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Coping With Stress During Quarantine

Coping with stress and uncertainty

The coronavirus outbreak may be bringing stress to many people. Fear of the unknown and the potential health issues that such a pandemic can cause has the power of causing strong emotions among adults and children. By coping with such stresses, not only are you making yourself and those around you stronger, but you are also gaining some peace of mind during these trying times. Read along as we dive into ways to cope with stress during the quarantine.

Stress Can Include…

The stress that an infectious disease outbreak may have on people varies. Such stress can include:

  • Trouble sleeping or concentrating. For some, this may mean a shift in their sleeping schedules or lack of sleep, which can affect their state of mind throughout the day. As well as difficulty concentrating, while at work or home.
  • Fear and worry about your health and the health of your loved ones.
  • Worsening of mental health conditions.
  • An increase in use of alcohol, tobacco, or other substances.

Ways to Cope With Stress

  • Express your emotions. We are all in this together and more often than not other friends and family can be feeling similar emotions and stresses during this crisis. Try talking to someone that you trust and feel comfortable around.
  • Decrease the time spent watching news and social media updates that you may perceive as upsetting. Constantly hearing about a pandemic can raise your stress levels, take a break from it.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are staying home, take the time to focus on your health by eating mindfully, exercising regularly, and taking time to unwind and relax.
  • Stay connected with your loved ones. With social distancing orders in place, visiting friends or loved ones is not recommended, but you can still stay connected by calling or video chatting!

Need Help?

If your or someone you know is having a difficult time coping with stress, the expert team at Mind Enhancement Center is here to help. We utilize top hypnosis strategies to bring about positive life changes on mental, physical, and emotional levels. Our hypnotists can help improve your wellbeing and help make lasting changes that will forever benefit you. Learn more about us and our services here.

3 Ways to Refresh Your Mindset for Spring

While freshening up your room for spring, you may be thinking about cleaning out the closet or dusting the windows. But what about getting rid of your old routines and bad habits? Spring is a wonderful opportunity to establish some much needed change in your lifestyle. This could be anything from making quiet time for yourself or perhaps finding motivation in your personal or work life. Hypnosis is also a great way to jump-start your lifestyle and refresh! If you’re ready to make positive adjustments to your mindset, then continue reading!

1. Dedicate Time for Yourself

Being a busy bee isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes it’s necessary to sit back and give yourself some “me” time. Too often, parents, students, and other working individuals are consumed with projects and social demands of everyday life. So if an opportunity arises to smell the flowers, do it. By this, we mean taking time out of your day to disconnect from social media, texts, calls, etc. Do something for yourself, like taking a walk in your neighborhood or along the beach or listening to calm music in a quiet corner. You may find yourself motivated and inspired to try new things. 

2. Journal Your Thoughts

There are phases of life where you may feel overwhelmed or unmotivated. To get your life back on track for the spring season, try writing down your thoughts in a journal. Take a deep breath and relax, while focusing on the progress you’ve made and what you’re grateful for. Keeping a positive mindset can allow you to gain a new perspective and redefine your self-worth. Other actions you can take is listening to a podcast, reading a book, or immersing yourself in nature. 

3. Self-Care

The mind and the body are connected, so if your body is out of balance, your mind can be affected too. It’s important to focus on aspects of your life that could be improved, such as asking questions like: am I getting enough exercise? Do I need to change my eating habits? By making small adjustments to your daily routine, you can start to see positive changes. Some examples of self-care can be anything from doing yoga, going to the gym, trying healthy recipes, or simply running a hot bath with your favorite candles. 

Thoughts

If you’re looking to make a lasting change to your mind and body, start by contacting the hypnotists at Mind Enhancement Center. Our approach is customized uniquely to our client’s needs. For more information on the hypnotic services we provide, visit our website here

Hypnosis and Spring Cleaning

Every year during the months of spring, people nationwide begin to de-clutter the small and often forgotten about spaces within their home. People also take part in this phenomenon, also known as spring-cleaning, by cleaning up their cars and even work desks. If you are someone who has always wished you could be motivated to spring-clean but find it difficult to participate, HYPNOSIS can help you and you can learn more by continuing to read this months blog!

Subconscious Considerations

Many of the habits and behaviors we exhibit on a daily basis are brought about by what is going on in our subconscious. The thoughts, whether positive or negative, have a huge impact on our daily lives. If you are struggling to find the motivation to really start deep cleaning your messy living spaces, try to consider the different thoughts you subconsciously have. You can start this process by recognizing the different habits you display daily and how they affect your life. Do you have habits that are often a waste of time? Do you have habits that hinder you from reaching your goals in life? Do you harbor habits that no longer serve purpose? Reflection of this level is a great way to get to the bottom of why you may lack motivation. Hypnosis is a great tool to help you dig deeper into your subconscious and make the changes you desire.

Consider Negative Habits

There are many different habits that people partake in that hinder them from reaching their full potential. The problem is, most of these habits are created because they are somewhat satisfying and soothing. The crutches we use to get through life are often what hold us back the most! Do you smoke? Do you overeat? Are you addicted to gambling? Are you an alcoholic? These are all habits that hypnosis can help you overcome. Habits like these are distractions and hinder us from reaching our goals. If you are able to tap into your subconscious thru hypnosis and figure out the root of these issues, you will find success in your ability to no longer lead a messy life.

Conclusion

Spring-cleaning is a great way to de-clutter from all fun inside activities that took place during the winter. The weather is warming up and it feels like a new beginning! If you are struggling to reach your full potential this spring, be sure to reach out to the experts at Mind Enhancement Center! Together, through hypnosis, we will be able to help you have a new beginning by kicking your bad habits.

Why Resolutions Fail

January 17th is a new holiday that has found its way into our society’s consciousness. It’s known as “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day.” It sprung up out of the fact that most people have already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions before the month is even over. A recent study showed 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February (U.S. News & World Report). That means 4 out of 5 people who make resolutions will have ditched them before the month comes to an end. What does this research mean? Why do we struggle so much with keeping resolutions?

Be Specific

Part of the reason we struggle in keeping resolutions may have to do with the fact that we generally use vague language when making them. Simply saying I want to lose weight, save money, or eat better, isn’t going to cut it. You need to have a very specific goal that can be measured. For instance, save money could be transformed into a specific measurable objective such as “save 10 percent of each paycheck” or “save $100 a month.” A goal to exercise more could be changed into a tangible goal like “complete 90 minutes of exercise per week.”

Measure Your Progress

If you can’t measure your progress, chances are you will fail. Being able to see yourself working toward your goal will help you stay motivated. It will also help you see where to make adjustments instead of having a setback and giving up completely. If you set a goal to save $100 a month, but have only been able to put away about $50 a month we could be inclined to give up. Instead of throwing in the towel you can see if there are areas of spending that can be reduced, or adjust your savings goal to be more realistic with your budget. Don’t feel bad if you need to scale back your goal. Although it may take longer, as long as you are expending effort in moving toward your resolution you will eventually get where you want to be.

Start Small

Small goals are more effective. According to Stephen Guise, author of Mini Habits, we tend to have a mental block toward challenging tasks like getting up early to exercise. He advocates creating a goal so ridiculously easy that you can’t come up with a mental excuse not to do it.  He created a healthier lifestyle with his initial fitness goal of one pushup a day. It was so easy he couldn’t fail. The author found that once he got his body moving he usually did more exercise than a single pushup. He just had to start. On days where he was sick or truly did not have time, doing one pushup kept him from mentally abandoning his goal to get fit. As he kept up this consistent routine his mind became used to the idea of exercising and getting in shape became a much easier task. Perhaps you could create a mini goal for resolutions you truly struggle with. You could try smoking one less cigarette a day, saving $5 a week or doing the plank exercise for 5 seconds a day. Taking this baby steps approach may make it easier to get where you want to be mentally, physically and financially.

Get Support

Having someone to keep you accountable or assist you in working towards making big life changes can greatly increase your success. Whether it’s a friend, nutritionist, personal trainer, counselor or coach, having an additional layer of support will help you stay motivated for the long run. At the Mind Enhancement Center  we have helped many individuals make great changes within themselves to improve their overall quality of life. Check out our website to find out more about what we can do to help you make your resolutions a reality.


3 Ways to Improve Your Relationships

With the start of a new year underway, many people are using this time to work towards bettering themselves, either through mindfulness or other forms of self-improvement. This self-care can also take the appearance of taking better care of their interpersonal relationships between friends and family members. Keep reading to discover some simple ways of improving and caring for any of your current and future relationships.

Concept of communicating between people.
Concept of communicating between people.

Acknowledgement

One solution to caring for all of your relationships is to simply take the time to acknowledge the other person’s opinions and feelings. When it comes to partaking in conversations with the people we care about, everyone wants to feel as though they have been heard and their thoughts considered. By acknowledging the thoughts and opinions of those you love, you’re actually taking the time to show them they matter to you by considering how they feel or how their specific input is able to move conversations and other interactions along.

Compromise

Sometimes when it comes to the word “compromise” many people don’t like hearing it. Hardly anyone wants to give up their position in a discussion and most would like to have their opinion to be considered the right one. However, compromise isn’t just for romantic relationships, but for any type of relationship you have. By compromising with those you care about it shows you’re willing to meet them in the middle for a better solution that will work for both of you.

Group laughing and enjoying time together.
Group laughing and enjoying time together.

Spend Time with People

As naturally social creatures, humans need to interact with other people. Whether you are more of an introvert or extrovert, sharing personal time with those you’re closest to can actually help with your overall mental health. Spending time with others you’re close to will also allow you to express problems you may be having with your partner or friends in an effort to discover ways of fixing them so these concerns don’t affect the relationship in the long run.

Conclusions If you want to improve your connections with the people in your life this year and beyond, always be sure to take the time to acknowledge their thoughts and feelings and simply spend time with them. If you’re still looking for ways to improve your current relationships, consider a hypnosis session with the experts at Mind Enhancement Center. Contact us today to make the most of your relationships this year!

What PTSD is and How Hypnosis Can Help

There are a wide range of mental disorders that can occur or manifest for a number of reasons throughout our lives. While it isn’t exactly a pleasant idea to consider, dealing with an issue that afflicts you is always a priority and in no way should you feel like hope is lost. When it comes to particularly debilitating conditions like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it is especially important that you take steps to improve your mental and emotional state to combat the symptoms. Read further if you want to find out exactly what PTSD is and how hypnosis can do wonders to combat its effects.

What is PTSD? :

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychological and mood disorder that occurs after a traumatic event or span of time, which greatly interferes with a person’s ability to function properly in everyday life. PTSD is one of the more frequently misdiagnosed disorders due to people often mistaking it for high stress or fear, whereas they are actually just symptoms of a bigger problem. Post-Traumatic stress can come from a major distressful event like abuse or loss, but also from more subtle and elongated events such as bullying or time spent in combat.

How PTSD Differs from Normal Stress:

A lot of people have a hard time separating normal stress or even high levels of stress with PTSD. While stress is something that a majority of people feel throughout their lives, it is important to know the difference between having an episode of stress and losing normal function because of the underlying disorder that you aren’t aware of. A large part of this mix up comes from a lack of education on the condition, meaning people just write off their episodes as high stress and try to ignore it, which unfortunately leads to the episodes getting worse and a flurry of other symptoms.

Symptoms of PTSD:

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can vary depending on the severity and personality of the person experiencing them, but there are often constants for everyone. Intrusive thoughts of traumatic events or vivid flashbacks frequently occur in a majority of people suffering from the condition, especially if it is a result of one specific event. Dis-association is also a lesser known but very common symptom of the disorder, which means a person will completely disconnect from the present and seem almost as if they don’t have emotion. This, along with the exact opposite reaction of aggressive and violent outbursts, comes when the emotions or stress caused by the traumatic thoughts become too much for the person to handle, resulting in them either lashing out or shutting down completely. Rapid mood swings and denial of any problem can often be found in people that suffer from PTSD, which is also a result of the thoughts or memories being too much to bare.

How Hypnosis Can Help:

With so many intense symptoms and issues that can come from PTSD, it is vital that a course of action is created that can help these individuals work their way back to a healthy and happy mental state. When it comes to trauma the root of the problem is within the mind and like any other aspect of our mind, we are ultimately in control, albeit subconsciously in situations like this. Hypnosis is a way to calm down the mind and allow it to truly reflect on what is afflicting it, because the first step to overcoming trauma is accepting it and seeing what it truly does to us. Facing the issue head on can be tricky when the issue is buried deep in our head and proper hypnosis is a great way to pull out the issues you are unintentionally avoiding and start to work through them.

Conclusion:

While there is no tried and true method that completely cures somebody of a condition like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it doesn’t mean a person can’t come to terms with it and take back control of their mind. Hypnosis is one way for a person to reach into themselves and work through the stress and pain that hurts us, which in the case of PTSD, is exactly the right approach. Mind Enhancement Center has been specializing in helping our clients overcome a wide range of issues since first opening our doors and we hope you can take the first steps to becoming whole again by coming to see us today.

How to Handle Holiday Family Stress

The holidays bring about tons of stressful situations, such as the gifts you haven’t wrapped yet (or still haven’t bought), the Christmas cards you have yet to send out, and all the upcoming parties you have to attend. For many people, family tends to be the biggest stressor. Strained relationships, family obligations, and uncomfortable situations can be triggers that make the holidays a difficult time. However, there are many ways to deal with family and to maintain your mental health over the holidays. Read on to find out more!

Focus on the Positives

Your mindset can become your reality, so try to stay positive. Dwelling on the negatives only increases stress, even before the festivities begin. Don’t focus on the problems you have with your loved ones; instead, think about the things you do enjoy. Changing your outlook can help you feel and act happier during the event, and it can even make you better able to cope with the bad things that might happen.

Tip: Here are some positive thoughts to consider. What qualities do you love about your family members? Which family members are you most looking forward to seeing? Are there any dishes your family members cook that you are excited to eat?

Make a Plan

Even though dwelling on the negatives is harmful, it is still important to be aware of what to expect. Preparing yourself for potentially stressful situations can help you handle them better. Make a list of three events that are likely to occur (limit yourself to only three because thinking about a million “what ifs” can make you more stressed) and then plan a good way to handle those situations.

Tip: Other things to plan out beforehand are: safe conversation topics, appropriate responses to invasive questions, and even an excuse or reason to leave if you become too overwhelmed.

Learn to Say “No”

Your boundaries matter, too. Saying “yes” when you should be saying “no,” can lead to resentful and overwhelming emotions. You don’t have to participate in everything. Saying “no” to certain activities allows you to build your energy and participate in other events that you do want to be there for. Asserting your boundaries in this way, not only allows you to take care of your own needs, but can give you more control over the situation. This reduces stress and allows you to have more fun during the festivities.

Tip: Saying “no,” in an aggressive or angry tone can upset your loved ones. Try firm yet polite phrases like: “no thank you,” “I am not feeling up to it right now,” or “I’m not really into that, but thanks for asking.” Don’t be afraid to say it twice.

Let Go of the Past and Stay in the Present

Even if a family member has wronged you in the past, holding grudges isn’t good for your mental health. These are the holidays, so set aside your problems for a more appropriate time and focus on the present moment. Your family won’t be on earth forever, so try to enjoy your time with them right now. If others become distressed when something goes wrong, be understanding – they are likely feeling the effects of holiday stress, too.

Tip: Catch yourself whenever you start to think about past issues, and then let those thoughts leave your mind. Focus on good things that are happening right here and now.

Celebrate!

The holidays are a time to come together and strengthen bonds with your loved ones. Creating new traditions is a great way to celebrate the holidays together. For example, everyone can start by practicing gratitude. Think about all you have to be thankful for – a warm home, good health, loving pets, a nice family, and anything else that makes you happy. Then, have everyone else take a turn and share the things they’re grateful for!

Tip: Other new traditions could include photographing happy moments, baking a new dessert together, making Christmas cards by hand, or planning upcoming holidays together.

Conclusion

Dealing with family can be incredibly stressful if you don’t know how to handle it. With the right coping mechanisms, getting through the holidays should be a breeze! For mental health help during the holidays and all throughout the year, come to Mind Enhancement Center for hypnosis suggestions, coping skills, or tools!

How Can Seniors Stay Young?

It is said the senior community are poor subjects for hypnosis. That tends to be far from the truth. We have found that age is just a number and it tends to be more of a state of mind rather than a condition of the body. Many of our seniors with a younger state of mind have the ability to think, act, and even look younger than they actually are. This has given them the ability to walk circles around their younger counterparts at times. Read on and find out why seniors are great subjects for hypnosis.

What are the Problems?

Seniors, for the most part, deal with a lot of the same issues as the younger generations. They too have hopes, dreams, and fears. When they are experiencing problems in their lives, they too are subject to anxiety, stress, depression, and other emotional difficulties. For most of these problems, hypnosis is the perfect solution whether you are young or old.

Seniors too have to deal with habit control, attitude adjustment, phobic reactions, and fear of illness. As their earning days come to an end, concerns of assets and liability as well as income loom overhead.

Then it comes to new scientific and technological breakthroughs. These advancements place them behind the times, making it an overall stressful situation for seniors. Self-esteem and self-confidence go into a decline and those types of downtrends will make them feel they are no longer interesting to others. Withdrawal follows, accompanied by loss of sense of self-worth. This will increase withdrawal tendencies and enters into a cycle that can be completely devastating.

It’s All So Unnecessary

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have special capabilities. Attitude and behavior modification, the regeneration of self-esteem and self-confidence and motivation are necessary. Clients can be brought to realize that they don’t need scientific savvy to be interesting people. The senior community can discover that younger generations have much to learn and must turn to the older and wiser seniors for information and guidance. They can rediscover themselves through part-time jobs and volunteering in their communities, quickly convincing themselves that they’re needed and are of high value to the younger generation.

Most hypnosis or hypnotherapy achieves success by focusing on one problem at a time. Dealing with what has been sometime referred to as “The Fountain of Youth” program can take a broader approach. Meaning several elements can be involved and all add up to a single problem; feeling old and out of touch.

Steps Taken

With hypnosis and hypnotherapy, the first step is the establishment of trust, the development of a rapport in which the client is willing and able to listen without a pre-established disbelief.

Some members will respond more rapidly and with greater enthusiasm than others. Not only that, but the inter-communication will tend to elevate the laggards. Once participants become comfortable with hypnosis, individual sessions can use regression to recall periods of high self-worth.

With progress comes increased self-esteem and the development of self-confidence. The power of visualization can be used to create mental pictures of success, achievement of goals, and new levels of acceptance.

If you have been thinking of hypnosis as a solution, our team at Mind Enhancement Center should be your first choice. With our years of hands on experience, we can help you during this time of need.

Tips for the Winter Blues

During the late fall and early winter months, it becomes common to start feeling off or a bit sad. An occurrence like such can leave many people wondering why they aren’t feeling the best! After all, the holidays are right around the corner and perhaps nothing notably different has happened in their life. Due to the shorter days and the stress that also lurks with the coming holidays, the winter blues are nothing out of the ordinary. Follow along with today’s blog to learn how to beat the blues this winter!

Don’t Oversleep

Sleep is essential in order to perform your best each day, however, when you are oversleeping it can have the opposite effect. Everybody knows how comfortable their bed feels during the cold, winter mornings. The most helpful thing you can do in order to beat your winter blues is to set an alarm and stick to it. Oversleeping, while it may feel comfortable at first, is never beneficial. Winter days are short enough already, but when you sleep in for half the morning, your day will seem even shorter! Getting up at the same time each morning and jumping right into your routine is a great way to feel productive and like you’re getting the most out of each day.

Workout

If you struggle with waking up in the morning, we suggest getting some movement in! Working out is a great way to beat the blues because your body will release endorphins. Once the endorphins kick in, you’ll get a little boost of happiness. Now you feel awake and have a boost in your overall mood!

Vitamin D

Winter is the time of year when the sun disappears and only makes brief visits here and there. Lack of sunlight can lead to a deficiency in your levels of vitamin D. Coincidentally, this vitamin controls certain aspects of one’s mood. In the summer months, when the sun is shining all day and for hours at a time, your mood is going to be elevated due to your body soaking in all the vitamin D. Once the sun is gone, those levels will drop and suddenly you’ll be left wondering why you aren’t feeling as great as you did just a few weeks ago. If you replenish your supply of vitamin D by taking easy to swallow capsules, you will be able to maintain healthy and beneficial levels of this nutrient.

Think Positive

It may be cliché, but if you think positive, you’re going to feel most positive! It can be easy to fall into the blue that winter brings. During this time, the last thing you may want to think about is the positives. However, we are here to tell you that it works! While you may be excited to spend the holidays with your family and loved ones, cozy by the fire, keeping in mind that spring is around the corner can be beneficial. The winter won’t last forever, and if you can keep this in mind, you’ll be able to get through any storm!

Conclusion

Winter time brings cold, cozy nights, and of course the holidays! These things may seem exiting at first, but after a while they begin to wear on you and cause stress. We are here to tell you the winter blues are nothing you can’t overcome! If you believe you could benefit from professional help, seek us out on our website!

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.

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