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<p><b>WHY AM I ANXIOUS?</b><b>:  OVER-VIGILANT </b><b>SELF PRESERVATION SYSTEM</b></p><p>At times our natural strengths and self regulating abilities that support us in every day life may be inhibited by negative automatic thoughts and overactive self preservation responses, blocking us from achieving our goals. </p><p>When that happens, we may  be concerned about the way we react, perhaps thinking we are ‘going crazy’‘ whilst in fact it is often our automatic self preservation mechanism that is creating problems for us, working overtime ‘to protect us.’  </p><p>Our automatic undesirable thoughts and reactions often stem from powerful emotional experiences in situations of past crisis, life transitions or trauma when we learnt to perceive our negative emotions and situations at that time as signs of danger.  When this happens,our reactions to self perceived danger replay themselves automatically over and over again.  </p><p>Perhaps we could explore an example of social anxiety where this sort of self preservation mechanism is evident.  People who once experienced emotionally intensive negative feelings in a group situation, could feel so uncomfortable that they had to leave.   If their discomfort and negative emotions were powerful enough at that time, their self preservation instinct would be likely to associate these emotions and the situation (ie group of people) as the signs of danger.  The escape which was their initial reaction will be most likely interpreted as the correct response to this type of situation in the future.  This is because it worked well during that first experience  ‘saving’ the person from the perceived  danger and ending his or her emotional discomfort.  From then on, this escape / avoidance pattern will automatically replay itself in group situations whenever strong fear is experienced.                                                                                       </p><p>Similar patterns of over vigilance by our automatic self preservation system can also be observed in relation to depression, insomnia, chronic pain and habits, such as smoking or overeating.</p><p>Deeply entrenched, automatic self preservation patterns are likely to continue, regardless how many times the person experiencing them tries to convince him or herself that there is no real danger.  These patterns are likely to replay themselves over and over again unless addressed directly at our automatic level at which they operate.  For example, by engaging in professional counselling sessions supported by clinical hypnotherapy.  5 to 8 sessions are usually required  to regulate our over vigilant self defence system and replace unhelpful reactions with ones that are more conductive to our wellbeing.</p><p>Post by Alicja Weidner /Hypno-Link </p><!-- more --><p><a href="http://www.hypnolink.com.au">http://www.hypnolink.com.au</a></p>

WHY AM I ANXIOUS?:  OVER-VIGILANT SELF PRESERVATION SYSTEM

At times our natural strengths and self regulating abilities that support us in every day life may be inhibited by negative automatic thoughts and overactive self preservation responses, blocking us from achieving our goals. 

When that happens, we may  be concerned about the way we react, perhaps thinking we are ‘going crazy’‘ whilst in fact it is often our automatic self preservation mechanism that is creating problems for us, working overtime ‘to protect us.’ 

Our automatic undesirable thoughts and reactions often stem from powerful emotional experiences in situations of past crisis, life transitions or trauma when we learnt to perceive our negative emotions and situations at that time as signs of danger.  When this happens,our reactions to self perceived danger replay themselves automatically over and over again. 

Perhaps we could explore an example of social anxiety where this sort of self preservation mechanism is evident.  People who once experienced emotionally intensive negative feelings in a group situation, could feel so uncomfortable that they had to leave.   If their discomfort and negative emotions were powerful enough at that time, their self preservation instinct would be likely to associate these emotions and the situation (ie group of people) as the signs of danger.  The escape which was their initial reaction will be most likely interpreted as the correct response to this type of situation in the future.  This is because it worked well during that first experience  ‘saving’ the person from the perceived  danger and ending his or her emotional discomfort.  From then on, this escape / avoidance pattern will automatically replay itself in group situations whenever strong fear is experienced.                                                                                      

Similar patterns of over vigilance by our automatic self preservation system can also be observed in relation to depression, insomnia, chronic pain and habits, such as smoking or overeating.

Deeply entrenched, automatic self preservation patterns are likely to continue, regardless how many times the person experiencing them tries to convince him or herself that there is no real danger.  These patterns are likely to replay themselves over and over again unless addressed directly at our automatic level at which they operate.  For example, by engaging in professional counselling sessions supported by clinical hypnotherapy.  5 to 8 sessions are usually required  to regulate our over vigilant self defence system and replace unhelpful reactions with ones that are more conductive to our wellbeing.

Post by Alicja Weidner /Hypno-Link 

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Posted 22 weeks ago

FINDING TIME TO RELAX

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Every single day our brain is bombarded with a multitude of messages and sensory information. Loud cars, flashing lights, constant hum of electronic appliances, human conversations, loud crowds, music and noises, bright, flashing lights, tactile sensations of clothes rubbing against our skin, different textures and tastes of food, different human expressions ¦that may be difficult to read.

Many people have an ability to filter daily sensory stimulations and focus only on the ones that are important.  In other words, they distance themselves from sensations and pay their attention to other things that they judge as more important.

Some people however have difficulties in filtering sensory stimulation and tend to focus their full attention on all their sensations, finding it difficult to distinguish which ones are important. This often leads to sensory overload and in some situations to a sensory meltdown, where individuals loose emotional control and react with disruptive and aggressive behaviour. 

Common reasons for sensory meltdown, include “fight or flight" reaction to sensory overload, difficulties in maintaining ”self-regulation, lack of sleep, change in routine, Â over tiredness, Â inability to communicate wishes and wants, the inability to cope with a challenging situation Fragment

The “Flight or Fight” ‘response may involve:

  • Aggressive behaviours such as hitting, kicking, pushing or biting.
  • Crying and screaming
  • Escaping or running away
  • Hiding.  This may also include trying to curl up or covering eyes or ears.       Shutting down.I.e. not speaking or responding or even falling asleep.

Strategies for management of sensory meltdown:     

  • Encourage the person to walk away from adverse sensory stimuli (or else minimise it as much as possible  
  • Encourage the person to relax by refocusing on their breathing in a quiet room, for as long as required. Let the person do this on their own terms. The use of a gentle, relaxing music may also be beneficial.   
  • Avoid arguing, bargaining, or trying to convince individuals who experience sensory meltdown to behave differently.
  • At this very moment, they are unable to behave differently and your requests to change their behaviour are likely to overwhelm them even more.
  • Recognise that in the times of sensory meltdown the brain function has shifted to the “fight or flight” response and that the cortical function is inhibited, preventing the person’s engagement in thinking, judging and reasoning. Their behaviour at this moment is not a behavioural stand point or an attempt to annoy others

People who experience sensory overloads and meltdowns are likely to benefit from Clinical Hypnotherapy.  Clinical Hypnotherapy provides an effective solution for sensory challenges by assisting people in learning relaxation and self regulation techniques for a long term self- management of sensory overloads and meltdowns. 

Posted 26 weeks ago

GREEN PYTHON:  LIVING LIFE FREE FROM CHRONIC PAIN

People who experience chronic pain know that it is very real.  They experience it in their body, it affects their actions, emotions and everyday function.  It impacts on every aspect of their life. In the past there was a general belief that the pain is an indication of something wrong with our body and therefore, a rest and various types of medication  (including opioid medication was commonly recommended as a recovery.  This often included opioid medication such as                              MS Contin, Oramorph, Avinza, Kadian, Roxanol (chemical name: morphine); codeine; Dolophine (chemical name: methadone); Opana, Opana ER, Numorpahn HCI (chemical name: oxymorphone); Dilaudid (chemical name: hydromorphone) etc.  

Whilst this approach may still be applicable during the initial weeks following the injury, the prescription of opioid medication is no longer recommended for extended uses due to associated risks (addictions and overdoses),and its verified ineffectiveness in the management of chronic pain.  Instead, currently commonly prescribed advice is that of a more active lifestyle.  The new body of evidence indicates that activity*  along with positive outlook and refined understanding of pain experience works wonders in recovering from chronic pain (Mosley & Butler, 2015) 

The nationally renown work on management of chronic pain  by Dr. Lorimer Mosley & David Butler discusses recent discoveries in the biology of nociception and pain.  Their work explores the complex interaction between the neural and immune system in pain and protection, and the identification of altered sensory and spatial processing in people with pain.   Mosley’s and Buttler work             “Explain Pain and The Explain Pain Handbook:  Protectometer” clearly demonstrates the need for a shift from our perception of pain as the indicator of something being wrong with our body to simply perceiving the pain as a signal of danger. (Mosley & Butler, 2015) 

Every part of the body has pain receptors that send information to the brain to let us know when we experience pain in this area. In acute pain when there is a new injury, the pain signals are very useful, telling us there is a danger to our body which needs to be addressed in order to ensure our recovery.  In chronic pain the pain signal patterns becomes so well established that sometimes our brain continues to send them out for months and years after the injury, even when there is no longer any real danger and even in situations when everything is already healed (I.e no sign of damage can be detected).  

What does all this mean?  This new body of evidence brings a new hope by providing a wide range of new strategies to assist in living life pain free.   It reassures us that there are ways of self regulating pain signals, the way we can regulate any other danger signals (i.e. either paying attention and acting on them or not).

For example, let us consider a green python snake.  Lets imagine that we spotted the snake on the ground a few metres from us.  And our eyes send the message of danger to our brain. We have about 2-3 seconds to evaluate the signal and all the relevant information we know to decide if we should act on this danger signal or not,.  If we believe that all snakes are dangerous and our friend almost lost his life after being bitten by a snake, we would definitely pay the full  attention to the snake and act on the danger signal (i.e common fight or flight defence mechanism, including running, hiding, trying to kill the snake or becoming petrified or to freeze) .  If on the other hand we had a green python snake as a pet in childhood and know  that green snakes don’t pose any danger to humans, we would most likely ignore this particular danger signal and continue feeling safe, carrying on with our previous activities

The same self regulatory function is available  in relation to chronic pain. If we feel pain, we have the choice to decide if this danger signal is indicative or real danger like for example,  at the time of injury, where we be best to address our wounds or else our blood loss could be fatal.   Or else we could decide that the pain is just a false alarm signal and decide that we are safe regardless despite the pain (like in situation of chronic pain). 

What are the other options for self regulating in this area?   Self regulating of our pain experience can be achieved by identifying and redefining our danger versus safety messages that we use in daily self talk,    Danger and safety messages could include messages about situations, events, places, memories, people that matter, personal beliefs, sensations, things that we do, say and think.  The examples of danger messages include messages about divorce, stress at work, swelling legs, feeling tired and needing rest, being diagnosed with chronic condition, memories about a friend who had similar condition and is now dead, thoughts  such as “doctor told me I would never recover”, or “yesterday I looked over my shoulder and heart a crackling noise in my back’,

The examples of safety messages, include:  your belief that pain is a danger signal that can be self regulated, daily exercise to assist your body natural healing properties, thoughts  about people supporting and reassuring you, spending time with supportive family and friends, positive self talk about recovery and living pain free, belief in your strengths and abilities, reconnecting to hobbies and interests, and so forth. 

The process of self managing chronic pain involves identifying your danger messages and replacing them with safety messages.  

You may also consider supporting your recovery from chronic pain by applying the following self management strategies:  

  • Regular, exercise of your choice (as recommended by Physiotherapist or specialist)
  • Quality time with nature
  • Connecting with your creativity ( according to your interest, i.e. craft, paining, woodwork, poetry, writing, dancing, singing etc)
  • Reconnecting with old friends and interests
  • Engaging in fun activities ie watching happy movies, having a massage 
  • Engaging in revitalising activities such as mindfulness and / or meditation
  • Keeping a journal with wonderful, happy thoughts, memories, activities in your life
  • Healthy eating / enjoyment of good food 
  • Engaging in hobbies, social groups or activities and group


Hypno-Link Chronic Pain Management Program applies Mosley and Buttler’s  ‘Explain Pain principles’  in a series of effective counselling and clinical hypnotherapy sessions (and in consultation with your doctor).  

The Hypno-Link  Chronic Pain Management Program not only explains recent findings in relation to pain processes but also effectively rehearses self regulatory process of replacement of danger messages with positive safety messages.  To organise an appointment please contact Alicja / Therapist from Hypno-Link on 0490 463 042 or [email protected]

  References:

Explain Pain and The Explain Pain Handbook:  Protectometer.  (2015)  Moseley and Butler, Noigroup Publications (2015),  ISBN: 978-0-9750910-9-8

Also see:  www.noigroup.com or www.protectometer.com                                                                                           

^ as recommended for each individual situation by the Physiotherapist or medical specialist)

Posted 26 weeks ago

FINDING TIME TO RELAX

Every single day our brain is bombarded with a multitude of messages and sensory information. Loud cars, flashing lights, constant hum of electronic appliances, human conversations, loud crowds, music and noises, bright, flashing lights, tactile sensations of clothes rubbing against our skin, different textures and tastes of food, different human expressions that may be difficult to read.

Many people have an ability to filter daily sensory stimulations and focus only on the ones that are important. In other words, they distance themselves from sensations and pay their attention to other things that they judge as more important.

Some people however have difficulties in filtering sensory stimulation and tend to focus their full attention on all their sensations, finding it difficult to distinguish which ones are important. This often leads to sensory overload and in some situations to a sensory meltdown, where individuals loose emotional control and react with disruptive and aggressive behaviour. 

Common reasons for sensory meltdown, include fight or flight reaction to sensory overload, difficulties in maintaining self-regulation, lack of sleep, change in routine, over tiredness, inability to communicate wishes and wants, the inability to cope with a challenging situation Fragment

The Flight or Flight response may involve:

  • Aggressive behaviours such as hitting, kicking, pushing or biting.
  • Crying and screaming
  • Escaping or running away
  • Hiding. This may also include trying to curl up or covering eyes or ears.  Shutting down.I.e. not speaking or responding or even falling asleep.

Strategies for management of sensory meltdown: 

  • Encourage the person to walk away from adverse sensory stimuli (or else minimise it as much as possible 
  • Encourage the person to relax by refocusing on their breathing in a quiet room, for as long as required. Let the person do this on their own terms. The use of a gentle, relaxing music may also be beneficial.  
  • Avoid arguing, bargaining, or trying to convince individuals who experience sensory meltdown to behave differently.
  • At this very moment, they are unable to behave differently and your requests to change their behaviour are likely to overwhelm them even more.
  • Recognise that in the times of sensory meltdown the brain function has shifted to the fight or flight response and that the cortical function is inhibited, preventing the person’s engagement in thinking, judging and reasoning. Their behaviour at this moment is not a behavioural stand point or an attempt to annoy others

People who experience sensory overloads and meltdowns are likely to benefit from Clinical Hypnotherapy.  Clinical Hypnotherapy provides an effective solution for sensory challenges by assisting people in learning relaxation and self regulation techniques for a long term self- management of sensory overloads and meltdowns.

Posted 28 weeks ago

FINDING TIME TO RELAX

Every single day our brain is bombarded with a multitude of messages and sensory information. Loud cars, flashing lights, constant hum of electronic appliances, human conversations, loud crowds, music and noises, bright, flashing lights, tactile sensations of clothes rubbing against our skin, different textures and tastes of food, different human expressions ¦that may be difficult to read.

Many people have an ability to filter daily sensory stimulations and focus only on the ones that are important.  In other words, they distance themselves from sensations and pay their attention to other things that they judge as more important.

Some people however have difficulties in filtering sensory stimulation and tend to focus their full attention on all their sensations, finding it difficult to distinguish which ones are important. This often leads to sensory overload and in some situations to a sensory meltdown, where individuals loose emotional control and react with disruptive and aggressive behaviour. 

Common reasons for sensory meltdown, include “fight or flight" reaction to sensory overload, difficulties in maintaining ”self-regulation, lack of sleep, change in routine, Â over tiredness, Â inability to communicate wishes and wants, the inability to cope with a challenging situation Fragment

The “Flight or Fight” ‘response may involve:

  • Aggressive behaviours such as hitting, kicking, pushing or biting.
  • Crying and screaming
  • Escaping or running away
  • Hiding.  This may also include trying to curl up or covering eyes or ears.       Shutting down.I.e. not speaking or responding or even falling asleep.

Strategies for management of sensory meltdown:     

  • Encourage the person to walk away from adverse sensory stimuli (or else minimise it as much as possible  
  • Encourage the person to relax by refocusing on their breathing in a quiet room, for as long as required. Let the person do this on their own terms. The use of a gentle, relaxing music may also be beneficial.   
  • Avoid arguing, bargaining, or trying to convince individuals who experience sensory meltdown to behave differently.
  • At this very moment, they are unable to behave differently and your requests to change their behaviour are likely to overwhelm them even more.
  • Recognise that in the times of sensory meltdown the brain function has shifted to the “fight or flight” response and that the cortical function is inhibited, preventing the person’s engagement in thinking, judging and reasoning. Their behaviour at this moment is not a behavioural stand point or an attempt to annoy others

People who experience sensory overloads and meltdowns are likely to benefit from Clinical Hypnotherapy.  Clinical Hypnotherapy provides an effective solution for sensory challenges by assisting people in learning relaxation and self regulation techniques for a long term self- management of sensory overloads and meltdowns. 

Posted 28 weeks ago