Ralph Waldo Emerson cited that:
‘It is a happy talent to know how to play.’
Is the ability to play something we can develop as an adult? I believe it is. Hypnotherapy can help us access our playful side.
Someone recently reminded me about the importance of having fun. I remember bright, fun-filled days as a child, which seemed to go on forever. Playfulness is something humans are designed for. If we can recreate this sense of joy as adults, it can really enrich our lives and guard against stress overload.
Coming out of lockdown
As we come out of lockdown, I have been thinking about the positives I have gained from this experience. Restrictions on where I can go and what I can do have steered me to appreciate the little things.
I know that, each day, I can invariably find something to feel glad about. Just watching the leaves and flowers growing these last few weeks has been pretty amazing. I have also discovered many things on my doorstep that I never noticed before. Playing with my cat has been a highlight too.
How can hypnotherapy help us embrace being playful?
I was speaking to a client today about tanking up on those moments of contentment and peace; really embracing the positive aspects to be found in our lives, if we care to notice them. Too often, we can be scanning for potential threats and danger and focusing on what we perceive to be wrong. Sometimes, we can even extend this to ourselves and overlook our strengths and abilities.
Hypnotherapy can help you become more aware of your inner resources and maybe discover new ones along the way. Solution focused hypnotherapy can be a very effective talking therapy, which draws on elements of cognitive behavioural therapy and neurolinguistic programming. The added advantage is that it also incorporates hypnosis. This element can help to lock in changes on a subconscious level. It is also a very enjoyable state of relaxation to be in, where both your mind and body really can relax and let go. When I played as a child, I know I was carefree and fully immersed in the moment. I was also very focused on what I was doing. Hypnosis is similar, where we are relaxed and focused at the same time.
The power of hypnosis
Hypnosis was a revelation to me. As I practised self-hypnosis, I achieved a state of deep relaxation and positivity that I just hadn’t been able to access before, or if I had, it had been very fleeting. As a hypnotherapist I feel uplifted after each hypnotherapy session because it is solution focused and geared towards making beneficial changes.
By also focusing my mind on the positive aspects and creative, problem solving ways of thinking, I was able to find solutions and breakthroughs that had alluded me before. These skills are called upon when we play, especially when there are no rules and we need to think on our feet and be creative.
What happens in our brains when we play?
In Psychology Today Rob Parr explores why having fun is not taken more seriously in our society:
The same article looks at research which shows how play benefits the prefrontal cortex. Play is described as a ‘banquet for the brain’: a great way of summing up what a rich and nourishing experience play can be. Using this area of the brain, especially the left prefrontal cortex, is encouraged through hypnotherapy. This is where we can be confident and open to changing our perspective on things. New thoughts can lead to new actions, just as Einstein famously quoted:
‘No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.’
This makes sense. Hypnotherapy can help you change the way you think, the way you feel and the way you respond to situations. It can also increase our motivation and capacity to be playful.
A more positive mindset
As clients progress, I find their language often changes. Words and phrases like ‘happier, having fun, being present, smiling, laughing, playing with my children more’ start to pop up. They are able to envisage and then take steps towards increasing joy in their lives. This is often very different from earlier sessions, where negative language was often used more habitually.
Maybe you have forgotton what it is to be playful and open to having fun. You might be fed up with feeling flat and uninspired or perhaps anxious thoughts are stealing away your happiness. Hypnotherapy can help you move forward.
A little bit about Emma
Emma Victoria Tranmer MA (Hons) PGCE HPD DSFH Member of the AfSFH, is an experienced and fully accredited Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapist.
I specialise in helping people overcome anxiety and stress related issues. Having undergone hypnotherapy myself for anxiety and seeing the amazing benefits it has brought for me, I enjoy helping others do the same. Working as a hypnotherapist is incredibly rewarding and my love of learning and personal growth means I am always looking at ways to further my own professional development and skills in what I do. Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues and I see clients with varied challenges like addictions, phobias, disturbed sleep, panic attacks and depression. See my ‘About me’ section for further information, including session fees and availability.
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