Shining a Light on Hope
It’s great to feel full of hope and the good news is we can create more of it. So if you want to become more:
Healthy Optimistic Proactive Enthusiastic
Read on…You can learn to:
“Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right”. Anonymous
Having hope is commonly understood as exercising a positive attitude and following the belief that positive outcomes can be achieved, both on a personal level and for the world at large.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about swift changes and uncertainty and this can put us into fight/flight mode. Being in this heightened survival mode, especially when it is for long periods of time, can take its toll on our mental, emotional and physical health. Many people are seeking support to help them with existing mental health issues that have become more challenging. Others are finding themselves experiencing symptoms of stress and anxiety for the first time, such as panic attacks, having trouble sleeping or drinking too much alcohol.
As a solution focused hypnotherapist, I draw on neuroscience which shows we can rewire our brains and change the way we think. If hope is an optimistic state of mind, we have the capacity to initiate and develop this further. Optimism brings about the expectation of positive outcomes. We may not be in control of aspects of the pandemic or its outcome but we can change our thoughts in response to it. I recently read an article about how some people have found wearing face masks a positive experience, as they felt more emotionally self-contained and secure out in the world. It is not the circumstances in our lives that create anxiety, but our thought patterns around them. If wearing a face mask creates anxiety for you, hypnotherapy can help you explore and adopt a different response where you feel comfortable. We can take steps to achieve positive outcomes in those aspects of our lives that we can control and change for the better.
One client had become trapped in a vicious cycle of excessive worry and always assumed the worst. Her ‘doom and gloom’ outlook had diminished her ability to be hopeful about the future and her abilities to make good things happen. Using hypnotherapy, she successfully decreased her stress levels and gained control over her thought processes. This created a powerful shift of perspective as she successfully disrupted a pattern that had been there for many years. She now focuses on taking a more realistic, solution focused view of things and this is rekindling hope and the positive expectation that she can achieve her goals. Being more aware of the good aspects in her everyday life has also helped her to enjoy each day more.
Psychology Today writer Scott Barry Kaufman explores hope as a ‘dynamic cognitive motivational system’, dispelling the myth that sometimes portrays hope as a vague emotion that lacks real clout:
This idea fits in very well with the solution focused model of hypnotherapy I practice, which encourages the client to be proactive and fully engaged in the therapeutic process. Changing the way we think leads to changes in the way we behave and feel. Positive thoughts, positive actions and positive interactions enable hope to manifest itself in our lives and generate motivation and enthusiasm.
The wonderful cocktail of feel-good hormones that kick in when we achieve something good then fuel us to want to do more. Serotonin is the number one neurotransmitter for helping us feel motivated and confident in our abilities to cope well, no matter what life throws at us. Dopamine and the ‘cuddle hormone’ oxytocin also contribute to this when we complete tasks and form meaningful and supportive connections with others. ‘Success breeds more success’ and ‘what we focus on increases’; well- known sayings that trip off the tongue but have incredible meaning and resonance when we are embodying thoughts and actions fuelled by hope. As new thought processes become more ingrained, adopting a more optimistic outlook can become more our way, as if we are comfortably ensconced in it:
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” Barbara Kingsolver
Are you ready to say ‘yes’ to hope and embrace hope?
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You can take positive steps to help you attain a hopeful perspective so you can move forward with confidence. Hypnotherapy can help you find the tools and inner resources to do this; step by step. Become the confident, healthier, happier you!
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Prioritise your personal well-being! You deserve it!
Emma Victoria Tranmer MA (Hons) PGCE DSFH Clinical Hypnotherapist