Transitions

This time is a period of transition for all of us. We are adjusting to new norms in the society, to new behaviors and expectations. Some of us have gone through major changes in terms of our work, homes, family or social lives. These changes may have included difficult experiences and losses. It is important…
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Increasing Happiness

We have all been through a difficult year. Summer can be a time for rest and restoration and engaging in pleasurable activities. In his book, Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman discusses the importance of enjoying experiences of the senses in order to enhance happiness. He suggests as one idea, that we arrange a special day for…
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Intention

Maintaining a focus on intention is of great importance. When we have a goal in mind, we can focus on that goal and on imagining accomplishing it. Having an image of our own progress and success is helpful, along with positive thoughts and statements to ourselves. We must learn to set aside negative “self-talk” and…
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Positive Affect

As we have gone through this difficult year, it has become even clearer just how important it is for us to each have positive affect or emotions in our day. As part of our self-care during this time, it is necessary for each of us to know what we enjoy, what makes life truly worth…
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Increasing Resilience and Diminishing Anxiety

As we face the current challenges in our daily living, there are tools derived from clinical hypnosis which support our ability to cope, increase resiliency and diminish anxiety. We are able to calm the nervous system using various brief techniques, including attending to our breathing. When anxious, people often begin to brace, and breathe shallowly,…
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Self-Hypnosis

Self-hypnosis is a powerful method of focusing the mind and using the imagination for resiliency and healing. Through utilizing this special state, we are able to change our emotions, sensations, thoughts, imagery, and behavior.  In preparing to use self-hypnosis, it is important to become aware of our own self-talk, the suggestions which we may already…
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