“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one more responsive to change” Charles Darwin
Change is happening every moment of every day. Change is a constant. One thing in life we can be sure of, is that there will be changes!
Change can be positive or negative. When we feel stuck in a rut and life seems dull and mundane we welcome change. But if change happens unexpectedly or is forced upon us by external events and circumstances, it is not so welcome. We can feel uneasy and anxious. Even fearful.
Home Schooling, Face Coverings – Who Would Have Thought?!!
This year we have experienced more change than we could ever have imagined. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives dramatically in so many ways. Changes to our normal activities, such as queueing at shops and wearing face coverings in public areas. Changes to our work environment, becoming a home school teacher, isolation from family and friends. Sadly some have lost their jobs. Some have experienced bereavement and been unable to grieve in the normal way.
We humans are creatures of habit and routine. We create routines in our daily lives so that we feel secure and in control of our lives. The volume of change we have experienced recently has knocked us out of those routines and left many of us feeling fearful and anxious.
But every client who comes to see me wants to make some change in their life! And despite recent events, this desire for personal change and growth is still very important.
Can we make the changes we want in our lives? Even during this time of great uncertainty?
Let’s have a look at our brain and how it works. As a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, this is where I always start.
Our brain has two minds. Both have an important role.
1. The Intellectual Mind
The Pre-Frontal Cortex is the intellectual mind which interacts with the world.
The development of this intellectual mind came about through a ‘genetic accident’, giving human beings the ability to daydream and to imagine. This immediately put humans on the evolutionary fast track, distancing them from other beings.
The intellectual mind allows us to plan and organise and to find solutions to problems. It enables us to cope with change and to embrace it positively. When we are using this part of the brain we can be innovative.
It is this part of our brain that has allowed us to survive the last few months by being creative and flexible, continuing to learn and adapt our behaviour.
This part of the brain is a positive force and rewards us by releasing the “happy chemical“ dopamine. This can motivate us to do these things again and we learn to build positive pathways in our brain.
When we are confident and in control of our lives, and when we embrace change our brain produces the “calming chemical” serotonin, which lets us feel happy and at our very best.
So why don’t we always respond positively to change?
Because our brains are hardwired to be negative! This has evolved as a way to keep us safe, protecting us from danger. We still have the same primitive brain of our cave-dwelling ancestors, who needed to understand the dangers around them.
2, The Primitive Mind
The Amygdala is the part of our brain which protects us. It is on constant guard checking for danger or perceived danger.
The Amygdala will act on and record any danger we face in our internal filing cabinet, the Hippocampus. It will do everything possible to keep us safe by instantly triggering the ‘fight, flight, freeze’ response when it senses a similar danger. Very useful when a sabre-toothed tiger appears in the jungle!
When we are in our primitive emotional mind we will often have feelings of anger, anxiety and or depression. But, just like our early ancestors, once the danger has passed we can’t stay in our caves for ever.
We need to go back out into the world and pick up or normal lives. But if we stay in our primitive mindset we are likely to be obsessive, negative, worried and on edge. Production of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol, will increase with potentially devastating effects on our memory and learning, on our sleep and eating patterns, and on our ability to work and to enjoy our life.
But instead of feeling fearful, you can embrace change! By training your brain to minimise negative thoughts, so that it rewires itself and you become more positive and open to change.
To retrain your brain requires effort and commitment. This is where Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help:
- Explaining how your brain works and how you can use your mind to take control.
- Creating a hope-filled conversation, We don’t dwell on the past. We concentrate on where you want to be and what changes you want to see in your life.
- Moving to a positive state of mind. This is achieved in a very simple way through guided relaxation and visualisation. Hypnosis helps you to use your mind in a different way, so that you shift your perspective and focus on the positive aspects of your life.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy allows you to access a set of tools that will help you to change the way you think and feel. Making real change in your life possible.
Here are three of my blogs where you can find out more about training your brain, thinking positive and feeling happier:
- Training your brain – how to get the most from it
- How to think more positively
- How to create more of the chemicals that make you happier!
Helping you make positive change happen!
If you’d like to have a chat to find out more about Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and how I could help you, get in touch.