Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Managing Stress

There is always time to review your life. A 5 minutes internal check will be a good monitor of how you are doing emotionally. The following points may help raise your awareness and promote stress management by:

Understanding and managing the impact of stress on you mentally and physically will increase longevity
• Creating a ‘sense of balance’ in your life will help you feel more in control
• Raising awareness of personal self-esteem will increase happiness
• Thinking positively changes your attitude
• Aligning and balancing your life help you feel better.

Taking stock of your sense of control of your life aligns with your ability to manage stress in your life. Do you need more sleep? Are you having having fun? What are you doing to promote health and wellness in your life? If you don't have good answers to these questions, it may be time to come in and talk about how to increase your self-esteem and balance your life.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Insomnia therapy: What works, what doesn't?

In these stressful times, nearly 30% of the U.S. population complains of disturbed sleep patterns, according to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation. And sales of sleep medications are on the rise — 56,287,000 prescriptions were dispensed last year, a 7% increase since 2007, data from IMS Health show.

The most successful treatment, according to a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association in May, is a combination of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia and medication, but the long-term outcome is improved when medication is discontinued during treatment. Perlis says eight weeks of therapy shows benefits. As reported in USA Today by By Janice Lloyd. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) does work and help. You don't have to suffer or lose anymore sleep.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration during which a person becomes less aware of his or her surroundings. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to treat physical or psychological conditions. Since 1958, the American Medical Association has recognized hypnotherapy as a valid medical treatment for certain conditions. During a hypnotic state, or trance, people may be more likely to accept suggestions that can help change their behavior. A therapist hypnotherapist) can lead the hypnosis, or he or she can teach people to hypnotize themselves (self-hypnosis). You can also learn self-hypnosis from books.
Hypnosis is not intended to cure disease but rather to relieve symptoms of illness. Hypnosis has been effective in relieving pain associated with surgery, paralysis, and childbirth. Also, it is widely used to control addictions to drugs, alcohol, food, and smoking. Hypnosis can reduce stress by increasing relaxation, offering positive suggestions, and eliminating negative thoughts.

Hypnosis can help with anxiety, insomnia, phobias, obesity, asthma, and irritable bowel syndrome. Research has also found that it can reduce cancer-related pain, labor pain, nausea, and vomiting. In some cases hypnosis is combined with cognitive therapy or other relaxation and behavioral techniques.

10 Steps to Happiness

Happiness comes to you as a result of making things happen in your life. Take a moment to review this list and see how you score.

1. Look for happiness
2. Celebrate good news
3. Be social
4. Rise and shine don’t rise and whine
5. Plan fun and leisure
6. Work to live, don’t live to work!
7. Smile and laugh a lot
8. Pay compliments to self and others
9. Show gratitude
10. Don’t postpone happiness

Engaging in these activities to raise your Happiness IQ.

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