Hypnosis and Panic Attacks

Hypnosis can make lasting change in how your body and mind perceive stress and by doing so it can help you to overcome panic attacks.

It might begin when you notice your heart beating hard or maybe you feel your hands getting cold and sweaty.  Perhaps you notice a tingling in your scalp or the back of your neck or maybe you don’t notice anything and then all of a sudden you can’t see properly and feel like you could fall over.

These are all examples of the symptoms of panic attacks.  Obviously, panic attacks are very uncomfortable and debilitating.  Some are triggered by a specific setting or situation, like driving on  285 or being in a crowd of people.  However not all panic event triggers can be so easily identified.

Often my clients are not aware of the triggers and so they feel helpless. They feel as though the panic attack happens for no reason. It may feel like there is no reason, but in reality the reasons have been building up over time.  Below the level of conscious awareness little things begin to go wrong. You feel a little stressed or harried.  Maybe your muscles around your rib cage tighten just a little.  This causes your breathing to become just slightly shallow.  Soon your neck and jaw or maybe your back feel a little tight and again this causes breathing to become more shallow.  Eventually this lack of proper oxygenation stops the brain and body from having the right mix of hormones released and the body senses this as stress.  Now you begin to notice, but it’s already too late.   A cascade of negative stress related hormones are now cascading through your body.  Too much cortisol, norepinephrine and adrenaline cause a feeling of losing control and suddenly you are in the midst of a massive panic attack.

Anyone who has ever experienced this feeling knows it is no joke.  Hypnosis can allow you to take back control over these unconscious triggers. Becoming aware before your body goes out of control is the key to overcome these debilitating feelings.

Happiness Set Point

My mother started me in my quest to be more positive at an early age.  “The Power of Positive Thinking” and other similar books were part of our home library.  But does thinking more positive make you happier?  Or maybe people who are happier just tend to be more positive.  Is happiness the same as optimism? If we don’t know what it is how do we know if we are indeed happy?

Growing up, I was labeled “Pollyanna” by my little sister.  I really didn’t realize at the age of 12 that I was that positive a person.  I remember feeling pretty lonely, bored and unhappy.  But her perception was that I was unrealistically happy.  Which of course I hated at that time. However I believe that it was that ability even when bored and lonely to find something positive that has made me so resilient in life.  To some degree I was better at choosing the more positive thoughts

Louise Hay is an author and speaker who has spent her life demonstrating the power of positive thought.  She agrees that we can and do choose our thoughts. It is her contention that she cured her cancer with positive thought. But is this idea helpful to others?  How does the average person become more positive and happier in their lives.  Is it possible to change your happiness set point?

I believe it is. Throughout my life I have used self-hypnosis, hypnotherapy and NLP to increase my ability to be positive, resilient and yes, happier.   By using hypnosis to develop better focus and the ability to subconsciously increase my positive self talk I have increased the amount of time spent in the state of happiness.

Weight Loss, Why not just stop eating?

One sure way to lose weight, it might seem, is simply to stop eating for a while. Simple as it sounds, that idea is fraught with potential problems.

The basic weight loss equation certainly remains valid in this case: using more calories than are consumed results in weight loss. If you don’t take in calories by eating, it’s fairly easy to satisfy that equation. Your body burns 70 calories per hour even just sitting idle on the couch.

But while you may be idle, your body’s systems are not.

First of all, the body – deprived of food – will slow down the metabolism and burn calories more slowly. Weight loss can be sudden at first, but the rate slows very soon thereafter.

At first, it goes after glycogen stored in the liver and converts it to glucose to burn for energy. That energy is used to power all the body’s activities.

When that is used up (to a degree), the body then begins going after the energy stored in the bonds of certain molecules in fat cells. The process is called ketosis and accounts for why your breath sometimes smells like fingernail polish (made with ketones) after hard exercise.

So far, that all sounds good. You burn calories, reduce body fat and lose weight. Exactly what you wanted. But, unfortunately, this isn’t all the body is doing under these circumstances.

Because of the relatively rapid weight loss/calorie burning from this method of ‘dieting’ the body will experience a ‘rebound’ effect. In other words, it will cause you to crave food like crazy. The food you do eat will cause you to put on more pounds than you lost. The body is compensating for a radical deficit.

At the same time, there are serious health risks to simply starving or a long term fast. Going without food for a few hours or even a day isn’t dangerous, though it can be uncomfortable since you’ll get very hungry. But this method causes a number of carefully balanced nutrients to get out of whack.

It upsets the delicate balance of insulin, sugar and a variety of other essential compounds. Apart from regulating energy levels, they influence hormones that regulate the brain and nervous system.

Concentrations of potassium and sodium get out of balance unless you compensate with sports-style drinks, which can be more difficult to adjust in the absence of food. Those minerals are key to regulating the heartbeat, not to mention being found in every cell of the body and the fluid in between where they participate in an enormous variety of vital tasks.

Fatigue, dizziness and difficulty concentrating are only three of the milder symptoms that will result. Dehydration is likely, since much of the fluid we gain is from food, not just liquid. That can easily lead to heat stroke if the weather is at all warm and you are even a little active.

The kidneys will have a more difficult time filtering properly. They clean waste material from the blood, play a role in regulating blood pressure and stimulate the bone marrow to make red blood cells.

The odds of heart attack are increased, brain function suffers,… the list is endless. Even if the fast is ended long before death (at about 4 weeks), serious physical effects would occur.

Instead of fasting, eat a balanced, healthy diet of limited calories – combined with an age and circumstance-appropriate exercise program and find a way to stay on track.  Motivation is the key to staying with any new kind of life style. Lets not kid ourselves, what permanent weight loss requires is a permanent change in life style.  Hypnotherapy is one of the best ways to create a new habit and get rid of old negative or unhealthy ways of thinking about food.  That is the surest way to lose pounds safely. Your physical health will be in harmony with your mind and your new healthy eating/exercise habits will become part of who you are.