Equilateral and My Unscheduled Dismount

Many may ask whether the combination on EMDR and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy #equilateralemdr (otherwise known as Equilateral EMDR) really works.  Perhaps like me you had an unscheduled dismount.  It likely has upset the relationship that you once had with your equine.  You may now be fearful of what to expect upon mounting your equine again.  While you may put on a great game face, you know things have changed.  This can have a more profound effect if we are older.  Being 20 and having an unscheduled dismount is much different than being older and realizing our mortality.

I would like to share my story in hopes that my words will help you take the next step and call us to help you get #backinthesaddle.  It started with obtaining a new mule.  Mulligan was 13 years old, had been trail ridden, rode in parades, and was shown as a jumper and halter class in his past.  From all accounts he was a good all-around mule.  We had him transported from North Carolina to a boarding facility in PA while we were preparing our ranch for a permanent home. My wife and I felt that this might give us a good opportunity to get to know Mulligan and him us in a controlled environment.

31531294_1680091778693605_8726872855364501504_nIt started off OK.  Mulligan was cautious and leery at first as all mules generally are.  I did some ground work with him as Charlotte was working with the other mule Socks, we purchased at the same time.  Things were progressing to the point where I felt it was time to saddle him up to ride.  I had just purchased a new saddle and things were not adjusted as they should be.  I got in the saddle while someone else was adjusting the stirrups.  I was feeling uncomfortable as something did not seem quite right. I tried to ignore it (bad idea).  Mulligan seemed nervous and crowded.  I did not have the reigns (another bad idea).  Mulligan decided that he needed to escape from whatever he thought was going to harm him and bolted.  I was not prepared.  He ran to the edge of the fence and threw me up against it.  Thus the unscheduled dismount.  I was a little dazed.  I found myself on the ground.  I looked at my left hand and noticed my finger was dislocated.  A trip to the hospital discovered that my index finger had been chipped and dislocated, an injury that has left my finger somewhat limited in mobility.

After that incident, I noticed that my relationship with Mulligan had changed.  We moved them from the boarding facility to our property, but he was avoiding me.  I noticed I had some trepidation about riding him.  I had no problem getting on a horse, but the mule relationship had changed.  I put on a good game face but he could tell I was faking it and I knew he was no longer sure of me.  It was then that we realized that not only was I traumatized by this experience, so was he.  I wanted to ride him.  I wanted to feel that connection with him, but something was lost.  I now had a constant reminder that I was no longer that Marine who could shake off anything.  I was mortal.  I was fractured and so was he.  I did not know how to repair it.

Charlotte and I went to Arizona for Equilateral EMDR training.  While there I had the opportunity to work on my trepidation and fears and asked the instructor if I could be a 30946180_1824864214219421_1435403019_ovolunteer for the demonstration.  The instructor led me down the path of discovering that the feelings I was having was a culmination of many traumas that I had experienced in my past.  It was not just a matter of an unscheduled dismount but a more complex series of feelings about myself, inadequacies, and not being able to protect myself or others.  Working through these was emotional and enlightening at the same time.  I discovered parts of me that I didn’t realize had existed.  I felt hope that this fractured relationship could be mended.  30976762_1824865010886008_945369903_o

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Returning from that trip we noticed an unexpected change in Mulligan’s behavior.  Where he would avoid me he was now following me!  He wanted to be in my presence.  He went from avoidance to jealousy if I would spend time with Lauren, our 3rd mule.  It was then that we realized that not only did the Equilateral EMDR help me, it helped him as well!  The couple of hours spent on Equilateral EMDR had not only made tremendous progress in helping me heal, it transferred to Mulligan as well!  31497056_1680091372026979_5214756390937034752_n

My relationship with Mulligan has continued to grow.  I am grateful for my experience and that I have a first-hand testimony of what it can do for you.  So before you stop doing what you love and get rid of your equines, call us first!  We can help you get back in the saddle again!31255618_1824265867612589_1116052433_o

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CORPORATE LEADERSHIP UTILIZING EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING

Are you a business owner, manager, or executive?  Do you feel that your company or organization could benefit from learning more about how the inner dynamics and behaviors of your business?  If you or your organization would like to experience the type of accelerated learning in areas of team building, leadership and relationship development, then you have come to the right place.  Our Equine Assisted Learning Programs can help you quickly identify strengths, key issues, and how your company operates as a whole.

Mountain Mule Ranch Equine Facilitated Learning programs utilize the O.K. Corral Method of team building and leadership.  Authentic equine-assisted work honors and integrates natural horse and herd behavior as a model for human mental and emotional health using the equine-assisted philosophies developed by Greg Kersten, Founder of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Together with your organization, we provide a dynamic process of building leadership and self-awareness skills through interactions with the equines. Managers and leaders must have a strong team with good interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to resolve conflicts quickly.  Utilizing our program and interacting with the equines, team members are able to identify and repair maladaptive behaviors that impact trust and cooperation among the team.

WHY ARE EQUINES UNIQUE?

Equine-assisted work honors the natural behavior of equines and herds.  Equines are skilled at keeping themselves safe and adept at survival; their natural behaviors are optimal for mental and physical health.  In many respects, humans have lost the instinct to keep themselves safe and healthy.  We entrust equines to show us the way back to health.  Work and observation in the equine world lends itself to extremely powerful metaphors into our own patterns, strengths, and the nonverbal messages we send out.  Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is a field of practice based on the successes of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.  We have learned that everyone can benefit from equine-assisted work – not just therapy clients.  EAL uses equine-assisted principles and exercises in a variety of “arenas” from corporate retreats, to church groups, personal coaching, parenting and family dynamics and more!

Pressure/Pain:

Awareness of how our equine counterparts respond (physically or mentally) to pressure (physical or emotional) and pain (physical or emotional) can give us insight into our own responses.  Do we know when we are feeling pressure versus pain?  Do we respond appropriately and healthfully?  Equines teach us how to evaluate and respond to the world around us.

Attention/At-Ease: 

Both aspects of life are essential, but not necessarily in equal parts.  Equines have mastered their individual balance between time at attention, and time at-ease. We learn to identify our own needs and imbalances, as well as those of the people around us. This simple, yet profound principle teaches us to be more effective communicators, business people, friends, and human beings.

Re-Circle Process:

New and unknown circumstances elicit a notable response from equines.  Typically physical, this response demonstrates a safe, measured, and therapeutic way for humans to confront the more fearsome aspects of life.  A mental metaphor can be made to signify the physical Re-Circle Process to optimize our way of perceiving and thinking about situations we encounter every day.

Push/Pull: 

Equines provide both physical and emotional metaphors into our own behavioral patterns.  When do we push?  When do we pull?  Do we do one more than the other?  When do we push and when do we pull?  How does our pushing and pulling behavior affect others?

The Nonverbal Zones: 

Do you know what you are saying when you aren’t saying anything?  Equines make good use of their body language to convey the most basic and important messages to each other.  Humans do the same.  Sometimes what our mouths say is not in alignment with what our bodies say.  The nonverbal zones instruct us to be more effective communicators by aligning our verbal and nonverbal messages.

 

Through participation in our Equine Assisted Learning leadership programs, individuals will learn to:

  • Make choices and take actions based on courage and awareness
    verses automatic, ‘learned’ responses.
  • Develop trust in team members.
  • Develop tools that will help members handle uncomfortable or emotionally
    charged situations more efficiently.
  • Develop conflict resolution skills.
  • Overcome fears that might be limiting productivity.
  • Improve productivity, develop a sense of team, and foster partnerships.

WHAT DO WE DO NEXT?

The first step is to identify you or your team’s needs and how equines can help you to accomplish the mission and vision that you have set for yourself and your organization. Call 717-473-4980 or email the office to set up a time to talk about how our equine programs can provide you and your team the relationship building and leadership skills that you need to be successful.

 

THE PROCESS OF EMDR FOR PTSD AND TRAUMA

What is EMDR?

The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilizing this natural process in order to successfully treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems.

What happens when you are traumatized?

Most of the time your body routinely manages new information and experiences without you being aware of it.  However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and you are traumatized by an overwhelming event (e.g. a car accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (e.g. childhood neglect), your natural coping mechanism can become overloaded. This overloading can result in disturbing experiences remaining frozen in your brain or being “unprocessed”. Such unprocessed memories and feelings are stored in the limbic system of your brain in a “raw” and emotional form, rather than in a verbal “story” mode.  This limbic system maintains traumatic memories in an isolated memory network that is associated with emotions and physical sensations, and which are disconnected from the brain’s cortex where we use language to store memories. The limbic system’s traumatic memories can be continually triggered when you experience events similar to the difficult experiences you have been through. Often the memory itself is long forgotten, but the painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger or despair are continually triggered in the present. Your ability to live in the present and learn from new experiences can therefore become inhibited.  EMDR helps create the connections between your brain’s memory networks, enabling your brain to process the traumatic memory in a very natural way.

What is an EMDR session like?

EMDR utilizes the natural healing ability of your body. After a thorough assessment, you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist’s finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. Sometimes, a bar of moving lights or headphones is used instead. The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements.  Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings.  With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past.  Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.

What can EMDR be used for?

In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat:

  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • complex trauma
  • depression
  • stress
  • phobias
  • sleep problems
  • complicated grief
  • addictions
  • pain relief, phantom limb pain
  • self-esteem and performance anxiety

Can anyone benefit from EMDR?

EMDR can accelerate therapy by resolving the impact of your past traumas and  allowing you to live more fully in the present. It is not, however, appropriate for everyone. The process is rapid, and any disturbing experiences, if they occur at all, last for a comparatively short period of time. Nevertheless, you need to be aware of, and willing to experience, the strong feelings and disturbing thoughts, which sometimes occur during sessions.

How long does treatment take?

EMDR can be brief focused treatment or part of a longer psychotherapy program.  EMDR sessions can be for 60 to 90 minutes.

Will I will remain in control and empowered?

During EMDR treatment, you will remain in control, fully alert and wide-awake. This is not a form of hypnosis and you can stop the process at any time. Throughout the session, the therapist will support and facilitate your own self-healing and intervene as little as possible.  Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously, and new connections and insights are felt to arise quite naturally from within. As a result, most people experience EMDR as being a natural and very empowering therapy.

What evidence is there that EMDR is a successful treatment?

EMDR is an innovative clinical treatment which has successfully helped over a million individuals. The validity and reliability of EMDR has been established by rigorous research. There are now nineteen controlled studies into EMDR making it the most thoroughly researched method used in the treatment of trauma, and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for PTSD.

5 Hypnosis Myths Exploded

OVER the years, hypnosis has picked up all sorts of weird associations from stage hypnotists, the media and superstition. This is a great shame, because in reality, hypnosis is your single most effective tool for change. Hypnosis is your birthright, and you should know how to use it so it doesn’t use you. Here we dispel the biggest hypnosis myths.

Hypnosis Myth 1) All hypnosis is the same

As with anything, hypnosis can be good, bad or indifferent. The most common is old-style authoritarian hypnosis of the type “You are getting sleepy, you are feeling confident”. Unsurprisingly, this sort of hypnosis doesn’t work well with many people. Good hypnosis uses subtle psychological principles and advanced communication patterns.

It’s like the difference between a football coach who thinks you’ll perform best if he yells at you, compared with the more elegant style of a great leader who knows that to get the best from his people, he needs to understand motivation, to cajole, encourage and reward.

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Hypnosis Myth 2) Subliminals work

Subliminals are words that you can’t hear. Common sense says they shouldn’t work, and there’s no research proving that they do.

Hypnosis Myth 3) Some people can’t be hypnotized

The only reason you can’t be hypnotized is if you are incapable of paying attention due to extremely low IQ or brain damage. That’s not to say that every hypnotist can hypnotize you however. The more flexible the hypnotist, the more effective she will be with the largest number of people.

Hypnosis Myth 4) Hypnosis is something weird that other people do to you

If you couldn’t go into hypnosis, you wouldn’t be able to sleep, to learn, or get nervous through ‘negative self hypnosis’. (You know when you imagine things going wrong and it makes you feel anxious? Well that’s self hypnosis!)

Hypnosis is simply a deliberate utilization of the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) or dream state. We’re not giving people medication here – if it wasn’t a natural ability, hypnosis wouldn’t work!

Hypnosis Myth 5) You lose control in hypnosis

Crazy news stories, stage hypnotists and gossip have created the illusion that you lose control in hypnosis. In fact, when hypnotized, you are relaxed and focused – and able to choose to get up and walk away at any time. You choose to give your attention to the hypnotist, and you can withdraw it at any time.

If you have been scared of hypnosis in the past, this article has hopefully convinced you to at least give it a try. But remember, ensure what you’re getting is the real thing. Visit http://www.dohiwellbeing.com

Reassuring Reasons why Hypnosis is your Friend

Believe the hype or think for yourself

For too long hypnosis has had a bad or ‘difficult’ press. If a person doesn’t understand something they have 3 options open to them.

1) They might be sceptical and therefore save the trouble of looking further and possibly benefiting.
2) They may conclude it is dangerous and to be avoided at all costs.
3) They may spend time discovering the truth behind the hype.

If you don’t know much about a topic it’s easy to be suspicious. Some people assume hypnosis is akin to a carnival side show, others consider it mystic mumbo jumbo or ‘mind control.’ For those who look beyond the hype the truth is far more illuminating.

The most powerful tool you possess

There are potentially huge benefits for those who use hypnosis as part of everyday life. When you understand hypnosis you start to see its potential to improve human performance in the physical, emotional and intellectual realms. For me, rumour, gossip and suspicion weren’t good enough.

I determined to learn all I could about hypnosis – I learned every fact and practised every technique under the sun. I took several training courses – some good, some terrible. I invested thousands of hours of devoted study to hypnosis and discovered just what is possible. I hypnotised friends, neighbours and work colleagues. Hypnosis greatly changed things for me on a personal level

How hypnosis helped me

I used to be shy. Thanks to hypnosis I can now talk to thousands at a time and can approach anybody calmly and confidently.

I used to have poor concentration and procrastinate; thanks to hypnosis I can instantly motivate myself.

I used to find physical work outs and exercise exhausting but because of hypnosis I am now in the best shape of my life.

Incidentally I also stopped myself blushing with hypnosis. Now if ever I have a difficult call or conversation coming up, something I may naturally feel reluctant to do (you know the kind of thing) I spontaneously self hypnotise and rehearse the upcoming situation feeling good, with myself remaining calm. In this way I habitually set my own emotional ‘blue prints’ for up coming situations. Having said that it’s naturally that some people have concerns or half digested ‘hand me down’ ideas regarding hypnosis. A common one is the one about ‘mind control.’ However what does this really mean?

Why you are more in control of yourself in hypnosis

If someone expresses concerns about being ‘controlled’ in hypnosis what they mean is they don’t want to be like a robot, an automaton that is forced to obey the every whim of the hypnotist. We can’t help but influence others but we don’t control them. To understand why you need to understand hypnosis better.

So what is hypnosis like?

Hypnosis isn’t like a coma. It’s not unconsciousness – more a subtle shifting of consciousness. In hypnosis, you can still think logically but you also have access to the ‘software’ of your mind so that you can update instinctive emotional and physical responses. In fact the hypnotised subject (not the hypnotist) calls the shots. When I hypnotise someone I need to go at their speed and respond to their needs and expectations. Hypnosis will give you more control in your own life because of what it enables you to do.

How can I be so sure?

Because over the decades I’ve seen all kinds of people, all ages and from all backgrounds turn their lives around thanks to hypnosis. When you use hypnosis for yourself it improves confidence in all kinds of ways. When you use it to change other’s lives it just blows you away. This is what I mean.

When I first hypnotised someone to feel no sensation in a painful arthritic arm it was an incredible feeling. When I first cured life long phobias quickly and comfortably I was astounded. When I stopped hardened alcoholics from drinking and even got a heroin addict off the stuff and back into mainstream life again I started to feel angry that people could just associate hypnosis with entertainment.

With the aid of hypnosis I (and many people I have trained and worked with) have helped severely depressed people feel strong and positive again. The rewards and satisfactions are hard to describe. I’m going to take a stand against ignorance and short sightedness around hypnosis and here’s why.

Why you need to reclaim hypnosis for yourself

Hypnosis is your birthright. It’s nature’s optimum learning tool. In fact to learn and perform anything well you need to experience a natural focussing of attention, a natural kind of hypnosis. To be successful hypnosis needs to be your companion and friend.

Successful people use it naturally all the time because hypnosis is natural. It’s the way we learn new responses. Unlike medications its side effects are purely positive – one expectant mother I worked with to feel relaxed during child birth later reported that she was also more relaxed when flying!

Hypnosis is easy to learn and every body can benefit. Hypnosis is a safe environment to ‘try out’ new behaviours and emotional patterns before you experience them for real. So the young man can ask a woman out for a date many times in calm relaxed hypnosis so that by the time he does it for real it feels real and natural and relaxed. Sports people who use hypnosis learn new quicker and more accurately. So hypnosis gives you more control of yourself and your life, it’s natural and gives you instant benefits and it’s a way of ‘trying on’ and establishing new patterns of emotional response and behaviour, Hypnosis enables you to develop yourself as a human being.

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Article by Mark Tyrrell of Hypnosis Downloads.com.

7 Ways to Soothe your Shyness

Shy people instinctively know that they are missing out. Shyness equals lost opportunities, less pleasure and fewer social connections. Shyness can be crippling but there are tried and tested ways to make it a thing of the past.

When I was fifteen I was shy. I recall an attractive girl attempting to engage me in conversation. My shyness made me focus on me instead of her. I heard my own voice but not hers and I thought about what I was trying to say instead of what she was trying to say.

The formula for shyness is “too much focus on the self” plus anxiety. To make it even more unpleasant, sometimes when you are feeling shy you experience physical sensations which ‘hijack’ your calm logical self.

My pulse raced, my mouth dried up and I felt like the village idiot! I couldn’t think what to say so I said nothing apart from making barely audible grunting noises! Cary Grant eat your heart out! When I detected pity in her eyes (or was it contempt, or boredom) I mumbled my excuse and got out of there. I hated being shy and was determined to change it.

How shyness is developed and maintained

Shyness really is a combination of social anxiety and social conditioning. To overcome shyness you need to learn to relax socially. This enables you to direct your attention away from yourself and gives you the space to practice certain conversational skills. In most cases, the heightened emotions of socializing when young simply condition the sufferer to respond to social events with fear, instead of excitement and pleasure.

Relaxed socializing is so pleasurable, not to say productive, but it is an advantage denied to many until they learn to relax. To start reducing your own shyness, I want you to absorb the following tips and ideas and start to put them into practice:

1) Think about the way you feel and behave around familiar people you are comfortable and spontaneous around. It’s that feeling transferred to new people and situations that equates to your emerging social confidence.

2) Focus your attention away from yourself. Sure, you can think a little bit about how you are coming across, but if all your focus is on your own words and feelings then you might as well be by yourself. Notice what other people are wearing and make a mental note, listen to their conversation, imagine where they might live, make a point of remembering names. Not only does this give you more to talk about, it also ‘dilutes’ social anxiety leaving you feeling calmer.

3) Ask people open questions. Many people like to talk about themselves and will find you interesting if you find them interesting. Ask questions that require more than a ‘yes’/’no’ response such as ‘What do you like about this place?’ rather than: ‘Do you like this place?’ Once they’ve answered use ‘add-on’ questions connected to the first such as: ‘What other places do you like in this city.?’ Next you can express your views. This is a great way to get the conversation going. If the conversation doesn’t ‘take’ then no matter, you’ve done your bit.

4) Stop trusting your imagination so much! Have you ever had an imaginary picture in your mind of a holiday destination only to arrive and find the reality is different from the way you had imagined? That’s how reliable imagination is. Stop imagining what others think. I do lots of public speaking and I’ve long since stopped trying to second guess what others think of me – it’s just too painful. Besides, what a person thinks about you has a lot more to do with who they are than who you are.

5) Stop using ‘all or nothing’ thinking. The ‘completely this/completely that’ style of thought occurs when you are emotional. People who are depressed, angry or anxious see reality in terms of differing extremes, simplistic all or nothing terms. An angry person is ‘right’ and you are ‘wrong’; the depressed person feels like a ‘failure’ while others are a ‘success’. In reality, life is composed of infinite gray areas. So stop fearing that you might say the ‘wrong’ thing! Or that people will ‘hate’ you. Once you start to relax more socially you’ll notice much less black or white thinking because anxiety actually causes you to think in all or nothing terms.

6) Take your time. You don’t have to blurt things out. Ask questions and if questions are asked of you can take time to consider your response (within reason). Don’t just blurt out what you think might be the ‘right’ answer. A slow answer is a relaxed answer.

7) Finally, use hypnotic rehearsal. Hypnosis is the quickest way to change your instinctive/emotional response to any situation. Only think about meeting others when your mind and body is relaxed. This conditions you to associate relaxation with being around new people. In fact you’ll find that when you relax deeply enough often enough whilst hypnotically rehearsing being comfortable around others you’ll reach the point where you just can’t be shy any more! This is what I call a ‘happy inability!’

I now love meeting new people and suspect that my current social confidence would be unrecognizable to my fifteen year old self.

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Article by Mark Tyrrell of Hypnosis Downloads.com.

Improve your self confidence in 15 minutes

I used to be frighteningly under confident in social situations. And although people who know me now would never believe I used to doubt myself so much I literally had to learn confidence until it became a natural part of me. I can tell you relaxed optimistic confidence is just, well so much more fun.

Here I’ll tell you about the things that made the most difference to my confidence levels…

Some people have naturally high levels of confidence but everybody can learn to be more confident

Firstly, it’s important to get a clear idea of what self confidence really means, otherwise you won’t know when you’ve got it! So, self confidence means:

1) Being calm. For every situation in life you need to run on the appropriate level of emotion. Too much emotional ‘leakage’ into a experience can spoil the experience. You make great strides towards confidence when you begin to relax in a greater range of situations.

2) Being cool. The second part of self confidence is about being able to relax with uncertainty. To be ‘cool’ in a situation really means relaxing with not knowing how things will pan out. If you truly tolerate uncertainty, you can do pretty much anything.

3) Not being too concerned with what others think of you. You know when you imagine what some place is going to be like before you go there but when you get there it is totally different to your imagination? That’s how reliable your imagination is! Stop trusting your imagination so much. I’ve long since stopped bothering to imagine what others think of me because so often I’ve turned out to be wrong.

4) Being specific – where do you want confidence? ‘Confidence’ is meaningless until you tie it to something specific. You are already confident that you can read these words or can switch a light on and off. So you don’t need more confidence everywhere. To get what you want in life you have to establish exactly what you do want. Where do you want confidence in your life? Think about the specific situations now and write them down. You beginning to steer your brain towards confidence.

5) Understanding that what you expect is what you get. Your brain is an organ that needs clear goals to work towards. When a task has been set in your brain it will do everything it can do to bring about the completion of that task. If you’ve tried to recall someone’s name but can’t, hours later you’ll often find their name pops into your head.

The ‘trying to recall’ experience set the task or blueprint for your brain’s future subconscious behaviour which eventually produced the name for you – when you weren’t thinking about it consciously. You can use this natural mechanism to start feeling more confident. But, to ensure you set the right task for your subconscious mind, the next point is vital.

6) Don’t task your mind with negatives. Instead of: ‘I don’t want to screw up’ (which sets the task of ‘screwing up’ for your brain), set the blueprint for what you do want! Your brain doesn’t work towards what to do by being told what not to do. And nature has given you a wonderful natural tool to set the right task blueprints with.

7) Use nature’s goal-setter: Now you understand how vital it is to set the right task for you brain, you need to know how to do this reliably. Good hypnosis will strongly ‘program’ the right blueprint in your mind through the use of your imagination. If you powerfully imagine feeling confident and relaxed while in a relaxed hypnotic state it will be hard for your unconscious mind to do anything else. The blueprint for relaxation has been set firmly into your subconscious mind.

3 simple strategies to get you feeling confident quickly:

1) Think specifically of the time/place/situation you want to feel confident in. Remember ‘confidence’ doesn’t mean anything until you attach it to something specific.

2) Focus on words in your mind right now that describe how you do want to be in that time and place. Maybe words such as ‘calm’, ‘relaxed’ or ‘focused’. Remember your brain works on clear positive instructions.

3) Close your eyes for as long as you like and think about how those words feel. Then, imagine the situation itself and rehearse it in your mind feeling confident and relaxed. This way you set the right blueprint or ‘task’ for your unconscious mind.

You can repeat this often to make it more effective and use it with as many areas of your life as you need to. If you listen to a hypnotic cd or download that can make the benefits even more powerful (see my profile below). So if you feel like you’d be blessed with less confidence than some other people you can start redressing the balance by using your mind in the right way right now.

It took me years to learn how to be more confident – now you can do it in a fraction of the time. Good luck!

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Article by Mark Tyrrell of Hypnosis Downloads.com.

Life Care Planning

Life care planning is the process of developing a Life Care Plan (LCP) for an individual-adult or child-who has a congenital or acquired illness or injury that is expected to result in special needs and significant costs
throughout the individual’s lifetime. More simply put, a life care plan is a disability cost analysis The majority of LCPs are developed for people who have suffered a traumatic injury, however, they are becoming more commonplace for older adults with chronic conditions to anticipate their health and financial needs in later years.

According to Weed (1998), the standard definition of a LCP is “a dynamic document based on published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis and research, which provides an organized, concise plan for current and future needs with associated cost, for individuals who experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs” More intimately defined, a Life Care Plan is a written document that projects current and future medical and nonmedical needs and associated costs for a person with a chronic or catastrophic condition. In addition to projecting future medical care costs, it outlines a holistic program that helps prevent medical complications, enhances the participation of the individual within the
community and society, considers quality of life issues, and assists in maintaining the emotional and psychological health of the individual.

Life care plans are developed by trained professionals in nursing, rehabilitation and related disciplines who have the education, experience and specific training that qualifies them to develop a LCP and provide expert witness testimony when  needed.  Life Care Planners can be either certified or non-certified.  The LCP is developed in collaboration with the patient, family, medical and health care providers and all those who are concerned with coordinating, accessing, evaluating and monitoring necessary services.

Who Uses Life Care Plans?

A LCP is a valuable asset for attorneys, trustees, claim professionals, clients and families, as it documents the specific needs and lifetime costs for an individual with a chronic or catastrophic injury or illness. This allows those responsible for health and financial management to anticipate the client’s needs and related costs. LCPs are used in insurance settlement cases, court proceedings, trust administration, and in case management for people with special needs. In particular, those who find much benefit from a LCP are:

  • Personal injury attorneys
  • Medical malpractice attorneys
  • Estate planning attorneys
  • Rehabilitation teams
  • Health care providers
  • Clients and families

What Information is Included in a Life Care Plan?

The LCP is a very thorough document and will address the following Categories.  Each LCP is unique as it

takes into account individual differences in each client.  Generally, the following categories will be included:

Projected Evaluations

  1. Projected Therapeutic Modalities
  2. Orthotic / Prosthetic
  3. Home/Facility-based Care
  4. Future Medical Care
  5. Diagnostic Testing/Educational Assessment
  6. Architectural Renovations
  7. Wheelchair needs (accessories/maintenance)
  8. Health Maintenance and Equipment
  9. Future Surgical Intervention
  10. Transportation
  11. Medication
  12. Supply Needs
  13. Aids for Independent Function
  14. Durable Medical Equipment
  15. Orthopedic Equipment
  16. Potential Complications

Who Needs a Life Care Plan?

Personal injury and medical malpractice clients

  • Birth injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Major burns
  • Amputations
  • Multiple trauma
  • Estate planning clients
  • Seniors with chronic illness or dementia
  • Clients with dependent children with health problems
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Mental illness
  • Physical disabilities
  • Clients with chronic illnesses
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Lupus
  • AIDS
 If you are in need of life care planning services, please feel free to contact me and we will discuss fees and what to expect.  I look forward to hearing from you!

The Psychoneuroimmunological Response To Stress

Stress has been shown to have an effect on the overall health of an individual (Chapman, Tuckett, & Song, 2008; Coe & Laudenslager, 2007). When unusual or social stressors are present, it can compound the already existing stress from a wound, resulting in a dysregulation of the supersystem, leading to a decline in health, function, and well-being. For example, a negative emotional state can have a large impact on the ability of wounds to heal quickly. This has profound implications for the individual’s ability to heal after surgery or trauma. Even such things as routine stress can have a negative impact on the ability of wounds to heal (Coe & Laudenslager, 2007). Moreover, exposure to acute psychological stress seems to trigger and increase in sympathetic adrenal activity, which in turn has an effect on the immune system (Kemeny & Schedlowski, 2007). In particular, Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal (HPA) axis-activity (which results in an increase in the release of glucocorticoids) and sympathetic mechanisms are the main mechanisms at work in the reduction or inhibition of cellular and humoral immune responses (Kemeny & Schedlowski, 2007).

The brain plays a major role in controlling the interpretation of what is stressful as well as the behavioral and physiological responses that are produced (Heuser & Lammers, 2003). Brief periods of controllable stress do not have a large impact on physical or mental health, however, when a person experiences a lack of control and uncertainty, a chronic state of distress can ensue, that increases vulnerability to stress-related disorders (Heuser & Lammers, 2003). In normal situations when stress is experienced by an individual, glucocorticoids are released from the adrenals to shut down the neural defensive reactions. A person in chronic stress can cause sustained increases in glucocorticoids, and in the case of humans, cortisol. When an individual overproduces stress hormones or is unable to terminate the activation of the HPA, maladaptive responses can occur. In certain cases, a chronic adaptation to a stressor can cause the HPA system to become tonically inhibited (Heuser & Lammers, 2003).

Stress affects the release of hormones which when overproduced can negatively affect the neuroendocrine response. Duncko, Makatsori, Fickova, Selko, and Jezova (2006) examined the relationship between high anxiety and impaired coordination of the stress response, global hyporesponsiveness, and hyperresponsiveness. It was hypothesized that high trait anxiety is correlated with impaired coordination of the stress response. The selection of volunteers was based on their score in the trait subtest of the State Trait Anxiety Inventory, and only subjects with scores higher than 45 and lower than 39 were included in the study. A total of 27 males were chosen for the study. 15 were placed into the anxious group and 12 in the non-anxious group based on scores. Anyone with a somatic or mental diseases, personal and/or family history of psychiatric disorders, body mass index higher than 28 and control blood pressure higher than 140/90 mmHg were excluded from the study. The subjects were asked to participate in a public speech. A spectrum of neuroendocrine parameters was measured before, during and after the speech. The results showed that high trait anxiety was correlated with as higher preference for emotion-oriented coping strategies but lower preference for task-oriented procedures. Additionally, high trait anxiety was correlated with lower scores on hardiness. The anxious group scored significantly higher in scales for stress, tiredness, arousal, anxiety and depression. Among the anxious group, a correlation was found between lower adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) and cortisol responses during stress, which was also correlated with an exaggerated perception of stress and worse mental performance. While this study is limited in only examining males and small sample size, this study provides more evidence that for those individuals susceptible and vulnerable to stress; neuroendocrine factors can play a role in fatigue, anxiety, depression, and inflammatory response (Duncko, Makatsori, Fickova, Selko, & Jezova, 2006).

Don’t let stressors get you to this point. Make an appointment with us today and let us show you how to incorporate techniques into your life that will help you recover from daily stressors and become more productive in your personal life and your career. You will find yourself happier, healthier, and more energized. We will see you soon!

References

Chapman, C. R., Tuckett, R. P., & Song, C. W. (2008). Pain and stress in a systems perspective: Reciprocal neural, endocrine, and immune interactions. The Journal of Pain, 9(2), 122-145.

Coe, C. L., & Laudenslager, M. L. (2007). Psychosocial influences on immunity, including effects on immune maturation and senescence. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 21(8): 1000–1008. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2007.06.015.

Duncko, R., Makatsori, A., Fickova, A., Selko, D., & Jezova, D. (2006). Altered coordination of the neuroendocrine response during psychosocial stress in subjects with high trait anxiety. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 30, 1058–1066.

Heuser , I & Lammers, C. (2003). Stress and the brain. Neurobiology of Aging 24, S69–S76.

Kemeny, M. E., & Schedlowski, M. (2007). Understanding the interaction between psychosocial stress and immune-related diseases: A stepwise progression. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 21, 1009-1018.