If you've been struggling with Anxiety you may have found that therapies like CBT just seem to go quit far enough in resolving the issue for you. The physical feeling remains even though you've learned how to observe and correct unhelpful thoughts. Hypnotherapy provides a more holistic solution to Anxiety, because as well as dealing with the unhelpful thinking styles, hypnosis addresses the physical experience of excessive anxiety. Hypnosis taps into the limbic system, creating a state of profound focus during which the brain is given an opportunity to reset it's processes.
In my practice I use a combination of Counselling (including CBT techniques), Hypnosis and EFT (Emotional freedom technique or tapping) to create this reset while also increasing the Vagus Nerve Activity and thus generating the parasympathetic relaxation response.
Have you heard of the Vagus Nerve?
It’s the longest cranial nerve in the body and it connects your brain to many critical organs including the gut, heart and lungs. The word Vagus comes from the Latin word wanderer, which is apt because the nerve does wander all over the body to reach organs.
The Vagus nerve is intrinsic to the Parasympathetic 'rest and digest’ nervous system and so has an influence on breathing, digestive function and heart rate, all of which are linked to mental health.
According to Dr Mladin Golubic, Medical Cirector at the Cleveland Clinic the Vagus response reduces stress, heart rate, blood pressure, changes the function of certain parts of the brain as well as stimulating digestion; changes which all happen while we’re relaxed.
By stimulating the Vagus Nerve we increase Vagal tone and this has been shown to help with a wide variety of brain and mental health conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Migraine, Alzheimer's disease, Alcohol Addiction, personality disorders, poor memory, MS, OCD, chronic fatigue and autism.
Some ways to stimulate the Vagus Nerve and improve Vagal Tone are:
If you'd like to find out how I can help you overcome Anxiety please give me a call on 0435 923 817 or use the contact me using this Hypfocus Hypnotherapy Melbourne form on my Hypnotherapy for Anxiety page. I look forward to hearing from you.
This long weekend why not take some time to introduce mindfulness into your life and really relax. It doesn't have to be a lot of time but it does need to be dedicated time; time that you're going to use purely for relaxation. You may have lots of plans and it may seem like a waste of precious time to sit and do nothing for a few minutes of the day and yet did you know that by sitting and doing nothing for a few minutes you’re being incredibly productive?
Mindfulness triggers a lot of activity in the brain, while the body relaxes the brain rebalances. During this rebalancing process, the body's relaxation protocol begins to slowly shrink the Amygdala, which is the area of the brain associated with fear and emotion. It is from this area that our Stress response is triggered. While the amygdala shrinks the prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain responsible for executive function (e.g. concentration ,decision-making, and motivation) becomes thicker, and the connectivity between the Amygdala and the rest of the brain becomes weaker while the connections between the areas associated with focused attention, concentration, motivation and emotional regulation become stronger.
Research has shown that the rate of change that occurs in the brain is related to the number of hours a person spends practising mindfulness or meditation. It has been established that mindfulness enables us to redistribute our brains resources away from the stress centre and towards the centre of emotional regulation, yes regular practice of mindfulness helps us become better at regulating our emotions. Studies have shown changes in brain structure after just 8 weeks of practicing for 10 minutes a day.
By disconnecting from the brain stress centre we create a range of physical as well as mental health benefits, reducing stress and inflammation in the mind and body leads to lower anxiety levels, reduces the likelihood of developing depression and helps us avoid gut issues. There’s a strong school of thought that says reducing stress reduces our risk of chronic disease and cancer. Our immune system functions better when our body is not inflamed, and we are also better able to absorb vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
All things considered that represents a great return on an investment of 10 minutes a day.
Tips for practising mindfulness
If you are struggling to begin your practice of mindfulness Hypnotherapy will help clear the emotions and stressors that are blocking your progress. If you would like help overcoming Anxiety please give me a call at Hypfocus Hypnotherapy Melbourne 0435 923 817 . I specialise in anxiety and panic disorders as well as compulsive habits.
Hypnotherapy is extremely effective in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders.
It is essential that you find the right therapist, with appropriate training and their credentials verified through membership of an association such as the AHA. I am a member of the AHA and the ACA.
Here's a short video I made discussing how our Anxiety can be fuelled by our inner critic and explaining how speaking to ourselves with compassion will actually benefit ourselves far more and produce better performance.
If you'd like to come and see me for help overcoming Anxiety please don't hesitate to give me a call on 0435 923 817 or use the contact form here I look forward to helping you make the positive changes you want to see in your life.
Melbourne Hypnotherapist Georgina Mitchell was born in Ireland, moving to Australia in 1989. Georgina Specialises in helping people with Anxiety Disorders and is an active member of the Melbourne Hypnotherapy Community. In Melbourne Hypnosis is being accepted as effective tool for anyone wanting to achieve a positive change in Mood, Behaviour and Habit.
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Please note as with all therapies, Results for Therapies delivered by Hypfocus may vary from person to person