Stressed by the COVID 19 lockdown?

These are difficult times, not knowing what is happening now or in the future. Many feel the stress of being unable to work, others because they are working continuously to help us all. Many just hoping for the day it all returns to normal.

In my belief, we shall not return to the way things were, we will learn and adapt as we always do and learn from the mistakes we all made before and during. It is in our nature to adapt, to get through these times.

It is important we think about our health, how we can affect others by our actions, and how they can affect us by theirs.

At the times we are at home, in isolation as guided by the recommendations of the medical experts and Government, we also have to focus on ourselves, there is more than our physical health, there is our mental wellbeing.

When the mind is not in the right place, our bodies are weaker, we need all our strength to keep our immune system working and our bodies calm. I have written about mental health and stress before HERE, so I won’t go into it now but I would like to help!

That is why I am GIVING AWAY several tracks that can help, if you are interested, you can access them below. Feel free to download them, keep them, use them. They are yours for your own use whenever you need them.

I have added a bit of blurb to go with each one, to explain them. These are relaxation and help tracks. Give yourself some time alone, lie down, put some earphones on and just listen.

BODY SCAN: A progressive relaxation Mindfulness technique known as the body scan, this is simply a slow, relaxing guide to your own body and the focus on relaxing the muscles. A great started technique, and the great thing about this is that the more you use it, the more relaxed you become. Did you know your body forgets your levels of relaxation! If you don’t allow yourself to relax, then you body can’t. I use this as part of my 3-track programme, start with this track and listen daily for one week, at least, and then move on. For anything to work, you have to follow the plan, with this, it is about teaching your body what your own levels of relaxation can be. You will notice the difference from the beginning of the week to the end, I guarantee that. Just listen to it daily.

MIND RELAXATION: Taking it a step further, once the body has learned to relax, only then can the mind really join in. Teach the body to relax and then move onto the mind. Teach the mind how to relax and it can remember where to go when you need it. Those times you are feeling stressed your body and your mind know where to go to relax, and just simply recalling the feeling will take you there. This is the second track in my 3-track programme, once you have completed the first track for a minimum of a week, you progress onto this track and again listen daily for a week.

CONFIDENCE WITHIN: Now there are times we doubt ourselves; we don’t feel confidence in who we are or the decisions we make, which is of course perfectly normal. It is when we dwell on those thoughts that we go too far into our own doubts. So when they begin to creep in, we need to remind our own minds that we are competent, that we are strong within and to let out the person we push down inside that can help us out. This track is about helping us believe in ourselves. This is the 3rd track and should listened to once we can calm the body and the mind. When the whole can remember what it is to feel relaxed. The final track in the 3-track programme.

I have had some amazing results with these tracks, and I would like to give them to you, to help you out. I have also added a couple more, check them out.

FOCUS ENERGY: We have those moments when we think in advance of situations or events, times when we become nervous or fearful and think it is going to make us scared or sick. We are persuading ourselves well in advance of what can go wrong! Guess what, if we tell ourselves we can’t do something, we will prove ourselves right every time and strengthen that belief. Here is a track that can help with that. In today’s situation, even going out to the shop can give us that nervous feeling. Use this to calm yourself and believe in your ability.

I’ve also attached a simple guide to a breathing technique. Just 2 minutes, twice a day for 2 weeks can bring your cortisol levels back to normal!

3 Breath Technique

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch, I am here to help in whatever way I can. We are all in this together, there is no need to feel alone.

Brain Injury and Offending

prison-warden-stands-front-cellAcquired Brain Injury (ABI) is a very common injury, almost 400,000 per annum in the UK alone. The issues in connection to ABI are not always physical, although a majority can be. ABI is deemed the ‘Hidden Disability’ due to the underlying factors connected with it. These factors have an ongoing and traumatic affect on those personally injured, and those people, in contact around them.

I will give a short explanation of some of the factors that also lead to people getting into trouble with the law.

Emotional Instability, the key to most issues of offending, can be explained by understanding that at a young age, we learn how to control our emotions, the ‘terrible twos’ is the age where a children begin to feel these strong personal emotions and in time will learn how to manage and control them; mainly through the guidance of those parents and guardians involved. After an ABI, a person can become overwhelmed by these same emotions, due to the brain being hyper sensitive. Anyone trying to deal with this emotional saturation and overwhelming lack of control needs to relearn how to deal with them.

The causation of many of these issues can be through simple behavioural changes brought on by the brain injury, a direct issue with the executive functions. If you imagine taking a toddler tantrum and putting that into a fully-grown adult, who has the same knowledge and experience of growing up but is completely over powered by the emotion! A severe conflict could appear within them; this lack of understanding and control usually leads to anger and occasionally violent outbursts. These are not the actions of someone who is malicious or deviant in any way, this is simply a biological response of the Fight or Flight system that is hard wired into our brains. An autonomous response from the autonomous nervous system in connection with the limbic systems reaction within the mammalian part of the brain.

These cognitive and emotional effects can be brought on through the direct trauma of the injury, or through frustration on dealing with physical symptoms connected directly or indirectly.

A large number of ABI sufferers, especially males, will struggle emotionally with anger and frustration, they may possibly get onto the wrong side of the law due to the form of injury they receive. It could simply be down to physical contact through a sport injury or an assault or due to the sociological expectations placed onto younger men to act certain ways, but men are 1.6 times more likely to receive and ABI.

You will also find that a need for a regimented system of coping is put into place to manage these emotional outbreaks and that can be where the issue of re-offending can come into play. Not necessarily through a need to return to the prison environment, but through the inability to cope with the sensory overload of returning to civilian life. A very similar issue with the military has been reported on the life changing effects, which is why the military offer lifestyle retraining.

The same extreme emotional issues lead to acute bouts of depression, hopelessness and worthlessness. If you add in the mix the fact someone has been charged with an offence that they feel they had no control over, these negative feelings can increase drastically.

Self-isolation is common, through fear regarding the possibilities of what may happen, a struggle against knowing that issues created within the mind can increase to paranoia and even lead to agoraphobia.

Connecting with people from the past can be difficult after brain injury because on occasion people have changed their way of communicating, without actually realising that the change has happened.

A person with a brain injury is usually one of the last to know what the full effects of their injury is, though those close by and within their social circle are likely to notice. Unfortunately issues can appear when the information isn’t passed back to the individual and people ‘protect’ the survivor. The common “oh he/she has had an injury, just let it go’ comes into play, but then that person themselves are not aware of an issue it can increase with time.

Breaking bonds with family members and old friends happens through several reasons, the difficulties in understanding that the injury is on the inside and can’t be mapped, or that is can be graded and explained. This is difficult for people to understand and the cause of many relationship break downs.

Brain injury is a very difficult injury to deal with, once the bruises are gone and there are no physical signs, people can not understand what the issue is, the injury can be life changing and becomes a psychological drain, as well as an emotional roller coaster; yet how can it be demonstrated or understood without going through it?

 

I personally used 2 analogies during recovery:

“It would be easier if I had ended up in a wheelchair, because at least then I would be judged fairly”

Why did I say this? When you look ok, and people can’t see massive physical issue, there is no understanding and no tolerance for any out of the ordinary behaviour. When someone sees a severe physical issue, they automatically give allowances. A person surviving an ABI still needs that level of allowance and understanding of the difficulties they struggle with daily.

 

“When you’re looking outside a window, you don’t know what is painted on the wall around it on the other side

 

When you have had an ABI, you still think you are acting and speaking the same as you always have done, but to those that know you, you may not be. You may seem angry, mean or inconsiderate, yet you are blissfully unaware that you acting any different to how you have always done,. Leading to not understanding why people are being different around you. This is where the inured person has to look for reasons why people seem to be acting differently.

These new life mannerisms, and ways of acting don’t always go away either, you can be an intelligent, literate person that on a day to day way comes across as sensible, pro-active and empathic to others needs, but that can change as quickly as from minute to minute, or from hour to hour. Being overly tired can cause just enough confusion to create the anxiety that is normally held in check.

Overloading the mind with too many thoughts can raise the levels of stress to stimulate the fight or flight response and people just see the over reaction, the temper or explosive responses. Managing the daily routines, doing the same tasks as everyone else at the same time, is a success. The brain can struggle to maintain levels of focus, conscious thought or remember simple tasks and routines.

Richard Hammond, the TV presenter, suffered a terrible accident while filming, and wrote a book. Within this autobiography he stated he wished he could wear a t-shirt that had “Yes, I am fine” written on the front, but would have “No, I’m not” written on the back. Because outwardly the impression an ABI survivor wants to give is that they are ok, they are managing, but inside they want to know people are there, to understand that it’s not ok, there are problems and it isn’t easy to maintain the same levels of function. It can be very difficult and extremely draining.

So where does all this come into play in regards to offending?

By following a bespoke and individual process; working with those who have offended due to issues raised by an ABI, or those who have acquired an ABI whilst within the prison system, we can focus on dealing with the issues and symptoms caused by the injury that may be likely to increase the likelihood of re-offending.

Stabilising emotional and executive function, focussing on the individuals’ changes and creating coping mechanisms, as well as creating awareness and understanding within the prison service. This will offer insight and valid practices to maintain a steady and calmer approach by the system and staffing members within.

I have personally help educate family members, friends and even Managers within workplace, to be able to help and offer support, knowing that with some very simple strategies in place, a person who may come across as aggressive, violent or out of control due to their injury, can once again regain control, relearn the early life skills and move forwards within their own lives.

In the UK a card has now been introduced, produced by Headway UK where those who have suffered a brain injury can show it to allow those who are unaware, that there is a problem. These cards are supported by the Police force, which means that there can now be awareness offered, a little bit of understanding, and maybe just a few moments that a survivor needs to regain control can be given, without it being misunderstood as an aggressive response. This should be publicised and promoted, maybe then other Countries can take it on board but maybe, just maybe that small amount of understanding could also prevent ABI survivors ending up on a downward spiral of offending and reoffending through simply not being understood.

Hypnotherapy ABI Awareness and Understanding 2 Day workshop

Acquired Brain Injury affects nearly 400,000 people each year in the UK!

The effects are individual and quite often unknown or invisible to see.

This 2-day course goes into detail about the effects of surviving an Acquired Brain Injury; it explains the difficulties that survivors can face, and some of the issues that can occur.

It also breaks down standard Hypnotherapy practices and shows why some of the standard training cannot be used in circumstances, as well as highlighting issues that can cause further issues.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) effects more than just the individual, it affects everyone around that person; whether they are a spouse, child, sibling or other family member, it can affect relationships at home, work or friendships.

Working with families can relieve many issues, when you can share your knowledge and understanding to those around, then you can ease their pain, not just physical, but mental and emotional too. This injury does affect more people than the individual who survived it, but dealing with the issue will need more than just the individual to succeed.

ABI is complicated, unique and life shattering, it is sudden, unexpected and very rarely understood. But gaining knowledge and insight can alter that, knowing how to progress with the individual, by their needs, their speed, you can make the difference.

What will you learn:

  • What is an ABI?
  • The different types of ABI
  • The areas that can be affected
  • Physical factors
  • The hidden factors
  • Understanding the need to alter standard techniques
  • Building your own protocols
  • Parasympathetic Stimulation and its necessity
  • Working with the hidden effects
  • Working with Physical Effects

This 2-day course will bring you insight into what CAN happen, and be AWARE that each injury is individual, as each treatment must be. Understanding the cautions involved in some preferred practices and the dangers of using the wrong standard training practices, as well as how to alter them.

 

So who is Rogan Grant?

Rogan has been connected with Headway UK – The Brain Injury Association since 2007, he started as a client, and recently stepped down as Chair of a regional branch. It was through his discovery of Hypnotherapy and consequent training, that he has attended Regional and National Functions for Headway as a Therapist during the last 4 years. Listed as a Neuro-Hypnotherapist by Headway, he has worked with groups and individuals and gained great success and feedback. Rogan is also a GHR supervisor and a Director on the Board of the Scottish Hypnotherapy Foundation. As well as using psychotherapies, he is also certified in Nutrition and Massage Therapy and believes in a Holistic approach to bespoke treatments. He has studied Gestalt, Law of Attraction and other theories and is currently working on writing his own book and new programmes based on his combined understanding. A speaker for Natural Health and Brain Injury Awareness, Rogan has based his direction focused on the need for access to more ‘complementary’ and natural techniques in ABI recovery.

You will receive:

  • 2 days of comfortable but intensive training
  • 11 Accredited CPD Training Hours and Certificate
  • A Course Completion Certificate
  • A relaxed atmosphere
  • Experience and understanding from both sides: injured and therapist
  • A complete information pack to go with the course for review
  • A central Edinburgh City venue
  • Tea/Coffee at reception, breaks, snacks and refreshments throughout
  • Lunch break with time to explore
  • Free Wi-Fi and printing if needed for tickets etc
  • Discounted Accommodation at several venues nearby
  • Contact organisation details to offer your services to
  • And the chance to Network with like minded therapists

 

Tickets go on sale 2nd January , check out the eventbrite page HERE

 

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Rogan Grant takes over

The award winning Director of Positive Inspiration has taken it over completely. No longer a CIC company, now a singular focussed practice offering individual and group sessions to those who are looking for a top quality service. Rogan Grant, the Natural and Holistic Practitioner is now focussing the practice to offer simple one to one sessions, and continues to offer the group sessions in place, with plans to increase venues and dates within 2019, allowing more suitable access to those who want it.

So what does the future hold for Positive Inspiration? With client lead focus and direct individual contact, Rogan says “It’s about the clients, not the paperwork now, I look forward to doing what I prefer to do, helping people, not filling in forms”.

What changes? “Well some of the services provided will be removed or reduced, but as the lead practitioner before, all the services it provided will remain and I will continue to build on being able to offer the latest and most advanced services it can.”

With the latest designed Trinity Relaxation class being brought it. Trinity relaxation focussed on BODY, MIND and SELF, by incorporating specific areas of techniques from Mindfulness, Meditation, Self Hypnosis, Yoga Nidra, with tactile practices of self massage and pressure points, combined together to incorporate areas of thinking like Gestalt, and Law of Attraction with NLP to create an ongoing programme of personal awareness, realisation and individual perspective and direction. Rogan stated “Trinity is coming soon, and after an initial period we will be training other practitioners to be able to offer this amazing concept. It is so thorough, and yet so simple to do” he added “While the process of delivery has taken a long time to build and adapt successfully. the integration of these techniques seemed so obvious very early on, once you study them properly”

Our Therapist Wins an Award

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Rogan Grant, our Lead Practitioner and Company Director was the successful winner of the Scottish Hypnotherapy Foundation “Voice of the Year” award. He received his award this weekend as he was unable to attend the SHF National Conference  this year due to personal commitments. “What a great honour to be voted for anything by your peers, it is was amazing to hear that I had won this award.” Rogan continues “There were so many amazing speakers and workshops at the conference, it really was a shame to miss it, but my son had his birthday that day, and I wouldn’t miss that.”

Rogan is an accredited CPD speaker and talks about the benefits of Natural Health options, like Hypnotherapy and NLP, and the amazing results it can achieve for those affected by Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). He explains “Specialist therapies within Natural Health do have particular formats, but when you make the necessary changes to the standard training, to deal with the effects of brain injury, then you can offer successful treatments that change lives”. He hopes to build on his connections with particular National head injury charities to create specialist workshops to help those working within these forms of therapy understand the differences ABI can cause, and how hypnotherapy can make massive changes in the lives of all of those affected, survivors, carers, family members and friends.

We offer within our downloads page a FREE relaxation track, voiced by our very own award winning therapist, a simple technique to practice whenever you wish.

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