Our top 5 tips to beating exam stress

You have exams coming up. Everyone has told you how important it is that you do well in all of them. But you feel underprepared. You don’t know enough. It’s all getting too much!

Exam related stress can ruin your chances before you’ve even sat at the desk. So what steps can you take to keep the stress to a minimum?

Let’s find out…

Make a plan – If you have a lot of exams on the horizon then you need to have a revision plan in place. Otherwise you’ll start to stress out about which subject you should worry about first. So pick out the subject you’re weakest at. You’ll want to give more time to revising them.

Schedule a time each day that you’ll sit down and revise. And each day work on a different subject. Give yourself breaks in-between and don’t leave everything to the last minute.

This plan should be put into place months before the exams even begin.

Look at past exams – You know what will really send your stress levels through the roof? The unknown. So equip yourself with as much knowledge about the exams that have come before yours. No, you aren’t going to be given the same questions. But when the exams come around, you’ll be used to seeing the papers. And recognition does a lot to reduce stress.

Eat well – Worry and stress can kill appetite in no time. And a study has shown that if you’re chowing down on fizzy sweets and drinks it can lower your memory and attention span. Two things you’ll need for revision.

So make sure that you eat correctly. Have a hearty breakfast that’s full of protein!

Try hypnotherapy – So you have a revision plan, you’re eating well and you’ve done hundreds of past papers. But you’re still stressed.

Well worry is a natural thing. Especially when it comes to something as important as exams.

But if it’s getting the better of you why not try hypnotherapy? At Hypnotherapy Success we offer specific treatments to help you beat those exam nerves and focus on the things you need to.

To find out more, get in touch today.

Remain positive – Okay, it sounds a little obvious, but there are so many students around the country giving up hope. You fail a past paper, struggle to understand a certain aspect of the subject, you can’t motivate yourself to revise.

Whatever the issue is, don’t let it get you down. You must remain positive.

Because you are going to do well.

How you can beat addiction

Addiction. It comes in many different disguises and can hold anyone hostage. Smoking, gambling, drugs. Some people call them their vices. But in reality, it’s an addiction they’re struggling with behind closed doors.

And perhaps you have an addiction? Something that you haven’t faced or owned up to?

Well here, we’ve put together a few tips to get you on the right track towards beating it for good.

Team up

Beating addiction can feel like an uphill battle. The end goal can seem so far away that you start to question whether you can do it. Do you have the will power? And if you try and beat it alone, there’s every chance you’ll fail. It’s difficult fighting something so strong on your lonesome.

So team up. Find a group within your local area who get together to discuss addiction. Contact a therapist. Ask for help from family. Do all three! The more people you have helping, the more chance there is that you’ll beat it.

Exercise

Regular exercise is a great combatant to addiction. When you get in from work, rather than pick up that packet of cigs put your running shoes on. Head out for a 15 minute jog to take your mind off the bad thing you want to do.

Exercise can help you de-stress and keep fit too. And soon enough, exercise will be your healthy addiction!

Know your weak spots

With addiction, there’s always one place, or one time of the day that you’re most likely to cave. For cigarette smokers, it could be after a big meal. Gamblers, it could be the walk to work. Understanding these weak spots is vital.

You need to counter them. So after the big meal, find something else to keep your mind occupied. Walk a different way. Remove the opportunity to cave in!

Take it one step at a time

Like I said. Quitting is daunting. It’s a huge task and you might not feel like you’ll ever reach the end. Thinking of it like this won’t end well.

Take every week as it comes. If you falter and have a cigarette, don’t just resign to having a whole pack. Get back up, brush yourself off and try harder.

Here at Hypnotherapy Success we can help you quit your addiction through hypnosis. If you’d like to find out more feel free to get in touch.

Treating anxiety naturally

Last year the Guardian newspaper printed an article reporting that almost one in five adults in the UK experience anxiety.

If you suffer from anxiety on a daily basis you will know that the symptoms can be draining and leave you feeling deflated, lethargic and depressed by the end of the day.  Most people will suffer from anxiety at some point in their lives, for some people it will be a fleeting feeling brought on by a stressful event, for others it can develop for no apparent reason and be much longer lasting.

It’s perfectly normal to feel anxiety when you’re under stress, but anxiety becomes a problem when it begins affecting your day to day life.

Symptoms

If you’re suffering from anxiety you may find yourself feeling distressed, tense and nervous.   Anxiety can present itself differently from person to person as there are many different symptoms.

Psychological symptoms may include being unable to concentrate, feeling on edge, feeling irritable, uncomfortable and restless.  Physical symptoms include heart palpitations, panic attacks, shortness of breath, sweating, headaches, diarrhoea and dizziness.

Disadvantages of medication

If you seek help with anxiety from your local GP they will probably prescribe you medication that is meant to mask your symptoms without getting to the root of the problem.  These kinds of prescribed drugs can also cause a number of unpleasant side effects including lowered sex-drive, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, dry mouth, loss of appetite and insomnia.  This is why we believe that prescription medication for anxiety should always be a last resort.

Natural treatments for anxiety

Natural treatments are usually more reliable than prescribed medicines so it is always beneficial to try to treat anxiety naturally before resorting to prescription drugs.  Here are a few different natural treatments that may help to ease or get rid of anxiety.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective way of conquering anxiety in order to achieve a clearer and calmer mind.  Hypnotherapy can help you to become more relaxed by teaching you to re-organise your thought patterns for a healthier and more positive mind.

Meditation, yoga, mindfulness and relaxation techniques

Learning meditation and mindfulness can be extremely beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety.  Anxiety often causes stressful racing thoughts and negative thought patterns.  Learning mindfulness will help you to learn to take a break from your hectic day and really become aware of the present moment.  Mindfulness is about stopping to listen to how your body is feeling, your emotions, sensations and the sounds around you; it is a very therapeutic practice.

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help to change the way that you think to encourage positive thinking rather than negative thought patterns.  CBT helps to show people suffering from anxiety the link between the way that they think and the way that they feel so that they can correct the harmful thought patterns.

What is a phobia and how can hypnotherapy help you to overcome one?

Many people mistakenly say that they have a phobia of something just because they are scared or fearful of it.  A phobia is more serious than an ordinary fear, a phobia is a very irrational fear and is characterised by more extreme symptoms than normal fear or anxiety.  However a normal fear can become a phobia if it begins to interfere with your day-to-day life and normal functioning.

Have I got a phobia?

The symptoms of a phobia can come in many different forms.  The most common symptom though is avoidance of encountering the phobia at all costs.  People who suffer from a phobia often find themselves plagued by feelings of dread at the thought of encountering their phobia which can lead them to do anything to avoid it, no matter how badly it affects their life.  This could include quitting their job or not leaving their house for fear of encountering their phobia.

If a person with a phobia encounters the thing that they are fearful of then it can lead to extreme distress and in some cases total and uncontrollable panic, for many people just the thought of their phobia is extremely upsetting.

What causes a phobia?

There are a variety of different ways in which phobias can be developed.  Some simple phobias like a phobia of spiders can be learned.  A child whose mother has a phobia of spiders is much more likely to pick up the fear than a child whose mother is not afraid of spiders.  Children usually develop phobias between the ages of 4 and 8 years old.    Phobias can also be developed after a child or adult experiences a particularly distressing experience.  But some phobias occur without any obvious reason; these phobias could be down to brain chemistry or genetics.

How can hypnotherapy help?

If you suffer from a phobia then hypnotherapy can be an extremely effective way of getting to the root of the problem and treating it naturally without medication.

Hypnotherapists are able to find out the root cause of a phobia by putting their patient into an extremely relaxed state using hypnosis.  Once a person is in this relaxed state it is much easier to remember events that have been locked away in your unconscious mind or repressed.  Once you have found out the cause of your phobia it will be much easier to then treat it effectively.

Unlike medication which just helps to mask the symptoms, hypnotherapy can help you to overcome your irrational fear, give you confidence, and help you to relax.

The benefits of stopping smoking this Stoptober

If you’ve quit smoking this Stoptober then good for you and keep it up!  If you’re still thinking about quitting or have fallen off the bandwagon then it’s not too late to quit this month!

Why quit?

Quitting smoking isn’t just hugely beneficial for your health but also great news for your friends and your family who are forced to breath in your second-hand smoke every time that you smoke around them.  Every year in the UK second-hand smoke kills about 11,000 people, so if you’re struggling to find the willpower to quit for yourself do it for them instead.

Smoking is a painfully unattractive habit, not only does it make you smell terrible, it will also yellow and stain your skin and teeth over time, can cause you to get more spots, and make your skin leathery and wrinkly before its time.

If that all sounds pretty dire then just wait until you hear what smoking does to your insides!  Smoking damages some of the most important systems in your body including the cardiovascular system and your immune system.  Cigarettes are full of toxic compounds like carbon monoxide which reduces blood circulation in your body, and arsenic which can cause cancer as well as damaging your heart.  The list of harmful chemicals in cigarettes is as long as my arm, when you quit smoking your chances of having cancer, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, cataracts and many other diseases reduces dramatically.  You’ll also find that you’ll be able to breathe a lot easier, your blood pressure will reduce, and you will feel overall healthier and more resilient against illnesses.

Why quit during Stoptober?

So far this month over 200,000 people have pledged to give up smoking on the Stoptober website.   So if you’ve been mulling over the idea of quitting smoking for a while then Stoptober is a brilliant time to do it as you’ll get plenty of help and support.  It’s much easier to quit when you’re quitting along with a group of people than it is to quit on your own.  Hypnotherapy has been proven to be one of the most effective ways of quitting smoking, so if you’re ready to quit make the first step towards living a longer and healthier life by giving us a call today and booking your first appointment.

How does hypnotherapy work?

Scientific research has found that hypnosis does have a positive effect, however scientists just can’t agree on how it works.  In this blog we will look at some of the facts that we know for sure to be true and also some speculation on how hypnosis works.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of verbal communication which is used whilst a person is under hypnosis in order to change their thoughts, behaviour or feelings in order to treat a range of problems including addiction, weight control, confidence issues, phobias, stuttering, incontinence and many more.

Contrary to popular belief hypnosis does not involve you being put to sleep or losing control of your actions at all.  Your hypnotherapist doesn’t have any control over your actions and cannot make you do anything that you don’t want to do whilst you’re being hypnotised.

What happens during a hypnotherapy session?

One thing that is essential for getting good results from hypnotherapy treatment is that the patient must be highly motivated to make the changes in their life.  So if you’re having hypnosis to stop smoking because your mother has bought you a session but you don’t really want to quit then it is unlikely to work, you have to really want it.

Before you are hypnotised your hypnotherapist will discuss with you your goals and the changes that you want to make in your life.

Being hypnotised involves being put into a deep state of relaxation, or a trance-like state.  Quite on the contrary to losing control of what you do or say, you will instead experience an enhanced state of awareness.  When being hypnotised you will remain fully aware of your surroundings and your hypnotist will not be able to make you do anything you wouldn’t do normally.

Whilst you are under hypnosis the hypnotherapist will make statements and give suggestions to your unconscious mind to help you to make the changes that you want in your life.

How does it work?

Although the exact science behind the way that hypnosis works is still in dispute we do have some ideas about how it works.  It is thought that hypnosis alters our state of consciousness so that the left-hand side of our brain gets switched off and the right-hand side is more alert.  The left-hand side of our brain is the analytical side so when this side is switched off and the subconscious mind is awoken it means that information is able to go into our more instinctive subconscious mind.  It is our subconscious mind which needs to change in order for our behaviour to change.

Hypnosis doesn’t always have immediate results.  Each patient’s susceptibility to being hypnotised and readiness to be hypnotised varies so it may take several sessions before you see results.

Quitting smoking with hypnosis

It’s now a well-known fact that smoking causes a variety of ugly health problems and is a common cause of premature death. However the addictive substances in cigarettes mean that some people still find it extremely difficult to quit. Hypnosis is a safe and healthy way of quitting smoking and as more and more people feel the benefits of using hypnosis to quit smoking the therapy is quickly gaining in popularity. But how exactly does hypnosis to quit smoking work?

For a smoker breaking the habit and the addiction can take a lot of time and dedication. For many people going cold turkey is just too difficult, they need further help and support to tackle the addiction. Hypnotherapy recognises that being addicted to cigarettes is both a mental and a physical addiction. Hypnosis treats you by changing your thought patterns so that you no longer want to smoke or feel the need to smoke.

Hypnotherapy works by putting your mind into a trance-like state where you feel a deep sense of relaxation. It is whilst your mind is in this relaxed state that your hypnotherapist is able to put information, statements and ideas into your mind on an unconscious level in order to change your thought patterns.

During hypnotherapy to quit smoking for harmful thoughts are replaced by positive and healthy ones. Hypnosis can change the way that you think so that you begin to think like a non-smoker, stop craving cigarettes and become free from your addiction.

Hypnosis works because whilst your mind is in the trance-like state it becomes more persuadable and open, allowing the statements and information that your hypnotherapist gives to you to enter your mind. Replacing harmful, negative thoughts with positive ones means that you are able to change your attitude towards smoking in order to break the habit, it also removes the unpleasant side-effects that are often associated with quitting smoking.

Improve your quality of life and your health today by getting in touch and taking the first step towards quitting smoking smoking by booking in for a session of hypnotherapy with Jennie Francis.