Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy

Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy
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The concept of ‘mindfulness’ seems to be everywhere at the moment. But what exactly does it mean? And is there a connection between mindfulness and hypnotherapy?

Although the word ‘mindfulness’ seems to be in universal use, sometimes it refers to different things!

Mindfulness was originally an ancient Buddhist concept, using meditation and breathing techniques to focus thoughts, not just on appreciating a moment, but on a greater awareness of life as a whole. Now, mindfulness seems to be being adapted in various ways, and is being pushed as a way to help us cope with our lives.

Modern life seems to inevitably involve multi-tasking – doing several things at once can seem like the most efficient way to get through the day. However, when you split your consciousness to cope with several different tasks at once, you can lose your connection to the world. How are you feeling and what you are actually doing become unimportant.

Modern mindfulness is sometimes described as ‘being fully in the moment’. It means deliberately focusing on the present.

Mindfulness can be brief – for example, focusing on a single sensation or your breathing, just for a few moments. Or it can be more complex and involve taking the time to notice sensations in your own body and every aspect of the environment around you.

Some people like to focus on their breathing or repeat a word – a ‘mantra’. However you do it, the aim is to achieve calm and relaxation and to be fully aware of your body, mind and feelings.

Research into mindfulness has shown that it seems to improve both physical and psychological health. It can lead to more positive attitudes, and reduce worries and regrets. It can also relieve stress and some other physical problems, such as sleep problems and high blood pressure. And it can be helpful for some mental problems, including depression and anxiety.

Hypnotherapy can also achieve many of the things that mindfulness can. It gives you a deep and long-term feeling of relaxation that helps you feel stronger and clearer in your mind from the very first session. Like mindfulness, hypnotherapy helps you to focus on the moment.

The specific nature of hypnotherapy and the way it accesses your unconscious also means that it can not only help you deal with issues such as depression, anxiety and stress, but get to the root of what lies behind those issues.

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