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Self-hypnosis for stress

Although it appears we are emerging from a recession, there’s still a lot of uncertainty in the workforce. Some organizations are moving forward but others are still watching the financial climate, and in some sectors, layoffs and cutbacks have not subsided.

It makes for a stressful workplace. Additional pressure like this can affect productivity and on some days, staying home in pjs seems like a welcome alternative to facing the issues at the office. But there’s a way to manage stress effectively and everyone has the tools to do it!

Just ask Georgina Cannon, master clinical hypnotist and founder of the Ontario Hypnosis Centre, Clinic and School in Toronto. She’s an expert in stress management and teaches many people on how to deal with difficult situations in both work and at play.

“Self-hypnosis is a great way to de-stress the body,” she explains. “Right now, many people are facing a lot of fears due to the volatility of the economy and this fear can manifest itself in many physical ways.”Irregular sleeping or poor eating habits are two such ways.
 
So the first thing Cannon does when clients request help in coping with stress, is to find out about their changes in habits. “I find out how they are living, what they are eating and their lifestyle. When people are stressed, they cut back on what makes them healthy.”

No doubt, so many of us have a difficult time ignoring the calls of the double fudge chocolate cake from the fridge when we’ve given up on the sheep counting. It becomes all too easy to make a trip to the kitchen in the wee hours of the night to indulge in a little snack.
 
So why do sweets seem so appealing to us when we are not well? Cannon says it has to do with a childhood memory. “Your hormones are out of balance,” she explains. “Remember growing up when something was wrong and Mum would give you a treat to make it all feel better? A cookie perhaps? We are conditioned to veer towards sweets when we’re feeling unbalanced.”  

But not everyone gravitates towards goodies when tension takes hold. Cannon explains that all people are different and behave in various ways when dealing with stress. Some may not eat at all, which may be worse.  

When it comes to sleeping habits, some people want to curl up in bed all the time when they are feeling stressed. But others who have a hard time getting their mind to rest, may struggle to sleep.

However, no matter which way people react to stress, the result is almost always damaging in the workplace.  Common  symptoms include forgetfulness,  inability to focus, and taking out distress on colleagues or staff.

That’s why self-hypnosis is so effective because it only takes a few minutes a day and can be done at work. When anxiety starts to emerge into the work environment, it’s easy to close the office door, or even retreat into a washroom stall and just breathe.

This tactic is so effective, Cannon was asked to teach it to the medical staff at a major Toronto hospital.

According to Cannon, one of the simplest tips to de-stressing the mind and body is to focus on your breath. “Breathe in deeply and slowly and focus on that,” she says. “It helps you focus and quiet down. When you focus on your breath you can go into a place of present—the conscious mind which can think of only one thing at a time.”

Once the adrenaline slows, the body begins to relax, increasing the mind and body connection to enhance clarity and focus. In addition, cravings are reduced and physical issues, such as stomach cramps and inability to sleep slowly fade away.

In the office, self-hypnosis can be a quick way to refresh your mind and help you make it through the day.  All it takes is just 3 minutes to de-stress oneself a day says Cannon and once learned, self- hypnosis can be used for the rest of your life.

So how does one learn this magic remedy? It’s best to have a professional teach you the skill of self-hypnosis for the first time so you’re comfortable with the technique. The best part is there are no drugs associated with hypnosis, and it’s a safe and easy way to de-stress yourself so you stay healthy.

For a free demo on breathing, download a 3-minute stress release demo from Georgina Cannon’s website at www.ontariohypnosiscentre.com.