Hypnotherapy: Think your way into healthy habits?
Dr. Anil Bajnath here with your Monday roundup.
How are your habits serving you? I know what you’re probably thinking, “Dr. Bajnath, that’s a loaded question.”
And you’re right. But the truth is, the food you put in your body, the sun exposure you do (or don’t) get, the quiet time you have to let your mind relax, the exercise you stick to… all of these daily habits impact your health for better or for worse. Your habits play such an important role in your life.
It’s called the “Compound Effect.” The premise is that small, consistent actions over a long period of time yield huge results.
Prime example: Studies have shown that smoking cigarettes (especially over a long period of time) can lead to diseases such as lung cancer. Studies also show that the average person can trim their belly fat by drinking water daily, abstaining from artificial, sugary foods, and exercising for only 30 minutes a day.
This is also why crash diets rarely work. You might lose 15 pounds here, gain back 20, only to be in the hole 5 pounds from where you originally started.
Positive, fruitful results demand a lifestyle shift. And your lifestyle is essentially a sum of all your daily habits.
How great would it be to go to sleep and wake up tomorrow with no unhealthy habits?
That’s exactly what many try to accomplish through hypnotherapy…
Psychologists hypnotize people for a variety of health issues:
- Pain management
- Anxiety and phobias
- Habit disorders
- Gastro-intenstinal disorders
- Skin conditions
- Post-surgical recovery
- Relief from nausea and vomiting.
The list continues, but the effectiveness of hypnotherapy varies from patient to patient.
Recently, researchers at the University of Turku ran studies on what happens to the brain during hypnosis. Henry Railo, a researcher from the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Turku, shares: "In a normal waking state, different brain regions share information with each other, but during hypnosis this process is kind of fractured and the various brain regions are no longer similarly synchronised."
Jarno Tuominen, Senior Researcher at the Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology, clarifies, "Even though these findings cannot be generalised before a replication has been conducted on a larger sample of participants, we have demonstrated what kind of changes happen in the neural activity of a person who reacts to hypnosis particularly strongly."