Self hypnosis and other thoughts – my article in the Sheffield Telegraph


This week, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by local newspaper journalist Nik Farah and her resulting article about me features in the Sheffield Telegraph today (18 July 2019). It gives some insights into my journey to becoming a hypnotherapist, the power of hypnosis (including self hypnosis) and  I also share some of my thoughts on the misuse of smartphones and the alarming rise in the number of children with mental health problems. As followers of my posts will know, both issues are subjects close to my heart.

The article begins ….”When it comes to the misconceptions surrounding hypnotism – movies and stage performers have a lot to answer for,” laughs Gerry McAuley.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

 

My BBC Radio Sheffield interview on 4 July 2019


The 4th of July is a very memorable day for the USA, and it is now also a memorable day for me as I appeared for the first time on live radio. It was an interesting experience sitting in a studio with a large microphone looming large in the eyes.  The interview includes the play of one of my favourite songs  and is here if you would like to listen.

 

8 Steps to overcome overwhelmedness


As well as being a hypnotherapist and life coach, I also work with a great bunch of people in The Change Maker Group, one of whom (a marvellous woman called Vanda North) has just posted a really nteresting and useful short post on simple, practical ways you can help yourself when you have too much to do or are overloaded with information or  emotional issues (or are experiencing all three!).

You can read Vanda’s post by clicking here

 

 

Scientific study in Belgium shows the power of hypnosis in healthcare


Interesting article in the Telegraph yesterday (2 June 19) entitled….“Hypnotise older patients undergoing minor operations instead of using anaesthetics, study says” 

The research, involving surgeons at a hospital in Belgium, showed how hypnosis not only avoided the need for heavy sedation and its side effects, but also improved recovery times.  This finding echoes the findings of other scientific studies, for example use of hypnosis in treatment of cancer patients, about how of hypnosis can help patients to use the power of the unconscious mind for healing.

 

Sleep Is Your Superpower


Click here to watch this excellent Ted Talk from Matt Walker, an English scientist and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and he is also the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science. His research focuses on the impact of sleep on human health and disease and his work reveals the true impact of the widespread sleep deprivation in our modern world and the threat this poses to health, including long term mental impairment. 

Sleep problems is one of the most common conditions I treat today and am glad to say with great success. So for anyone who is not getting a regular 8 hours of quality sleep per night, this talk should be a wake up call to get this sorted as soon as possible and prevent the very real and truly scary consequences of sleep deprivation.

 

 

 

 

You do have a thinking gut! How gut directed hypnotherapy can help with digestive ailments


For sufferers of IBS, Chrohn’s disease, food allergies and other digestive disorders, new research is demonstrating the ability of integrative mind -body approaches such as gut directed hypnotherapy can provide great benefits.

Modern medicine today is increasingly realizing that different systems of the body are interconnected and cannot be completely understood in isolation. The brain-gut connection is one very important example of this phenomenon. Given the strong mind-body/brain-gut connection, it should come as no surprise that mind-body tools such as meditation, mindfulness, breathing exercises, yoga, and gut-directed hypnotherapy have all been shown to help improve GI symptoms, improve mood, and decrease anxiety. They decrease the body’s stress response by dampening the sympathetic nervous system, enhancing the parasympathetic response, and decreasing inflammation.

To find out more about the following short article is well worth a read – click here

 

 

 

 

 

Ease anxiety and stress with ‘belly breathing’


Typically, people who come to me for treatment for anxiety and stress have become “chest breathers” and forgotten how to breathe deeply and naturally in a way that counteracts stress.  I teach each of my clients a simple yet powerful breathing technique called 7/11 breathing (breathe in to a count of 7, exhale to a count of 11) and also to breathe as a child does i.e with the diaphragm not the chest!

To find our more about the virtues of ‘belly breathing’ and how to do it, click here  for a great short article on the subject- it’s from Harvard Medical School health publishing (which by the way is a a great website free source of helpful advice).

Sleep Myths That Are Damaging To Health


A team at New York University trawled the internet to find the most common claims about a good night’s sleep. Then, in a study recently published in the journal Sleep Health, they matched the claims to the best scientific evidence.

They hope that dispelling sleep myths will improve people’s physical and mental health and well-being.

So, how many of the 6 myths below are you guilty of?

Myth 1 – You can cope on less than five hours’ sleep

Myth 2 – Alcohol before bed boosts your sleep

Myth 3 – Watching TV in bed helps you relax

Myth 4 – If you’re struggling to sleep, stay in bed

Myth 5 – Hitting the snooze button (the notion that an extra few minutes in bed makes all the difference!)

Myth 6 – Snoring is always harmless

To read more about each myth and the researchers findings, see this post on the BBC website here

And of course if you have sleep problems which you want to overcome, just give me a call on 07976 701223 or email  gerry@envisionhypnotherapy.com

The Truth About Stress – How Stress Affects Your Body


For anyone who wants to know more about stress this super animation, which is just 90 seconds long, gives a good explanation of the impact of stress on the body. To watch the video click here

This animation was produced to accompany the BBC programme called The Truth About Stress in 2018  and if you are interested in this hour long show, you can find this on  BBC iPlayer here

Are you ready to break up with your phone?


Good article on the BBC website recently entitled ‘Are you ready to break up with your phone?’

It included some top tips from Catherine Price who wrote the book How To Break Up With Your Phone after having a baby and realising one day that the baby was watching her and she was watching her mobile!

“Breaking up with your phone does not mean dumping your phone or throwing it under a bus, it just means taking a step back to create a relationship that is actually good for you. It’s becoming friends with your phone.”

“I realised I didn’t want that to be her impression of a human relationship, but I also didn’t want it to be the way that I was living my own life,” she said.

In her book, Ms Price lists a 30-day plan to reclaim this “friendship”. Her top tips include:

  • Turn off all the notifications you can bear to. Just leave the ones you actually want; for me that is phone calls and text messages because they are real people trying to contact me, in particular, in real time – plus my calendar and maps
  • rearrange your home screen so that it only contains apps that have a practical purpose that are not tempting. Your home screen should not have email, or social media, or the news or a dating app, or games. Put them into a folder on an interior page so you can’t see their icons, you have to actively open them
  • Get your phone out of your bedroom. You will need to have something on your bedside table that takes the place of the phone… like a book. When you go to reach for that phone you will encounter the book instead
  • Get a standalone alarm clock. If your phone is your alarm clock you are guaranteeing that your phone will be the first thing you interact with in the morning
  • There is a plug-in called Facebook Demetricator, which stops you seeing you how many times your post has been “liked”. You still may go back to see that people have liked your post, but you’re not going to be checking compulsively to see when 17 gets to 20 and 25 gets to 30 – it can help break that habit.