The Power of Hypnotherapy
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

The Power Of Hypnotherapy by Amanda Coles.

Hello! My name is Amanda Coles and I spent over 20 years working in Corporate HR before retraining as an NLP Hypnotherapist and Life/Business Coach. But I have a confession to make, and it took me years to confront it. Throughout my 20’s and 30’s I suffered with anxiety, stress and panic attacks brought on by numerous personal issues and too much stress at work.

In 2013 my GP wanted to give me anti-depressants. They are commonly dispensed by GP’s who struggle in a short 10 minute window to get to the root cause of problems. In fact, they are so common that 1 in 6 adults between the ages of 18-64 are currently on anti depressants, and according to the latest study by the Mental Health Foundation 23% of all absences in the workplace are mental health related and it is the leading cause of absence in the UK. Having worked in HR I have seen for myself the rise in mental health problems.

 

A Better Alternative

I decided to investigate alternative and complementary therapies rather than take anti-depressants. Waiting times on the NHS for CBT were up to 2 years and so in desperation, I turned to hypnotherapy.

It was so successful I decided to retrain as an NLP Hypnotherapist and Life/Business Coach. I now combine my HR background with my experience as a Coach and Hypnotherapist and I work with companies to implement mental wellness strategies and individuals who want to re-engineer their lives for greater success.

What is hypnotherapy? One of the questions I am always asked by potential clients is will you make me cluck like a chicken? My answer is always the same – only if you want me to.  As far as I’m concerned it’s unlikely to be a solution to your problem.

Hypnotherapy is not something you need to believe in for it to work and more than you have to believe in gravity to fall off a building. So is it all just suggestion and placebo? No. It is scientifically proven that the process of hypnosis causes specific physiological, neurological and physical changes in your body and brain.

It is not something I do TO you, it is a collaborative process and you simply need to give yourself permission to heal yourself and through my unique blend of therapy, motivate you to a successful outcome.

 

Does it Work?

So how effective is hypnotherapy?? A study conducted by American Health Magazine found that only 38% of patients recovered after 600 sessions of psychoanalysis. In behavioural therapy, it took 22 sessions for 72% of patients to recover but after just 6 sessions of hypnotherapy, 93% of patients recovered.

We all know that mental health problems are on the rise. The pressure of stress found at work, within relationships, through comparison with others and within a drive to “succeed” can affect everybody, no matter what your background is.

The reality is however that hypnotherapy helps to treat more than just anxiety and stress. It has been scientifically proven to have many other uses, and that’s because nearly everyone can benefit from learning how to relax, how to think positively and use their imagination to rehearse the positive changes they would like.

 

Mental Health in the Workplace

The estimated cost of mental ill-health to UK employers each year is between £33 billion and £42 billion.

Organisations suffer the consequences of poor mental health. A CIPD study highlighted the impact that mental ill-health has on companies and found that:

– 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues
– 57% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks
– 80% find it difficult to concentrate
– 62% take longer to do tasks
– 50% are potentially less patient with customers/clients.

As an employer, you can help manage and prevent stress by improving conditions for staff at work. But you also have a role in making adjustments and helping someone manage a mental health problem at work as mental health is covered as a disability within the Equality Act of 2010.

Wellness

 

 

So what can you do practically?

By constructing and implementing mental wellness strategies within your workplace you can reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, increase engagement and staff retention – all proven ways to increase profits.

So in summary, hypnotherapy is not the woo-woo, voodoo magic it is so often portrayed in the media, rather it is a safe, effective, fast and drug-free method for improving your health and happiness – who wouldn’t want some of that?

Amanda Coles

Amanda Coles is a CNHC Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP & Meridian Practitioner & Life Coach.

 

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Coping with Difficult Situations
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

By Robin Hills, author of The Authority Guide to Emotional Resilience in Business.

Everyone is working with greater uncertainty, ambiguity and change than ever before and has to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life.  Challenges and changes are constant.  Some of these may be crises or emergencies that demand your immediate attention.

Difficult situations may be familiar or unfamiliar to you depending upon whether you have experienced them before.  You will have developed coping mechanisms and these will help you in dealing with familiar adverse situations and many unfamiliar ones.

You can’t control what happens around you or other people.  The self-talk (your inner voice) that you use will drive your thinking and your feelings, leading to the decisions that you make and your subsequent actions and behaviours.

Resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.  It is an internal drive often characterised as an inner strength, fortitude or hardiness that relates to how you calmly engage with your environment.  Resilience incorporates your physical health, as well as your emotional and mental health, and your well-being.

Coping, however, is adapting your thinking and behaviour to manage demands that exceed the resources available to you or demands that you find taxing.

So being resilient is more than just coping and putting up with stuff.  It is about learning through the experience to grow personally and become stronger to deal with difficulties better.

Your resilience will help you to improve your effectiveness and sustain your efforts.  Resilience is about rationality and calmness, dealing effectively with – and making the most of – what you experience in everyday life.  Resilience is about finding meaning in your work environment and using your core values to interpret and shape events.

 

8 action strategies to develop your resilience

 

1. Feel in control

– Be realistic about what you can and can’t do

– Learn how to say ‘No’ so that you don’t commit to too much

– Tell yourself you can do it and prove yourself to be right

– Communicate your intentions clearly to others, delegate and encourage their support

 

2. Create a personal vision

– Set yourself clear goals and objectives focusing on what you want to achieve

– Establish a plan of small, achievable steps that will accomplish your goals

– Remain committed, even if events take you away from your plan for a short while

– Remind yourself of what you want to achieve and why

 

3. Be flexible and adaptable

– Accept and anticipate that situations are going to change so that you can be prepared

– Positively move forward rather than dwelling on how unreasonable or unfair the changes may seem

– Remain focused on your goals and adapt to accommodate the change

 

4. Get organised

-Create systems and processes that make you efficient

-Be realistic about managing your time

-Tackle big projects by breaking them down into smaller chunks and start to work on them one chunk at a time

-Be aware of, and avoid, anything distracting

 

5. Develop a mindset for problem-solving

– Gather as much information about the issue as possible

– Define the problem precisely and accurately, evaluating it objectively and from different perspectives

– Generate a number of options, critically review and decide what will work

– Be decisive and take action

 

6. Get connected

– Look for new opportunities to engage with different people and build your network

– Communicate with empathy

– Listen

– Look at ways you can get involved and help others with their problems

 

7. Be socially competent

-Evaluate your existing network to ensure that you can draw upon a variety of backgrounds, skills and experience

– Keep an open mind to broaden your horizons

– Be willing to get support but be selective about the support you need

– Ask people for help on both a practical and an emotional level

 

8. Be proactive

– Plan ahead and prioritise tasks to be completed

– Act decisively

– Keep on top of less urgent tasks, especially anything that eventually needs to be done

– Identify and develop the skills you will need in the future

– Don’t waste time on truly unnecessary tasks

– Take the lead and become a role model for others

 

Developing your resilience won’t stop bad or stressful things from happening, but can reduce the level of disruption that stress can have and the time it takes you to recover.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robin Hills is author of ‘The Authority Guide to Emotional Resilience in Business: Strategies to manage stress and weather storms in the workplace’. Published by SRA Books as part of the Authority Guides series of pocket-sized business books.  www.authorityguides.co.uk

 

 

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Robin Hills is the author of ‘The Authority Guide to Emotional Resilience in Business: Strategies to manage stress and weather storms in the workplace’. Published by SRA Books as part of the Authority Guides series of pocket-sized business books.  www.authorityguides.co.uk


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