Category: traumatic events

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Do media reports make you stressed and anxious?

Introduction We live in an increasingly connected world. We have 24-hour news from multiple sources – country-specific (e.g. Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC in Australia), and international (e.g. CNN). We can obtain the latest news on any situation from multiple viewpoints at any time we wish. Many people have been following the progress – rise and fall – of COVID-19 cases across the world … Read More Do media reports make you stressed and anxious?

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Self-care – its easy!

This is part 1 of a 2-part series on this topic. Beneficial habits like self-care often go by the wayside during stressful times. And many people have been finding the past few months stressful with e.g. working from home, maybe being temporarily stood down from their job, or having to change their exercise and social routines. It can be more difficult to focus on … Read More Self-care – its easy!

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11 ways you can thrive during self-isolation

Introduction Self-isolation at home may be required to minimise our chance of getting COVID-19, or to prevent others in the community from catching COVID-19 from us.   This blogpost contains some ideas on how you can look after your mental health during this period of self-isolation. Reasons for self-isolation You may choose to self-isolate if you have chronic health conditions, are in a high … Read More 11 ways you can thrive during self-isolation

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Do you use your powerful mind to keep healthy?

Introduction Hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis has been shown by several clinical trials to boost the immune system. The understandable anxiety that many people are feeling at the moment can affect the immune system, so it is vital to take time for yourself. Read on to learn more… Many of us have changed our routines in recent weeks (e.g. working from home, home-schooling children, ensuring homebound … Read More Do you use your powerful mind to keep healthy?

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A great time to stop smoking the easy way, and boost your health

Well done! So you have decided to become a non-smoker again! (Remember: you were born a non-smoker…).  You can look forward to some great health benefits – not to mention the benefits to your bank account. Your health starts improving very soon after your last cigarette:- (1) 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure return to a normal range. 8 hours: Your body’s … Read More A great time to stop smoking the easy way, and boost your health

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Online hypnosis – effective, and the way of the future!

Introduction This week I am updating a post I first wrote in August 2019, a date when no-one had yet heard of COVID-19. I first started using Zoom and Skype (types of online video-conferencing software) to run hypnotherapy sessions for clients who were fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in Western Australia. They had sessions with me in the clinic while on leave in Perth, and … Read More Online hypnosis – effective, and the way of the future!

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Do you feel like an impostor when you succeed at something?

Have you ever felt like your success was a fluke? Have you been worried about being discovered as an ‘impostor’, when other people find out that you don’t have the skills or talents that they think you have? What is Impostor Syndrome? Impostor Syndrome was identified in 1978 by two psychologists, Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes. Their paper (1) stated that it “appears … Read More Do you feel like an impostor when you succeed at something?

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Coronavirus – keeping the balance

While doing my shopping today, I saw a large notice in my local supermarket stating that they had no hand sanitiser or antiseptic wipes. There has also been reports of people bulk-buying cold medications, and stockpiling prescription medications. One reason for this activity may be the coronavirus first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, China. In recent weeks, the media has been reporting … Read More Coronavirus – keeping the balance

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An easy way to trigger your success

What does the word ‘trigger’ mean to you? According to the Macquarie Dictionary, the word “trigger” has six definitions. Three of these are:- a stimulus or cause: the trigger for a general election. to start or precipitate (something), as a chain of events or a scientific reaction: takes only one person writing a letter to trigger (off) a chain reaction by people who have an … Read More An easy way to trigger your success

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Is there any difference between hypnosis and meditation?

Complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) are popular in Australia. A survey completed in 2007 found that almost 70% of those interviewed used at least one form of CAM in the past year, and 44% visited a CAM practitioner in the same time period (1). In fact, the estimated number of visits to CAM practitioners by adult Australians in that 12-month period was over 69 … Read More Is there any difference between hypnosis and meditation?

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Negative thinking – how to overcome it and thrive

I would guess that everybody at some time or other has negative thoughts. But they bother some of us much more than others. These people gradually start to think about the world and / or themselves with a negative focus. Thoughts can have a direct link to feelings, and negative thoughts can make us feel unhappy, worthless, etc., especially when we can fall into … Read More Negative thinking – how to overcome it and thrive

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How to recover psychologically after bushfires

In late 2019 and early 2020, Australia’s bushfire season started early, and burned hundreds of thousands of hectares, resulting in the loss of homes and lives. For those involved (e.g. residents and emergency service workers), there are a range of conflicting and challenging emotions. It is worth remembering, though, that it is common to feel fear, confusion, and many other intense emotions after extraordinary … Read More How to recover psychologically after bushfires