Anxiety and Emotion

Without the emotional elements, you can more quickly access resourceful states of mind.

Without the emotional elements, you can more quickly access resourceful states of mind.

I think many people confuse anxiety with the emotions it elicits, such as fear and dread. There are basically two types of anxiety: trait and state.

  • Trait anxiety is a quality of personality that predisposes one to feel dread and restlessness
  • State anxiety is a reaction in response to a stressful situation or context

A study conducted by the University of Granada helps illuminate the differences between these two types in relation to emotionally distracting information associated with them that diverts our attention from possible solutions.

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Washing Your Hands May Help

Both client and therapist should wash up BEFORE and AFTER a session.

Both client and therapist should wash up BEFORE and AFTER a session.

An interesting study out of the University of Michigan concludes that washing your hands can have psychologically therapeutic aspects. Most hypnotherapists and Rapid Eye Technology (RET) Technicians I’ve dealt with make washing the hands between sessions a habit because they feel it best to “wash off” the “old energy” in order to avoid “contaminating” their sessions with “leftovers” from previous sessions. This study seems to validate the usefulness of that habit.

I’d add that if a client were to wash their hands after a session, the washing might do some psychological good as well. Whether they carry “leftovers” or “residual energy” – it doesn’t matter. The act of washing their hands will help them cleanse psychologically – and perhaps “energy-wise”, too, if you’re into subtle energies like meridians, chakras, and the like.

I recall a session in which my client, Susan (not her real name), wanted to shake a particularly virulent irrational fear of snakes. She was becoming housebound as a result of her severe repulsion. She was willing to come to the office ONLY after I convinced her that there were no snakes within 200 yards of the office. When she came in, she walked very close to the building away from the garden area out front. In every other aspect, though, she looked and acted fine – you’d never guess she had this irrational fear. But the fear was consuming her and she needed it GONE.

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Save a Life

I like to share things that touch my heart and mind. This video presentation did just that. Years ago I took CPR training – it took a whole week! I took CPR training again years later and it was still a whole day – which is a lot of compressions on and breathing into a dummy. I love this simple technique – especially if you live fairly close to emergency medical assistance – which most of us do. This is the KISS formula at its best. I hope you never have to and I’m pleased it can be this easy to – Save a Life!

Persistence and Control

Persistence

Persistence
(image obtained from Karen Lancaster, Digital Media Coach, Social Media Marketing)

Persistence is the act of continuing on in the face of resistance. It’s inevitable that you’ll encounter resistance to change and therefore must at times press on in spite of it. Failure to persist in the face of obstacles can lead to failure to achieve a goal.

A recent study published online in the Cell Press journal Neuron confirms previous work establishing that when people perceive themselves as having control over the setbacks they encounter, they’re more likely to persist in their goals. When a person feels they have little or no control over obstacles, they tend to give up much more easily.

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Journaling Revisited

Journaling can be more useful when you read it later.

Revisit your journal now and then. You could be in for a sweet and interesting surprise.

Here’s a useful hobby – journaling your experiences of each day. Already doing that? Great! Keep it up – you’ll be mentally and likely physically more healthy as a result. In particular, journal the mundane – a visit with a friend, a walk in the park, some feeling you got from a novel you enjoy.

Want to put some enjoyment into your life – especially during a low time? Go back and READ your journal of a year ago. If you’ve been journaling for some time, take a moment to revisit even older entries.

Recent studies are showing that even journaling the mundane can add much joy when read later. Don’t let your journal be a one-way conversation.

Revisit your journal now and then. You could be in for a sweet and interesting surprise.

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