the necessary tasks to get through your day, you may find yourself losing your connection to the present moment. Being so busy, you are missing out on what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. That’s where mindfulness can help.

Mindfulness is the practice of attempting to focus all of your attention on the present moment while also accepting it without judgement. Mindfulness is a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness. The practice of mindfulness has been around for thousands of years and has its roots in Buddhism. They used this technique to help shift thoughts away from their usual preoccupations and toward an appreciation of the present moment and a larger, more thorough perspective on life.

There are many benefits to practicing mindfulness. Keep reading to find out how it can help.

Reduce Anxiety

It is widely accepted that mindfulness brings many benefits in regards to mental health. One researcher at Harvard Medical School has found specific mindfulness benefits for generalized anxiety and excessive worry. Most struggles with anxiety are results of overthinking your daily life. Trying to control or fix this problem by thinking it through yourself can often make things worse. Mindfulness can help you through this fear and anxiety.

Lower Your Daily Stress

Everyone seems to be feeling more and more stress throughout their lives. The overall stress burden comes from a variety of daily stressors. This can be anything from forgetting to get milk on the way home, to the kids having to be at multiple functions on a weekly basis. Our lives can become immensely filled with stress. In a recent study, researchers found that while mindfulness may not change the number of stressors, it can help us to respond better and in a calmer manner to stressful events. The better you handle your stressors, the less stress we experience as a whole.

Better, More Rest

After a long, stressful day, you just want to come home to relax and go to sleep. While you are undoubtedly exhausted from your busy day, you just can’t get your mind to relax enough to get the sleep you desperately need.

Sleep psychologists call this state, “Tired but Wired.” This is when you are physically drained and exhausted but, because of your racing mind, your body’s desire to sleep becomes suppressed. Researchers at USC and UCLA found that brief mindfulness intervention helped to improve overall sleep quality. Not only that, but it also improved daytime fatigue among the participants.

If you are burdened with overthinking and anxiety, practicing mindfulness can help.

Achieving Your Best Self Through the Power of Hypnosis

Allowing yourself to be uniquely-you is a brave and remarkable matter. Unfortunately, due to loud and chaotic thoughts that often circulate through your mind, tapping into your better self can be difficult. However, with the power of hypnotherapy, there is hope for all who seek it! Follow along with our blog to reach unlimited power inside yourself.

Relationship with Self

Above all, the relationship you have with yourself is the most important one; it will set the tone for every other relationship you have. Sadly, many find a positive relationship with themselves to be the hardest to maintain. Hypnotherapy works to help you set the tone for all areas of life. Key characteristics of someone who is happily in tune with themselves will display healthy levels of self-esteem and confidence, while also displaying less procrastination and showing more motivation. People who lack these characteristics will find that hypnosis makes it easier to reach down into themselves and pull to the surface the traits they are yearning for.

Relationship with Others

Once you have a healthy relationship with yourself, you can begin working on your relationship with others. Issues in relationships often stem from misunderstandings and miscommunications. When negative instances show up, the attitude between two people drastically changes. With the help of hypnotherapy, you can develop a greater understanding of just how important communication between two people is. You’ll begin to notice a positive change in attitude. Now, all of the key elements that support your personal relationship will spill over into your relationship with others. Your confidence and security will allow you to make the most out of every relationship you find yourself in!

Within Your Career

There are many areas in life that will demand you to have a strong sense of self, however, none like your career will prove to be as difficult. Across the board, many people find that work life is stressful; even in the best of careers. Imagine you went to school, got your degree, accepted the job of your dreams and you still are feeling uneasy. This isn’t uncommon. In terms of your personal development, it can even extend to your career. When you lack the confidence and insight to excel mentally and physically at your job, going to work becomes a negative experience. Hypnotherapy has the power to modify your perception of possibility. By creating a positive outlook, you can greatly enhance the interactions you have at work. With a dose of confidence and energy, you’ll see that your motivation to excel will skyrocket. Hypnosis allows your mind to understand that a positive outlook is the key to personal and career growth.

Conclusion

Unleashing your great potential is as simple as enjoying a hypnotherapy session. Life today is so busy, it’s no wonder that thoughts are jumbled and misconstrued. A strong sense of who we are deep inside is the key to excelling in relationships and work. It takes courage to move in the right direction. Allow yourself to take the first step by visiting our Mind Enhancement Center website for more, in-depth information on how transformative hypnotherapy can be for you!

3 Great Tips for Managing Stress During Tax Season

It’s coming, and it’s coming up fast. Tax season is always a time of year where stress levels are high because of all the paperwork that needs to be completed on time and as accurately as possible. When you’re worried about your finances to such an extent, you can easily forget to give yourself a break as well. Keep reading to learn some mind and body saving techniques for managing your stress more efficiently this tax season!

Woman stretching by a river.

Woman stretching by a river.

Go Outside

If you’ve been cooped up inside for too long, put down the pen and papers and head outside for some fresh air. Getting outside and taking a deep breath while enjoying the sunshine can help you go back to work feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the tax paperwork. So, whether you simply step onto your porch or sit on a nearby bench, spend some time outside to reset yourself before heading back in.

Grab a Mental Break

With today’s technology making it incredibly easy to take care of preparing and filing your taxes from your computer, you need to step away from the screen for a mental break every now and again. Whether or not you go outside, simply standing up or finding a book or magazine to read for a little bit is all you need in order to be able to face the tax forms again. Find something that’ll let your brain have a moment to relax and take a breather before heading back to the computer to finish.

Man walking with a bicycle.

Man walking with a bicycle.

Find a Way to Stay Moving

When it comes to managing your stress levels, any level of movement has been shown to help. Whether you go for a walk or play some music to dance around your home to, staying active and moving while dealing with your taxes is a great way to prevent a burnout. By choosing something you love doing, you’ll be able to approach your taxes with renewed gusto!

Conclusion

While tax season can appear to come from nowhere and bring with it new levels of stress that you’re not entirely ready for, following these tips will help you take control over your taxes and manage your stress more efficiently. The most important thing to remember is that you control your stress and taxes, not the other way around. Hypnosis can be an extremely useful method for finding your inner confidence to take control over these things. If you’d like some one on one time with a professional and licensed hypnotist in order to retake control over your stress, give us a call today!

Avoiding Procrastination

Everybody can relate to the stress one feels when they’re actively trying to avoid a task that needs to be accomplished. If you find yourself constantly bombarded with unfinished tasks; and living with an ever-present feeling of dread, you might be a victim of procrastination. Procrastination is a completely natural human response that works to prioritize tasks. The problem arises when the avoidance becomes habitual. As unfinished to-do items stack up, one will start to feel overwhelmed and suddenly nothing gets done. The following is a handful of strategies to combat the self-sabotaging effects of procrastination.

To-Don’t Lists:

Creating a list of things you need to accomplish by a certain date can be extremely practical. If you’ve already tried this, and still find yourself struggling to prioritize, then it’s probably time to reevaluate your schedule. There are things on there that likely have some semblance of personal value to you, but also don’t necessarily have to be done. Take a hard look at your list and remove some of the undone items that are holding you back from the more important tasks at hand. Suddenly you’ll find copious spare time you can use to do the dishes, take out the trash, and put away your laundry.

Worthless Deadlines:

If you have convinced yourself that something absolutely has to get done by a certain time, check again and make sure that it’s actually the case. No, this isn’t a form of procrastination. Perhaps you’ve just created a rule for yourself that is an unfair or completely unrealistic expectation. For example, if you’ve made yourself responsible for three dishes on Thanksgiving and always procrastinate on making them on schedule, maybe it’s time to make a new rule. Who says it’s required to bring three dishes? What if it’s only two, or one? The point is to not overload yourself with unnecessary chores, so don’t.

Reward Yourself:

If there is something really important you’ve been avoiding, like updating your resume for example, clear out an entire day and finish this one thing. Make a deal with yourself that once this one obligation is completed, you can do whatever you want with the rest of the day. This is a great way to empower yourself and gain confidence, while also creating what usually amounts to a ton of free time. You can use it to accomplish even more productive work or binge Netflix for 12 hours.

Conclusion:

If you make an effort to implement these tips for avoiding procrastination, you’ll start to feel the heavy weight of unattended responsibilities begin to lift. Remember, you have to take care of yourself before you can take of others, and it’s always important to reassess the self-imposed deadlines you’ve set for yourself.

Bad Habits You Need to Address

Not all habits are bad for you. In fact, it’s easier to point out which habits are the bad ones when they are constantly being advertised as so. Smoking, drinking, drugs, self-harm, and other alarming vices are ones that probably stand out to you the most. What about the habits that are not immediately damaging to the body? Why should those need to be addressed? We all have our little quirks that we have probably developed since childhood, but it is important to reflect upon them and analyze their role in our life. Are they actually causing us long-term emotional stress? The answer is yes for some.

We can’t get too comfortable with one way to handle our stress. Without professional advice, you could be trapped in a routine that holds you back from succeeding and living your ultimate happy life. Here are some common habits that you may have that are not helping you alleviate your stress and emotional state.

Excessive Snacking

Everyone deserves a snack every now and then. Snacks are the perfect way to sample a treat that does not need to be eaten in a larger quantity or a way to alleviate minor hunger. We snack before dinner reservations, just in case it takes too long to get a table. We snack at work in between clocking in to start the day and clocking out for lunch. We snack as a special treat after accomplishing a task. We snack to relieve boredom. Which one of these is the odd one out? Boredom.

Once you start to get comfortable with the idea that every minor accomplishment requires a reward of a snack, it becomes a bad habit. Too much snacking conditions your mind to fill the void of emotional support with food, especially if your snack choices are highly salted, greasy, and calories, it could increase your chances of diabetes or heart disease.

Overspending

Just like snacking, we all deserve to treat ourselves to the shoes or watch we’ve been eyeing for a while. Hard work and savings should pay off with a reward because why else are you making money? When does it become a bad habit? When you feel the excessive need to have it all. If you never have debates and do the financial math in your head when browsing through online stores, you might not care about the economic consequences in your bank account. Overspending leads to debt, which leads to stress. Not being able to afford bills or even food is not healthy when you know that your closet is flourishing in brand new items.

Electronic Device Usage

Coming home to turn on the television is an impulse for many, but there is nothing wrong with that when you’ve had a long day. Your free time is open for you to catch up on your hobbies, but if it involves too much time in front of a screen, you need to stop and evaluate the situation. If you space out from your programs and start to browse your social media, then talk on the phone while browsing the internet on your computer, you might have an unhealthy habit. Spending too much time in a virtual version of the world could be a mechanism built to escape your real responsibilities. If you start to find your house messier than ever and neglecting your loved ones, it’s time to balance the habit.

Conclusion

These habits may not seem harmful, but once you’ve let them control your routine, you can forget to manage your priorities like physical health, finances, and chores. Since they are not overall bad for you, it is important to seek alternative help to managing your personal life. Believe in yourself to be able to control a situation and not let your bad habits control you.

Smoking Distractions You Should Try

Nicotine addiction poses a great challenge when trying to quit smoking. It’s understandable that it is easier said than done. That’s how it feels at first until you apply yourself to understanding that there are more negative side effects of smoking. Smoking also sets you behind in your everyday life routine like commitment to being present in events, shortage of money, and hygiene. Imagine a life where you get to watch a movie with your family and friends all the way through with no smoke breaks? How about a life where no one complains about the bad smell in your car.

If you’ve reached out to many different resources to quit smoking, you probably already know about the health defects. What we are trying to accomplish now is to get you used to the idea that you don’t need to have a cigarette in your hand, or that break that takes time away from your day. Smoking gets to the point of being an impulsive act. With these successful distractions, you will break out of the impulsive habit and find your independence.

Chew Gum

A lot of times, we feel like we need to have something in our mouths. Eating to fill a void can become a negative habit because it can lead to health issues such as obesity, heart disease, or an increase in cholesterol.

Chewing gum helps with stressful times. Lots of people have a tick like biting their nails, overeating or tapping their foot to distract them from stressful thoughts. Gum is the best alternative to having your mouth stay busy in a way that doesn’t affect your wellbeing.

Count Change

Count all the change in your pocket, wallet, and any other place where you tend to find money to fund your cigarettes. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how much money you have saved when you aren’t spending it on your vice. You could even use that extra cash to buy a much-deserved gift to yourself for a successful journey trying to quit.

Brush Your Teeth

Try brushing your teeth every time you get a craving for a cigarette. It will give you a refreshing minty taste in your mouth that will make you want to keep it instead of infesting it with the dry ashy taste and feeling. Getting used to a clean mouth is a great way to realize what you have been missing out on!

Do Your Laundry

This is a long process of a distraction, which works well when you have downtime at home that you would usually spend outside smoking in your thoughts. Having clean, soft, and fresh smelling clothes will give you the same effect as having a clean mouth. You will love the smell of clean and never want to leave a trail of smoke around your loved ones again.

Use a Phone Stick

For those that have a touchscreen phone, try a touchscreen stick. The little sticks are meant to be an alternative to your finger. People use it because they do not have to cover their phone with all the germs on their hands, and it maintains the quality of the screen. Having a stick on your hand at all times will take away the impulsive need to have a cigarette there instead.

 Conclusion

There are many healthy ways to distract yourself from smoking. A lot of times, we need to find what it is that makes us start the habit, even though we already know the facts about its effects. Sometimes, it’s not enough to know about the damage because the impulsive acts take over. With these solutions, you will be able to overcome that habit!

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