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What is Neuroscience and How Can it Help You?

By Erika Slater
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In this article you’ll discover:

  1. What is neuroscience and the promise it holds for understanding our brain and its connection to influencing the health of our body?
  2. Current thinking around how neuroscience can help us in the future and the bridge to psychology to aid in influencing negative thoughts and emotions impacting our well-being.
  3. The important link between neuroscience and the mind body connection.
  4. Further reading, research, medical studies and resource links around neuroscience and papers on use of hypnosis as it relates to furthering the knowledge of the field.

The word Neuroscience seems to be everywhere today. It jumps out at you from articles in magazines or online.

TV talk shows and documentaries march forth the leaders in the field who dish-up their complicated and emotional appeals of a new field of science about to burst forth and provide a unifying theory about our brain and mind, and what it means to be human and the thoughts and feelings that make us different from other animal species.

But what exactly is neuroscience as to most it remains a mystery?

Neuroscience (or neurobiology) is the scientific study of the nervous system. It is a multidisciplinary branch of biology, that combines physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, developmental biology, cytology, mathematical modeling and psychology to understand the fundamental and emergent properties of neurons and neural circuits. The understanding of the biological basis of learning, memory, behavior, perception and consciousness has been described by Eric Kandel as the ‘ultimate challenge” of the biological sciences’ [1].

In the end, the best way to describe neuroscience is “biology meeting psychology

Neuroscientists and professionals in this field usually focus on one part of the central nervous system, often neurotransmitters, or specialize on specific behaviors that relate to psychiatric disorders.

Because the field has exploded in the last 50 years with the number of people who study the nervous system, a number of organizations were formed, and the most prominent include: the International Brain Research Organization, the European Brain and Behaviour Society, and the Society for Neuroscience.

So, we have a new field of science but what promise does it hold for the everyday person? How will it help our understanding of ourselves? And how will it impact our future? Particular to me is how it can expand our knowledge of the mysteries of the brain and aid hypnotists to help more people?

These questions we’ll explore below with the help of some of the leading experts in Neuroscience today. Fasten your seat-belt because the ride isn’t smooth and has controversy!

 

WHAT IS THE PROMISE OF NEUROSCIENCE?

Psychology and head showing puzzle piecesOur brain is an amazingly complex organ. “Scientists still have not uncovered the full extent of what the brain can do. This single organ controls every aspect of the body, ranging from heart rate and appetite to emotion and memory. The brain controls the immune system’s response to disease and determines, in part, how well people respond to medical treatments. It shapes our thoughts, beliefs, hopes, dreams, and imaginations. It is the brain’s ability to perform all these functions that makes us human” [2].

Often times you hear neurology or neuroscience related to the mind, as well as psychology. Are they one and the same? There is a main difference!

While there’s only one study of neuroscience, there are many branches of psychology.

Overall, the biological functioning of the brain is much easier to codify and qualify than personalities, which you study in psychology. There are many differing approaches to the study of psychology, but none of them can claim to universality, unlike the neuroscientific view of brain biology.

So, neuroscience can’t tell you a whole lot about psychology or mental healing.

With that said, psychological studies and mental health issues may be able to lead practitioners to find dysfunctions in one’s neurochemistry, as well as their brains.

A primary promise of neuroscience is when you use it to explain why one thinks, feels and acts a certain way, it bridges the gap between itself, and the fields of psychology and mental health.

David Ludden Ph.D. explains, “The problem is that, unlike the natural sciences, psychology has no grand unifying theory (or GUT) that ties the whole enterprise together. The list of topics that psychology includes is vast, but it’s not really clear what they all have in common. The allure of neuroscience is that it may finally give psychology a GUT. This is because neuroscience is based on the premise that all psychological processes can ultimately be explained in terms of brain processes. This new hope for psychology has spawned a veritable neuro-zoo, as each sub-discipline now has its own neuro-doppelgänger” [3].

Neuroscience will help correlate the psychophysics and how it relates to perception. It looks into systems of behavior, cognition, and systems for acting and reacting. Moreover, neuroscience also investigates plasticity and neural development, clinical and experimental neuropsychology, as well as neuropsychopharmacology – the effect of drugs and substances on one’s mind and central nervous system.

But there’s controversy lurking in the promise.

Our concept of the “mind” is much like that of our “soul.” As you can’t point to the soul in a diagram of our body and organs, so, you can’t point to the mind in a diagram of our brain no matter how detail or complex the diagram. The mind remains allusive as it’s a concept only. It’s our ability to think of these concepts that makes us human.

Some neuroscientists feel though all psychological processes can be reduced to brain functions, or put another way, our mind is a product of our brain, rather than being separate. The concern though is this stance can take us down the road of thinking we can reduce the mind to nothing more than brain activity. And with the expected advances in MRI technology in the future there could be a time when we can monitor our thoughts and feelings using brain scans, and even predict and change? Scary maybe, impractical… probably.

Seth Schwartz and his colleagues argue the case around inclusiveness between the fields of neuroscience and psychology to avoid the fields excluding each other from their discussions in attempting to explain our brain’s working and the impact on our individual psychology [4].

When trying to understand the mind-body connection [5] then neuroscience helps to piece our current theories together that our mind is a product of our brain and its state – positive and negative – and influences the state of our body – good and bad.

Our understanding of the brain has grown in the last century to the point we know about neurotransmitters and how they work in our brain passing messages from one part of the brain to another so they can be acted upon. We know this is all just chemical reactions and electrical signals, but this chemistry by itself doesn’t explain consciousness. But somehow in these exchanges neurons help create consciousness, our thoughts and concepts of the mind and soul, and ability to even think and communicate about this topic.

So, as neuroscience informs us more about how our brain works to make the connections we seek in psychology we look to understand what makes us human, and for those seeking help from the field of psychology to understand our personalities, why we act the way we do, and importantly what needs to be fixed when the brain doesn’t function the way we expect and produce serious brain and mental illnesses.

 

HOW WILL IT HELP US IN THE FUTURE?

Collage of emotionsNeuroscience and psychology are the perfect marriage when you put them together! The two disciplines are not polar opposites in their approaches, rather they inform, clarify and even challenge the findings each puts forth. At the end of the day, the two approaches explain thoughts, feelings and actions, and better helps with understandings in complex situations.

There have been, and there are so many influential neuroscientists in the field today, who are making the study of neuroscience more applicable to everyday living.

Joseph LeDoux is one of the most successful neuroscientists in his field. LeDoux is a professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Science at the University of New York. He is also the Director of the Center for Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety. His work in the field has been paramount in helping people.

LeDoux goes beyond the instinct of threat which we share with animals and commonly attributed to our circuits in the amygdala as in “fight or flight” instinct. LeDoux now feels this is unconscious instinct, but the ability to wake up at night worrying about the state of our bank account is about fear and anxiety which is a human trait and not shared with the rest of the animal world.

His neuroscience work believes its only after the unconscious threat systems have detected danger that the emotions of fear and anxiety “rise into consciousness – and only if, LeDoux says, ‘you have a brain that can be conscious of its own activity,’ a brain with the ‘ability to conceptualize all of that, to label it linguistically, and to integrate it with thoughts and memories.’ In other words, fear and anxiety are not wired into the brain as basic responses to the world around us — rather, the responses that lead to them are, and they only coalesce into fear when the brain interprets them as such” [6].

LeDoux says “To feel afraid is to be conscious of fear — so the question of where exactly feelings like fear and anxiety arise in the brain is intimately tied to nothing less than the ongoing mystery of how our brains pull off the great feat of consciousness itself.”

LeDoux believes his vision of fear and anxiety has implications not only for drug development but as well as for psychotherapy. If — to rephrase Kierkegaard — anxiety is the price humans pay for freedom, LeDoux thinks that that cost can be reduced by incorporating a more sophisticated understanding of the brain into the psychological treatment of fear and anxiety disorders. Because there are both conscious and unconscious processes at work when anxiety spirals out of control, LeDoux believes that effective treatments would have to engage differently on each level – the whirling subliminal, automatic circuitry that patients aren’t even aware of needs to be subdued before the second-step project of addressing the higher level of conscious thoughts and feelings can begin” [6].

LeDoux’s neuroscience research then focuses on emotions and memory, whereby he uses research to understand pathological fear and anxiety in human beings. He, along with others, are taking neuroscience to new levels to help understand behavior and the human brain better.

Another expert in the neuroscience field is Antonio Damasio, and he opened a 2015 lecture with these words. “I am delighted to be amongst so many people who believe that it is possible to change human behavior by acting on the main agent of that behavior, which is the brain, and to bring about a change that will make human beings better, happier, more satisfied, and contributing more to culture” [7].

Damasio argues what the body feels is every bit as significant as what the mind thinks. We have learnt enough in the last 150-years about the areas of the brain where our emotions are centered, but we can’t say the same for feelings. And yet it’s our feelings in response to our emotions that are central to what happens to our body. He explains, “If it weren’t for feelings, we would never have been aware of what is happening to us and in our environment.

For example, the emotion of fear helps protect us from danger but it’s a negative emotion and not something we want in our lives every day. Emotions like happiness are positive and produce, as Damasio explains, “… drive that comes from conscious feeling has allowed us to devise solutions for the many, many problems that nature did not solve for us.

Damasio talks about neuroscience and stress. Stress, as I’ve written before, is part of life. You can reduce it but not eliminate it entirely. And if you live in an urban environment, you likely suffer more consistent stress over a long time. Neuroscience tells us stress has the brain release hormones that are not helpful to us. On the other hand, Damasio says, “it so happens that the brain is very good at detecting dissonance and harmony. If things are fairly harmonic in our life, the brain works in a harmonic way. One of the ways in which it expresses that harmony is by producing a variety of chemical molecules that maintain the [body and brain] tissues in good health.” Living a healthy life helps with this harmony. Being physically active, keeping yourself mentally active, and eating healthy foods all provide the brain and body with the environment and fuel it needs to help you deal with diseases of the day.

Nobody in Neuroscience is saying you won’t get Alzheimer’s or cancer, or heart disease but Damasio says, “The more you put your brain to work, not only as a child but as an older person, the more likely it is that your brain is going to be in good condition and offset the ravages that may come from disease.”

So, neuroscience is helping us make connections between our brain, mind, body and our behaviors. If we want to achieve everything we desire and live a long and healthy life then the choices we make about work, play, environment, exercise, and diet are important but supporting this equally is our habits and behaviors around our emotions and feelings they produce.

This leads in nicely to my final topic today, and this is discussing how hypnosis informs us about neuroscience and vice versa, and how hypnosis can help with the mind body connection.

 

HYPNOSIS AND NEUROSCIENCE:

MRI brain scan activityDavid A. Oakley and Peter W. Halligan write, “Hypnosis uses the powerful effects of attention and suggestion to produce, modify and enhance a broad range of subjectively compelling experiences and behaviours. For more than a century, hypnotic suggestion has been used successfully as an adjunctive procedure to treat a wide range of clinical conditions. Recent studies using hypnotic suggestion show how it can provide insights into brain mechanisms involved in attention, motor control, pain perception, beliefs and volition. Moreover, they indicate that hypnotic suggestion can create informative analogues of clinical conditions that may be useful for understanding these conditions and their treatments” [8].

Scientists and researchers studying hypnosis and neuroscience fall into two categories.

The first uses hypnosis to conduct laboratory study to help understand our brain and cognitive capabilities, and even to help understand consciousness. Highly suggestible hypnotic subject’s voluntary submits to experiments aiming to understand our brain working using fMRI technologies when in hypnosis and asked to think specific thoughts about color and or physical pain. The outcome being, for example, to see what part of the brain is being activated when we’re asked to not see colors, such as think gray, or to see blue color when we are shown pictures of red color. Understanding the areas of the brain participating in this “influence” helps neuroscientists piece together how the brain (and mind) accomplishes this.

The other set of experiments aims to use our understanding of neuroscience to explain and capture hypnosis and how it works rather than rely on so-called first-person explanations of those who benefited from hypnotic intervention. This path of understanding is aimed at allowing us to capture what clinical opportunities we have for intervention in symptoms that hypnosis can aid in overcoming, or at least controlling. This path of experiments also helps in confirming our ability to control what scientists label as automatic processes which covers our habits. It’s long been determined that hypnosis can help individuals help overcome and/or replace habits which have an automatic trigger such as smoking or unhealthy eating.

Various scientific papers tackle these topics, particularly the one cited already from Oakley and Halligan [8], and one covering hypnosis research conducted over the last two decades [9]. Both these types of experiments advance our understanding of hypnosis and its clinical use and of understanding our brain neurology and how this is linked to our “mind” concept.

As neuroscience progresses hypnosis and our understanding of how both can impact our mind and body, then, we begin to really bridge how the most important mechanism for controlling the physical condition of your body is your mind. “In order to truly apply the benefits of the mind body connection to your life, you need to first understand and accept what you are currently is the result of your thinking. If you go there in the mind, then you will most likely go there in the body!” [5]

This concept is a basic one in the mind body connection and shouldn’t be alien to you if you’ve ever gotten into poor outcomes and can trace it back to your thinking in certain situations at the time, as in… “whatever was I thinking…?

Hypnosis, we know, helps us focus intently on a topic or outcome while in a relaxed state. “Discipline and concentration are the keys for understanding and working the mind body connection. You realize your mind is your primary mover or catalyst which has the complete abilities to take you where you want to go. How is this achieved? It is best achieved through tunnel vision, a heightened state of awareness, highly focused thinking — HYPNOSIS!” [5]

Now, meditation and other forms of relaxation, are similar to hypnosis to help with the same mind body connection, but hypnosis allows us to get to the same place quicker and with a deep focus in our unconscious mind, either through practiced self-hypnosis or with guidance from a hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is beneficial for replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, which helps in a positive mind body connection to achieve the outcomes we want.

So, neuroscience offers up many promises for our future. Discovering the secrets of our brain (and mind) and its intricate workings and impact on us provides the opportunity to understand how to influence it. Being able to influence it, using powerful tools such as hypnosis, means our bodies will benefit if harnessed into our mind body connection as we strive for successful living and outcomes.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief introduction to neuroscience and will use the resources below to explore it further. Our brain is a marvelous and complex organ and at the center of not only controlling our bodies but influencing our thoughts and feelings that lead to the quality of our life, and the condition of our body. It is in bridging these two we look towards neuroscience to decipher and educate us on how we can influence our brain to achieve our desires for our life.

 

CONCLUSIONS:

Neuroscience is a relatively new field of science and is the study of the nervous system which is all controlled from our brain. So, those studying in neuroscience are heavy into understanding how our brain and its processes work. But we know a lot more about the brain today than how it influences our thoughts, emotions and feelings and other aspects of psychology. A large promise of the field is in bridging the gap between itself, and the fields of psychology and mental health by being able to explain why we think, feel and act a certain way.

Neuroscience informs us more about how our brain works to make the connections we seek in psychology where we look to understand what makes us human, and for those seeking help from the field of psychology to understand our personalities, why we act the way we do, and importantly what needs to be fixed when the brain doesn’t function the way we expect and produce serious brain and mental illnesses.

Thought provokers in neuroscience argue what the body feels is every bit as significant as what the mind thinks. After all, they argue, it’s our feelings in response to our emotions that are central to what happens to our body.

Discovering the secrets of our brain (and mind) and its intricate workings and impact on us provides the opportunity to understand how to influence it. Being able to influence it, using powerful tools such as hypnosis, means our bodies will benefit if harnessed into our mind body connection as we strive for successful living and outcomes.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

[1] Neuroscience – Wikipedia >>>

[2] Society for Neuroscience >>>

[3] Is Neuroscience the Future or the End of Psychology? >>>

[4] Schwartz, S. J., Meca, A., Lilienfeld, S. O., & Sauvigné, K. C. (2016). The role of neuroscience within psychology: A call for inclusiveness over exclusiveness. American Psychologist, 71, 52-70. >>>

[5] The Mind Body Connection – Six Part Series >>>

[6] A Neuroscientist Argues That Everybody Is Misunderstanding Fear and Anxiety >>>

[7] How Neuroscience Helps Us to Understand Human Nature >>>

[8] Hypnotic Suggestion: Opportunities for Cognitive Neuroscience >>>

[9] New directions in hypnosis research: strategies for advancing the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of hypnosis >>>

 
Erika Slater CH
Free At Last Hypnosis
Massachusetts

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Free At Last Hypnosis Opens New Office in Mashpee Cape Cod Serving Barnstable County & Islands Towns

By Erika Slater
Free At Last Hypnosis Mashpee Office front entrance
Free At Last Hypnosis Mashpee Office front entrance

400 Nathan Ellis Hwy Mashpee Office Entrance

Free At Last Hypnosis has moved its office location to Mashpee, Massachusetts and closed its Hyannis location as of March 31st, 2018.

The new office location is better for me and my clients as I was seeing mostly people from the upper cape towns and those just over the Bourne Bridge, such as Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich, Bourne and Wareham.

I began my hypnosis business in 2004 in the Worcester County area, and moved my family to Cape Cod in fall of 2016.

My new office is located close to Mashpee Commons shopping center on Route 151 and here is contact information:

Free At Last Hypnosis
400 Nathan Ellis Hwy, Suite B
Mashpee, MA 02649
508.269.0109

Here’s a map to help you…

For office hours and direction check out Free at Last Hypnosis office information page here >>>

 

HOW TO KEEP WORKING WITH ME:

Erika Slater headshot photo 300x300One of the strategic transitions I’m making with my business is helping more clients through online sessions.

This isn’t new to me but most likely for current clients it will be.

I’ve been working with people online for the last two years, and in fact all my group sessions in the last year have been conducted online. Many other hypnotherapists only conduct their sessions online.

While I’ll still have an office for those wanting a private face-to-face traditional session, all my groups moving forward will also be online.

For the moment, I’m offering private hypnosis session online and in-office.

There are many benefits to online hypnosis sessions including being able to provide a recording of the session so people can access it whenever they want, and it also saves on travel time and more convenient for my clients.

The technology for conducting online hypnosis sessions has become faster and more reliable than even just a few years ago. I use a technology called Zoom for the sessions as its more reliable and consistent than Skype.

So, while I’ve moved a few towns away I’m still available to you in the Hyannis area if you’re willing to travel or have your sessions conducted online.

Contact me if you want to continue working with me from the comfort and convenience of your own home. Just make sure you’ve got a reliable Internet, PC or Mac, and a microphone to interact. Headset/headphones is preferred to get best effect as it creates a quieter environment.

Please check out my hypnosis Services here >>> 

Feel free to reach out to me if you want to discuss a service not listed here.

I’m looking forward to my new business location and model and invite you to join me for sessions online or in my new Mashpee office

I look forward to hearing from you on how I can help you.

Erika Slater CH
Director
Free At Last Hypnosis
Massachusetts

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Baby Boomer Trends – Becoming a Parent Again

By Peter Sacco
Baby Boomers and Dog Image
Baby Boomers and Dog Image

Baby Boomers are getting pets and small ones

I was reading an article not too long ago and it made me laugh.

It was about baby boomers and their children. It asserted that today’s baby boomer children are hairier and more cuddly. Some even yelp a lot louder! Of course I knew what they were referring to – cats and dogs.

Today more baby boomers are becoming parents many times over by getting pets. It seems adults love to play the parent role forever or at least adopt a loyal friend.

I was looking into the types of pets baby boomers like to have in their lives.

It’s funny how younger folks enjoy larger breeds of dogs whereas baby boomers enjoy the companionship of smaller lap dogs and cats. When asked why, many said they are easier to pick up and move around, especially if they need to take them somewhere or on a vacation. Also, some added that the smaller animals do less damage to furniture – they are not bulls in China shops!

These pets are not just pets. They are members of the family!

Often times, you can find them watching television with their owners, sleeping in the same bed with them and dare I say eating with them at the table? Also, some owners even dress their little guys and gals up just like them. These pets become extensions of their owners, perhaps “mini-mees” or the kids they always wanted to have, or the kids they wanted to be more like them!

Pets are a great thing for anyone, especially baby boomers who feel neglected by grown up kids who have moved away. Some people, more so women experience what is called empty nest syndrome, when the last of their children leaves home. Many feel empty as they feel their role as mother/care-giver is gone. Furthermore, the house may seem so “empty” and quiet which means couples have to spend more time communicating or ignoring one another.

Did you know that pets such as cats and dogs serves as great bridges for narrowing the gap in communication?

Just having that pet gives the couple a sense of a renewed shared interest in the house. For men who were never really very maternal in their own child-rearing skills, pets help them to become more maternal.

Many baby boomers are also single and live alone. Nothing can be more lonely than coming home to a quiet house. Having a pet in your house makes your house feel like a home! Did you also know that pets are great at helping people improve upon their own health? If you have a dog, you get to walk it or play with it outside. If you have a cat you can play with it as well.

Some research shows that just being around animals has the remarkable ability to lower one’s blood pressure and help them feel more relaxed.

It’s funny how people believe they are providing a great service whenever they adopt a furry creature. They indeed are and there are many loving animals out there who long for a new mommy or daddy. With that said, the joys, pleasures and health benefits the furry love of your life will bring you is priceless! Baby Boomers are a large part of our clientele as they enter the second act of their life and want to experience significant changes in their life. If you want to discuss working directly with us on your particular issue to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Hypnosis Services or you can contact us here.

Alternatively, if you prefer a self-hypnosis product to start to refresh your parenting skills then check out this MP3 session here >>>.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO BABY BOOMERS:

Calling All Aging Baby Boomers – The Next Step >>>

Simple Ways for Aging Baby Boomers to Stay Young >>>

Library of Self-Hypnosis Downloads Products.

Peter Andrew Sacco Ph.D.
Staff Writer
Free At Last Hypnosis

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Calling All Aging Baby Boomers – The Next Step

By Peter Sacco
Aging Baby Boomer Thinking Image
Aging Baby Boomer Thinking Image

As a Man Thinketh so he becomes

In my last article on the Aging Baby Boomer topic – Simple Ways for Aging Baby Boomers to Stay Young – I discussed ways to live and incorporate healthier activities and mindsets into becoming a “new you” or “older you with a new, positive outlook” so you can still be or become your best self.

And the bottom line: It’s truly never too late to learn any and all new tricks of the trade to help you feel young… or at least young at heart!

If you recall, in the last article I asserted that it all starts in and with the mind. You are only as old, or “slightly worn,” as you believe yourself to be.

The key to understanding and accepting your current age and your perception of it is to develop a new and current mindset which dictates how old you want to feel – and hopefully that is forever young!

And how does one go about feeling “forever young“? Simply telling the mind that you want to feel and be young or younger. Of course this is easier said than done, but “done” is not that hard!

It requires just two key ingredients; 1) a new and positive mindset, and 2) mental discipline.

Remember, you are whatever and whomever you think you are. A great passage from the Bible, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” said it best. British author and philosophical writer James Allen expanded on this passage and wrote an entire inspiring book “As A Man Thinketh” to motivate people and it has become one of the greatest self-help books of the last 100 years!

What do you “thinketh” about who and what you are?

Do you struggle to feel full of  life and feel young again? Remember, if it is going to be it is up to you to get the ball rolling. It all starts with a single thought… thoughts become things! In this case, you become what you think about most.

The best way to attain the level of being you want to get to is to get a clear understanding of what it is to feel young at heart – see yourself feeling, being and doing “young” things. The key is to seed the mind with “young” thoughts. The more you think about it, the more you are fertilizing/cultivating the thoughts associated with “feeling young“.

Remember, where thoughts go, energy flows!

I have had people ask, “Well, I want to feel younger and think younger, but my mind is stuck on old thought patterns. What can I do about fixing this?”

Perhaps the most efficient and easiest way to accomplish this is through visualization accomplished through either meditation or self-hypnosis. You see, when you visualize anything and it feels so real, it literally becomes real to your emotional states.

When you see something that elicits a feeling, the experience is energized ten-fold. In fact, it feels so real like you are actually in the experience or are the experience! Hypnosis gets you to this point quickest because it by-passes the critical mind’s sensors and brings you to the place of “make believe” where you literally make things happen that you want to believe possible.

How bad do you want to turn back the clock, at least in your mind?

How awesome would it be to feel, act and even look younger? Remember, you are what you think and only you can determine what you want to think and feel. If you want to discuss working directly with us on your particular issue to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Hypnosis Services or you can contact us here.

Alternatively, if you prefer a self-hypnosis MP3 product to start thinking young then get started today by checking out this session here >>>.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO BABY BOOMERS:

Discover the Amazing Healing Power of Fun Hypnosis to Overcome Stress and Achieve Happiness >>>

Baby Boomer Trends – Becoming a Parent Again >>>

Simple Ways for Aging Baby Boomers to Stay Young >>>

Introduction to Mindfulness – Part I >>>

Library of Self-Hypnosis Downloads Products.

Peter Andrew Sacco Ph.D.
Staff Writer
Free At Last Hypnosis

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Simple Ways for Aging Baby Boomers to Stay Young

By Peter Sacco
Image of baby boomers
Image of baby boomers

What worries you as an aging baby boomer?

They say that time flies when you are having fun! And then you get old… Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. After all, age is just a number and how old you feel is just a state of mind.

With that said do you feel younger than the D.O.B. on your driver’s license?

The famous developmental psychologist Erik Erikson discussed how our personalities and social development evolves over 8 stages in our lives with the last culminating in ego integrity versus despair when we become seniors. What he was basically saying was that when we reach senior citizenship we either look back on our lives and embrace/accept what we’ve accomplished and who we’ve become, or we shake our heads and ask ourselves, “What might have been?

Obviously, when we embrace our histories we have a great sense of ego integrity–we like who and what we are. Unfortunately, many people wind up on the other side of the coin, one of despair.

They look back on their lives and see things as a complete waste of time. Many kept waiting for something to happen, to magically change their lives but that “change” never came. What they didn’t realize is that they were and are the change!

If you are one of those who worry about retiring, or are retired and believe your life is over, think again! You can still be whatever you want to become and there is no time like the present to become the change you most want to see in your life.

For most, quality of life is at the forefront of truly living. You are never too old to invest in healthy lifestyles and activities/situations that bring love, peace and joy. A famous best-selling author/TV evangelist (Possibility Thinker) Dr. Robert H. Schuller once told me, “If it’s going to be then it’s up to me!

How true, given that he is in his mid-80’s and still living his life as if it were 30 years ago. He said, it’s all about perception and how you see yourself. So, see yourself as young, happy, productive and full of life. How do you do this?

There are a host of things you can do to think, feel and act young.

First, be around positive people with positive mindsets. You become who you associate most with and vice versa. If you hang around “old” people who think, feel, act and complain a lot, that will bring you down. It is important to do the things you like and make you feel good!

Try to stay active. If you can, walk for 20 minutes 3-4 times a week. It will not only encourage your body to stay healthy or become healthier, it will also balance your brain and keep it fit. Along with walking, try to eat healthy–low fat diets, avoiding red meats and unsaturated fatty foods while eating your fruits, veggies and fiber filled foods. This will definitely help you feel loads lighter and healthier.

Try to read good, inspirational books.

Read autobiographies and self-help books which teach you and encourage you to harmonize all aspects of your life. Along with great books/literature, try to meditate on a daily basis. Meditation can be simple or more intense, if there is such a thing when it comes to meditation.

Hypnosis is an amazing way to feel great as you relax, relieve stress and develop new mindsets for living.

In articles to follow, we will examine ways to live and incorporate healthier activities and mindsets into becoming a “new you” or “older you with a new, positive outlook” so you can still be or become your best self. You know, it is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.

Well, no need to think of yourself as an old dog, rather a pup in positive, possibility training! If you want to discuss working directly with us on your particular issue to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Hypnosis Services or you can contact us here.

Alternatively, if you prefer a self-hypnosis product to start training you to slow down aging today then check this resource out here >>>.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO BABY BOOMERS:

Baby Boomer Trends – Becoming a Parent Again >>>

Calling All Aging Baby Boomers – The Next Step >>>

Introduction to Mindfulness – Part I >>>

How to Get a Natural Anti-Aging Attitude to Feel Younger >>>

Natural Anti-Aging – Turning Back the Clock to Feel Younger >>>

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Peter Andrew Sacco Ph.D.
Staff Writer
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