You can overcome anxiety by living a life of gratitude. So what is living a life of gratitude? Are the happiest people living a life of gratitude? Of course, I can only write from my own experience, so to answer that question, my answer is yes! The more I have acknowledged my gratitude, the happier I have become. How does someone go about “getting” or “building” a greater sense of gratitude? My answer to that would be to “practice gratitude” — It’s beautiful how, we as humans, are all so different in how we come to see our world. Thinking back to my childhood, I can remember just bouncing along, not really giving too much thought about what was going on around me. About the only thing I recall was the question, “when do I get to go outside to play?” That thought, brings my eyes to water a bit and a small swell in my heart. I loved to play kickball, dodgeball, monkey bars, tetherball, hopscotch. You name it, if it was physical, I was ready to play! I didn’t realize then on how fortunate I was.
I would say that on the average, I am well above the “live in gratitude” chart. So, I will share how I think about gratitude, or in my case, don’t think and just feel. If we do think about it, gratitude is something that we feel, it is within me, an emotion. I am and always have been a believer in Christ Jesus, as a small child, I can recall walking myself to church. I mention my faith, because for me, it is who I send my gratitude to. It is also my belief, that for me, gratitude is a grace from God. Of course, as in prayer, mediation and hypnosis it can develop stronger with practice. It also, doesn’t have to be a grace from God. You can give it to yourself.
What I do to deepen my gratitude; I saturate my thoughts, my life and my environment with positive quotes, people and stimulating surroundings. Often times, I have my clients reframe a word or thought, such as; “I’m not strong enough” to simply, “I am strong enough.” I then will go on to add …. Everyday and in everyway you are getting stronger and stronger. Before long, you will start to catch yourself and others, in staying positive with your “self talk.” — Until you feel strong enough in your gratitude status, it would be wise to stay away from people who are negative.
Also, watch out for dream stealers, people who do not see the abundance of possibilities that we are all capable of. We can achieve anything we put our minds to! Believe in yourself, breathe that in, find that child within you that still loves to play. Recall the good memories, fill your bodies cells with those memories- allow yourself to see the light of possibilities. And then…. you know what? SMILE! it’s true, happy endorphins get released into our bodies. I smile when I am alone, driving and so on. It too takes practice, before long, you will catch yourself smiling over a piece of toast! 🙂 It really is the best accessory you can wear!
Hypnosis In Seattle can help you relieve anxiety by tapping into a life of gratitude. It is my belief that you can overcome anxiety by living a life of gratitude. I am grateful that I get to help people to relieve anxiety and to feel better! “And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”
Hypnosis In Seattle can help you with setbacks and anxiety. When you have a setback, what is your first thought? Many people may say “crap” (or another word for crap). Depending of course, on what the setback is. In general, what is your first response? Let me list a possibility; Fear rashes through your body, this anxiety causes your blood pressure to rise, your heart starts to race- This response is what we call our sympathetic nervous system, or you may have heard of it as our fight or flight response. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is part of the autonomic nervous system (ANA), which also includes the parasympathetic nervous system.
Basically, there are two ways of coping or dealing with a setback or situation. Sympathetic, just react, which is important if your setback is fleeing from danger, such as, the cave man running from a tiger. Today it might be a wreck that leads into traffic jam, making you unable to attend a child’s performance. The sympathetic mode of our ANA is very important initially, to keep us from immediate danger. Once, you are out of danger, it is very important to get yourself back into the parasympathetic mode, which activates tranquility. Our parasympathetic mode activates a tranquil feeling of peace and calmness. It is in this state that we are better able to make our best decisions.
This is the reason I chose to become a hypnotherapist, assisting people to learn basic techniques to stay in a calm and peaceful state of awareness. Hypnosis is, in my opinion, misunderstood by the vast majority of people. While in hypnosis, you are actually in a heightened awareness while in the most relaxed state. I help you to understand the importance of breathing deep into a relaxed body, mind and spirit. Also, I stress that the words we use do have power, they have the power to serve you or diminish you. Hypnosis In Seattle will help you with setbacks and anxiety. It’s not just our words, it is also our thoughts! Think of your thoughts as having legs, keep your thoughts for yourself and others always positive, holding your thoughts in a positive light. After each hypnosis In Seattle session, upon coming up and out of hypnosis, I tell my clients to stretch and smile. Yes, smile! Whether you feel like it or not, smile. A smile sends a massage to our brains that we are happy. So here’s a test, put a smile on your face, hold it and try to think of something negative…. It is nearly impossible…. Okay stop trying! Smile and think positive, that’s good!
Seattle Hypnotherapist, Vera Olson, CMHT
Hypnosis In Seattle can help you find self love. Self-love is the love of oneself. It is not narcissism, or a big ego. I see loving myself as loving my Creator, loving my parents and the one universal breath that we are all connected to. I am not sure that I have always loved myself. I do know that I have always had self respect, in the fact that I would not allow anyone to treat me badly. I have always been able to stand up for myself and others. As babies for the most part we are born selfish, I am not sure if we are born with self love, or if it is developed as we grow to understand it’s importance. If we are born with self love, somewhere along the way many of us lose it.
In my business of Hypnosis In Seattle, I assist my client’s to discover what is holding them back from obtaining their desires. Nearly all of us come to realize that we do not think we are worthy or deserving of the goodness in life. This is when together my client and I, Hypnosis In Seattle, work on relaxing our conscious mind and planting positive affirmations of self love into our subconscious mind.
I believe in order to develop self love it is first important to forgive all who have harmed, neglected or mistreated us. Even more important is to forgive ourselves in all things. Self forgiveness comes difficult for many people. So it leads me to wonder what comes first self love, or self forgiveness? I also think it is in being clean of all addictions- being clean and whole. Being free to experience the great blessings we are given every day. Taking a walk and noticing the flowers just popping from the earth. The beautiful cloud formations in the sky. The full moon in the cool night air. The sound of rain hitting your window pane on a winter’s night. All the amazingly glorious gifts we are given daily.
Self love is taking the very best care of ourselves. Sometimes though, I wonder if we take care of ourself for the love we have for others? That makes me wonder what comes first the love for others or self love- It’s like the chicken before the egg. I doesn’t matter. as long as we have both. Vera Olson, Hypnosis-seattle.com
If you would like some wonderful reading on self love, read this book by Louise Hay http://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Heal-Your-Life/dp/0937611018