Hypnosis is the ideal setting for learning how to manage stress in your life, whether it occurs at work, at home or in social situations. Many of my clients come to me for stress related problems like anxiety, depression, or anger which affects their relationships with spouses, children, co-workers and bosses. Even clients who come for weight loss or smoking cessation usually admit that stress has a lot to do with their unhealthy behaviors.
That’s why one of the first things my clients learn in hypnosis is the skill of mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined as “moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness.” Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, describes mindfulness as a set of attitudes we bring to our experiences. These seven attitudes are:
Non-judging: Being an impartial observer of our experiences
Patience: Allowing things to unfold in their own time
Beginner’s Mind: Seeing things as if for the first time. Open-mindedness
Trust: Trust in your own feelings and intuition. Take personal responsibility
Non-Striving: Putting the emphasis on the experience not the goal
Acceptance: Seeing things as they are, not as we would like them to be
Letting Go- Allowing life to flow naturally, not holding on to one point in time
These attitudes can be cultivated through meditation practices, psychotherapy and even 12-step programs, but they are more quickly and easily learned in hypnosis. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been shown in multiple scientific studies to have many health benefits in cancer, heart disease, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune disease. In addition, people who practiced mindfulness regularly reported better sleep, more positive outlook and better overall quality of life.
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