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Changing Sleep Issues with the Power of Hypnosis!

Submitted by Sheryl on Tue, 21/04/2020 - 7:29am

The current pandemic has certainly changed the we live our everyday lives. It has affected many of our daily routines - and one of its biggest reported impacts has been on sleep.  Sleep becomes more elusive when we are anxious. Many people are suffering sleep issues for the first time in their lives:

• awake for long periods

• unable to go to sleep

• waking up several times during the night

• more intense and emotional dreams

• tired and groggy the next morning

• finding it difficult to concentrate or function properly

• feeling irritable

But good sleep strategies may help you sleep well, and limit the negative effects of poor sleep.

 

Try these FIVE hints for calmer and better sleep

Limit news intake and avoid devices for at least an hour before bed

Do something to boost your mood before bed – watching a comedy on TV,  or listening to an uplifting podcast can help you sleep.

Have structure to your day

Our brains and bodies love structure. Wake up, exercise, eat and sleep at similar times each day.

Focus on your breathing

Think about resting rather than sleeping. Follow your breathing by silently whispering the words ‘in’ and ‘out’ to induce sleep.

Learn to relax your body and calm your mind

Relaxation can switch off the stress response - physically and mentally. Find something that works for you – hypnosis, meditation, mindfulness, muscle relaxation, deep breathing or a long hot bath.

If you can’t sleep - get out of bed!

Your bed should not be a battleground. Instead, try to enjoy the sensation of merely resting. It is ok to simply let your body rest – especially when you have tools to calm your mind!  

 

If you are having trouble sleeping, and traditional treatments are not working,hypnotherapy may help you to sleep the way you deserve. It uses different approaches to induce relaxation - such as focused attention, symptom control and guided imagery.  And, unlike sleep medications, it has no side effects - so it may be an aid for those who don’t like taking sleeping pills. Learn tools to overcome bedtime restlessness - ease the worry, tension and anxiety that prevents sleep - and reward yourself with the deep, restorative sleep you deserve!

 

 

Manage Your Wellbeing in Uncertain Times!

Submitted by Sheryl on Mon, 13/04/2020 - 1:20pm

The world is in the grip of a global pandemic!   We are living in extremely uncertain times - and that uncertainty can be difficult to cope with.  You may feel worried right now. You may struggle to keep anxious thoughts in check. And you may feel unsure about the future.

 

But help is at hand - you CAN learn to live with uncertainty.

 

Facing Uncertainty is Scarier than Facing Physical Pain

A new study shows that the uncertainty of something bad happening can be

more stressful than the knowledge of something bad happening.  In 2016, a group of London researchers explored how people react to being told they will either "definitely" or "probably" receive a painful electric shock.  They discovered an intriguing paradox. Volunteers who knew they would definitely receive a painful electric shock felt calmer and were measurably less agitated than those who were told they only had a 50 percent chance of receiving the electric shock!

 

Researchers recruited 45 volunteers to play a computer game in which they turned over digital rocks that might have snakes hiding underneath. Throughout the game, they had to guess whether each rock concealed a snake. When a snake appeared, they received a mild but painful electric shock on the hand. Over the course of the game they got better about predicting which rocks they’d find snakes under - but the game was designed to keep changing the odds of success to maintain ongoing uncertainty.

 

And when we’re facing outcomes that are uncertain, it’s the fact that something bad might happen that gets to us!

 

The volunteers’ level of uncertainty correlated to their level of stress. So, if someone felt certain they would find a snake, stress levels were significantly lower than if they felt that maybe they would find a snake. In both cases, they’d get a shock, but their stress was loaded with added uncertainty.  Archy de Berker from the UCL Institute of Neurology said: "Our experiment allows us to draw conclusions about the effect of uncertainty on stress. It

turns out that it's much worse not knowing you are going to get a shock than knowing you definitely will or won’t.”

 

Uncertainty Ignites our Primitive Survival Instinct

If we can’t neutralise a perceived threat, we engage in the unhelpful process called “worry”. We grapple with whatever the problem is to find solutions to the threat, but there are none. Does this make us feel better?  No, of course it doesn’t - it makes us feel worse.  In our need for certainty, we are wired to “catastrophise” - we view or talk of a situation as worse than it actually is. This leads to worry - which in turn leads to anxiety.

 

The modern brain struggles to distinguish between real threat and perceived

threat. The result is that the primitive brain takes over and triggers the primitive

survival instinct - fight-or-flight. 

It asks questions: -

What is going to happen…?

What is around the corner for me…?

Should I be doing more…?

Should I be doing less…?

What if my business is threatened…?

What if my livelihood is threatened…?

What if my life is threatened…?

The lack of answers can lead to:

Anger – Aggression – Frustration

 

What can we do to lesson uncertainty? 

There are many things we can do to lessen the effects of uncertainty:

• Awareness is your superpower - be aware of your feelings and emotions

• Notice the worry story you are telling yourself - try to distance yourself from it

• Focus on breathing - long slow breaths

• Recognise the need to rise above fight-or-flight

• Accept uncertainty - allow yourself to stop the struggle

 

Stand up to anxiety with some mood-boosters: 

• Exercise and movement

• Meditation, self-hypnosis, relaxation

• Achievement-oriented activity

• Something pleasant or fun

Just 15 minutes a day, focussing on yourself, will help you regain a sense of

balance. The more you practice all these strategies, the better you will become!

 

To help Take Control of Stress & Worry click through to my free recording HERE

Frequently Asked Questions!

Submitted by Sheryl on Sun, 29/03/2020 - 5:12pm

Sheryl answers some of the commonly asked questions about hypnotherapy ……

What is hypnosis?

You are in a true state of hypnosis at least twice a day – when you drift into sleep, and when you drift out of sleep.  Hypnosis is a very natural state in which the body is very relaxed, but you are aware of your surroundings – and your subconscious mind is receptive to positive suggestion!

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a combination of hypnosis and therapy.  I use talking therapy (or counselling) to help you work through and understand your particular issue – and then the relevant therapeutic suggestions are delivered to your mind while you are in hypnosis!

What does being in hypnosis feel like?

You will simply have your eyes closed, and feel nice and relaxed! You may feel heavy, numb or even tingly – but you will be very aware of your surroundings.  You are NOT unconscious – or asleep! 

Can I be hypnotized?

If you want to be - you certainly can be!

Will it make me do things I don’t want to do?

Absolutely not!  When in the state of hypnosis, you cannot be made to do anything that is against your will – your values, or beliefs!  You are in control at all times.

Are there any guarantees it will work?

Just like any treatment – medical or complimentary – there are no guarantees.  If you want to change something in your life – and you have made a definite decision to do so – then hypnotherapy can be an effective way to bring your conscious mind and subconscious mind into alignment! 

Is this confidential?

Absolutely!  What we discuss in our sessions is completely confidential.

Can I just have a Counselling Session?

If you would prefer to simply chat – we can do this J.  Counselling (therapy or chatting) is an important part of all our sessions!

Can you do hypnosis if you are on medication?

Generally, yes – but we would discuss the medications you are on in our first session.  Hypnotherapy is complimentary to traditional  medical care – and can work nicely alongside each other.

How much does a session cost?

Session fees depend upon the issue you are wanting help with.
I have many set programmes – once we have chatted over the phone I can email all costs relevant to your enquiry.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions may vary – but in most cases, we will meet over a minimum of 3-5 sessions.
(please note:  Become Smoke Free Programme is only 2 sessions)

What are the payment terms?

You can pay via eftpos or cash at the clinic, on the day of your appointment.  If your session is online, payment is made via online banking the day prior to your session.  Genoapay is available for certain programmes – enabling you to spread the cost over 10 weekly payments.

I live out of town – can I do it online?

Absolutely!  I work with many clients online – NZ wide and also overseas!  All you need is your smart phone, device or laptop – and we can connect via Facetime, Zoom, Messenger or Skype. 

Does online hypnotherapy and counselling work?

Working together Online, via a recognized video connection, works just the same as being in the clinic setting.  For hypnosis to be effective, you simply need to be able to hear my voice.

What qualifications do you have?

I proudly hold a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy – which includes training in Hypnosis, Counselling, Psychology, Behaviour, Anatomy & Physiology.  I am a Full member of NZSCAH; a Registered member of HNZ; and a member of NHC.

Does ACC cover this treatment?

Check with your case worker – I am always happy to provide them with an overview of cost, and how hypnotherapy may aid your recovery.

Can I get a WINZ quote?

I am happy to send an email to your case worker.

 

Hypnotherapy convinces people a 'virtual' gastric band is trimming their waistline

Submitted by admin on Mon, 02/03/2020 - 2:02pm

Virtual gastric banding offers weight reduction without surgery – using only the power of the mind. Follow Cecilia's remarkable six-month journey through hypnosis, and losing 30kg.

Read this article recently published in the Sunday Star times, and available on Stuff, about Sheryl and her client's weight loss journey!!

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Drink Less Alcohol!

Submitted by Sheryl on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 9:04pm

I'm excited to now offer the new Reduce Alcohol Programme into the Hypnosisworx Clinics.  It offers some fantastic tools to help you reduce the amount of alcohol consumed each week!  In this programme you are encouraged to decide on certain alcohol-free nights each week, while still enjoying a few drinks on other nights!  One of my clients recently found great success with this programme, and wanted to share with you her thoughts .....  

"I went to Sheryl to cut down my drinking and to have some alcohol free nights. The hypnosis she gave me was empowering and I have found myself drinking less - and a lot slower!  I am also having some alcohol-free nights and working on more.  I love the confidence, and positive attitude it has given me.  My focus has really improved and it energises my in the morning.  I am so glad I have this tool and it is helping me in so many areas of my life. It is not invasive and I would recommend it.  Thanks Sheryl"

(please note: results may vary for each person)

If you want to reduce the amount of alcohol you drink each week - whether this is for health reasons, or social behaviour reasons - then give me a call!

Dentistry - A Pain No More!

Submitted by Sheryl on Tue, 23/06/2015 - 12:56am

I never needed to believe in the power of hypnosis more than I did a week ago when I was faced with a molar extraction - the first major piece of dental work in 30 years!

Here I was confidently telling all who would listen that hypnosis helps with pain and discomfort so I thought it best to walk the talk and prepare myself for the big day.  I wasnt worried so much about the pain during the procedure, as I knew that the local anaesthetic would cover that.  But I was concerned with the noises I might hear - and the pain and inflammation in the 48 hours after the procedure.

I put together a short therapy to use in hypnosis, that allowed me to feel comfortable and relaxed prior to, and during, the procedure - no matter what I heard or felt.  In the days leading up to the extraction I hardly thought about it.  On the day of the extraction I only gave it a fleeting thought a couple of times.  Come 3pm, and upon entering the door of the oral surgeon, I found myself taking a deep breath and feeling very relaxed, and quite non-plussed. 

I settled myself into the dental chair, and enjoyed a joke or two with the oral surgeon.  I then put myself into hypnosis and gave him the sign to proceed.  I felt relaxed and confident, and while reciting in my head the affirmations I had put together, I did not hear a single disturbing sound!  The surgeon indicated it was all done well before I had seemed to get to the end of my affirmatiosn. The nurse asked me afterwards what I heard and when I said 'nothing' she gave me a perplexed look - as if to say "Surely you would have heard something!".  I did not,  and it felt like it was all over within 30 seconds.   Mission accomplished.

But even more amazingly, because my whole body was deeply relaxed, there was zero tension in my mouth and jaw and therefore absolutely NO pain or inflammation afterwards.  The next morning I was up and ready to get on with the day!  Of course I recommend the use of hypnosis daily, but I more so recommend the use of hypnosis if you are under-going any dental treatment or procedure - not just for managing pain but to allow your body and mind to be completely relaxed and to avoid body tensing that aids inflammation and unecessary discomfort!  Sheryl Murray, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Dentristy - A Pain No More!

Submitted by Sheryl on Tue, 23/06/2015 - 12:55am

I never needed to believe in the power of hypnosis more than I did a week ago when I was faced with a molar extraction - the first major piece of dental work in 30 years!

Here I was confidently telling all who would listen that hypnosis helps with pain and discomfort so I thought it best to walk the talk and prepare myself for the big day.  I wasnt worried so much about the pain during the procedure, as I knew that the local anaesthetic would cover that.  But I was concerned with the noises I might hear - and the pain and inflammation in the 48 hours after the procedure.

I put together a short therapy to use in hypnosis, that allowed me to feel comfortable and relaxed prior to, and during, the procedure - no matter what I heard or felt.  In the days leading up to the extraction I hardly thought about it.  On the day of the extraction I only gave it a fleeting thought a couple of times.  Come 3pm, and upon entering the door of the oral surgeon, I found myself taking a deep breath and feeling very relaxed, and quite non-plussed. 

I settled myself into the dental chair, and enjoyed a joke or two with the oral surgeon.  I then put myself into hypnosis and gave him the sign to proceed.  I felt relaxed and confident, and while reciting in my head the affirmations I had put together, I did not hear a single disturbing sound!  The surgeon indicated it was all done well before I had seemed to get to the end of my affirmatiosn. The nurse asked me afterwards what I heard and when I said 'nothing' she gave me a perplexed look - as if to say "Surely you would have heard something!".  I did not,  and it felt like it was all over within 30 seconds.   Mission accomplished.

But even more amazingly, because my whole body was deeply relaxed, there was zero tension in my mouth and jaw and therefore absolutely NO pain or inflammation afterwards.  The next morning I was up and ready to get on with the day!  Of course I recommend the use of hypnosis daily, but I more so recommend the use of hypnosis if you are under-going any dental treatment or procedure - not just for managing pain but to allow your body and mind to be completely relaxed and to avoid body tensing that aids inflammation and unecessary discomfort!  Sheryl Murray, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Virtual Gastric Band - Client Update

Submitted by Sheryl on Thu, 10/04/2014 - 2:30pm

I've tried to lose weight before and succeeded for awhile - but then piled the weight back on again. I've never really fully committed which is why I am so grateful to Sheryl and Hypnosisworx for helping me get my mind on track with what my body needs to do.

The VGB system has helped me immensely.  I don't snack anymore - just three small meals a day and I am fully satisfied.  I'm not searching for something else to eat.  I have even started to enjoy exercising - which I had every excuse in the book NOT to do before.  30 minutes a day is not hard to achieve!

Here's to a happy and healthy, more confident me. It won't happen over night, but it WILL happen!

Nicola, Stratford

A powerful therapeutic tool

Submitted by admin on Wed, 25/07/2012 - 12:18pm

Hypnosis is a powerful therapeutic tool for accessing the subconscious mind and achieving personal goals or affecting desired changes!.

For an appointment, or to discuss Clinical Hypnotherapy and its benefits, phone Sheryl Murray on 027-255 8842.

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