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I've been lucky enough to be featured in the latest addition of the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy magazine, Hypnotherapy Today. It's an article I put together detailing my experience of having a stroke.
I've never written a magazine article before so I'm really pleased to have this featured.
If you'd like to have a read please feel free to download the article via the link below (PDF reader required in order to view).
I put my hand on a bishop and slide it several squares before moving it back. “Should I move a different piece instead?” I wonder to myself.
“You have to move that piece if you’ve touched it,” my opponent says, flashing a wry grin.
Fine. I move the bishop. It’s becoming increasingly obvious to me now — I’m going to lose a game of chess to a 12-year-old.
My opponent is Tanner Collins, a seventh-grade student growing up in a Pittsburgh suburb. Besides playing chess, Collins likes building with Legos. One such set, a replica of Hogwarts Castle from the Harry Potter books, is displayed on a hutch in the dining room of his parents’ house. He points out to me a critical flaw in the design: The back of the castle isn’t closed off. “If you turn it around,” he says, “the whole side is open. That’s dumb.”
Though Collins is not dissimilar from many kids his age, there is something that makes him unlike most 12-year-olds in the United States, if not the world: He’s missing one-sixth of his brain. Continue reading.
Originally posted on OneZero.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common disease that strikes anywhere between 10 – 15% of the general population so there is no need to feel like you’re suffering alone.
The month of April is recognised as IBS awareness month which was declared by the IFFGD and is listed on the United States National Health Observances calendar.
IBS is a condition that effects the digestive system and is something I used to suffer from. Although there is no known cure there are treatments out there to help you cope.
The disease generally causes stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation and can be ongoing for weeks, months or longer at a time. The exact cause for this condition is unknown but research is ongoing.
Although stress does not cause IBS it is a contributing factor in the condition. Get stress under control and you'll find your IBS is less severe and may even go away. Hypnotherapy has a proven track record in helping control stress. So why suffer when you don't need to? Get in touch and make an appointment and we can discuss what may help you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
This article first published on Merryfield Hypnotherapy.
The Fitness & WellBeing Event at Croscombe Village Hall was a really well organised event.
After sorting out where I was to be based I started setting up. Not long after I was offered a glass of Prosecco. In all the years I've been doing events like this this was a first. After setting up we all waited in anticipation for the public to arrive.
Once the event officially started there was a gentle stream of visitors throughout the night. As far as I can tell all of the stands were busy. Some people just wanted to chat and ask advice and others were taking advantage of taster sessions.
I was pleased with the amount of people who visited me to find out more about hypnotherapy. I found it rewarding to be able to allay their worries by explaining to them how the brain works and how hypnotherapy can help them to deal with their issues. More than once I was told that it had been of great help. It was also great to be able to suggest to various enquiries that an alternative therapy on offer in the hall may be another option they could consider.
All in all it was a great night and I will definitely be happy to do this one again.
If you would like to know more about what hypnotherapy can do for you please do get in touch.
The subjective sense that time moves faster as we get older is a universal one, and over the years scientists have proffered a number of different explanations as to why this happens. A professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University is suggesting a new and strange hypothesis to explain the phenomena, and it has to do with our ageing brains.
One of the common psychological explanations behind our sense of time moving faster with age is that the more familiar the perceptual information around us is, the less attention we pay to it. Children, for example, are constantly perceiving new events and environments, using significantly more brain power to process day-to-day information. As we get older, the novelty of our reality slowly tapers off, leaving one with the sense that time is passing more rapidly. Continue reading.
Originally posted on New Atlas.
The basics of heart health have been drilled into our brains: Eat less saturated fat. Keep moving. Know your “numbers” for cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI.
But what about that brain itself? Although life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900, our “mindspan” — how long we stay cognitively healthy — hasn’t kept pace.
Forgetfulness, slower processing and feeling less sharp plague most of us as we age. One in five people develops mild cognitive impairment, a decline in thinking skills beyond normal aging, which may or may not advance to dementia. After 65, your odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease are one in 10.
It doesn’t have to be that way, mounting research suggests.
“The very term ‘age-related memory loss’ may be a misnomer,” says neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson, an Alzheimer’s specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.
Time and genetics alone don’t erode brain functions. How we spend our lives managing the modifiable risk factors that affect our genes is highly significant for our brain health, researchers say.
That’s why you’re likely to hear a lot more in the coming years about brain health and what you can do for your own. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Next Avenue.
There is a famous scene in the film Good Will Hunting where Robin Williams, playing a therapist, compassionately repeats the line “It’s not your fault” to Will, a troubled young man with self-destructive tendencies, who happens to be a genius. The line is a response to the revelation of abuse Will endured as a child. At first, Will is dismissive of the statement, but as his therapist steadily repeats “It’s not your fault,” he becomes increasingly agitated. Finally, he erupts into emotion, tearfully allowing the meaning of the words to sink in. This scene is a powerful signification of what trauma can do to a human being. It is also a testament to the importance of anyone who has experienced trauma embracing the irrefutable reality that it is not their fault.
The character Will may have been a victim of what’s often referred to as “big T trauma,” which can include serious abuse or a life-threatening event. However, a person does not have to have experienced an explicitly existential event to experience trauma. “Little t trauma” comprises events that may not sound as dramatic as that of war, devastation, or extreme violence, but that significantly impact individuals by causing them distress, fear, or pain and, therefore, change the way they see themselves, other people, and the world around them. Too often, people seek excuses to dismiss, bury, or overlook both big and little t trauma. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Psychology Today.
All postings on the NEWS page are made purely for information and interest. I do not endorse or denounce any of them but find them all very interesting. I leave it up to you to decide if what you read will work for you.