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Self-Hypnosis Might be the Key to Self-Care During the Pandemic

3 Min Read
Health

The abrupt appearance of the novel coronavirus in late 2019 brought with it a health crisis that quickly swept across the globe. Millions were confined to their homes in an attempt to flatten the curve, but the virus continued to spread quickly, sickening millions and killing hundreds of thousands. The physical toll has been stunning, but the effects on our mental health have been insidious and no less serious. In these days of social distancing and Zoom meetings, self-hypnosis offers a creative solution to stress management and holistic healing.

The Link between Stress and Mental Health

Whether you live in a heavily affected area or not, COVID-19 has likely touched your life in some way. From health fears and work stress to financial worries and increased social isolation, the pressures are almost unbearable at times. When the pressure to simply survive is intense, self-care may seem utterly self-indulgent. However, taking a few moments to do a mental health checkup can keep you calm and centered in this scary new world.

Whether you need to sweep out the mental clutter that is causing you stress or tackle more serious anxiety issues, online hypnosis offers you a highly effective way to do it.

During times of overwhelming stress, the limbic system becomes hyperactive. You might find it hard to control your emotions. Your anxiety might be off-the-charts. You may feel irritable and snappy. You might find yourself losing your temper easily.

In other words, if you feel more out-of-control and out-of-sorts lately, it is not all in your imagination. It is your reality. Online hypnosis can help you step into a happier, healthier frame of mind, alleviate your stress, and find your happiness.

Recognized first by the British Medical Association in 1955, hypnotherapy was quickly adopted by the American Medical Association in 1958. In the 1960s, the American Psychiatric Association was actively encouraging research into hypnotherapy and how it could be incorporated into the various fields of medicine. Since then, scientists have found extensive applications for hypnosis. Today, people use self-hypnosis downloads for everything from alleviating chronic pain and cancer-related pain to promoting healthier sleeping habits.

When it comes to mental health, self-hypnosis downloads are a powerful tool for taking control. Self-hypnosis induces a deeply calm and relaxed yet highly focused state. Whether you need to sweep out the mental clutter that is causing you stress or tackle more serious anxiety issues, online hypnosis offers you a highly effective way to do it.

The Secret to Good Mental Health

When we are mentally healthy, we are more resilient and able to function more productively. We can cope with life's stresses, we can feel good about ourselves, and we can care for ourselves appropriately. We can contribute to our families and communities and realize our full potential.

Good mental health exists on a spectrum. Just as there are some days where we enjoy good physical health and other where we might feel under the weather, we can have mentally good and bad days. Some days, you might feel ready to take on the world and on others, you might struggle. During a public health crisis, even the strongest among us are likely to find those days of struggle a little more frequently.

While some people are naturally resilient, for most of us, it is a skill that can be nurtured and developed throughout our lives.

How we manage those struggles can ultimately determine whether we emerge from a crisis demoralized or victorious. Self-hypnosis downloads can give you a chance to regroup, refocus, and relax even on the toughest days. With hypnosis, you can develop the resilience you need to nurture and grow during times of difficulty and beyond. The power of healing is in your hands.

Hypnosis as Self Care

Long used to deal with anxiety and depression, hypnotherapy is highly effective for managing stress, calming worries, easing fears, and quieting emotional turmoil. During self-hypnosis, you learn to relax your entire body and calm your mind, developing new pathways and emotional responses to various triggers. You are not sleeping, and you are able to put aside emotional and physical distractions as you explore the issues that keep you in an emotionally charged state.

Research shows that hypnotherapy can help you sleep better, feel more refreshed, and reduce your stress. With hypnosis, you can learn to transform negative thinking and change your behavior as you move into a healthier frame of mind.

In other words, if you feel more out-of-control and out-of-sorts lately, it is not all in your imagination. It is your reality.

Self-hypnosis downloads are easy to use in the privacy of your home, and you can tap into that quiet state whenever you need to calm your spirit. When using online hypnosis for emotional health, you can learn to maintain your emotional equilibrium during stressful events. You can develop enhanced self-control and decrease your reliance on unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as stress-eating or smoking. You can even develop a more positive self-image and worldview.

Resilient people can maintain psychological stability in the face of traumatic events. While some people are naturally resilient, for most of us, it is a skill that can be nurtured and developed throughout our lives. With online hypnosis, you can develop your own resilience. With self-hypnosis, you can learn to protect your mental health and strengthen your resilience by stimulating your creative growth, enhancing and developing your strength, and promoting positive change.

I discovered the benefits of hypnosis through sports. Athletes are under a lot of stress, and they need to master their mindsets. Through a combination of visualization and relaxation techniques, my ability to adapt increased as I was able to make better and faster decisions when playing sports. I experienced the state of flow thanks to a self-hypnosis routine that I perfected over time. And I have been using it ever since to develop more creativity and more resilience and to learn new skills faster.

If you are dealing with a lack of social support, rocky finances, health problems, information overload, or isolation, self-care through self-hypnosis downloads could be exactly what you need. There are so many great reasons to try online hypnosis. What is yours?

5 Min Read
Culture

Black Wall Street: The Story of One Black American Superhero

Like so many millions across the globe, I deeply mourn the loss of one of our greatest real-life superheroes, Chadwick Boseman. To pay tribute and homage to him, my family rewatched his amazing performance in Black Panther. T'Challa was one of Boseman's most important roles both on and off the screen, as his portrayal of the heroic warrior and leader of the people of Wakanda inspired viewers of all ages.

Re-visiting the futuristic city of Wakanda on screen caused me to reflect on how Blacks in America once had our own version of Wakanda: Black Wall Street. Black Wall Street was the name given to the wealthy, thriving, Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood in the early 1900s. The nearly 40 square-block neighborhood had more than 300 businesses and over 1,000 homes, including several stately mansions. Like Wakanda, Black people in Greenwood built their own hospitals, schools, theaters, newspapers, churches, and everything needed for their community to flourish.

Tragically, he lost everything he built, as did the entire district of Greenwood, in the largest, government-sanctioned race massacre in U.S. history.

With only 42 years separating the moment Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and Greenwood's founding, the amazing feat of Blacks building Black Wall Street is something that required supernatural acts of real-life superheroes the likes of which we see onscreen in Black Panther.

One of these real-life superheroes and leaders of Black Wall Street was my great-grandfather A.J. Smitherman, owner and editor of the Tulsa Star. The Tulsa Star was the first daily Black newspaper with national distribution and was a source for Black people to stay informed about issues affecting them throughout the US. A member of the first generation of Blacks born free in the late 1800s, Smitherman attended La Salle and Northwestern Universities. After receiving his law degree, A.J. began his career in community activism, politics, and the newspaper business.

A fearless leader in the Black community not just in Tulsa but throughout the nation, he dedicated his life to empowering his race in all categories of life in every way: morally, economically, physically, and politically. A.J. fiercely and courageously used his newspaper and the power of the press to end a myriad of corrupt operations and develop his community. As one of the most influential founding fathers of Black Wall Street, his contribution and investment in Greenwood was and is immeasurable. Tragically, he lost everything he built, as did the entire district of Greenwood, in the largest, government-sanctioned race massacre in U.S. history.

Unlike Wakanda—the fictional land hidden in the mountains of Africa, mostly invisible to the outside world and protected from foreign threats—Greenwood was exposed. Greenwood was not only visible, but the 11,000 residents and their luxurious lifestyle were a constant reminder to their poor white neighbors across the tracks that Black people had surpassed them in economic empowerment and success. Eventually, the jealousy, greed and contempt for the growing Black economic and political power ignited a horrendously evil act of domestic terrorism by white Tulsans.

A.J. fiercely and courageously used his newspaper and the power of the press to end a myriad of corrupt operations and develop his community.

On May 31st, 1921, thousands systematically looted and burned down Greenwood in a 36 hour-long massacre resulting in the murdering of over 300 Blacks. Thousands more were detained in concentration camps where they remained for months through the freezing Oklahoman winter.

In a recent interview, I was asked what goes through my head when I see the racial unrest taking place today and compare it to what was happening 100 years ago leading up to the Tulsa Massacre. The short answer is that I am incredibly sad. I'm sad for so many reasons. One of the things I am saddest about is knowing that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother sacrificed everything for the betterment and empowerment of their race. And after all of these years, the struggle continues.

I believe that now, more than ever, it is so important to maintain not only our hope but our faith.

A.J. Smitherman's writings in both the Tulsa Star, and thereafter in the Empire Star, a paper he founded later in New York, reveal a man full of hope and ambition to make a difference and contribute to his race and his country as part of the first generation of Blacks born free. He worked tirelessly to this end until the day he died in 1961. Tragically, A.J. died still a fugitive of the state of Oklahoma, having been unjustly indicted by a grand jury for inciting the massacre. This is another point of tremendous pain and grief for me and my family. It is a travesty that he never saw justice in his lifetime, and he furthermore never saw his dream of racial equality.

But perhaps what saddens me most is the fact that I truly believe that in his heart, he still had hope that America was on a path to find its way out of its dark past and into the light of a new dawn. He hoped that the nation would one day become a country where his descendants would no longer be subject to racial hatred, discrimination, and economic disenfranchisement. And I'm certain that he believed the days that Black people would fear being lynched would be long gone by now.

One of the things I am saddest about is knowing that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother sacrificed everything for the betterment and empowerment of their race. And after all of these years, the struggle continues.

I can feel A.J.'s blood in my veins, and I feel a responsibility to carry the torch of the light of hope. I believe that now, more than ever, it is so important to maintain not only our hope but our faith. I'm very grateful for the attention being brought to the legacy of Black Wall Street and A.J. Smitherman. Knowing their story of success and triumph and how it tragically turned to massacre and destruction is vital to insuring history doesn't continue to repeat itself 100 years later.

One thing I know for certain is that building a brighter future will require all of us to summon our own inner superhero, like A.J. Smitherman and Chadwick Boseman before us, and work together to continue to fight for our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.