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Your children might be suffering from anxiety!

Did you know that most children experience various forms of anxiety and stress from the moment they are born? Sometimes, it is easy to spot whether a child is anxious by their crying and clinging behaviour. But as they advance in age, children may start hiding their anxiety. Nevertheless, it will still reflect in their actions.

You can help your child effectively deal with anxiety and stress through the following suggestions:

Arrange a ‘fun’ time.

Piles of homework can certainly drain your child energy and make them prone to anxiety and stress. Even sports activities can be physically and mentally stressful too. So make sure they have time to have some ‘pure fun’.

Organise some fun yet relaxing activities, such a painting, drawing, reading, a tea party or some games that don’t require too much competition.

low self-confidence, esteem, nerves, nervous, timid, shy, quiet, afraid, mynd.works, solution, hypnosisTeach your child to become their own superhero.

It is very common for children to have fears, just as adults do. But the problem with many parents is that they tend to encourage their kids to avoid their fears, instead of facing them. But the more they hide from their fears, the more they will be hunted by it.

So slowly, help your child become used to the things they fear the most. Normally, anxiety is reduced in 20-45 minutes of staying around a mildly fear-provoking situation. If your child is suffering from an intense fear or phobia, it is advisable to seek therapy as soon as possible.

Emphasise their good side.

Children with severe anxiety tend to focus on their negative side – their flaws, things they cannot do, etc. Negative thinking can make your child hate themselves and other people.

You can help your child become more positive by giving attention to their good side – talents, skills and strengths. Congratulate your child for scoring high in their test, teach them some new skills, and surround them with positive people.

Make sure your child sleeps on time.

Lack of sleep has been found to make children more irritable and stressed. It is important that they get at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. To promote quality sleep, set a bedtime schedule that must be strictly followed even during weekends.

Enhance their problem-solving skills.

Critical thinking must be developed at the earliest age possible. If you keep on solving even the little problems your child encounters, they will just learn to become dependent on you. Now, what if they face a problem at school and you aren’t there?

It will make them more anxious and exhausted. Allowing your child to solve their problems (with your guidance of course) will greatly benefit them, especially as they grow older.

Organise relaxation exercises.

In the morning, before your child goes to school, you may encourage them to practise some relaxation exercises with you.

At night as they close their eyes to sleep, you may ask your child to think or imagine a very relaxing place, such as a garden full of fragrant flowers or some enchanted forest adventure. These techniques are scientifically proven to reduce anxiety symptoms and relieve stress. Many people don’t realise this is in fact hypnosis.

Be the role model.

You don’t expect your child to become free from stress and anxiety if you yourself are having similar issues! Children follow what their parents do. For them, anything you say or do is right.

So be the role model of your own child. Positivity is contagious. If you are always positive, your child can easily acquire your personality without you having to do so much effort!

stress, tension, anxiety, pressure, symptoms, treatment, hypnosis, psychotherapy, mynd.works, Brisbane, Gold coast, Australia, Richard ScottNever lose hope.

No matter how hard it is, never stop trying. Anxiety and stress can be very hard to overcome but it doesn’t mean your child wouldn’t be able to deal with them any more. Just keep following these tips and discover a great difference.

Also, you may want to see a therapist to guide your child. A professional practitioner, with a blue card, should be equipped with the skills and knowledge to reduce anxiety and stress in children, just as they can effectively deal with adult issues.

Please comment if you found this article useful and by all means feel free to share forwards.

All the best,

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist
www.mynd.works

No More Panic Attacks!

Panic, fear, frantic, irrational, reaction, phobia,So, what is Panic? 

“A sudden sensation of fear which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frantic agitation consistent with an animalistic fight-or-flight reaction”.

Most people panic from time to time and if not controlled, panic can turn into a debilitating mental disorder over time.

According to the NHS in the UK, nearly one in 10 people has panic disorder and according to the Department of Health in Australia that number climbs to one in 7 people.

If not recognised and treated, panic disorder can be devastating because it can interfere with relationships, school work, employment and normal development.

If you panic during stressful situations, I think you’ll find the following tips very useful:

Disengage

If you let yourself succumb to that stressful situation, the more you’ll panic. The brain, during a panic attack, is like a kid throwing tantrums. Give in and it wins. Blow it off and it may forget about what it’s so upset about. The Journal of Neuroscience suggests that the more the brain tries to suppress negative emotions, the more active the amygdala becomes – the part which sends messages throughout the brain.

Break it down

If the problem at hand is making you panic and feel overwhelmed, break it down to smaller pieces that can be addressed and managed. Tell yourself “I can do it!” even if your inner critical voice is saying you can’t.

Breathe, breathe and breathe again

During a panic attack, simple breathing and relaxation techniques can help you be more in control. Practising proper timed breathing exercises (inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds) can make your panic attacks less frequent and easier to conquer.

Walk away

During a panic attack, it may seem like there’s no emergency tool that can help you calm down. But sometimes, the most basic activities, such as walking, can take your mind off from anxiety, so take a walk.

Light aerobic exercises can also trigger your brain to produce endorphins – the feel-good chemicals that improve your mood.

Confront your fear

Make a note of your panic attacks – record your thoughts, symptoms, worries and the emotions you experience. When you are feeling better, go back and re-read your entry. This will help you identify your panic triggers and allow you to tactically overcome any more panics.

Talk to a therapist

A good therapist can help you get to the root of a problem and devise a strategy to resolve it. You may also consider joining a support group. Group meetings can give you further insights into your situation because you get the chance to hear how other people cope with panic attacks.

Hypnotherapy is very effective at eliminating panic attacks, you can read more about it >>>here<<<.

Effectively dealing with panic attacks is a skill that you just can’t develop overnight. It takes time and practise to apply these techniques and other strategies to cope with panic attacks but it is definitely worth the effort. Once you start to learn about panic and stand up to it, life will become easier.

Let me know if you found these insights useful and helpful, and please feel free to share with others.

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist
www.mynd.works

How to love yourself – Here’s the secret!

love yourself, self esteem, self worth, mynd.worksI work in an environment where people suffer from self-doubt, low self-esteem and lack of control.

They simply don’t love themselves, they don’t see how fantastic they are or could be.

From one perspective it could be quite sad to witness… but from my perspective it’s what drives me onwards, because I see the potential in each and every person.

The potential to become even better at being themselves.

Discover your own worth by following these principles.

  1. Begin your day with love not technology. Remind yourself of your worthiness before getting out of bed.
  2. Take time to relax and focus inward daily. Try five minutes each morning.
  3. Talk yourself happy. Use positive language to train your mind to become more positive.
  4. Get emotionally honest. Stop numbing your feelings. Shopping, eating, and drinking are examples of avoiding discomfort, sadness, and pain.
  5. Try something new. Learn a language. Go places you’ve never been. Do things you haven’t done before.
  6. Enjoy life enhancing activities. Find exercise you like. Discover healthy foods that are good for you. Turn off technology for a day and spend time doing things that make you feel alive.
  7. Breathe, relax, and let go. You can never see the whole picture. You don’t know what everything is for. Stop fighting against yourself by thinking and desiring people and events in your life should be different.
  8. Life is a journey. We are here to learn and love. One step at a time is enough to proceed forward. Small moves.
  9. Believe in the limitless opportunities that are available to you. Take action and create change.
  10. Be patient with yourself. Trust in yourself, do good work, and the Universe will reward you.
  11. Be grateful. Appreciate your talents, beauty, and brilliance. You’re awesome.
  12. Be guided by your intuition. All answers come from within. Look for signs and pay attention to gut feelings.
  13. Don’t participate in activities that bring you down. Don’t allow toxic people in your life.
  14. Accept uncertainty. Suffering comes from the pain of the past or the fear of the future. Put your attention on the present moment and be at peace.
  15. Learn from your mistakes and go forward.
  16. Discover fun. Happiness requires time to relax, play, and create face-to-face interaction with others. Our fast-paced world creates a goal setting, competitive craziness that doesn’t leave room for play.
  17. Speak up and speak out. Be seen, be known, and be heard.
  18. Focus on the positives.
  19. Become conscious of your choices.
  20. Imagine what your life would look like if you believed in your worth.
  21. Self-rejection and neglect is painful. You deserve to be happy. You have a right to be accepted and loved. If necessary, seek help from a support group, therapist, or coach.

If these points resonated with you, please let me know, which were your favourites. Share this post with someone who may need it, or who may simply enjoy it.

Your thought, comments and ideas are always most welcome. Love yourself.

warmest regards
Richard Scott
www.mynd.works