How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Gain Time in 2018

Do you spend the majority of your time wondering where time went? What about wishing you had more time? Or how about the dreaded feeling of running out of time?  If you answered yes to these questions, then I might say you have some work to do on your relationship with time.  I understand thinking about your relationship with something like time might seem a bit crazy at first, but upon closer inspection, we find that our views about time, the things we say to ourselves about time and our ability to access things like the flows states of athletes and musicians can radically shape our day to day experience. That's where hypnotherapy comes in.  Hypnotherapy offers a framework to re establish a healthy sense of time.  Let's begin to take a look at all the benefits of hypnotherapy for improving our experience of time. The examples below are only suggestions.  I encourage you to try the ones you like and step away from the ones that don't resonate.  Hypnotherapy is all about moving in a direction of ease and flow. 

Explore the Past

Exploring the past is generally a reason for people to avoid therapy and hypnotherapy all together, so I understand this particular approach may not be for everyone.  But for those that are interested in how past relationships can impact our views of the present, exploring the past can be a game changer.  

Some ways hypnotherapy goes about this is to begin exploring the dialogues we have internalized form our parents and other caregivers.  How did your parents view time? Were they anxious or relaxed about schedules? What types of language did your parents use about time? Did they hurry you around in a rush or were they always late for everything?  None of these were necessarily right or wrong. But as children we internalize those experiences either in ways that helped us thrive or limit us.  Hypnotherapy allows us to explore these dialogues in a safe and relaxed space.  It also has the power to gently redirect internal dialogues no longer serving us. 

Search for Resources

The process of hypnotherapy is an exploration in internal resources.  When trying to change our relationship with time, a hypnotherapy session might have you recall memories in which you felt like time expanded, those moments when time lasted forever or you felt you had plenty of time to get everything done.  I would imagine that even reading these prompts starts to cause you to recall such memories.  Combine this with the physical state of deep relaxation which is part of the hypnotherapy experience and you've really hit gold.  Time just magically expands.  Clients often even say they feel a sense of time expanding in the session.  It's really an amazing process. As the session comes to a close, you might be prompted to link these memories (or internal resources) to a simple gesture like touching your hand or an object.  Then, in waking life, when you touch your hand or the object, you can begin to easily recall these memories (resources). 

Play Around With Scale

A very specific technique we can use to speed up or slow down our experiences are to contemplate scale.  So what do I mean by that? Let's take a look at picturing the vastness of things.  If we spend time contemplating things like the vastness of space or our size in relation to the rest of the planet, time seems to go by slowly. 

Conversely if we imagine ourselves very large compared to all things around us we may feel as if things are moving fast (Imagine watching ants working or other living creatures much smaller than us).  They are moving so fast.  This causes us to feel that things are speeding up. 

What would happen if you imagined yourself smaller in a pleasant situation and much larger during a situation that feels uncomfortable? 

The imagination is a very powerful thing.  This type of technique works great for athletes to cause the appearance of baseballs slowing down as well as time to speed up for those with chronic pain. 

If you are struggling with finding enough time, I encourage you to let your imagination and the power of hypnotherapy help you have the type of expereinces you deserve in the year to come. Happy New Year!!



The Science of Hypnotherapy for Sleep

Categories: Anxiety

One of the most effective things I did to regain healthy sleep habits has been hypnotherapy (It was so impactful I decided to become a hypnotherapist!). How hypnotherapy actually impacts sleep has been a bit of a mystery until recently.  Research is understanding more and more how hypnotherapy can help you improve the quality of your sleep. One study, conducted in 2014 through the University of Zurich showed that 13 minutes of hypnotherapy compared to "reading something neutral" aided in Slow Wave Sleep (SWS is a very healthy aspect of sleep which aids in memory recall and immune function and the stimulation of growth hormone).(1)

Like many of my clients, I had insomnia for most of my twenties.  Admittedly, I was living in Manhattan, working 12 hours a day and filling my recreation with high intensity exercise or alcohol.  Looking back, I can understand why my poor body might have had a bit of a tough time falling asleep.   Despite my poor sleep habits, I was certainly not in the minority.  It is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans have insomnia at any given time (sleephealthfoundation.org). In today's modern environment, stressors on sleep can come from so many places ranging from unhealthy living habits to the stress of being chronically ill, the impact of the loss of a loved one or the loss of a job. Hypnotherapy is a great tool to address all of these stressors and to restore healthy sleep.

When seeking a mental health clinician to restore sleep, there are a few things to keep in mind before your session. 

1. Your hypnotherapist should still do a thorough assessment.  Insomnia is a complex issue that often needs to be addressed from multiple angles.  Often it is a combination of relearning stress management, practicing sleep hygiene (like turning off the computer at least an hour before bed), changes in diet and even testing for things like sleep apnea.  Your clinician should be prepared to take a holistic view of what's going on for best results. 

2. Anxiety may be the root cause. Even though you might be experiencing insomnia, this could be a symptom of anxiety or depression.  It may be helpful to explore this with your hypnotherapist.  If that's the case, your hypnotherapy sessions may focus more on anxiety reduction (which will naturally help you sleep). 

3. Practice makes perfect. While many people find dramatic results after one to three hypnotherapy sessions, it's going to be helpful to continue practicing either self hypnosis or listening to hypnosis recordings regularly to internalize the body's reaction to the experience. Some hypnotherapists will even record the session for you to use on your own!

Not only is hypnotherapy effective, it's a fun, playful, stress-free way to improve the quality of your life. Want to try a session in person or virtually? Contact me here! ruschellekhannalcsw@gmail.com

(1) Hypnosis Extends Restorative Slow Wave Sleep, Research Shows. (2014) University of Zurch. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140602101207.htm