Oh, I remember! Feb 2020 Article
Occasionally I find it a challenge to remember what day of the week it is. After all, my poor brain has been working pretty hard for quite a few decades, maybe it’s worn out?
However, I think forgetting the day of the week is more due to my diary being emptier these days – which I love! If the diary isn’t rammed full of appointments, days can merge into a bit of a blur. It’s a bit like taking your watch off when on holiday, you don’t have to worry what time it is. This can be rather wonderful until you discover you’re on the wrong day and you should have been at the dentist 45 minutes ago!
What everyone tends to forget though, is how amazing brains really are. Without thinking about it, our brains remember one heck of a lot! For instance, do you ‘think’ in order to nod your head at the right moment? No, it’s an automatic reaction, a learnt pattern that’s rather useful and shortcuts the conscious thinking process. The same happens when we’re talking, the words usually flow automatically. We don’t have to think about each individual word we want to use in a sentence, do we? Amazing really.
Sometimes though, we pick up negative patterns that we don’t like and don’t want, such as reacting badly to certain triggers or possibly drinking a bottle of wine (or more) on too frequent a basis. Negative patterns can be very varied but can cause us issues and upset our lives and/or health.
The good news is we can override the brain’s ability to go into auto pilot and we can change negative patterns if we want to. It’s not a matter of believing you can change, it’s more about whether you want to change. If the latter then yes, you can!
This is where hypnotherapy comes in. It’s not a magic wand treatment, it’s more about showing you a path to walk that allows you to change your own brain in a very positive way and the hypnotherapy speeds up this process. Research now backs up hypnosis and MRI scans show how the brain changes in a trance state, it becomes less defensive and more open to change. But only if you want to change, we can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do contrary to popular belief!
All marvellous stuff, especially when you see what I’ve seen people achieve over the years I’ve been doing this job. So, if you want to change for the positive, get in touch!
Nicola Griffiths runs the Cirencester Hypnotherapy & Health Centre in Dyer Street where there’s a team of hypnotherapists working daily to help people get what they want out of life. Tel: 01285 652449.