Healthy Audio Hypnosis Blog by Michael Mahoney

Procrastination Posted on 18 Feb 19:11 , 0 comments

Probably the entire population

has at some point in their lives put off doing important tasks, if not as an adult, most likely they will have put off doing their homework as a child, or revising for an exam at high school or college, because they either felt they had more important things to do; they didn’t recognize the importance of the work they had to do; they lacked the confidence in themselves to carry out the task; or they felt under too much pressure.

This is something that many of our young people will currently be facing during exam time.  Therefore, they need as much support and encouragement as possible to help them to get through this difficult time of their lives.  It is important to noProvrastinationt presume that they are just being lazy, or they place too much importance on their social life. 

There may be other more concerning reasons why they procrastinate with their school or college work, and this behaviour if not addressed, will follow them throughout their lives. 

Procrastination can for some people become part of who they are.  It is a learnt behaviour, which is affected by an individual’s belief system established from their early childhood experiences. 

It is strongly linked

with confidence and self esteem, and is more prevalent in people who suffer with depression and anxiety.  It can also be an issue for people who have perfectionist traits and unrealistic high standards, due to parents and/or teachers pushing them too hard.

The busy pace of life doesn’t help either, as most people struggle with their time. If there are too many things to focus on, and there is the feeling of being pulled in too many different directions, then frustration and tiredness, resulting in depleted energy levels, can ultimately lead to feelings of despair and hopelessness; further resulting in shutting down and avoiding situations and people. 

This can also lead to fears and phobias, affecting everyday situations as well as those that caused the stress in the first place.  Usually some form of psychological therapy and re-education around coping mechanisms and time management is needed, to get life back on track again. 

It is important

to deal with the issue as soon as you are aware of it. If you feel that you procrastinate in a way that is starting to affect your work or relationships, then it is time to do something about it, before it has a damaging affect on your mental health and other areas of your life.  

Prevention is the key to good mental and physical health and wellbeing.  However, it is difficult to prevent the damage of inappropriate learnt behaviour in childhood, but prevention can begin once awareness has been established. 

Within our hypnotherapy practices, we both see many people who have problems with procrastination as a main issue or as an additional issue alongside other personal problems.  Once they become aware of the underlying issues which affect it, and the self limiting beliefs they may be running, they are then able to find ways to manage their lives more effectively.

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Stillness Posted on 18 Feb 19:03 , 0 comments

Many people would say

they have a very busy life; almost every minute of the day is filled with some form of physical or mental activity.  If the body isn’t active usually the mind is, and to such an extent where thoughts are constantly running amok. 

Sleep problems are on the increase, which can be caused by the inability to switch off from the problems of the day.  When people do sleep they may have reStillness with healthy audio hypnosisstless sleep and anxious dreams, as the mind attempts to make sense of, and then store thoughts. 

The mind can be perceived to be like a computer, as data is received, it is stored on disc, and hidden away for future use.  Our conscious (rational) mind does the same, and stores information that is not currently needed within the files of the sub-conscious mind. 

Over time some of this information may get lost or corrupted by new information.  Some old information can be re-triggered and the relevant files are retrieved to be re-evaluated and compared with new information.  Our emotions affect the information which remains hidden within the computer, or hits the memory buttons which re-stimulate certain thoughts. 

Having a busy mind

can be an attempt to control thoughts and emotions on a conscious and rational level.  However, that often leads to overload of the system, and then stress, anxiety and sleep problems occur.  The evolution of modern society dictates to a certain extent our lifestyles, which affects our thought processes and coping mechanisms.  This is having a negative impact on many people to the extent that they feel unable to switch off or feel guilty if they are not constantly thinking, planning and doing. 

Some of you will now have heard of ‘Mindfulness’, a meditation approach, which helps to still the mind, and keep you in the present moment, as you focus on the breath, or the details of objects around you. 

Relaxation, Yoga and other meditative practices also follow the principle of stilling the mind, bringing the attention inwards rather than on outside concerns, or the chatter of the mind. 

However, these practices need personal discipline and commitment.   We follow the same principles in the techniques we teach within Hypnotherapy sessions.  Hypnosis helps to balance the communication between the conscious and subconscious minds.  During a session which is recorded to listen to for home use, relaxation is instilled and reinforced with each listening, which assists the mind to create the required changes.

A still mind gives time and space

for the subconscious to calibrate and make sense of relevant information.  The whole body is affected when there is stillness, and just as in sleep, it can rejuvenate, as the mind shifts and stores information, and deletes that which no longer fits.  When you feel stillness in your mind, it is also felt within the heart, creating positive feelings and improving coping mechanisms.  This further reinforces clarity of mind, and with a sharper mind, brings more thoughtful action. 

Stillness, even for just a few moments at a time, is beneficial for you on so many levels.  View our self-help and well-being audio programs at www.healthyaudiohypnosis.com