Have you ever heard that humans only use a portion of their brains? Well, this is most of all, because of the subconscious mind. Scientists have never really studied it in depth and we still do not know enough about it, but we do know that it could run and control almost everything we do.
For example, when you meditate and you start controlling your breath, you get the control from the subconscious mind and give it to your conscious mind. You start breathing deep and with your stomach. Then you stop controlling it and your subconscious takes over. You do not have to think about it any more. Your breathing will continue to be relaxed until another stimulus changes it (stress for example).
Another example of the tasks of the subconscious mind is the information coming from the senses. Your brain is constantly bombarded with stimuli and information - it would explode if it had to review and process everything! This is why you have a barrier in between – the subconscious mind. It processes everything and only passes the information that is relevant for you in this very moment.
Have you ever wondered why there are certain people who easily spot new opportunities? This happens because their subconscious mind feeds them more information on a specific subject over what another individual may get.
Have you ever noticed that as soon as you really decide to do something, there soon comes an opportunity that allows you to do it? This is because when you make the decision, you form a thought and imbue it with desire and faith and you suddenly start receiving the information that you need to achieve it.
The subconscious is a data-bank for everything that is not in your conscious mind. It stores your beliefs, your previous experience, your memories, your skills. Everything that you have seen, done or thought is also there.
It is also your guidance system. It constantly monitors the information coming from the senses to spot danger and opportunity. And it communicates that information to the conscious mind, that you want it to communicate.
In short, the subconscious mind is the powerful system that runs everything in your life. Learning how to stimulate the communication between the conscious and the subconscious minds is a powerful tool on the way to success, happiness and wellness.
Mindfulness is a buzz word in spiritual circles, well documented as a potent way to not only cope with, but excel in life. With the vast health benefits of this practice, we are all attempting to bring greater mindfulness into our workplaces, our daily life, and our homes.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is a well-known author, spiritual teacher, professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He pioneered a meditative approach to treating pain and depression, that is used all over the world today.
Kabat-Zinn states that meditation is about "paying attention in a particular way" or to be "awake". Even if our bodies are in the present, our minds are either rethinking past events, or thinking of the future. Depression and anxiety are directly related to this type of thinking (a pattern I see with many of my own clients). Individuals suffering with depression commonly ruminate over the past (things that went wrong or regrets they have), whereas Individuals with anxiety tend to worry about the future. Simply put, these thought patterns focus on a person's memory and imagination. Neither of which exist in the present. The truth is, the only place you can create is in the present moment. Mindfulness-based practices such as yoga and meditation are tools to help us live in the present. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing conscious awareness to this moment in time without judgement. Ongoing practice has been shown to increase energy, enhance calm and relaxation, improve self-esteem, reduce stress, depression and anxiety, improve the immune response, and even help with chronic pain management.
Did you know that the Chinese symbol for mindfulness means "presence of heart"?
Hypnotherapy can be extremely effective in the treatment of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If you suffer from severe trauma, nightmares, sleep problems, flashbacks, lack of concentration, as well as anxiety caused by something that happened in the past, hypnotherapy can help to eliminate these symptoms.
PTSD can be a debilitating condition in which we are constantly reliving past traumas. It is a type of anxiety disorder. It is likely that a person with PTSD may also be suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobic responses, OCD and any number of other anxiety related conditions.
With PTSD, the survival part of the mind is reliving the trauma as if it is still currently happening. Due to extremely high levels of stress, the intellectual part of the mind has not been able to assess this memory and file it away as being finished and over with.
Hypnotherapy can help you learn to relax, reduce the stress in your life and this in turn will allow the intellectual mind to deal with past events and de-traumatise them so that you began to take steps moving forward. Hypnotherapy will help to rebuild your confidence so you can be the person you want to be, regain control of your life and get the real you back.
All clients are treated with the utmost sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality. It is not necessary to disclose any details you do not wish to – therapy will still be effective even if you wish to keep the past events to yourself.
As the diagram shows, hypnotherapy is a very effective therapeutic approach. It differs from other forms of therapy because it taps into the unconscious mind. Did you know that this part of the mind influences 90% of behaviour and feelings but we are not aware of it? For example, have you ever driven somewhere and thought, "Did I just go through a stop sign?" or "I have no idea how I got myself home?" That is your subconscious mind at work. It is the portion of the mind we are not aware of; however; it knows how to keep you safe.
What exactly is Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is the combination of Hypnosis with another therapeutic approach, such as CBT. Hypnosis is the use of trance (a deep state of relaxation) to make changes at the unconscious level. Clients remain fully aware of their surroundings and remain in complete control during the process. Hypnosis is very effective in creating and maintaining change in many areas including reducing depression and anxiety, PTSD, and eliminating unwanted habits and behaviours.
I wanted to reach out and check-in to offer any support I can while we are riding the wave of physical distancing and social isolation. These are very strange times and we will all process and experience things quite differently. Some of us may be enjoying the “down-time” to catch up on things we have been meaning to get around to, while others may be quite anxious about basic needs and employment uncertainty, among other things. And just the “unknown” (how long will life be like this?) can stir up some harsh emotions (fear, sadness, depression).
In an attempt to offer some support, I am sharing something I posted on my Instagram page. Regardless of how you may be feeling these days, I think the following are some good tips to help navigate the weeks ahead:
1. Create a NEW routine for yourself. We are creatures of habit and change often produces anxiety. So if you were going to work but are now working from home, still set your alarm, shower, get out of your pjs! You may be surprised at how this affects your mood. If you are no longer working, still create a routine that gets you up and moving.
2. Start and end your day without distractions. Avoid watching the news, looking at your phone or answering emails right away. I like to say “ease into your day”! Read a book, listen to music, meditate, do some yoga, have your coffee in silence…or do anything that brings you joy. Even if it is only for 5 minutes…we all have 5 minutes now ;) Again, bombarding your brain with negative stuff like the news and negative social media is NOT helpful and only sets the tone for the rest of your day. Same goes for before you fall asleep…put your phone down and don’t watch the news (or anything negative) before bed. Understand that this stuff has a negative impact on your sleep cycles. I would even suggest creating “device free” time in the morning, some times throughout the day, and definitely 30 minutes before you go to bed.
3. Move your body. Turn off Netflix and go for a walk. Stretch in your chair, move your body in anyway you can! I cannot emphasize this enough. Exercise is the best antidepressant. Again, we all have the time to do this now so NO excuses! :) I would even suggest scheduling time in to do this (referring back to point #1). When you make something a part of your scheduled day you are more likely to follow through with it. I actually write in my daytimer “walk” or “yoga” or “read” and I look at my “to-do” list each day to make sure I follow through. We as humans want to do what's easy…but staying on the couch will come back to haunt us later!!
4. The Food-Mood Connection. It is well known that unhealthy eating patterns cause mood swings. Low levels of zinc, iron, magnesium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids are associated with worsening mood and decreased energy. Try to eat as healthy as possible. With so many restaurants closed, take advantage of this time to cook fresh and do some meal prepping!
Check this out: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/external/2018/03/relationship-food-mood/
5. Connect with your tribe. Humans are social beings - no matter how introverted you feel you are. We all need our circle…our peeps. I would suggest daily check-ins with those you care about and love. Even though we can’t hug or kiss these days, we are fortunate to have FaceTime and Zoom. Even hearing someone's voice can brighten spirits. Don’t underestimate the power of connection. Those of you who are more extroverted may really be struggling with social isolation. You are not alone. Set up Zoom parties and social media challenges. BTW I started a Zoom bookclub if anyone is interested!
And don’t forget that connecting with others might be helping the person on the other end too! It’s a win-win!!
6. Fear is an illusion. Fear is something we make up in our mind. It is anxiety lying to you. You know what I would be saying right? “Is your thought a belief or a fact?” 95% of the time, our thoughts are just beliefs that never come to fruition and therefore cause unnecessary stress. Now more than ever we must keep the faith and become proficient surfers of this wave!! Focusing on “things will work out” versus “things won’t work out” require the same amount of energy, so why focus on fear when you can focus on the positive - and the most likely outcome! Also, it is proven that negative thoughts affect our cells and weaken our immune system..and we need our cells to be rockstars right now!
Lastly I’d like to remind each of you that I am available by Doxy.Me if you need support. You can also follow me on Instagram (whitelotuswellness4) and/or Facebook (White Lotus Wellness) for tidbits of support.