Anxiety Scrambles Your Brain

ByTraci Patterson, CH, CI – Owner and Founder, Advanced Pathways Hypnosis

I think that anyone that has studied for a board or exam can tell you that it’s no surprise to hear that anxiety scrambles your brain making learning hard. This is the case for those taking board exams (lawyers, CPAs, nurses, etc.), college and high school students. They are under immense pressure to perform well in school in preparation for the next step in their career or scholastic journey. The levels of stress, anxiety and possible depression in our society today is truly frightening.

The good news is that those individuals that I meet in my office and online all report to me that they have benefited from hypnosis for anxiety and hypnosis for academic performance. It’s interesting to see that hypnosis comes naturally to students and it is easy to learn self-hypnosis for stress management and academic performance too.


How anxiety scrambles your brain and makes it hard to learn

The Guardian, Juliet Rix: In someone with an anxiety problem, it seems, the brain is making incorrect decisions about what to fear and the prefrontal cortex fails to suppress the amygdala, putting the body into fight or flight mode.

In this state, levels of the hormone adrenaline rise and the sympathetic nervous system – which controls automatic activities (like breathing) rather than conscious action – takes over. The heart rate rises, breathing speeds up and blood is diverted to the limbs, blood pressure and body temperature increase, and you may start to sweat.

This is clearly not a state conducive to learning or concentrating in a seminar, says clinical psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin. “Even if you manage to take in what is being said, the information is likely to bounce around [in your brain], not being processed properly or stored in your long-term memory.”

Read How anxiety scrambles your brain and makes it hard to learn


The relation of depression and anxiety to life-stress and achievement in students


As we head into winter break for many that means that they are already cramming for finals and are getting all their projects wrapped up to head home for the holidays. Many are experiencing lots of stress and anxiety. They often mention things such as not being able to concentrate, loss of focus and too many thoughts or ideas in their mind. All of this can be honed in and you can quiet your mind with hypnosis.

Studies have shown that hypnosis can enhance your academic performance. When you relax, your mind becomes more absorbent and able to learn. Think of it like a big sponge. Use hypnosis to maximize your ability to relax, study effectively, understand and retain the information you are learning, organize the information and communicate it back clearly. Learning self-hypnosis can increase your GPA, help you to overcome anxiety, increase your motivation and help you to feel more confident.

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12 Habits of Exceptionally Happy People

ByTraci Patterson, Owner, Advanced Pathways Hypnosis

If you get decent value from making to-do lists, you’ll get huge returns… in productivity, in improved relationships, and in your personal well-being… from adding these items to your not to-do list.  Every day, make these commitments to yourself.  I promise your day and your life – will go a little better.

  1. I will not be distracted by multiple notifications.” You don’t need to know the instant you get an email, text, tweet or like. If something is important enough for you to do, it’s important enough for you to do without interruptions. Focus totally on what you’re doing. Then, on a schedule you set, instead of a schedule you let everyone else set — play prairie dog and pop your head up to see what’s happening. Focusing on what you are doing is a lot more important than focusing on other people might be doing.
  2. I will not blame other people – for anything.” Co-workers make mistakes. Vendors don’t deliver on time. Potential customers never sign. Doctors didn’t quite answer all your questions. Employees make errors. You blame them for your problems. But, you are also to blame. Maybe you didn’t provide enough information, ask the right questions, provide the correct training, build in enough of a buffer, or asked for too much too soon. Take responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming others — then you focus on doing things better or smarter next time. And when you get better or smarter, you also get happier.
  3. I will not check my phone while I’m talking to someone.” You’ve looked away. You’ve done the, “Wait, let me answer this text…” thing. Maybe you didn’t even say, “Wait.” You just stopped talking, stopped paying attention, and did it. Want to be that person everyone loves because they make you feel, when they’re talking to you, like you’re the most important person in the world? Stop checking your phone. Other people will feel better about you – and you’ll feel better about yourself.
  4. I will not multitask during a meeting.” The easiest way to be the smartest person in the room is to be the person who pays the most attention to the room. You’ll be amazed by what you can learn, both about the topic of the meeting and about the people in the meeting if you stop multitasking and start paying close attention. You’ll flush out and understand hidden agendas, you’ll spot opportunities to build bridges, and you’ll find ways to make yourself indispensable to the people who matter.
  5. I will not interrupt.” Interrupting isn’t just rude. When you interrupt someone what you’re really saying is, “I’m not listening to you so I can understand what you’re saying; I’m listening to you so I can decide what I want to say.” Want people to like you? Listen to what they say. Focus on what they say. Ask questions to make sure you understand what they say. They’ll love you for it — and you’ll love how that makes you feel.
  6. I will not waste time on people who make no difference in my life.” Trust me: The inhabitants of planet TMZ are doing fine without you. But your family, your friends, your co-workers or your employees — all the people that really matter to you – are not. Give them your time and attention. They’re the ones who deserve it.
  7. I will not whine.” Your words have power, especially over you. Whining about your problems makes you feel worse, not better. If something is wrong, don’t waste time complaining. Put that effort into making the situation better. Unless you want to whine about it forever, eventually you’ll have to do that. So why waste time? Fix it now. Don’t talk about what’s wrong. Talk about how you’ll make things better, even if that conversation is only with yourself.
  8. I will not let the past control my future.” Mistakes are valuable. Learn from them. Then let them go. Easier said than done? It all depends on your perspective. When something goes wrong, turn it into an opportunity to learn something you didn’t know — especially about yourself. When something goes wrong for someone else, turn it into an opportunity to be gracious, forgiving, and understanding. The past is just training. The past should definitely inform but in no way define you — unless you let it.
  9. I will not wait until I’m convinced I will succeed.” You can never feel sure you will succeed at something new, but you can always feel sure you are committed to giving something your best. And you can always feel sure you will try again if you fail. Stop waiting. You have a lot less to lose than you think, and everything to gain.
  10. I will not talk behind another person’s back.” If only because being the focus of gossip sucks. (And so do the people who gossip.) If you’ve talked to more than one person about something Joe is doing, wouldn’t everyone be better off if you stepped up and actually talked to Joe about it? And if it’s “not your place” to talk to Joe, it’s probably not your place to talk about Joe. Spend your time on productive conversations. You’ll get a lot more done–and you’ll gain a lot more respect.
  11. I will not say yes when I really mean no.” Refusing a request from colleagues, customers, or even friends is really hard. But rarely does saying no go as badly as you expect. Most people will understand, and if they don’t, should you care too much about what they think? When you say no, at least you’ll only feel bad for a few moments. When you say yes to something you really don’t want to do you might feel bad for a long time — or at least as long as it takes you to do what you didn’t want to do in the first place.
  12. I will not be afraid.” We’re all afraid: of what might or might not happen, what we can’t change, what we won’t be able to do, or how other people might perceive us. So it’s easier to hesitate… and think a little longer, do more research, or explore more alternatives. Meanwhile days, weeks, months, and even years pass us by. And so do our dreams. Whatever you’ve been planning or imagining or dreaming of, get started today. Put your fears aside. Do something. Do anything. Once tomorrow comes, today is lost forever. Today is the most precious asset you own — and is the one thing you should truly fear wasting.

Take a moment and notice how many of these habits are or are not part of your every day life.  Evaluate what changes you need to make to make you an, ‘Exceptionally Happy Person’.  Everyone deserves to be a happy!  If you’re not already there implement some or all of these items for a week or longer, and see what a difference it makes in your life.