Warning! Summertime Setbacks
Once again, summer is here! Long days, lemonade, vacations, and…what? Cries for help? Every year in my practice, some of the same issues pop up like freckles during this season. This time, I figured a preventative warning about a few of the most common might be in order—kinda like putting sunblock on BEFORE you go out in the sun instead of AFTER!
Where did I Hide my Wedding Ring? While preparing to leave the house for a summer vacation, many people hide their jewelry for “safekeeping.” Trouble is, it’s so safe, the travelers themselves can’t remember where they put it later on! While I find it fun to hypnotize someone to help them recall where they hid something, the client who fears they’ve lost their $10,000 diamond tennis bracelet forever probably doesn’t find it quite as entertaining. If you’re a “security squirreller,” write down where your treasure is buried, or tell someone you trust! If you do forget, call me as soon as you can, because the longer you wait, the deeper your mind itself will bury this little secret.
A Stuffy Problem. At least a couple times in summer, and frequently in the winter, I get calls from people with bad allergies or colds who started using nasal spray and can’t stop. Reminder: the bottle says to quit use after three days, not two months! The longer you wait to get off the spray, the harder it is. Simple answer—don’t prolong use to begin with.
Fear of Flying. This is a specialty of mine, and I can generally help anyone overcome this common phobia. I can also tell you that the anticipation of flying is worse than the flight itself, so call me when you book the flight, rather than the day before you take off, to avoid unnecessary suffering.
Opioids Danger. Unfortunately, I frequently hear from people who were injured at the beginning of summer, and overused their pain medication to the point of becoming addicted. There’s no typecasting here; these are soccer moms, engineers, or weekend athletes who now find themselves enslaved to a drug. I wish I could say this is an easy fix, but the fact is, addiction to painkillers can be quite serious, and I refer most people with this issue to an inpatient treatment program. For your own sake, exercise extreme caution if you’re prescribed pain medication, and closely monitor your kids’ access to them.
The Siren Call of Sugar. Sugar hijacks the part of your brain that signals being full, and turns it off. This explains why, when you eat something sugary, you want to go back to the kitchen for more, over and over again. Hypnosis can help, but prevention is better. Avoid high-sugar foods and to try to cut back on carbs in general.
Relax but Don’t Slack. Try not to let go all your healthy routines just because it’s summer. It may seem like a harmless “break,” but realize that it takes at least 21 days to reestablish a habit, e.g. going to the gym. Trust me, you won’t enjoy having to start all over again in September. Hypnosis can help, but it’s easier and more beneficial to keep up your good health habits…summer, spring, winter, fall.
Better Call Saul Withdrawal. A good friend of mine has this problem, so if you figure out a cure, let me know… Such a nasty cliffhanger! Not cool, AMC.
Have a happy, healthy summer everyone!!
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