Repair the damage
Wellness Institute Blog
Now that it’s been a year since COVID-19’s reign of terror over our planet began, it’s interesting to look back at what carried me through the shock, fear, and panic this crisis brought with it. The difficulties COVID presented haven’t been easy for anyone to cope with, and it wasn’t exactly a cakewalk for me, either. Still, I noticed something about myself: I had tools that helped me to deal with the issues that came up, so I could stay on my feet and continue to function fully - while also having the honor of helping others! What tool could possibly do all that?
Topics: working through the Pandemic
“I’m such a klutz!” you might say, almost as a reflex, when you stub your toe in the office or spill a drop of coffee on the floor.
Self-deprecation such as this is an attempt to replace mild embarrassment with a touch of levity. A little bit of humor is harmless enough, right?
Most of the time, off-hand comments that make you the butt of your own jokes aren’t dangerous. However, when you habitually make statements about yourself like, “I always wait until the last minute,” or “I’m never aware of my surroundings,” you could be doing psychological damage that’s not funny at all.
When you put yourself down just to be cute or comical, you send out a signal that you don’t take yourself too seriously. You chuckle, other people laugh, and you figure you’ve been charming and entertaining for the moment. Yet, because of the complicated nature of your inner workings, you might be creating undesired side effects.
“I’m scared to be hypnotized!” “What if I don’t come out of it?” “Will you make me cluck like a chicken?”
I’ve heard it all. When I talk to the clients at my hypnotherapy practice about the therapeutic benefits of hypnotherapy, these are just some of the concerns they share.
It’s natural to be afraid or skeptical of something you don’t understand. But I believe no one should ever be afraid or uncomfortable about the process. That’s why, when clients come to me for hypnotherapy, we begin with a frank talk about what being hypnotized is, and what it isn’t.
Their preconceived notions come from the way our culture sees hypnosis, as well as the powerful potential that hypnotherapy holds as a therapeutic tool.
I joke with my clients about how they might be worried about working with a hypnotherapist who could mysteriously declare, “You are now under my power…”
Or, we might discuss what will happen to their brain while they’re in a hypnotic state, and how they’re going to be “back to normal” when it’s all over.
We’ll even talk about hypnophobia, the fear of going to sleep or being hypnotized. People with hypnophobia don’t want to lose control of their normal state of awareness.
Who doesn’t want to be a winner in the game of life? Unfortunately, winning isn’t easy, especially when you’re on your own.
If you look behind the success of your favorite athletes, beloved artists, and most admired business professionals, you’ll find they all have something in common: Someone, at some time, helped them get where they are.
Invariably, ambitious people who truly want to win have an experienced source of support working with them, bringing out the very best of all their talents, and putting them to use so they can perform to their full potential.
This person, on whom they rely for their ultimate success, is a coach.
Topics: Life Coaching