This website domain is Wats-on.net and the tag line is Physical and Mental Health. My blog Wats-on my Mind is my retirement project to get as many people as possible using hypnosis and psychological techniques in their everyday lives.
The extraordinary thing about our bodies is that so much is governed directly from our powerful organ the brain.
Get control of those thoughts!
I was hospital nursing for 30 years and I have to admit that most people working directly with everyday illnesses, surgery etc can be very busy – oh and HOW BUSY!
The emotions, fears and anxiety of patients going through the clinical scenario can be less than ideal. No bad intent from the staff, but the administrative pressures, time pressures and safety issues, money pressures all reduce the time available.
Nursing tried to do something about this.
I was involved when something called the Nursing Process was introduced which was a scientific method to ensure the quality of patient care.
The 5 Steps of the Nursing Process
The first step of the nursing process is assessment. During this phase, the nurse gathers information about a patient’s psychological, physiological, sociological, and spiritual status.
Nurse making an educated judgment about health problems of a patient – eg sleep deprivation
Once a patient and nurse agree on the diagnoses, a plan of action can be developed. The Nursing Interventions Classification may also be used as a resource for planning.
The implementing phase is where the nurse follows through on the decided plan specific to each patient.
Evaluation to determine of the goals for patient wellness have been met.
Still not Getting To The Mental Issues
I can only talk in general terms and my comments here are fairly sweeping.
The thing is that nursing leaders had realised that the clinical interventions be they medical or surgical could have a great effect on the well-being of the patient.
Of course I worked directly with doctors and witnessed the pressures on them – such as crazy number of overnight hours on call after a full days work – so I am not knocking them – but their interest could often be focused on a specific area of the patients body. Nurses had a more well-being holistic approach because of their closer relationship with the patient.
Despite these efforts by nurses to personalise the care and offer a secure, safe treatments, I still believe we did not begin to really get to grip with the mental aspects of the care.
For example I remember a patient who had changed quite suddenly. He clearly was concerned and I was trying to establish whether something had happened with his family etc. It was several days before I found out from a relative that he was concerned because a man had died in the ward, that he had been talking to. He thought that the patient had the same condition as him and was convinced he was also not going to go home. What is going on in a busy ward is very unsettling and a poor environem
Let me remind you what I said in my blog a couple of days ago.
The reason that I called my Blog ‘Wats-on My Mind’ is to introduce and educate as many as possible about controlling what goes on inside our heads. As a nurse I realised that people with positive approach to their illness or surgery responded so much better than those that worried and were anxious. My work with Adam and observing his hypnotherapy work reinforced that point.
My feeling that I had while I was nursing has been reinforced since I started working with Adam Eason a clinical Hypnotherapist.
So what I will introduce you to tomorrow is a really fleeting look at what has influenced me since I retired from nursing in 1996.
You will hopefully understand why I link the mental and physical so closely.
For now just think about blushing – or sexual attraction and physical reaction to just seeing the person of your dreams. Pretty powerful physical responses from thoughts.
I love the title of this blog post written by Sarah Ban
I Tried Hypnosis for Insomnia. Then My Skin Cleared Up. I don’t understand it, either, but I’m not complaining.
How often have I seen that.
So many people who have used hypnosis will say the same thing. “I don’t know how it worked – but it did.”
Adam Eason my hypnotherapist friend was amazed when he was treated for his psoriasis by a clinical hypnotherapist.
He was completely surprised by the effect on his skin as he had tried everything else prescribed.
That is in fact what led Adam to learn about hypnosis and start his hypnotherapy career.
Back to Sarah’s article…
The blog post by Sarah is well worth reading and she points out various studies and research in the field.
She finishes her blog post:
Whether or not I can explain how my skin got better, I’m pretty positive that my hypnosis sessions had something to do with it.
Whichever confounding variable was responsible for the clearer skin I saw after my hypnotherapy sessions (stress reduction, better sleep, placebo effect, or all of the above), I’m just thrilled to have seen results at all.
I was finally able to get my racing mind under control with the help of hypnosis. That meant I went from getting maybe two measly hours of sleep a night to a solid eight hours, which is a massive improvement for me. When I’m well-rested during the day, I’m more equipped to handle hectic situations, which means my stress levels are more under control, and I’m pretty sure that’s resulting in a newly clear complexion. My skin still breaks out when I’m frazzled, but it seems a lot happier overall. And so am I.
It is very easy to get wrong impressions about hypnosis. The showmen want to make it all look mystical and unreal.
I have videoed many courses where hypnotherapists were being trained. Many wonderful people with a real desire to help people with annoying behaviours, habits, addictions, pain, self-esteem and so on.
The problem for them especially in their early days is convincing many people out there who have very little knowledge about the therapy.
Ten years ago I was among those who knew very little about hypnosis.
Here are a few facts about hypnosis.
This is a difficult one for clinical hypnotherapists to deal with. The on stage guys are clever and use hypnosis and distraction techniques well.
The people selected to go on stage and take part are actually expecting an outcome. They are more prepared than they believe to respond and play the part.
The thing to realise is that they are willingly being led and are NOT really under the control of the hypnotist.
I personally love Derren Brown who actually calls himself a mentalist and illusionist. That is much better title although other people talk about him being a hypnotist. He often will show at the end of his performance how he has been misleading the audience. He will show video and you can see the clever language that is feeding the imaginations of those being manipulated.
Myths and Mystery and Bad Journalism
Oh dear I don’t know what to say about this one.
There are TV shows and humour “look into my eyes, look into my eyes” and all of that nonsense.
There are journalists who write for a living who are writing err … garbage!!
There are exceptions like Sarah Bar above who is giving a sensible researched article.
Firstly, the Telegraph, which you’d expect to have a more sober perspective on the story carries the headline: ‘Hypnotist thief puts shopkeeper in trance before robbing him’ The hypnosis article can be found here if you’d like to read it. Before I do anything else, let me address the fact that the Telegraph uses the word ‘Trance’ in the title of their article and then assumes that trance and hypnosis are the same thing. They are not.
Hypnotism Is Not A Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist Taking Control
The problem, of course, lies in the way hypnosis is presented again and again by the media, having to explain to clients over and over that hypnosis is something THEY do sometimes feel like a losing battle. Self-Hypnosis is a skill that can be learned by anyone. Yes it is a learned SKILL
To Take Control Issue Further – For My Christian Friends.
I wrote about this a long time ago in 2008 but I won’t send you to that post.
What I will do in fact is update that blog though as there are some new links to add.
Let Me Rant a Bit – Which Is Not My Usual Style …
(you will see that this post is rather sombre for me – but I so want you all to know more about the subject before criticising)
The usual thing is that people think they know about something without having ever studied the subject at all – they simply have an opinion based simply on intuition, gossip or whatever.
Several of my church friends have questioned my interest in what they describe as taking control of someones mind and over somebody’s thinking?
What? … WHAT?
I have videoed and sat through hundreds of hours of clinical hypnotherapy and cognitive bahavioural therapy training – AND it is NOT taking control of the clients mind.
If you think there is exasperation showing – you are right!
Let me bow out.
Really I am wise to leave this to somebody qualified to talk about it.
I am no fool.
Here is a YouTube video – well audio reallywith a ridiculously strange splash screen – about Hypnosis and Christianity. This is a video interview with Rev Dr Scot Giles. This is about his work using hypnosis with cancer patients.
The talk therapies offer help harmlessly. There is a lot of research about the effectiveness of many interventions – for example pain relief. The weakness is that there much more research needed.
So What About Psychiatry?
The very same people that object to hypnosis therapy WILL accept and endorse psychiatrists offering treatments and medication.
From my young nursing days back in the 60’s I had the horror of working with a team giving Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT). Notice my strong word horror. I could not believe what I was witnessing. I will say no more about that as it was a long time ago and I may exaggerate.
I was shocked (there’s a pun) when I found out recently that this therapy was in growing use again.
“The figures, obtained through freedom of information requests, show that despite being a crude, controversial treatment, which fell sharply out of favour around the turn of the millennium, ECT is enjoying a revival.
The procedure involves anaesthetising the patient and passing electricity through the brain to induce seizure. Despite ghoulish depictions in popular culture and a marked lack of science explaining how and why it works, treatments can prove effective. Patient stories range fromlife-changing benefits to tales of lives being ruined.”
Hypnotherapists are not wanting to get inside your head and control you. There intention is for their clients to learn the skills of focused imagination and suggesting to themselves the changes they want to make. That is my simple interpretation. Don’t let me tell you though. Better to learn directly from a hypnotherapy practitioner. I can put you in touch with the best.
What If Hypnotherapists Could Get To Control You?
I remember when I first met Adam, the guy who introduced me to hypnotherapy.
He was introducing his business in a breakfast BNI meeting. At each BNI meeting you were allowed 60 seconds to tell a story about your business. A bit like twitter really.
Adam was charismatic and I looked forward to his spot.
One of his minute stories was about hypnotherapists taking control of your mind.
Adam asked us “Why would I be standing up there at 7am to get some new business if I really could use magical hypnosis skills to control somebody? No! Surely I would simply make an appointment with my bank manager and get him to write me out a million pound cheque.
Of Course There Are So Many More Question – Another Day
There are so many other questions.
What does being hypnotised feel like?
Do I go to sleep?
Is it like being in the zone – like sportmen?
I really do want you to find out. So more to follow.
Interesting times because I am wanting to train affiliates for our online shop of hypnosis audio and video products.
Now the dilemma is that the ideal promoters would by hypnotherapists – and we know plenty of those – but there is a steep learning curve to be a successful affiliate. Could I train affiliates – hmmm – probably, maybe, with a lot of time, a fair wind and lot of good luck. So maybe – BUT not as efficiently as somebody I know.
So if you are keen to make some affiliate money online then this post is for you. You don’t have to be a hypnotherapist – if this appeals come along and find out.
Let me take you back…:
I have been marketing online for many years and I spent a fortune in the past on this course, that course and the next shiny object product etc. There were HOWEVER only three people that absolutely helped me get to grip with what I was doing.
In fact I will introduce you to one of them today. David Perdew – His hair has whitened (just like mine) but his knowledge has deepened. Anyway more about him in a minute.
Now in any business online or offline the most important thing is your mailing list and your relationship with the people on your mailing lists. This is particularly true if you are a hypnotherapist. Would I go to a practitioner that I had not got to know a lot about – NO WAY.
But mailing lists are strange.
Adam and I market our hypnotherapy courses and I used to wonder why I was sending messages to people who had been on our mailing list and hearing from us for many years and taking no action. Why did they not unsubscribe? Why did they keep opening our messages? WELL – Every year we get someone coming out off the cobwebs and telling us that they have been thinking about doing the hypnotherapy course for years. We don’t need to be told that – WE KNOW!
Now getting a relationship online is actually wonderful and the important thing to realise is that to get people to buy things from you is the same situation – Do the people know you? Do they see you as the expert? Has he (and of course she ) done it themselves? Who is he/she knocking around with – what company to they keep? (don’t forget successful people sit alongside other successful people because they don’t want any of the negative stuff getting in the way).
Distance is absolutely not the barrier and the first person this year to sign on with Adam for his Online Hypnotherapy Diploma Course is a lady in New Zealand. COOL !
(I asked my kids on WhatsApp if there was a better up to date term to add rather than COOL – I got back: Awesome ! Ace ! and Siiiicccckkkk ! so take your pick )
If you deliver lively, funny, emotionally charged, personal anecdotes via your e-mails, in your blogs and your social media, then the world is your stage.
If I have been in touch socially online: Guess which hypnotherapist I would go to. Guess which online merchant I would trust and purchase products from. Guess which trainers, merchants, practitionrers I would recommend – YES somebody I had got to know even if it was only online..
AND YOU KNOW WHAT
I am just about to do that – meet David Perdew
A few years ago I did some training with David and it was really top notch.
This last weekend I went back to see what he is up to as I need help growing the affiliate side of our business and indeed maybe train affiliates for us. Well it turned out to be a really great experience. I have joined the insider group training.
The weekend weather wasn’t great so I didn’t get away from my laptop:-
I learned about a newly updated mindmapping software called ‘FreeMind’ from a Bob Jenkins and put together a mindmap which I will show you another day.
I saw a terrific interview with a lady called Connie Green who was talking about Building a Mailing List.
There is a February Challenge about developing a business and a great interview there also.
I also joined their private Facebook Group.
Now here is a way to find out more – and believe me I will be hoping that when you join you will let me know so we can work together promoting our Hypnosis For Download audio and video downloads.