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Bruxism - Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is the term used for the grinding of teeth, which usually happens during sleep and can lead to oral and general health problems. We can all go through periods of grinding our teeth, but prolonged bruxism can lead to cracked teeth and jaw problems.

Complications can include:

1) Worn, broken or chipped teeth
2) Extra sensitive teeth
3) Inflamed or receding gums
4) Facial pains
5) Ear Ache
6) Headaches
7) Sleep disturbances for you and your partner

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Tinnitus - What can hypnotherapy offer

There is a strange sound ringing in my ears!

Most of the causes of tinnitus are not harmful. The most common cause is nerve damage in the sensitive hearing nerves of the inner ear. These nerves transport sound from the ear to the brain. If they are damaged, or destroyed, an abnormal stream of impulses are produced by the nerves that the brain interprets as a sound. So these impulses cause the noise that is associated with tinnitus.

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Too Much Drugs, Drink, Sex and Gambling...

- Are you out of control?
- Can't seem to change?
- Regret what happened yesterday?
- Risking your close relationships?
- Worried you will lose your job?
- In a bad place?

If any or all of the above apply to you then Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can put you back in control.

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Just One More for the Road!

The English are known throughout the world for our love of drink. Our culture revolves around drink and meeting at the pub. Without a doubt there are upsides to drinking that most of us can associate with. Often we feel more relaxed, we may become more socially confident or even feel funnier. We often talk about great nights out with friends, that have involved alcohol.

Drink becomes a problem when we feel unable to cope without it, or when it stops us from having a normal life. Like any addiction, dependence can creep up on you and it may be hard to acknowledge that you have a problem.

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Easy Weight Loss

In every gossip magazine you look at the front pages and they are covered in photos of various celebrities who have either lost weight or (heaven forbid) put on a few pounds. The dieting game appears to be a full time job that requires all your energy and will power, with a good dose of various instructions from different groups or mentors.

But some celebrities have found the wonders of hypnotherapy. Geri Halliwell used hypnotherapy to slim down post Spice Girls. Orlando Bloom used it to stop his chocolate addiction to shape up for an action film. Nigella Lawson used it to slim down from a size 16 to 12.

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10 Things Unhappy People have in Common

Why is it that some people are happier than others! Well, this is something that researchers are spending a lot of time and money looking into. What they have found is that there are themes that seem to resonate with people that describe themselves and their lot as "unhappy". I will go on to list the 10 main areas:

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Some simple steps guaranteed to make you happier.

Time magazine released an interesting article on what steps were proven to make you happier. I think it is useful, as it is many of the areas that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy focuses on. Obviously, to some degree it is our genes that indicate how much we are naturally happy. However, there is a great deal that we can add to this ourselves and some of the points highlighted you may want to put into practice.

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Stress Relief in a minute!

It is amazing what little tips can help with stress. This breathing technique can be used anywhere at any time and no one will notice you doing it. The key to the technique is that once you practice it's use, you can utilise it at times of stress and worry. As far as the brain is concerned, as you focus on the breathing you transfer from the panic centre (or Amygdala) over to the pre-frontal cortex. This is the part of the brain that allows us to make a proper assessment of the situation based on the evidence and is generally very positive. We can put ourselves back in control.

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Half Price - Stop smoking

In support of the NHS campaign to encourage people to stop smoking in October, I would like to offer my 1 1/2 hour quit smoking session for HALF PRICE in OCTOBER only. This means a 50% reduction from 120 to 60 pounds.

This offer is only redeemable on appointments booked in Exeter or Bovey Tracey in October.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Want to be happier?

The great think about hypnotherapy is that it is all about the positive, encouraging your brain to start to change to focus on all that is good in life. To help this process, I generally at some point in therapy give my client's a little exercise to practice at home.

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Why Focusing on solutions helps

Many forms of therapy is based on you establishing what the problem is and then talking it over. This article in The Guardian discusses why this may not be helpful.

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Are e-cigarettes safe?

E-cigarettes are all around us. They appear to have a huge variety of flavours and are thought to be relatively cheap in comparison to smoking. Unlike cigarettes, they produce very few negative comments from others and appear to be the acceptable face of smoking. All sounds good so far, but do we really know what is in them and what the long-term effects are to our health. I remember my grandad having the firm belief that a cigarette a day was good for his asthma! So find out more..

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Panic Attacks - 'I think I am going to die'

Luckily, for me I have only had one full panic attack in my life. I was on a ferry between the Thai mainland and one of the islands. As we left the harbour, suddenly the sea seemed incredibly rough. The boat started to crash over the waves and what in retrospect was quite funny, everyone started vomiting. The crew suddenly appeared and requested that all the families go on to the deck and at that moment it started,

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Anxiety - What it does to the body

Most of us feel the physical and emotional effects of being anxious. Physically we may notice a racing heart, tightness of the chest, a feeling of dizziness, to name but a few. Emotionally, we may be short of temper, looking out for danger all around, or feeling just miserable.

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Why sleep is so important

I have seen so many people who just get used to functioning off little or practically no sleep. They are amazed by how hypnotherapy can change things. A circadian neuroscientist in the US has made a film that talks.........

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Stoptober

Stoptober is a 28 day NHS campaign to stop people smoking for the month. Evidence indicates that if you can stop for 28 days, you are 5 times more likely to give up for good. Details of the NHS campaign can be found on https://stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/registration-b

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Can hypnotherapy help with IBS

Yes! Even The Daily Mail agrees. They looked at a study of more than 200 patients with IBS. They were monitored to look at quality of life, levels of anxiety, before and after treatment. The researchers found that almost (71%) of patients responded well to treatment and did NOT get any worse over time.

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September is Chronic Pain Awareness Month - Reduced price hypnotherapy for pain sufferers

I have just discovered the wonders of twitter and a whole new world is opening up. I am amazed at the amount of great groups and accounts there are out there for persistent pain.

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Hypnotherapy helps with Acting

A client of mine in Exeter kindly gave me a photocopy of a book she had been reading and exclaimed "I couldn't believe Sheila did it!"

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This is an interesting overview on the pro's and con's of stress and some things that will help.

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Late nights and less sleep may lead to weight gain

The British Medical Journal releases news articles around relevant issues and this article spoke of the increasing links between lack of sleep and the chance of weight gain and obesity. It looked at some research that looked at why this may happen..

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Lack of sleep can lead to brain shrinkage!

According to a new study, lack of sleep can promote atrophy (shrinkage) of the brain and cognitive decline. The brain is responsible for cognitive abilities and therefore, faster shrinkage of the brain is associated with decline in cognitive performance...... So what can you do about it...

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Support of those with OCD

OCD or Obsessional Compulsive Disorder, is a term that is often used these days to describe behaviours or habits that some people exhibit with little real understanding of what it is, and the extent to which it can have a devastating impact on some people's lives. It is a crippling mental health problem that severely impacts on the functioning and quality of life of those children and adults that suffer from it. It comes in many from serious disabling and debilitating contamination fears, through to horrific and graphic intrusive thoughts that go round and round in the sufferers head with little, if any respite.

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Stress Hormones can Seriously Damage you Health

Our early ancestors faced very real hazards on a daily basis resulting in the development of the stress responses to enable our survival against predators and aggressors. We are hard wired to respond to perceived threats by secreting the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.

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Hypnotherapy helps with the symptoms of fibromyalgia

In my time working in the Exeter Pain Management Clinic, I was astounded by the number of people suffering from Fibromyalgia. Many people don't know about this debilitating condition, let alone how to manage the symptoms or support someone who has it.

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Happiness in Exeter

We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and when the sun is out Devon is hard to beat. If we ask ourselves the question; 'Are we happy?' Sometimes we are not sure of the answer.

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The Importance of Mid-Summer Night's Dreams

As the light levels and temperatures increase as the summer continues, it is important to manage your sleep effectively. Sleep deprivation can effect us both physically and emotionally......

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Decluttering the Brain

The beginning of March sees an interesting awareness day “Old Stuff Day”. A day to sort, sift, organise, and declutter our environments. But what about an environment that lives inside of us, that we sometimes don't even realise needs a good clear out from time to time? Our brains!
Karen Tite, a local Solution Focused Hypnotherapist practising in Bovey Tracey reveals, “Did you know that the average human brain thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day? That is a lot of thinking! Those thoughts can be neutral, optimistic or pessimistic. She says “It's interesting to notice the default patterns of how we think.”

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