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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.

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!

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