Hypnosis is NOT Magic (it just seems magical).

No, hypnosis is not magic. Hypnosis is a very specific process that anyone can go through to make changes in their life. Changes can include

  • getting rid of habits, craving and addictions
  • eliminating fears
  • relieving PTSD
  • improve motivation
  • enhance sports performance
  • remove anxiety
  • build confidence and self esteem
  • …. and more, a lot more.

There is little wonder while some people put hypnosis in the realm of magic. Many people have tried everything to gain control of some part of their lives only to have gotten results with hypnosis. So… it MUST be magic, right? No. Hypnosis is not magic.

How Hypnosis Works

Most people try to make improvements to their lives with conscious effort. Many times it will work, yet for many people there are changes that can’t be made no matter how hard you resolve to change them. A cigarette craving will become overpowering, a chocolate donut will seemingly call your name, anxiety pops up even when you’ve resolved to stay calm.

All of these things continue to happen because, even though you’ve made a conscious decision, there is a deeper process going on. This SubConscious process is stronger than willpower and is often tied to deep seated emotions. Hypnosis bypasses your willpower by going directly to the SubConscious level to make changes. This may be experienced in the hypnosis session by a strong focus on the positive things you want instead of removing things you don’t.

Sometimes changes happen by reevaluating old events in light of new wisdom. By doing that traumas can be turned into events where something valuable was learned.

At no point is the SubConscious mind told it’s bad, wrong or evil. By contrast, the SubConscious mind is recognized for doing the best it could with such limited information. It is then told what would be even better and given specific instructions how to implement the changes.

So, So Simple…

The SciFi writer Author C. Clark said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Hypnosis is truly a technology that works to make changes within the human mind. For many it can seem like magic, but for a skilled hypnotist it is an amazing tool for change and self-improvement.

Find out how hypnosis can easily work for you. To schedule a your free telephone consultation to call our offices at (541)216-6696.

Hypnosis For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

One of the reasons hypnosis has been proven useful for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is because of the similarity between hypnotic phenomena and the symptoms of PTSD. The similarities include the absorption of awareness and the linking of emotional responses to outside stimuli. One can argue with some accuracy that PTSD is a form of hypnosis in that PTSD creates an effect in the same way as a post-hypnotic instruction. The difference between PTSD and hypnosis is that PTSD is highly negative and unintended while hypnosis is beneficial and consciously directed.

Absorption of Awareness

The trauma of an event causing PTSD has the effect of taking up all the the awareness. The trauma of the event becomes EVERYTHING the subject experiences. In psychological terms the subject becomes DISsociated from themselves and associate into the trauma.  From this one of two things can result. The first result is the fear/panic/anxiety becomes linked to specific events, situations and environments causing phobias and extreme forms of aversion. Avoidance of crowds and loud noises is an example. The second result isn’t linked to anything specific and can erupt as free floating panic attacks and anxiety. Another symptom is a detachment from reality, where the subject doesn’t feel connected to anything they are experiencing.

Linking Strong Emotions

Both PTSD and hypnosis utilize emotions to make change. PTSD associates the subject into a trauma, hypnosis works by associating the subject into an positive and resourceful emotional state. For this reason hypnosis is a very useful tool to undo traumatic stress responses created by PTSD.

The hypnosis process is straightforward. The subject’s attention is guided by the hypnotist, thus all that’s needed is the ability to understand and follow simple instructions. Hypnosis creates a resourceful emotional state where the subject can experience events and situations free from fear and anxiety.

One client I worked with had been traumatized by a debilitating car accident that left her fearful to drive long distances. Even though the accident occured years earlier speaking about the accident was still emotional. Her life was reshaped by the event and eliminated any feeling of control or peace of mind from her day to day experience. At the end of the first hypnosis session she as asked to talk about the accident and be aware of her emotions. To her surprise she could talk about the event without tears or emotion. She reported feeling “a peace or mind and acceptance” now when talking about driving. Even when pressed to try to feel fearful and anxious she couldn’t do it. Other hypnosis sessions reinforced her feeling of control and focused on building a stronger sense of identity and self worth.

For more information about how hypnosis can help with phobia, anxiety and posttraumatic stress please call Eastern Oregon Hypnosis at (541)216-6696 for your free telephone consultation.

Anger Is Better Than Despair When It Comes To Quitting Smoking

Trying to quit smoking can be frustrating. Every time you quit you may also find a reason to start up and having that happen several times makes it very easy to start beating yourself up. After several attempts to quit you feel more frustrated and worse about yourself.

I’m here to tell you IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT and beating yourself up only lessons your resolve to quit.

Consider nicotine is a DRUG your brain gets very accustomed to and it can be EASY to fall back into the addictive habit. This is by intentional design of the tobacco industry. They want you to stay addicted to maintain their profits. The tobacco industry use a mind control tactic used by the worst of humanity: human traffickers. They will frustrate and punish every attempt to leave until their victims surrender to the horrible life of a literal slave. Big Tobacco wants you to become a slave to their product. Big Tobacco knows the best way to keep you addicted is to make sure you repeatedly fail to quit smoking until you give up and give in to the cigarette. After a while you become so depressed and frustrated you will surrender to them and agree to your enslavement. It’s devious, it’s insidious and it’s intentional.

Don’t beat yourself up at your frustrated efforts to quit smoking. Instead get angry and direct that anger at Big Tobacco. Direct your anger at smoking and away from yourself. Getting angry is a much healthier response.

I once spoke with a former smoker who told me what got him to quit smoking permanently. As a smoker he had a very contentious relationship with someone who constantly attacked and berated him and lived by a set of ethics he found objectionable and offencive. Like him this other person was also a smoker. He realized that as long as he smoked he was, in that way, like this loathsome and despicable person. He made the conscious decision that as uncomfortable tobacco withdraw could be, it didn’t matter ,  as long as he was unlike the person he hated. Anger made it easy for him to quit smoking because as long as he was a non-smoker he was unlike is enemy.

Turn your negative feelings away from yourself and aim them at smoking… and NEVER STOP until you have removed the tobacco habit from your life forever. If you need help hypnosis has proven to be an incredible tool to remove cravings, calm the addiction and strengthen your resolve. Contact us today to begin your quit smoking hypnosis program. (541) 216-6696. 

Help for Anxiety and Depression

How To Fix Anxiety And Depression

Hypnosis has proven to be positive resource for anxiety and depression.  Here are some other very useful things you can do on your own that can help. 

There are many forms of anxiety and depression, and every person experiences these feelings at some point in their life. When these feelings become persistent, draining and crippling, however, it can feel like you are spiraling out of control in a very dark tunnel and all the exits are blocked. Overcoming anxiety and depression is possible. These conditions are manageable with the proper education and resources. Though there is no cure-all solution or magic juice to make your symptoms disappear, taking the appropriate steps towards recovery can place you on your journey to living the healthier andhappier life that you deserve.

These twenty useful tips can help you work, though, manage, and relieve your symptoms of anxiety and depression. If you are starting your journey towards recovery, then these steps will provide a valuable base of information for you launch off of. Just being a bitmore positive can have an impact on your mind. If you have been struggling to manage your anxiety or depression for far too long, then do not feel discouraged and never resist the urge to seek help if life becomes too overwhelming.

Give Yourself a Break!

Inadequate sleeping patterns are the most widely researched phenomenon in regards to depression and anxiety. Franzen and Buysse’s 2011 research discovered that over 90% of those struggling with depression also complain of sleep problems. Additionally, insomnia is considered a significant risk factor for eventually developing depression in otherwise healthy adults.

The National Institute of Mental Health agrees that more research is needed, but there is mounting evidence that preventing sleep disturbances can also prevent depression, anxiety, and other mental health crisis. Hundreds of studies have collaborated on these findings.

For these reasons, sleep is very important and we should make sleeping well a priority in your life. Resist the urge to prioritize work, entertainment or even family over your health and well-being. If you are having problems sleeping, then make it a point to talk to your doctor. Don’t minimize the real consequences sleep disturbances are having on your life.

Super Charge Your Diet

The notion that our diets influences our emotions is an old saying that has now been proven by modern science. Numerous scientific studies can be found confirming that neurotransmitters, which control emotional responses, are directly impacted by certain foods. Alan Logan extensively showed the connection between major depressive disorders and a lack of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet.

The same effect is present in animal studies. Nicolas Singewald’s important research concluded that mice with magnesium-deficient diets displayed increased anxiety and depression-related symptoms.

Touch your diet by eliminating foods that contribute to anxiety such as alcohol, unrefined sugar, and fried foods. Replace these comfort items with superfoods packed with magnesium, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients. Some of the best superfoods for anxiety and depression are whole grain foods, blueberries, seaweed, acai berries and pure dark chocolate.

Get Moving

Plenty of self-help resources emphasizes the importance of daily exercise. Research has proven that stimulating our muscles produces more “happy” chemicals like serotonin and endorphins that fight depression symptoms. More mindful movement and stretching exercises like yoga or tai chi have been proven to alleviate anxiety. Joining a local exercise program, like a weekly yoga class or dance session provides you with an opportunity to relieve stress while meeting new people.

If you feel that exercising has never been your strength, then start with baby steps. Even a daily walk around the block can do wonders to improve your mindset and boost your sense of empowerment. Make it a goal to increase your daily steps with small changes like parking your car farther away from the store or walking (rather than driving) to your lunchtime hangout.

Limit Decision-Making Pressure

Severe anxiety and uncertainty can make everyday decisions seem overwhelming and unmanageable. A concerned spouse asking a simple question, such as what you’d like for dinner, may unwittingly send you into a panicked frenzy by asking you to access decision-making resources that are simply unavailable to you at that moment.

A simple way to manage decision-making anxiety is to limit the amount of pressured decisions you will need to make each day. Creating a weekly meal plan, for example, will ensure that you make these decisions when you are thinking clearly. Avoid any anxiety-inducing or time-pressured decision by preparing ahead for any decision you can.

There will be times when you are forced to decide on the spot, but managing the day-to-day decisions you’re forced to make will free up more brain power for those unexpected choices that life throws your way.

Establish More Structure

Depression and anxiety cloud your focus and agitates your nervous system. It’s common to feel the desire to shut down, withdraw and avoid responsibilities. The idea of structuring a daily routine can sound unappealing and mundane, but injecting more structure into each day will progressively soothe and settle your nervous system.

Your body will slowly adjust and calm down by knowing what to expect each day in a similar way that an infant can be pacified by learning what to expect at snack time or nap time. Establishing a routine will also reduce any decision-making anxiety that stems from restless, nervous energy when trying to decide what to do next. The certainty and stability of a daily routine will offset the uncertainty and can help you reinforce newly-found positive habits.

You can establish structure though planned meal times, break times, work times and even rest times. It’s about being a little moreproductive . It may seem a little silly for a grown adult to set himself a plan to remove the stress out of our lives completely. But if you find yourself always putting your daily needs on the back burner, then you will undoubtedly struggle with any additional load that comes your way. It is not uncommon for individuals with severe anxiety issues or depressive episodes to forget to eat, sleep or even drink water because they are too hyper-focused on other problems. If you have to put yourself on a schedule to maintain a healthy life until it becomes a habit, then make it a point to write yourself a program every day.

Slow Down

Make a conscious effort to slow down physically. It’s common for those prone to anxiety to speed through things or rush about without even being aware of why they have such a sense of urgency. Being jumpy and speedy can become a destructive habit that causes your anxiety symptoms to go full circle.

Catch yourself when you are acting out your anxiety symptoms in this way and pay close attention to the way your body tenses and your breathing changes. Make an effort to relax your muscles and slow down the pace of your breathing. This focused action will quell the sense of urgency and return your body to a more relaxed state. Over time, you will become better at recognizing early signs that your body is tense and have more power to control it.

Reduce Stress

Even the most intelligent and emotionally stable person will buckle under too much stress. It’s impossible to remove the stress out of our lives completely, but learning how to reduce the amount of pressure you do have will minimize the power that anxiety and depression hold over your life.

The first step in reducing your stress level is to identify what types of things provoke feelings of stress. These are called triggers and could come in the form of a person, place, situation, activity or even a particular item. You can minimize many of these stress levels by avoiding the person, place or thing. If you’re unable to remove a trigger from your daily life completely, then it’s crucial to manage your response to it.

Relaxation techniques or controlled breathing can immediately empower you to maintain control in the face of a trigger. We recommend that you attempt to observe, rather than react, to situations until you can clearly process what is happening. You will have to deal with those stressors that are unavoidable by learning resilience.

Learn How to Build Resilience

Dr. Southwick defines resilience as “the ability to bend, but not break, and even to grow from adversity in one’s life.” When setbacks inevitably occur in life, it can be truly traumatic for someone who is already suffering from anxiety or depression. It can seem almost impossible to take a bad situation and look at the positive aspects or the possibility of positive things coming from it.

It is possible to build up this power to overcome adversity. Dr. Southwick recommends finding support in a social network, educating yourself on how to manage stress and getting spiritual as the three most important keys to gaining resilience. The spiritual path focuses on obtaining a beneficial connection with something more significant than oneself. We can find this through religion, but we can also find it by holding onto values such as love and respect or even through nature.

Find Support

Social support and relationships are crucial aspects of human nature. Depression and anxiety can make you feel completely alone and detached. It hinders your ability and desire to maintain any bonds that you do have, while additionally preventing you from forming new ones.

Take the time to reach out and stay in regular contact with your family or a few close friends. Avoid the pitfall of falling out of touch with everyone and isolating yourself. If you are always avoiding people, then they will eventually stop reaching out to you. Modern technology makes it easy for us to stay in contact with people. So when you feel too anxious to physically go out with your friends, utilize text message services or email to stay connected.

Get Outdoors

Sunlight is nature’s free mood-boosting gift that we could all use more of. The Environmental Health Journal published a wide-scale study of over 16,000 participants in 2009 that confirmed the direct correlation between sunlight exposure and brain functioning. Further studies have revealed that lower levels of vitamin D are associated with depressive disorders.

Sunlight is essential for proper absorption of vitamin D. Just taking vitamins will not have the same effect as going outside and feeling the sun’s warm rays. Aim to get at least fifteen minutes of sunlight a day if the weather allows for it. If you’re not able to physically go outside, then try to maximize the natural light in your space by opening your blinds or drapes.

Keep Hydrated

Though dehydration does not directly cause depression, it does exacerbate any symptoms of depression that you are experiencing. Dehydration will decrease your brain’s energy and increase your body’s stress. A lack of water will cause your brain to halt all production of “happy” chemicals abruptly. According to extensive research conducted by the University of Connecticut, once you start to feel thirsty, mild dehydration has already set in, and the body is already functioning at a lower energy and mood level.

Drinking more water, especially in place of sugary drinks, is always beneficial to your health. Experts recommend that you should drink about half of your body weight in ounces each day. For instance, someone who weighs 100 pounds should drink around 50 ounces of water each day.

Filter Your Thoughts

Every person experiences negative thoughts and feelings, but these thoughts often become persistent, overwhelming and even irrational in depressed and anxious individuals. Thinking negatively becomes an ingrained pattern that is consistently throwing more fuel onto the burning fire of depression.

Habits like jumping to conclusions, labeling and overgeneralizing are all destructive and should be challenged immediately rather than dwelled upon. Put your negative thoughts on trial. Examine and question the validity of each draining thought. Often, once you start examining and filtering your thoughts, the negative ones quickly crumble and you become more balanced in your perspective.

Stay Warm

Have you ever noticed that the body’s response to feeling cold is to shake, shiver and tense up? Certain symptoms of anxiety mirror these responses to feeling cold. Warmth is incredibly soothing to our body’s central nervous system. This is the reason why curling up in a nice warm blanket can sometimes feel like a huge relief to our body when we are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety symptoms.

Plenty of warm fluids throughout the day is relaxing and calming. People recommend hot water because it will cleanse your system, rid your body of toxins that may be making your symptoms worse and keep you hydrated. Warm coffee and tea are also very good, but be aware that many report caffeine increases their anxiety symptoms.

Set Limits on Stimulation

If you have children or have ever been around young ones, then it’s likely you’ve been witness to a full-blown meltdown where the child is completely inconsolable. They’ve been stimulated too many times past their limits, and they begin to shut down as a survival mechanism. We may not throw ourselves on the floor or scream out in disapproval as grown adults. But we can still become overstimulated past our limits.

If you’re already feeling anxious, then be wary of overly stimulating activities even when they have not been a problem for you in the past. Loud concerts, horror movies or big group gatherings can be exciting and fun. But they can also be unsettling to someone who is experiencing too much tension in their daily life. Avoid activities that may push your body into overdrive until you can confidently manage your symptoms.

Explore New or Old Hobbies

Once depression sets in, activities you found enjoyable in the past have lost their luster. Anxiety may prevent you from doing activities that you might enjoy otherwise. You may not see the benefits of spending your time on a new or forgotten hobby initially, but overcome this feeling of doubt and give it a try. Hobbies help ease overactive minds by inducing feelings of relaxation, creativity, and enjoyment.

Libby Segal began a project called “The Hobby Hoarder,” in which she tackled a new hobby each day for a year to battle her crippling depression. Her main takeaway from that experience has been that trying new hobbies, or even exploring old ones, will dramatically increase your resources to pull from when anxiety or depression does strike.

Join a Community

There are numerous clubs and social groups dedicated to managing and recovering from depression and anxiety. Joining a community club puts you in direct contact with like-minded individuals that you can fellowship with. Curb feelings of isolation and loneliness by attending gatherings and meeting new friends. Forming new, healthy bonds with people you can trust is healing in many ways.

If you feel uncomfortable joining a group specifically dedicated to depression, then look for other groups that interest you. There are book clubs, art groups, mom communities, religious organizations, video game fan clubs and all varieties of gatherings. There are even online communities that you can be a part of without ever leaving your home. Whatever your interests or hobbies, there is a community or group out there for you.

Help Someone

Volunteering is one of the best ways to offer help to people that are in need. Surprisingly, research is showing that volunteering may also be one of the best ways to provide help to yourself. Helping others results in a happiness effect that spreads to everyone around. Volunteering builds social connections, breeds feelings of fulfilment and is suitable for your overall body and mind.

Dr. Suzanne Richards extensively reviewed research on the effects volunteering has on reducing an individual’s level of depression and published her findings in BMC Health. Her findings indicate that volunteering increases one’s self-worth and well-being to such an extreme degree that it lowered an individual’s risk of dying by 22 percent.

Look for Your Purpose

Whatever your life situation, finding or redefining your purpose in life will have positive effects on your mental health. Research shows that individuals that report feeling a strong sense of purpose are more resilient to life changes. Remaining satisfied through life’s ups and downs is an important factor when trying to starve off depression and anxiety.

Individuals find comfort and purpose through spirituality, religion, friendships, and marriages. But not everyone feels like they are called to do something or be something. Investing in finding your purpose in life involves taking the time to consider your innermost values, gifts, and talents. Make an effort to act out and defend your values intentionally. Discover and utilize your gifts or talents you have to bring joy to others. Pay attention to your inner voice and let your uniqueness shine.

Research

The old saying “knowledge is power” holds true and is very relevant regarding managing anxiety and depression. Educating yourself about the causes, symptoms, and terms related to these conditions is empowering. Putting a name on something you have been experiencing is a form of positive validation and encouragement.

Utilize the internet, books and any self-help resources you can find to learn as much as possible about your condition. As your knowledge grows, you will gain more confidence and continuously be discovering new coping skills and tricks.

Take Time to Unwind

Take these suggestions about getting outdoors, starting a meal plan and finding new hobbies in small steps. Managing anxiety and depression is even more complicating to us when faced with conflicting advice. Advice such as “stay active” but “avoid overstimulation.” If you are currently struggling with anxiety and depression, then jumping head first into an entirely new lifestyle can feel even more destabilizing.

Conclusion

Expect the journey to be challenging and don’t expect to see results overnight. Take the time to unwind and detangle your old lifestyle. For some immediate help using hypnosis call us at (541)216-6696 or contact us from our contact page.

How would you “UpGrade” yourself?

You can upgrade your computer, your smart phone, your car or get a job promotion. In fact you can upgrade about any material thing you own.  How would you upgrade yourself?

Your upgrade has to based in reality, so no growing wings nor being able to breathe unassisted under water. The upgrades you choose for yourself have to be specific, measurable and attainable. They could be improvement of your habits and lifestyle, a skill, or your character. All-in-all your upgrades are about being a better you, kinder, healthier, more productive with fewer problems, less fears, anxieties, neurosis.

One way to start is to pick someone you admire. This could be someone you know personally, but it could also be a imaginary person with all the traits, virtues and attributes you look up to. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How would this person live?
  • How would this person deal with the problems I face?
  • How would this person keep their focus amid all of life’s chaos?
  • Would they have a schedule they would keep to?
  • What would be the healthy habits they would practice?

The more clearly you can imagine this ideal person dealing well with your problems the faster you can begin practising these changes.

Make a list of all the upgrades you want to make for your life. What are they for you? Quit smoking? Exercize? Meditate? Get up earlier? 

Should the ideal behavior be far from your current situation, start small. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to make a complete overhaul of your life. Pick one thing to focus on. Celebrate your successes and ask what you learned from every time you fell short. There’s no failure, only feedback. 

Most people get caught in the trap of wanting to upgrade too much too quickly. Instead think of upgrading yourself as a process, not an end in itself. Upgrading your life is a journey, not a destination, a marathon, not a sprint. For this reason it’s important to give yourself some grace and forgiveness. Take time often to pause, regroup and reevaluate your progress. Always remembering that small steps in the right direction are still going right. 

For help with your Upgrade consider that hypnosis has been an effective tool for making dramatic positive changes for tens of thousands of people.

Call Eastern Oregon Hypnosis for you free telephone consultation (541)216-6696.

How To Stop Being So Angry All The Time

Life is full of little annoyances – like when the person in front of you in line won’t stop gabbing, or when the waiter mixes up your order. Sometimes, it can be more serious, like when a client is yelling at you because they’re having a bad day.

The point is that there are many events in life that we respond to by feeling frustrated. It’s normal to feel annoyance from time to time. But it’s not normal to find yourself fuming over the smallest little thing that goes wrong or to feel angry all the time. There are two ways to be happy in life 1) have people treat you the way you want (not likely) 2) Decide to respond to the people and the world in a better way.

Yes, you can be the person who either reacts to events and situations or you can have a set of “first principles” to guide you no matter what sort of chaos happens around you.  Start by deciding what kind of person do you want to be seen as by yourself and others. Do you want to be the person you would look up to with admiration or the person who looks back on your actions with regret and embarrassment?  The next step is to practice being that person.

That is not to say it will be easy. In fact expect it to be hard by going over in your mind the most difficult situations you can imagine in the most dignified and resourceful ways. Practice feeling frustrated or angry and calming your self. Rehearse responding to criticism know how the other person feels (even if they are wrong).

Understand, your automatic emotional responses happen outside of your conscious control, but if you have set guidelines for your behavior you are more likely to rein them in before they start creating too much chaos.

So Rule Number One is Decide, in detail, the kind of person you want to be and challenge yourself to be that person.

It’s Normal to Get Angry On Occasion

Anger was designed to be a stress response. It gets you ready to fight or flee for your life. It gets the adrenaline pumping and helps heighten the senses. You feel ready to take on anything. Readiness is useful if you have a shark chasing you down, or you need to fight off an attacker.

In dangerous situations, you need to be at your peak physically, and the adrenaline helps with that. The problem nowadays, though, is that there are a lot of situations that might cause us to feel angry, situations that are not actually life-threatening.

According to the Mayo Clinic, anger can contribute to heart disease, strokes, ulcers, and high blood pressure. So you need to get it under control if you want to remain healthy.

Should You Never Feel Anger?

No, anger can be a very positive motivator to make changes. Using that anger wisely is what matters.

Journal

The act of writing out your thoughts is cathartic. Writing allows you to clearly state your problems and reflect upon the possible solutions. You can use writing as a chance to vent your emotions without losing control and while keeping your “ideal self” in mind.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness is the simple act of being aware, without judgment, of what you are experiencing. Mindfulness allows you to notice your feelings and emotions without actively responding to them. It give you pause enough to decide whether your feelings should be thought of as advice or a distraction.

Meditation will also be of benefit. Start by meditating for just five minutes a day, every day. You don’t have to do anything too complicated. Try focusing on your breathing as a simple introduction to the calming effect of meditation. Breathe to the count of four, hold your breath to the count of four, exhale to the count of four.

Repeat this several times until you start to feel your mind clear and you feel calmer and more relaxed. Practice this every day, whether you feel angry or not. Breathing exercises are an excellent tool for helping you gain control of your thoughts.

Counting and breathing won’t be easy initially, but it gets better with practice. And, of course, if you’re angry, this is a great exercise to help you regain your composure.

Call a hypnotist.

Hypnosis deals directly with the subconscious mind. That includes habits, emotions and automatic reactions. David, at Eastern Oregon Hypnosis has over 20 years of experience working with people on all sorts of problems.