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Eight Top Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress

cope better with holiday stressThere are any number of reasons the holiday season can be hard. Financial or family stresses are common, and the pressure to enjoy yourself can make enjoyment even harder. Whether you're celebrating Christmas or some other holiday season, these top tips will help you have a happier holiday.


What is Negative Thinking?

Negative ThinkingFollowing on from last month’s article on Positive Thinking, (here) I’m going to have a look now at negative thinking, which is something a lot of my clients experience. Negativity gets a lot of bad press, but it’s a normal part of life, and can often be dealt with in a healthy manner. If negative thoughts spread out of control they can become a severe nuisance, but they may serve a purpose and, if so, shouldn’t be ignored. 

What do you really know about positive thinking?

Positive thinkingPositive thinking is a hot topic in self-help and mental health circles recently and seems to have many benefits, so I thought I would give it a look. Many studies have shown that positivity allows for better health, skill development, greater success, more productivity - and even longer life. But having said that, we still have to be cautious.



Hypnosis in History: Dr John Elliotson

John ElliotsonFollowing in the footsteps of Mesmer, Dr John Elliotson (1791-1868) built further on the medical uses of hypnosis, even founding a 'mesmerist hospital' in 1849. Unfortunately, his legitimate work became mixed with false ideas and frauds and caused massive scandal in the strict Victorian society. The son of a well-known London chemist, Elliotson studied medicine in the Edinburgh, Cambridge, and London Universities. In 1831 he became a professor of the 'principles and practice of physic', and was well-liked for his intelligent and lively lectures, which were often reported in the medical news.

Relax - Why breathing exercises work

relaxation exercisesWe're often told to take a deep breath or two if we’re feeling stressed, angry or anxious but does it work? Clients report back to me that, yes, it does. But how can such a simple thing help you to deal with such strong emotions?



5 fun facts about hypnosis

unusual facts about hypnosis

Hypnosis comes with a lot of baggage. Ideas about what it can and can't do come from stage shows, movies and books, and are often misinformed or just plain scary. I'm always happy to answer any questions you have about it, but here are a few facts you might find interesting.

It's also a good opportunity to say a word about the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

7 Tips to Beat the Social Anxiety Grinch

grinchsmallWe all know that the Grinch did his best to ruin Christmas, but social anxiety can also make the holiday season a nightmare. It is not easy to live with at any time, but as the party season comes closer it can be more difficult than ever. Family gatherings, parties and other festivities can be a nightmare for those who are not at ease in company, all the more so because everyone else seems to be having such fun.

Quit smoking timeline

quit smoking

Well, it's 'Stoptober' and lots of you are planning to quit, so have you ever wondered just how fast your body adapts back to good health? This infographic will make it nice and clear.

And if you need some help and support from me, just get in touch.


Hypnotherapy and Depression

Hypnotherapy and Depression

Depression is a mood disorder and it’s much more common than you’d think. In fact MIND, the mental health charity believes that around one in four people in the UK will suffer depression every year. Despite this, it’s much misunderstood, is often seen as a signal of personal weakness, and not everyone who experiences it recognises what they’re going through.
How do I know if I'm depressed?

Although depression ranges from mild to severe, it's more than feeling 'down' or 'sad' for a few days. It's one of those conditions which affects each of us differently, but you might have depression if you

  • feel sad, hopeless ('what's the point?') or deeply unhappy
  • can't be bothered to do things you used to enjoy
  • feel tearful or find yourself crying for no specific reason
  • feel tired or listless a lot
  • find concentrating on things more difficult than usual
  • change your behaviour patterns around food, sleep, sex,
  • think about self-harm, death or suicide

People who are depressed often experience stress or anxiety as well

What can I do about my depression?

The first thing is to go see your GP. In my experience, a lot of people avoid doing this because they worry about not being taken seriously, or don’t feel their problems are 'bad enough'. Others worry that the only option they'll be offered is pills, or they just can’t find the emotional or physical energy to get to the appointment. Despite this, you really need to get your symptoms checked out: it might help to ask a friend or relative to go with you.

Depression is a very varied condition with a lot of variations in the symptoms and causes, so it needs medical expertise to diagnose it. Some of the symptoms which look or feel like depression can also be due to other causes such as hormone imbalances, which again need to be ruled in (or out) by a doctor.

Hypnotherapy and depression

Lifestyle changes will often be a part of reducing your depression, such as getting more exercise and 'me time', and cutting down on alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy foods.

Unfortunately, the depression itself can make this difficult. When you are depressed, it's often hard to see the 'light at the end of the tunnel' that tells you that you can feel better or to find the energy to do the things that will make that happen.

Help is at hand, though. As you might have seen elsewhere on this site, hypnotherapy can offer support with many of the changes your GP might ask you to make as part of treating your depression.

  • it can teach you relaxation techniques for regular use
  • it can support you as you quit, control or reduce your smoking
  • it can support you as you change to healthier food choices
  • it can help you find the motivation to exercise more regularly
  • it can teach you techniques to deal with negative thinking and worrying so you feel more positive
Ethical issues around using hypnotherapy for depression

It's only fair to say that the Advertising Standards Agency has a couple of concerns about using hypnotherapy to work directly with depression. These are:

  • that people with depression might be discouraged from seeing a doctor if they see a hypnotherapist
  • that hypnotherapy should be used with depression and other serious illnesses under the guidance of someone who is medically trained

It's important for me to work responsibly so I ask all clients seeking help with depression to see their GP before I begin working with them. If we plan to use hypnotherapy with your depression (rather than simply to support the changes mentioned above) I will also ask for a medical referral.

Having said that, I draw on a wide variety of skills to help with depression, including counselling and coaching. Often these are the best and most effective first approach, with hypnotherapy used as an 'add-on' if necessary to support specific changes, like those mentioned above.

If you'd like help with depression please get in touch.

If you'd like help please get in touch.

Debbie Waller Hypnotherapy

The Loft Complementary Therapies Normanton, West Yorkshire, WF6 2DB

Please note: information on this site is for your guidance only and does not take the place of advice from a medical professional.

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