Healthier Emotions = Better Health
9th February, 20120 Comments
Good health generally, is a balance between physical, emotional and mental well-being. To achieve the balance is, of course, easier said than done. It can be a complicated business but also essential when it comes to living without illness, disease and compromised life-span. So we are talking here, of putting in place changes. Changes that create better balance to health and well-being, that is essential for enhanced longevity. Extending longevity is cutting edge within many CAM disciplines at the moment, so here we are, in the right place, at the right time – it helps.
Hypnotherapy practitioners specialising in Emotional health, realise the challenges of living day to day in this modern age. Very often a continuous series of patterns and habits present themselves in the consulting rooms on a regular basis and many of these sadly demonstrate people out of balance with their own health, very often on all levels.
And it is interesting that when we think of changing for the better, how a little change can easily develop into bigger change. Changing the way we think and what we think. What we think happens to affect how we feel. What we feel in large part, determines what we end up doing.
My therapeutic assumption here is - anything is possible! In terms of changing and improving emotional health, this ultimately affects changes in our physical health. Considering this the, there is everything to go for!
There are two emotional imbalances in particular, I commonly experience in the therapy setting. One is emotional guilt and the other is worrying. Both detrimentally affect health on all levels. Emotional guilt is very often a coping mechanism that comes about as a result of upbringing. It is however, the one emotion that uses huge amounts of energy and compromises emotional health big time. A child taught the guilt response, usually grows into the adult who uses the guilt response. Patterns become habits quite easily. The clue to change for better emotional health is for the adult to learn how to start taking responsibility for making mistakes or getting things wrong. Letting go of useless guilt responses helps the recovery of emotional well-being no end and it is vital that this is achieved. The use of hypnosis and suggestion work designed to dismantle the old habitual response and to re-assemble more adult-like responses for taking responsibility are an effective means to reinstate healthy emotional well-being.
To continue. Worrying is the second also common, emotional symptom presented at consultation. If it becomes habitual and out of proportion, we usually then identify this as anxiety. A particular worry I commonly encounter is - 'what other people think of me'. Usually, this has become a habit and a way of thinking throughout life. Just like the wallpaper, it is always been there. This habit for the most part, is intimately linked to losing the vital connection with self esteem (feeling good about who and what you are) and at the same time, a lost connection with personal confidence to be genuine, especially when in a group or with others. Those that have experienced any form of bullying either at school or in the work-place or sometimes both, will have this worry and it is understandable. Many who are not in this club also find that worrying about what others' think of us' drains us emotionally.
A unique taylor-made programme using hypnotherapy can re-connect and recreate a more natural balance for the person concerned. The confidence and self esteem that respresents a person's emotional balance, also brings emotional rewards; being back on track and feeling the confidence to just be naturally themselves.
I hear a lot from people who come along with the worry that 'I'm not good enough', with an emotional 'yuk' feeling attached. Again, this is something that has simply become a natural habit. The aim then is to encourage the person to examine his/her habits, to understand and identify the roots of how these have come into being. What then also helps? To come up with different alternatives that are rooted more in emotional health and are more acceptable, eg 'Im good enough for now', with implications that change in the future is possible, accompanied with feelings that are also much more optimistic for a better experience in the future.
Aiming for alternatives that are much more useful, healthy and beneficial – enable unhealthy habitual patterns to be ditched. This conscious strategy can be easily accompanied by session work in the hypnotherapy setting, taylor-made for helping the person change early learning experiences at the unconscious level and especially letting go of long-formed habits in favour of newly created healthier versions.
It goes without saying really that it is essential to keep guilt and worrying in check. If either are left without recourse, they are likely to overwhelm, or impede the person's natural ability to sleep soundly on a regular basis. If this happens and sleep is compromised, even for short periods of time, then the immune system begins to become compromised and health is then vulnerable to disease and illness. You will hear me talk a lot about the importance of sleep in relation to health, as it is the fundamental bedrock of robust health and enhanced longevity. Hypnotherapy practitioners specialising in the detrimental affects of emotional imbalances upon sleep, will know about natural sleep patterns and help you put in place changes that will benefit your circumstances, your health and emotional well-being.
One final thought from Candace Pert : -
"The chemicals that are running our body and our brain are the same chemicals that are involved in emotion. And that says to me that...we'd better pay more attention to emotions with respect to health" (Candace B. Pert PhD - Molecules of Emotion)
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