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Aspirations Hypnotherapy - Cwmbran, UK

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Gayle Vaatstra: Posted on 17 February 2016 16:28

Most of us have experienced some stress within their lives and many of us have to deal with the effects of it on an ongoing basis. Of course stress related health problems are rife in today's society. Hypnosis can be an effective tool in dealing with this destructive emotion.


There can be lots of causes: the reasons behind stress are completely unique to each individual and situation they may find themselves in. Often people find that they can manage astonishingly well with a stressful life until something tips the balance and they wind up breaking under the burden.

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Hypnosis can decrease your stress levels

Posted on 17 February, 2016 at 11:28 Comments comments ()

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Most of us have experienced some stress within their lives and many of us have to deal with the effects of it on an ongoing basis. Of course stress related health problems are rife in today's society. Hypnosis can be an effective tool in dealing with this destructive emotion.
 
There can be lots of causes: the reasons behind stress are completely unique to each individual and situation they may find themselves in. Often people find that they can manage astonishingly well with a stressful life until something tips the balance and they wind up breaking under the burden. Not a lot of individuals live a completely stress free life, most of us have a level of psychological strain we can cope with day to day without experiencing any overwhelming adverse effect on our overall health or well being. Some of the signs that can indicate you may be having difficulty in managing your stress could be: feeling overwhelmed or unable to focus, lack of sleep or disturbed sleep, feeling jumpy, being easily irritated, being mentally irrational and snapping at the slightest thing.
 
You may also find yourself with physical outcomes as a result of stress . You might have stomach troubles or find yourself turning to bad habits more frequently, such as smoking, unnecessary eating or drinking. Typically, stress can be the catalyst for various other conditions such as chronic stress and anxiety or depression if not dealt with at its onset. It is important to get help if you are struggling to cope with the negative effects of stress, before you start to find it seeping into every area of your life.
 
Clinical Hypnotherapy may help treat short term stress efficiently in a natural way. If you are aware an event is coming up that could cause you stress, hypnotherapy specialist techniques can help you prepare for it and learn how to tackle it effectively. For instance if you are attending job interviews and find the stress is affecting your performance, there are lots of ways hypnotherapy strategies will help. Countless people find being in hypnosis very relaxing, which can help your stress levels reduce even before the therapy starts ! Treatment on the whole means teaching you how to cope and manage stress long term. You could learn how to have a strong and empowered mind, enabling you to have the confidence to tackle the stress head on.
 
Using Hypnotherapy is also an outstanding way to help those who are afflicted by long term stress. A person’s life can be ruined if they are struggling to cope with stress long term. During sessions you may be guided to uncover the underlying issues causing the stress before being helped to tackle it. This is an amazing process, because you're not only finding out the reason for these long term symptoms, but also learning how to control them and deal with them yourself, before they can cause any further  negative impact on your life. Helping you take back your sense of control.
 
If you consider that you are stressed out why not contact Gayle Vaatstra today and take the first steps towards a more relaxed and calmer lifestyle.
 

 

Hypnosis can help Irritable Bowel sufferers take back Control

Posted on 27 October, 2015 at 9:24 Comments comments ()

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common condition which can cause discomfort and pain, generally in the gastrointestinal system. Hypnosis can be used to help relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and is available to those searching for help and guidance on managing their IBS and symptoms.

Indications of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can often be, one or more of the following : stomach pains, diarrhoea, bowel problems, symptoms of heartburn, wind, queasiness and bloating. Some people with IBS have found it has caused them to experience anxiety along with various other health problems, which are not always directly related to the condition. Even though the disorder is well known, it is still extremely problematic for individuals dealing with it on a day by day basis. Signs and symptoms for some clients only make an appearance at eating times, or after ingesting particular foods. Some people have their way of life crippled from the issue, feeling serious pain every single day or having to plan where they go and what they do around their episodes of IBS. It really can be disrupting and controlling to a sufferers life.

The causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can often be a mystery to the sufferer. In most cases it is believed that an increased sensitivity in the gut causes the problems. Psychological factors such as stress and anxiety can also bring on the symptoms of IBS or make them worse. Some individuals experience mild symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and worry that the signs are something more serious, then this anxiety and worry then can escalate and often make the symptoms more intense. Some individuals can become stressed over how the symptoms are affecting them and worry the symptoms may worsen. Now and then when we anticipate something, it can then make the resulting outcome predictable. For example if an anxiety attack triggers Irritable Bowel Symptoms and we're anxious about these symptoms, these may unavoidably occur because of the initial stress and anxiety. The condition can be a real vicious circle.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers may be offered prescription medication by their doctor, but in the first instance most medical professionals propose a healthy change in diet and lifestyle.
Clinical Hypnosis to help with  Irritable Bowel Symptoms can help sufferers acquire a positive and healthy lifestyle, enabling them to feel more in control. Hypnosis is probably not the cure for the issue, but it could possibly be the key to helping you decrease your symptoms, and in the best cases may eliminate them entirely. For some the stress due to the pain can be the cause of a lot of the other symptoms suffered, this can mean that without the pain other symptoms could be diminished greatly.
 
The conscious and unconscious minds are both addressed using hypnotherapy. Our health impacts our psychological health and vice versa. Hypnotherapy can help people get more in sync with the mind, in addition to more in command of it. For some, the ability to relieve these symptoms means to be able to enjoy life once again.

If you believe you might have IBS or you are worried your symptoms are something more severe you need in the first instance to consult your GP. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is classified as a medical condition and a doctor can reassure you that there is nothing more serious driving your signs and symptoms.

How Hypnosis Can Help People Overcome Panic Attacks

Posted on 23 August, 2015 at 18:50 Comments comments ()
Pains in the chest and shortness of breath are quite common with panic attacks, but are obviously quite distressing for most people, because they could be something more worrying & serious. There are many reasons why someone may have an anxiety attack.

Following medical studies it is now known that stress is one of the greatest factors that cause panic attacks, including being in a variety of circumstances that cause anxiety and panic. Regrettably, people can undergo anxiety attacks suddenly and also for no apparent reason. It is thought that a panic attack is brought on by the body’s own fight or flight response, where adrenaline is prompted, preparing the body to defend itself in a threatening situation.
 
Panic attacks cause avoidance behaviours which can limit the person's life. The fear of the panic attack happening again can create high levels of anxiousness. You may even find yourself avoiding going to certain places which you fear may trigger a panic attack, and many people become isolated because they are afraid to go out at all. Panic attacks can reduce confidence, create further panic, and depression can frequently set in due to this persistent worrying. Anxiety and Panic Attacks are not only very distressing for the individual; they can also have a bearing on those closest to them. 1 in 10 of us will undergo anxiety and panic attacks in our lifetime. Having a panic attack often naturally increases your belief that you may have another one soon, causing continuous feelings of fear.
 
Health care professionals can prescribe medication to assist with panic and stress; however this only helps with the signs and symptoms, not the cause. An hypnotic approach for panic attacks aims to eradicate entirely the underlying issues generating the individual’s panic and anxiety attacks. Hypnosis for panic disorder and anxiety can bring about favourable behavioural changes by improving the thought processes of the subconscious mind. Triggers for a panic disorder can be managed, and for many people removed altogether.
 
An hypnotic approach uses specialist techniques to teach the client new methods to relax, identify and remove triggers that may cause anxiety, resolve problems which cause anxiety attacks or stress, and aim to eradicate further panic attacks.
 
Hypnosis delivers good results for those who encounter anxiety and panic attacks and have found no solution in the medical world. Hypnotherapy is even more potent when combined with CBT which helps the mind to think clearly and calmly, alleviating feelings of fear and anxiety. Out of the shadow of constant worry and fear, people can gain the confidence to enjoy fulfilling lives without limitations. The subconscious is incredibly powerful and changes made at this level tend to be long lasting.
 


New Year, New YOU, New Beginnings

Posted on 27 December, 2014 at 13:06 Comments comments ()

Christmas is over, New Year approaches quickly and for a large number of people this is a time of reflection, a time to consider how the coming New Year can be the point of making a fresh change in the way we live our lives.

Is it a matter of Health, Wealth , Happiness or all three that you may need to consider, in order to improve YOUR life ? Well, only you can decide that. After all it is your life, you know what you are happy with and what you're not happy with, you know how you would prefer things to be. So what are you waiting for ? Do something about it. Make it happen, whatever that may be. Take back control of your life and do it now !

The first thing to always remember is that you are in control of your own destiny. If you believe something can happen and you really, really want it to happen or change , then it really is within your power to make it happen. I am not saying whatever that is will be easy, but just acknowledge that you have control over what you choose to do, take responsibility for your actions.

Focus on the things you want to happen. Write them down in a list, in order of priority. This could be something, such as the following :

1. Lose weight
2. Stop Smoking / Stop Vaping
3. Find another job
4. Become healthier
5. Drink less alcohol 
etc: 

Then against each one, set a date within the year to achieve each specific goal. Don't forget to be realistic with your time scales, there is nothing like setting yourself up to fail by using unrealistic timescales that are too quick and not viable or sustainable. So decide upon your ultimate achievement date, and write it down  next to your goal.

Now you need to plan each goal and how you are going to achieve it.  It wont just happen on its own, YOU have to take control. Write down the steps you need to be able to achieve each goal, add to that smaller - timescales to keep you on track, so you can achieve the main goal on time and on target. You now have  your plan for change !

Don't try and keep all this information just inside your head, make sure its all written down otherwise It can disappear so quickly.  Don't  lose sight of what you need to do, so putting it into writing makes it more realistic from the beginning. Use and read your plan sheet as a guide on a day to day basis, keep it close to you and look at it often. Check yourself against it. Am I putting a required action into practice ? Am I on track to achieve my ultimate goal, by my set date ? Am I still focussed ? Ask yourself all of these questions as you progress along your pathway of change. If you find yourself a bit off track, make a note of this and why you think this happened. Ask yourself what can you do to stop you going off track again, if a particular set of circumstances occurs again, write that down too. Eventually your changed new behaviour will become normal and natural to you, you wont even think about it consciously anymore, it will become second nature.  You will then be well on the way to achieving your ultimate goal.

When you have achieved your goals, acknowledge your achievements, be proud and happy with your success. This in turn will help you grow your confidence and your self belief. As your confidence and belief in yourself grows, build in your new life goals towards the life you want. 'YOU can achieve what ever YOU want to achieve in YOUR life.

 Hypnotherapy and other therapeutic techniques can be a very successful way to help you become more focussed and determined in your achievements and changes. If you want to make a difference to your Life or talk about how you can help yourself, then please do get in touch with Gayle Vaatstra via the contact request page. Happy New Year, Have a wonderful 2015. Author Gayle Vaatstra (C) 2014

Can’t Sleep? Hypnosis can help beat sleep problems

Posted on 5 September, 2014 at 6:19 Comments comments ()


Sleeping well is a necessity - 6-8 hours is the suggested amount that we need to allow us to function properly. Every now and then, we can lose a night’s sleep but it can take a while to recover from it, but chronic sleep deprivation isn't so easy to get over. Trouble sleeping affects the sleep of millions around the globe. The worst part of this condition would be that frequently there is no distinct reason for the sleep loss itself. Your bed feels good, it's tranquil, you’re cosy and warm and you don’t really feel anxious, but for some reason you simply are unable to rest. A hypnotic approach for sleep problems helps you get some necessary sleep.
 
So What is insomnia ?

Insomnia is essentially not getting adequate or any sleep when we have sufficient possibility to do so. Where we usually do not feel rejuvenated or restored because we just haven’t had  a chance to rest. You may be experiencing lack of sleep if: everyday life is difficult given that you are tired, you're feeling down and you find it not easy to focus, you are experiencing disturbed or unsettled sleep, you are waking up early in the morning or you find it difficult to get to sleep or sleep at all. The reason a person has insomnia is as a rule very simple. Major reasons behind the condition are stress and panic. The reason these factors affect us so much pertaining to sleep is because they manifest themselves in both our conscious and subconscious mind, so that's two levels of our mind to battle with when we are trying to sleep. Consciously, many people may have experienced a restless mind when attempting to sleep occasionally, where the problems of that day continue to buzz and spin around in your thoughts showing no indication of leaving. Many people fall asleep through pure mental exhaustion. Over a long period of time, anxiety can get through to the deepest portions of our mind. Some individuals begin getting anxiety attacks part way through the night with no knowledge of what they are experiencing. In some instances emotional stress is absorbed by the mind without us realising it, until we endure insomnia type symptoms in the future. When we become aware that we are having difficulty sleeping, we can generate a fear of it taking place and so a vicious circle is formed. When we don’t know how to fix these factors we can feel helpless, lonely and distressed. Even if practising renowned methods, such as ‘leaving worries aside’ before bed by writing them on a notepad or telling your other half what you are thinking about, we are only dealing with the forefront of our mind - the conscious. This means that the largest section of the mind - the subconscious isn't dealt with and so the symptoms may continue even with your best efforts. 

Hypnosis for insomnia helps you find the underlying issues creating the condition and 
enables you to contend with them. Hypnotherapy empowers you, providing you accessibility to the most powerful part of your mind, dealing with the problems within and ultimately reprogramming it to work with you, and not against you. 





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