Mindfulness is the increased awareness of the present moment and the letting go of thoughts of the past or future. This can lead to a greater feeling of control and peace. This can be especially good for those who are anxious, depressed or stressed

Mindfulness: A Powerful Way For You To Feel Healthier

I get a monthly email which summarises the latest research on mindfulness which is a kind of meditation. Within the last year or two the size of this email has been getting bigger and bigger as more studies are done into more conditions and how they might be able to reduce or remove symptoms of illnesses.

Some of the areas where research has already been conducted is in stress reduction, lowering blood pressure and it is even being used in schools to help pupils to focus, handle confrontation more effectively and to learn more effectively.

Mindfulness is another way of saying meditation. Meditation has been misunderstood for many years but it seems as if it is finally emerging from the associations with the 1960’s and the hippy movement and about time many would say. Mindfulness is now being taken seriously by governments, the medical profession and academics.

Mindfulness Is Totally Compatible With Hypnotherapy

In the book The Mindful Manifesto the history of mindfulness is examined and followed all the way through to the present day and even a little into the future. As the links between mindfulness/meditation and spirituality have weakened it has strengthened its connection with science and now due to all the research being done it is finally taking a hold in the West. In the East mindfulness has been known about for hundreds of years and is common knowledge but the West is only just catching up with the rest of the world.

I have experienced the benefits of mindfulness personally. 3 years ago I was suffering from depression and turned to mindfulness to see if I could do something about how I was thinking and feeling. Within a few months of starting to practice the techniques I felt calmer, more in control and less emotional. As I continued to practice the techniques it became easier and easier to be the real me.

Nowadays mindfulness is still something I practice from time to time and it still continues to help me to feel good about myself but more often I am telling other people about mindfulness and helping them to tap into its power in combination with hypnotherapy.

At my Sheffield hypnotherapy practice I see a wide cross section of people with many different issues or goals. I have witnessed mindfulness help people with stress, anxiety, depression, negative self image, relationship difficulties and smoking and weight loss.

The Guardian Article On Mindfulness

If there is something about your thoughts or behaviour that you would like to change then it is possible that hypnotherapy and/or mindfulness could help you in making that change.

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Mindfulness And Hypnotherapy Could Save The NHS

Doctors have claimed that the NHS should give patients with depression courses in meditation. This could halve the risk of depression coming back and could save the NHS millions of pounds. The Mental Health Foundation found only 1 in 20 family doctors actually prescribed meditation of any kind.

‘Mindfulness’ therapies which can include hypnotherapy are a much cheaper option than treating the condition with drugs claims Dr Andrew McCulloch, the Mental Health Foundation’s chief executive. He claimed it’s essential to make this treatment as widely available as possible as it would have huge knock-on benefits socially and economically. His report discovered that three-quarters of GPs have prescribed medication to people with long term depression when a different form of treatment would have been more appropriate.

After 2 bouts of depression, the risk of relapse is 70% rising to 90% after 3 episodes.

The Current Approach To Depression Is Not Working For Many People

Meditation is very closely linked to hypnotherapy. Meditation frequently starts with guided relaxation, focusing on breathing and an awareness of the body. This is exactly how many hypnotherapy sessions also begin. The difference is that with hypnotherapy there are suggestions given for how the client might be able to change their situation or behaviour which addresses their needs directly.

As someone who had depression for over 10 years, I find this very welcome news. The number of people with depression in Western society is increasing year on year, particularly among women. Some blame technology, diet, the media or government. Whatever the causes, the way this issue is being treated is not making things any better.

Some say the eagerness of the medical profession to throw tablets at the problem could be contributing to the problem. Don’t get me wrong, in some cases, medication can help. In many cases, though medication is the one and the only solution tried by the GP.

Hopefully, in 2010, we will see more of the medical profession turning to things like meditation, mindfulness and hypnotherapy first to help their patients to deal with depression and if that proves unsuccessful THEN turning to medication.

Whether this change in approach is undertaken because of the NHS becoming more restricted in its budget or whether it is due to greater openness to other techniques on behalf of the medical profession it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that anyone who has depression is given the best tools, techniques and support available to help them to beat their condition?

Change How You Talk To Yourself And Feel Differently

First of all just let me assure you that talking to yourself is NOT the “first sign of going mad”. Everyone talks to themselves. A lot of people aren’t even aware that they are doing it.

Your self talk or the things you say to and about yourself can have a massive impact on your stress levels, your anxiety levels, your physical health, your optimism, your happiness and your relationships with other people and the world around you.

Self talk can last just a split second and it doesn’t always resemble the kind of talk that you engage in with other people. It can be based on feelings and thoughts and it has a huge influence on your life. If you can tap into the power of self talk you could literally transform your life.

Talk Better To Yourself And Feel Better

Plenty of people when they look in the mirror engage in very negative self talk. They say all sorts of terrible things about themselves. If a stranger in the street came up to these same people and said the same thing they would get a smack or a mouthful back but when we say these things about ourselves we seem to just accept it.

We take it at face value and believe the words said, even if there is evidence to the contrary. I’m sure you have heard of those people who swear that their daily mantra is responsible for their success. You know the kind of thing they say…. “Every day in every way I am getting better and stronger!”

This kind of thing is usually delivered at the self in the mirror and is said very emphatically and overly genuinely. If this kind of thing works for you then great, carry on. The problem is this kind of thing just doesn’t work for the majority of people. There is an alternative though.

It’s As Easy To Change Your Self Talk As ABC

The alternative is as easy as ABCD. Let me tell you about it…

A = Adversity: What is the situation or circumstance that is causing the problem? eg. “I’m not good enough at my job”

B = Belief: What are your beliefs about the adversity? eg. “I’m rubbish at everything because I can’t do my job as well as other people”

C = Consequence: What are the results of your beliefs? eg. Stress, anxiety, depression, illness.

D = Dispute. This is where you argue against your beliefs. eg. “I’m not rubbish at everything, I’m really good at the design part of my job, it’s just the marketing side I sometimes struggle with. I’m really good at golf too so I’m definitely not rubbish at everything. Just because you think something does not mean it is true.

The more you are objective about your own life the more likely you will be to enjoy it. If you continue to listen to just one opinion, your own negative internal critic, then don’t be surprised if you start being more negative and down on yourself.

If you balance out that negativity with evidence to the contrary then you will have the best chance of being happier, more fulfilled and optimistic. Many of the people I see at my Sheffield hypnotherapy practice have very negative and unsupportive self talk. Through mindfulness and hypnotherapy exercises I help them to think better so they can feel better.