How hypnotherapy can beat the Blue Monday blues.
Monday 17th January is labelled ‘Blue Monday’. It’s supposed to be the most depressing day of the year.
I understand that Dr Cliff Arnal, a British psychologist, created a formula to pinpoint the exact day we all feel at our worst.
This was originally commissioned by the travel sector, with the notion that we would all be so blue that we’d be fighting to book our summer holidays. We’d be searching for sun, light, warmth, happiness, relaxation etc.
Well, I’m no travel or marketing expert, but I do know about one thing and that’s the power of our mind!
You tell someone to expect to feel their worst, that they are going to feel blue, that they are going to behave in a certain way. Then guess what? The chances are they will!
The Power of Suggestion!
This is the power of suggestion. An individual has an idea conveyed to them, and that idea, in turn, becomes reality.
The science behind this phenomenon lies in response expectancies. This is when you anticipate a response to a particular situation.
When you anticipate that a particular situation outcome will occur, your behaviour will automatically work to bring about that suggested response. This is the power of suggestion.
This is a fundamental concept in hypnotherapy, because it is one way in which I help clients modify their behaviours, emotions and thoughts.
Hypnosis is a mental state, where we are highly focused, have reduced peripheral awareness and have heightened suggestability.
This means that when we engage in hypnosis we are much more open to suggestion.
Perhaps think about it this way….your mind is a wonderful, warming, frothy cup of cappuccino.
The thick froth representing your conscious mind and the hot liquid coffee beneath representing the subconscious mind.
We need to gently move the froth to one side to get to the good stuff, this is where the magic happens. Hypnosis helps us connect with our subconscious minds. In turn we become much more engaged with the power of suggestion.
During a hypnotherapy session I will gently guide you into a deep state of relaxation, where your mind is highly focused and your subconscious is more easily accessible.
Using the power of suggestion and imagination we can work together to create an expectancy associated with your desired outcome. For example, on an extremely basic level – that you are a non-smoker, that you are confident or that you can more easily make healthy choices.
We can also find this technique extremely useful when challenging our negative thoughts.
Therefore, you’ll expect that outcome and in turn your behaviour will automatically work to bring about that suggested outcome.
So, it can be extremely beneficial to challenge negative thinking, acknowledging that it is not true, we have not got a crystal ball and we can’t predict the future.
But, even better we reframe it and give ourselves positive suggestions. That way we can condition ourselves for much more positive outcomes.
So when you hear all the media-hype about Blue Monday, tell yourself that your Monday the 17th January will be more Happy Monday, than Blue Monday and see how your mind naturally picks out all the positive stuff, the little wins and the smiles, rather than the opposite.