Up until the 1950s it was thought that when we went to sleep, we shut ourselves down completely. Only resurfacing on waking. Recent research has shown this to be completely inaccurate. There is so much going on when we sleep. REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep in particular is very important for our mental health. During this time we re-run the events of the day and drain the emotion out of them. For example, if someone said something rude to you at work and it upset you, your brain would deal with that for you during REM sleep. It drains any anxiety, frustration, anger and so on, out of your response to the remark so you are able to simply move on. You may have forgotten about it in the morning but you would no longer be upset about it.
The trouble is, when we have had a lot of difficulties going on in our lives our sleep can get disrupted and this process can go wrong for us, so we stay upset and these negative emotions can build up. You may find yourself at the stage of feeling that an upset is ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ where something really insignificant upsets you, and then all sorts of problems start to occur. The amazing thing about hypnotherapy is that it is very similar to REM sleep. Although you would not be asleep during hypnotherapy, you would be deeply relaxed so your brain will deal with the emotional events from your day through hypnotherapy. It is a little like a ‘reboot’ on a computer. You can come out of the ‘trance’ feeling refreshed and ready to take on life’s challenges. It generally doesn’t happen in one session, as problems that have built up, need some time to dissipate, but it is wonderful to see clients emerge ‘lighter’ from our time together.
We can often take our minds and our mental health for granted. Not really thinking about our minds much until something goes wrong. However, a little investment in our mental health can reap huge rewards and significantly contribute to our quality and enjoyment of life. The huge advantage humans have over the other animals that we share this planet with, is that we are creative creatures. Our curiosity, problem solving and creative abilities gives humans genius like qualities. It takes discipline and skill to make the most of these abilities we possess, but it is worth the time and energy investing in them.
A coach or a hypnotherapist can help you unlock this potential. Often with our own problems, we ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’. Sometimes even just talking about them brings us clarity and starts us on the road we need to walk down.
Happy new year! May 2021 bring you good mental health.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
(Traditional Irish blessing)