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Self-Hypnosis Benefits and Limitations

There has been a lot of talk lately about self-hypnosis. Before we get into what it can and can’t do for us let’s talk about what self-hypnosis is.

If you have ever been to a hypnotherapist they may have told you that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. This is essentially true. What this means is that no one can make you go into hypnosis without your consent or cooperation. The media and stage hypnotists have led a lot of us to believe that hypnosis is an unnatural state that can be imposed upon us by those with mind control powers.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that we all enter into several times a day. Any time your attention is so focussed that you are not aware of what is going on around you, you are in a hypnotic state. Whether it’s watching TV or reading or playing, any time we slip out of the present and into our minds and where our attention is focussed, we are in a state of hypnosis.

There are other times too when we go into a light hypnotic state. For instance when we are called into the office we are in a highly suggestible state. When we are in a large crowd at a concert or other event, we are in a light state of hypnosis. These are just a few examples of when we are in hypnosis in our regular daily lives.

From these examples we can gather that hypnosis is a state of mind where we are focussed on other than what is happening right in front of us, or we are so focussed on what is in front of us that we lose awareness of all else. It is a state where we are suggestible, meaning that we can internalize information and make it part of our reality or belief system. An example of this is when we watch a movie and cry at the end. Although the events did not happen to us, we are so engaged that we experience the emotions as if it was happening to us.

Of course, when we talk about self-hypnosis in a therapeutic sense we are not talking about these experiences. We are talking about an intentional process where we take our attention off of our current surroundings and put ourselves in an altered state of mind for a specific purpose.

So how do we do self-hypnosis?

There are as many ways to do self-hypnosis as there are people, but for this writing I will describe a simple but effective way that anyone can do.

The first thing you want to do is find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Give yourself a good half hour. Turn off your phone and ask the kids to be quiet and entertain themselves for this time. In an emergency, though, know that you will easily be aroused and return to normal waking consciousness, without difficulty.

Get comfortable, whether sitting or lying down. You can have soft music in the background if you like. There are several recordings of meditative music that are perfect for self-hypnosis. Some people use the music to take them deeper into relaxation.

Now focus on your breathing. Watch your breath going in and out of your nose. Feel the air going into your body. Watch your belly rise and fall. Often the breathing exercise is accompanied by the thought “Breathe in relaxation and calm and breathe our tension and stress.”

You can also use relaxation to bring you down into a relaxed state of deep tranquility and calm. Imagine the muscles around your eyes starting to relax and go limp. Then take that feeling up to the top of your head. Feel all the muscles in your head, face and neck totally let go and relax. Use this technique to go all the way down your whole body, relaxing and calming all the way down.

Use words in your mind like “deeper and deeper into relaxation” “going all the way down” “calm peaceful relaxation” etc., as you breathe and feel all the tension moving out of your muscles.

Counting backwards is another excellent way to take yourself deeper into relaxation. “10 going down,… 9 twice as relaxed as before,… 8 still going down… etc.”

You may start to feel a physical sensation like floating or tingling or numbness. You may notice a change in temperature, either warming or cooling down. Everyone has a unique experience as they go into hypnosis. Pay attention to your senses and see how you will experience hypnosis.

At this point a lot of people will ask, “What’s the difference between self-hypnosis and meditation?”

Meditation is a practice of clearing your mind. Hypnosis is similar in that you may relax and watch your breathing, but that is where the similarities end. Hypnosis has a specific intention attached to it, so rather than being clear your mind is particularly active, although in a different way than your normal state of awareness.

You will go into hypnosis with an intention. If the reason you are using hypnosis is for stress relief, for example, you may hold the intention of ‘I am calm and relaxed throughout my day. I feel the tension slipping out of my fingers and toes.” You may repeat this several times and actually visualize or imagine the tension leaving your body through your fingers and toes. It may appear like static electricity or you may see angry gnomes marching out of the ends of your feet.

Imagination plays a large part in hypnosis. Visualizing or imagining the outcome you want helps to implant the idea into your subconscious mind. Once the idea is in your subconscious mind it becomes a part of your everyday life.

The subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and imagination. When you visualize or imagine something enough your subconscious mind will incorporate it into your life. When you go into self-hypnosis with a specific purpose in mind and repeat that intention, it becomes a part of you.

You will notice that when you are in hypnosis that you have an overseer. This is a part of your mind that remains in control at all times. This is the part of your mind that will repeat the intention. It will also bring you out of hypnosis at the agreed upon time.

To come out of hypnosis say to yourself, “I will now count from one to five and on the count of five I will open my eyes and return to normal waking consciousness.” Now count… “One, coming up slowly… , two, feeling refreshed and rested and energetic… , three, feeling my body back in the room… , four, remembering every beneficial thing I have said to my subconscious mind today… , five, all the way up, eyes open.”

Stretch and take a few moments to return to your normal awareness. Remember that when you give yourself a suggestion to repeat it a few times to really get it into your mind. This is called compounding. The more you say it the more it gets in there and the better it takes hold. It may take a few times and a few days or weeks to see the changes in your life, but they will come if you do this procedure as described.

Now I can hear you asking, “if I can do this all on my own why would I go to a hypnotherapist?”

Great question. Here’s the answer:

The title of this article is “Self-hypnosis Benefits and Limitations”. The word hypnosis and hypnotherapist have a major difference. One is a state of mind and one is therapy.

You can do a lot of good with self-hypnosis. You can reduce your blood pressure if you desire. You can relieve stress or improve your sleep patterns. You can improve your study habits. There are numerous things you can do with self-hypnosis. But there is one very important thing you cannot do with self-hypnosis and that is therapy.

The difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist is the therapy. A hypnotherapist uses therapeutic tools while the client is in a state of hypnosis to make changes in their lives. Hypnotherapy is a collaboration between the hypnotherapist and the client. It is not possible for someone in hypnosis to ask questions and dig deeper and utilize the tools necessary to find the root of a problem or engage themselves with their inner child in a therapeutic way. For these effects it is necessary to have a hypnotherapist to work with.

Self-hypnosis is very beneficial for stress reduction and other related issues. For a therapeutic experience it is essential to have a hypnotherapist to work with to get to the root of a problem and find solutions.

When looking for a hypnotherapist, find someone with whom you connect feel comfortable. Make sure they have the training to do the job. If possible check their credentials. Hypnotherapy is not regulated by any governmental agency so anyone can hang a shingle and call themselves a hypnotherapist. Make sure the person you are dealing with is properly trained and professional in their business practice. It is better to take your time in choosing the correct hypnotherapist beforehand than you find out afterwards that you made a mistake.

Start with self-hypnosis and get a feel for what it is like and what it can do for you and then go and find the right hypnotherapist for you.

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The Legendary Fast Phobia Cure

A man with a spider phobia walks into a room. His phobia means that he can’t even look at a picture of something that looks like a spider without having a panic attack. So he unconsciously scans the room for spiders as he sits down in a comfortable chair opposite a therapist. Twenty minutes later he is standing in the middle of the room with a spider on his hand and a smile of his face.

A remarkable therapist? Probably not. A fluke? No: this kind of thing happens all the time. A remarkable treatment? Yes: the man has just experienced the Fast Phobia Cure.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE FAST PHOBIA CURE?

The Fast Phobia Cure is probably the single most reliable and effective tool in psychotherapy today. It is reckoned to be about 90% successful on most phobias because it does what it says – it cures phobias fast. The twenty minute example above is quite typical. And it does this without the scare tactics, psychological archeology, drugs and exposure used by the older and less effective phobia treatments.

HOW IT WORKS

Most of us have experienced traumatic and upsetting events in our lives. When we look back on these events, they are never pleasant memories but they don’t upset us to the extent they did at the time.

For the phobic, it’s different. Very different. When they recall their trauma, they feel pretty much the same as they did at the time it first happened, even if that was decades ago. They have vivid and affecting memories of the event.

It is these kinds of memories – held in the emotional part of the brain – that drive and maintain phobias. Such memories are so strong and present that just recalling them can bring on fear responses. That is, the phobic is associated into these memories so it’s almost as if they are in the situation again, experiencing similar responses – panic, pounding heart, shaking, sweating and an overwhelming desire to run.

For the rest of us, our traumatic memories are disassociated – they are more factual and carry less emotion – because they have, over time, been processed by the logical, thinking part of the mind. For the phobic, this disassociation hasn’t happen. But it needs to.

The Fast Phobia Cure is a process of rapid dissociation. It allows the sufferer to experience the traumatic memories from a calm and dissociated, or disconnected, state. The other part of the mind – the unemotional, rational, thinking mind – can then go to work turning the memories into ordinary, factual, neutral, non-threatening ones. Like the memory of what you had for breakfast. With the emotional tag unstuck from the phobic encounters, the phobia is de-conditioned. It’s gone.

THE MECHANICS

The way to achieve this dissociation is to have the sufferer imagine watching themselves from a remote, third person or detached position going through the traumatic event.

The classic scenario is to have them imagine themselves in a movie theatre watching an old black and white movie of them going through the experience at very high speed (like watching a video on fast forward). The dissociation can be increased by having them imagine being in the projection booth watching themselves sitting in their cinema seat watching the film of their younger self going through the experience. This creates the distance and comfort for dissociation to occur.

They are then asked to step into the safe time at the end of the movie and imagine physically rewinding through the experience at very high speed. This step is repeated several times. It creates dissociation because the mind has never experienced the traumatic event backwards and thus has no prepared fear response for it, so they experience it in calm. The memory is recoded by the brain and saved with less emotional charge attached to it.

These steps are the core of the Fast Phobia Cure. They are run on the key traumatic memories around the phobia – typically three or four such memories are used – in a process that can take as little as five minutes.

VARIATIONS

Variations of the Fast Phobia Cure can involve changing the cinema scenario to just watching a television screen, or having them imagine witnessing the event as a bystander, from a helicopter or birds-eye view, or seeing it played out on a stage. Or, once the memory is more comfortable, having them watch a “director’s cut” by adding their own soundtrack (light or silly music is often used) and changing something about the way it looked in a creative and humorous way.

MEASURING AND TESTING THE CHANGE

Before, during and after the Fast Phobia Cure is run, the individual is asked to rate their level of discomfort around the traumatic memories. Very high levels of discomfort fall rapidly to zero or thereabouts when the Fast Phobia Cure is run. Such rapid change is often a shock and a delight to the subjects.

The final step is to test the new responses by searching out the old trigger (going on a spider hunt with the man in the example above). Again, subjects are usually surprised by how keen they are to do this and by the feeling of not being scared around the old trigger. To many it can indeed seem miraculous. But the Fast Phobia Cure isn’t miraculous: it’s just based on good brain science, on current neurology.

THE ADVANTAGES

As well as its reliability, the Fast Phobia Cure has three key advantages over traditional phobia treatments.

Firstly, as the name suggests, it’s fast. The treatment usually takes only a single session. The mind learns very quickly. It learned to be phobic very quickly, perhaps in a matter of seconds. Learning how not to be phobic again can be, and is necessarily, equally quick. So long painful treatment is not necessary.

Secondly, it’s safe. There is no direct confrontation with the phobic trigger and the phobic is calm and comfortable throughout the treatment.

Thirdly, it’s non-intrusive. Because the “movies” are the patient’s, the therapist does not need to know the precise details of the traumatic memory or phobic encounters.

WHY IS IT NOT MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE?

The Fast Phobia Cure is a remarkable treatment that can be learned and used by any competent therapist. But it’s not being widely used. Why?

The answer seems to be that it works too well. And too fast. It can be done in minutes and easily within a single therapy session. And there’s the rub: therapists using the Fast Phobia Cure will probably need to see a client just once, so they don’t make much money. And traditional old-school therapists and counsellors when faced with fast, painless results start to question their own models of long, drawn-out painful therapy.

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Overcoming Fear, Anxiety, and Worry – Writing the School Essay

Sometimes we create our own troubles by sheer force of habit. For instance, if you don’t consider yourself a good writer your first reaction to being required to write a school essay might involve fear, anxiety and worry. If your classes involve report or research-based writing, your primary reaction may be to put off writing until the very last minute. For the next few minutes let’s just look at how procrastination plays a part in making your fear, anxiety, and worry more painful than it needs to be. What benefits do you get from those three emotions? Why is it such an easy set of responses for you? Finally, we’ll look at how a little tweak will make it easy for you to overcome fear, anxiety and worry and ultimately turn fear anxiety and worry into your best friends – and, yes, it can actually happen!

First, there’s fear. You’re afraid to fail, afraid it (whatever “it” is) won’t be perfect and you’ll have to do it over again. Afraid someone will see it and post it to the Internet as “one of the stupidest things anyone ever did, wrote, said, etc. The fear keeps you from getting started. In fact, the fear even makes you so numb that you don’t realize that you even have the fear. If you could accept the fear, perhaps the first change you’d make would involve actually learning how to write with authority. Push through the fear and find a good book or eBook on writing fast with wild abandon. Of course, once you’ve written something down you’ll want to start work on editing.

The self-criticism that comes with editing leads us to the next troubling response: anxiety.

You will feel a twinge of anxiety if you have a report to write, no matter how many weeks exist before the deadline. The best thing to do is to face your fear. But facing the fear just brings up anxiety and worry (which we’ll deal with in a moment). This time, it’s anxiety or stress that builds up in your gut (solar plexus) and makes you forget to write down the deadline. You may be so stressed out when you think about writing that paper that you lash out at friends, family and classmates for no apparent (to them, at least) reason. Your middle name becomes “Road Rage Monster” and people stop inviting you to parties.

If this is you, it’s extremely important that you take out your date book and mark a big red circle around your deadline date. Next, create a schedule to write two sentences — or two paragraphs or two pages — a day. The time frame will, of course, depend on the amount of time time you have remaining to complete the paper. Finally, write something down immediately after you make a note in your datebook. Actually do something toward starting the assignment. Take action!

Once you start working your way through the assignment you might begin to experience a third emotion: worry. Your stress and anxiety has been relieved by actually writing out a list of things to do as you work toward meeting your writing deadline. The bad thing now is you’re suddenly worried that you won’t be able to do all the things on your “to do” list. At this point, it’s time to be honest – are the things on your “to do” list really humanly possible? Consider seriously both the amount of time you have left to write the report and the other things going on in your life. When writing a report is not your usual activity, you will have to re-arrange certain things in your life to get the writing done. Do some thoughtful schedule rearrangement and worry could miraculously turn into courage and self-confidence.

Fear, anxiety and worry can exist in your life. It’s ultimately up to you – do you decide to ignore fear, give into anxiety, and do nothing but worry? Or do you acknowledge the fear, accept the anxiety, and work your way past the it? Whichever path you decide to take, you will need to take action. Perhaps you’ve tried taking this type of action before and failed. That’s no reason to give up. Overcoming fear, anxiety, and worry begins with a decision to find ultimate success at doing the thing you need to do. Ultimately success or failure is up to you.

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Acidity Cure – Easy and Effective Herbal Treatments

Acidity is quite a simple problem when it begins, but it can get out of hand easily if not taken seriously. It is a common ailment and results from a wrong diet. The excessive secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach causes acidity. Prolonged acidity can cause chronic indigestion, arthritis, gout, ulcers and even false angina pains.

Acidity tends to have a much higher incidence in highly emotional and nervous individuals. It is also more common in the developed and industrialized nations.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptoms of acidity are:

o Dyspepsia and heartburn

o Discomfort, burning sensation in the upper part of the gut area, especially after eating.

o Regurgitation of the gastric contents

o loss of appetite

o nausea, vomiting

o feeling of sickness

o flatulence accompanied by burping

o constipation

Causes of acidity:

Acidity may be caused by many conditions such as:

# Medical conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach ulcers

# Hyperthyroidism – excessive secretion of the thyroid gland.

# Anxiety, anger and stress.

# Constipation, flatulence or intestinal gases.

# Artificial stimulants or the thought of nearing the food time can create acidity.

# Excessive intake of stimulants like tea, coffee etc.

# Excessive intake of fried foods, spicy or pungent food,

# As a side-effect of some drugs used for treating other illnesses

# Overeating along with bad food combinations. Overeating puts extra load on the stomach, liver, kidneys.

# Eating too rapidly, therefore improper salivation of food.

# Excessive smoking, intake of alcohol

# Tendency to eat and drink together

# Insomnia

# Lack of exercise.

# Long gaps between meals leads to acidity, as it gives the acid in the stomach more time to act.

How is acidity treated?

Try to identify and avoid foods that disagree with the digestive system. Also, try not to eat too quickly and avoid stress.

Some people need to be given drugs to control their condition.

Medicines to treat acidity include:

o Antacids, which neutralize the acid in the stomach.

o Acid suppressants, which reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach.

What type of diet should be followed?

# Avoid canned and junk food, artificially ripened fruits and vegetables or those kept in cold storage. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables.

# Avoid a heavy intake of spices and aerated drinks that are highly acidic and strong enough to dissolve teeth and bones.

# Cold beverages with or after meals should be particularly avoided. Cold drinks dilute the enzymes and put stress on the digestive system. As a result, the food gets fermented leads to acidity.

# Avoid excess smoking, tea and coffee. Both nicotine and caffeine are directly related to problems of acidity. Instead, take coconut water, fresh water melon, cucumber juice and thin-skinned lemons because these are alkaline.

# Bitter gourd, amla (Indian gooseberry) juice is an excellent remedy for acidity.

# Benign lactic acid present in buttermilk, yoghurt are helpful. Raita prepared with fresh curd, grated cucumber, fresh coriander, tomato is a sure shot remedy in aiding digestion, and helps remove acidity.

# If you are overweight, lose some immediately. Those who are overweight put too much pressure on the esophageal sphincter, which leads to reflux of the contents of the stomach into the oesophagus, and heartburn follows.

# Drink plenty of water, as it aids digestion and helps flush out toxins. Eat only when hungry because digestive juices are released in the stomach only when one is hungry.

# Go green. Green leafy vegetables and sprouts contain vitamins B and E that facilitate the elimination of acids from the body.

# Get moving! Not enough physical activity means not enough sweat, which in turn results in uric acid being deposited in the body.

# Avoid stress and get adequate amount of sleep. Insomnia disturbs the digestive system.

# Bring about a change in food and habits that is conducive to overall good health.

Some home remedies to treat and prevent acidity –

i. Mix 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1/4 teaspoon methi seeds, 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp ajwain seeds. Roast them on a low flame. Add a pinch of hing (asafetida) and salt and stir for a minute. Grind to a powder when cool and store. Mix 1/2 tsp of powder with 1 teaspoon of curd. Eat twice a day for quick relief.

ii. Pineapple acts as a tonic and relieves digestive disorders. Half a glass of fresh pineapple juice should be taken after a meal for treating and preventing acidity.

iii. Eat almonds to give relief to symptoms of acidity.

iv. Chewing of a carrot increases saliva and quickens digestion by supplying the digestive system with necessary enzymes, minerals and vitamins. The juice of carrot is also beneficial.

v. A very simple remedy for acidity is thin butter-milk mixed with 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper powder. For better results, an equal quantity of cumin (jeera) powder and rock salt is to be added to the buttermilk.

vi. A piece of jaggery or gur after lunch and dinner prevents acidity.

vii. Take one piece of clove and suck it slowly. This will give you relief from acidity.

viii. Eat a cup of vanilla ice cream or drink a glass of cold milk to get heartburn and acidity relief within minutes

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Natural Remedies For Fighting Dizziness

Dizziness is a general term used to describe quite a range of symptoms, from feeling lighthearted to the sensation that everything around the person is spinning (vertigo). It is also one of the most common reasons for going to see a doctor. Depending on the manifestation, it can be caused by any number of factors. Vertigo, the most common type of dizziness, may be caused by inflammation of the inner ear, migraines, Meniere’s disease (build-up of fluid in the inner ear), flying in airplanes, riding roller-coasters, reading in moving cars, and sometimes by some more serious neurological problems, like stroke or MS. Feeling of lightheartedness can be caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure (like standing up suddenly), inner ear problems, anxiety disorders (panic attack), or hyperventilation.

One of the most well-known natural remedies for common causes of vertigo is fresh ginger. Chinese sailors used to chew it for dizziness thousands of years ago. You can either chew a slice, or drink it as a tea. Ginger tea has stimulating qualities, and can help prevent an attack of dizziness. Cinnamon and peppermint can be helpful too.

Drinking celery juice will not only relieve your spell of dizziness, but can help lower blood pressure.

Ginkgo biloba aids with dizziness problems, since it boosts circulation of blood within the inner ear, correcting some inner ear problems.

Another good herb is feverfew. Not only has it been shown to help with migraines, it can also reduce inflammation processes in your inner ear, while improving blood circulation.

If dizziness is associated with panic, stress or anxiety, you need to try Rescue Remedy (an equal blend of Cherry Plum, Rock rose, Impatiens, Clematis, and Star of Bethlehem flower remedies).

And then there is the remedy that seems to cure it all, apple cider vinegar. Try mixing teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of hot or cold water. Take three times a day should help this annoying occurrence quite considerably.

One more way to treat dizziness is by adding juice of one lemon or lime to half a glass of soda water and take in small sips.

An inner ear infection can be treated quite successfully with colloidal silver.

Sometimes, stopping the intake of stimulants like coffee, cola, and alcohol may help fight dizziness too, since it helps balance out blood pressure.

Yet another herbal remedy consists of a mixture of fenugreek and thyme. Even though it is mostly used for respiratory and allergic problems, it is quite effective in getting rid of dizziness too.

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Using 5-HTP As a Natural Flight Anxiety Treatment

With the almost necessity of air travel in today’s society it is important for everyone to be comfortable with flying throughout the entire duration the flight. While flight anxiety to some degree is extremely common and afflicts nearly all travelers at some point during the flight, for some this anxiety gets to a point of becoming unbearable. The sufferers experience constant and often debilitating worry and anxiety throughout the flight which makes the entire experience at its best, miserable, and potentially dangerous to their health.

Different solutions are sought by different people. Some people choose to drink mass amounts of alcohol, others look to prescription medicines to help them relieve their anxiety. Both of these methods often do not even work that well, and have terrible side effects. These can cause extreme disorientation, and once you arrive at your orientation disorientation is not something that is very helpful.

There are also natural solutions people employ. These include music therapy, and meditation. Both of these methods can be effective, however it is rare for these to be effective, and it often requires years of practice to master this solution to the point where they can provide meaningful relief.

A final, and recommended solution is to take a natural supplement to help relieve anxiety. One of these supplements is known as 5-HTP. 5-HTP is actually a naturally occurring amino acid found in the brain. This amino acid is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin. This means that it activates a part of the brain to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is known to affect mood, and anxiety levels. When you take 5-HTP, it naturally causes the brain to produce more serotonin which decreases anxiety levels, and can lead to a happy stress free flight.

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Natural Remedies For Fighting Dizziness

Dizziness is a general term used to describe quite a range of symptoms, from feeling lighthearted to the sensation that everything around the person is spinning (vertigo). It is also one of the most common reasons for going to see a doctor. Depending on the manifestation, it can be caused by any number of factors. Vertigo, the most common type of dizziness, may be caused by inflammation of the inner ear, migraines, Meniere’s disease (build-up of fluid in the inner ear), flying in airplanes, riding roller-coasters, reading in moving cars, and sometimes by some more serious neurological problems, like stroke or MS. Feeling of lightheartedness can be caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure (like standing up suddenly), inner ear problems, anxiety disorders (panic attack), or hyperventilation.

One of the most well-known natural remedies for common causes of vertigo is fresh ginger. Chinese sailors used to chew it for dizziness thousands of years ago. You can either chew a slice, or drink it as a tea. Ginger tea has stimulating qualities, and can help prevent an attack of dizziness. Cinnamon and peppermint can be helpful too.

Drinking celery juice will not only relieve your spell of dizziness, but can help lower blood pressure.

Ginkgo biloba aids with dizziness problems, since it boosts circulation of blood within the inner ear, correcting some inner ear problems.

Another good herb is feverfew. Not only has it been shown to help with migraines, it can also reduce inflammation processes in your inner ear, while improving blood circulation.

If dizziness is associated with panic, stress or anxiety, you need to try Rescue Remedy (an equal blend of Cherry Plum, Rock rose, Impatiens, Clematis, and Star of Bethlehem flower remedies).

And then there is the remedy that seems to cure it all, apple cider vinegar. Try mixing teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of hot or cold water. Take three times a day should help this annoying occurrence quite considerably.

One more way to treat dizziness is by adding juice of one lemon or lime to half a glass of soda water and take in small sips.

An inner ear infection can be treated quite successfully with colloidal silver.

Sometimes, stopping the intake of stimulants like coffee, cola, and alcohol may help fight dizziness too, since it helps balance out blood pressure.

Yet another herbal remedy consists of a mixture of fenugreek and thyme. Even though it is mostly used for respiratory and allergic problems, it is quite effective in getting rid of dizziness too.

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Annealing – Heat Treatment Procedure

Annealing is a heat treatment procedure by which we can make changes to a material by causing changes in its specific properties such as hardness and strength of the material. This process can be implied on the materials such as steel, silver, copper and brass and is performed by considerably heating the material for a specific time period and then it’s allowed to cool. The machinability requirements of steel are different and thus, this process is used to enhance the properties of steel to meet the specific requirements. In case of steel, it is heated to 723 degrees Centigrade of temperature, after which it is allowed to cool.

Stages of the Procedure:

The process is conducted under three stages:

1 Recovery Phase

2 Recrystallization

3 Grain Growth

The environment which is required for this process to occur is extremely decisive as during the procedure, the material needs a carbon rich atmosphere facilitating carburization.

Types of this Heat Treatment Process:

Various types of this heat treatment process are available:

1. Process Annealing

2. Full Annealing

3. Stress Relief

4. Isothermal

5. Spherodise

The first method of the heat treatment process generally suits for low carbon steel and is mainly passed on cold rolled steel such as wire drawn steel etc. This method tends to improve the characteristics such as ductility and hardness which otherwise makes the process difficult.

In the second method, the steel involves heating to about 30 to 50 degrees centigrade above a significant temperature of the material. The temperature is then holed for a specified time period and then inside a furnace the material is allowed to cool without any forced ways of cooling. This process can be applied to: castings made from high carbon and medium steels, hot worked sheets and forgings etc.

The Stress Relief process can be used for large welded structures and castings.

High carbon and alloy steel uses the Spherodise method and isothermal procedure is mainly appropriate for alloy steels and for low carbon.

Setup and Equipment:

For this process of heat treatment, special large ovens are used which are huge enough to store the work piece in the right position in order to get maximum exposure to the heated air in the oven. Special gas fired conveyor furnaces are mainly used for high volume process annealing. Carbon bottom furnaces are used for especially for high quality parts or for large work pieces. Once the process is completed, these work pieces are often quickly cooled.

After crossing all these stages, here are some defined benefits of this particular heat treatment process.

Advantages:

Some advantages of this heat treatment process are mentioned below:

1. Improves and enhances the machinability of the steel

2. The ductility of the steel can be increased

3. The steel is softened by the procedure

4. It augments the toughness of the steel

5. The homogeneity of the steel can be enhanced

6. It refines the grain size of the steel

7. It further prepares the material for other heat treatment

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Monophobia Is More Than a Fear of Being Alone

Monophobia is not a particularly common condition. There are a lot of people who think that they have it but most really don’t. The main reason for the confusion is that there is a difference between having monophobia and just not liking being alone. Most people fall into the latter category and while they may have an issue that they need to deal with it is not monophobia. There are some very definite symptoms that you need to look for to determine if you have monophobia or not.

A lot of people don’t like to be alone, this is actually quite normal. Some people are in fact so uncomfortable with being alone that they will go to great lengths to avoid it. This does not however mean that they suffer from monophobia. Monophobia is an irrational fear of being alone that goes far beyond just being uncomfortable being alone. It is important to make sure that you understand the difference so that you can recognize whether or not you have a problem.

The main difference between monophobia and a fear of being alone is that people who suffer from monophobia actually feel unsafe when they are alone. Most people who are not comfortable with being on their own feel this way mainly because they have never had to get used to it. In these cases it is more a feeling of being lonely than of being afraid to be alone.

In the case of monophobia there is an actual fear involved and an irrational one at that. These fears almost always go back to childhood, usually because something bad happened when you were alone. People with this phobia actually feel like they are not safe when they are alone and they will panic if they are placed in this situation. This is very different from simply feeling lonely.

The other big difference between monophobia and a simple fear of being alone is that there will be physical symptoms in the case of monophobia. These symptoms usually occur because there is a panic attack. The result will be rapid breathing, heavy sweating and a fast heartbeat. In fact one of the reasons that people with monophobia are so afraid to be by themselves is that they expect that they will have a panic attack. If you have no physical symptoms than there is a pretty good chance that you do not in fact have monophobia.

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Are You Suffering From Confinement Phobia? – Tips to Reduce Your Anxiety!

Answer true or false:

o I get anxious in most situations where I have to stop and wait, for example, stoplights, standing in line at the grocery store.

o I avoid or am afraid of traveling on public transportation, trains, buses, commercial jets.

o It´s uncomfortable for me to be in a closed-in place or in a crowd of people.

o I often feel trapped by something in my life situation, such as my job, marriage, family responsibilities, health, or debt.

o It´s difficult for me to make a long-term commitment to someone or something.

The fear of confinement runs through a number of different phobias including: fear of flying, fear of elevators, fear of crowded public places, fear of small enclosed places (claustrophobia), and fear of being “stuck” anywhere in traffic, bridges, tunnels, or riding on public transportation. Of all of the types of fear, I believe that fear of confinement most frequently disguises an underlying fear of something else, what some psychologists would call a “displaced” fear.

Growing up in a dysfunctional family situation; for example, if your parents were physically or sexually abusive, or perhaps alcoholic, can instill a fear of being “unable to escape or get away.” A child has no choice but to endure such mistreatment: it´s easy to understand how a fear of being trapped might develop under such circumstances.

If the fear of confinement has its origin in childhood trauma, including birth trauma, where you literally were confined or trapped, you may benefit from seeking the assistance of a therapist skilled in treating post-traumatic stress difficulties.

It may be necessary to recall the incident, fully express the feelings you had at the time, and then make a new decision, a reinterpretation, of the meaning of the incident so that you can let it go and be free to go on with your life. Techniques such as hypnotherapy and eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing, EMDR, may help in this process.

Fears of confinement are more frequently related to present circumstances than past. The fear may serve as a metaphor for some way in which you feel confined or trapped in your present life, whether in your job, your relationship with your partner, your economic constraints, your health limitations, or even your daily schedule.

By addressing and freeing up the problem in your life, you suddenly find you can drive at rush hour or stand in line at the grocery store more easily. This is not to deny the importance of exposure therapy in overcoming situational phobias. Yet it may be necessary both to do exposure and address issues of interpersonal or existential confinement in your current life to ensure long-term recovery.

If you happen to be dealing with a phobia where you have a problem with feeling trapped, you might ask yourself whether there is any broader sense in which you feel trapped by the circumstances of your current life.

Finally, the fear of confinement may arise simply from feeling trapped in your own body without the ability to easily move. When you are anxious, your muscles tighten up and your body naturally prepares for “fight or flight.” However, if you´re in a situation where it really is difficult to move, for example; the window seat on an airplane or next in line at a checkout counter, you may suddenly feel very stuck.

There you are, in a sense “locked” within the tightening muscles of your abdomen, chest, shoulders, and neck with no way to actively channel the sympathetic nervous system arousal or adrenaline surging through your bloodstream. If the sensation grows strong enough, you may perceive it as entrapment, not just being stuck, especially if you tell yourself you´re “trapped.”

At this point you may escalate to a full-blown panic reaction with a strong urgency to run. Had you been able to move more easily in the first place, perhaps the perception and fear of entrapment would have never occurred.

In my experience, the most effective way to handle this situation is to go with your body´s need to move, wherever possible. If you´re standing in line at the checkout counter, put your bag down and leave the store for a minute, walk around, and then return. If you´re stuck in traffic on the expressway, pull over to the shoulder if possible, get out and move about. If you´re seated on an airplane, get up and walk to the bathroom and come back, repeating this several times if necessary.

If you have to keep your seat belt fastened and can´t leave your seat, shake your leg, wring a towel, write in your journal, but do something to channel the excess activation in your body. Keep telling yourself, “This restriction will be over in a while and I can get up and move again,” or “There’s nothing dangerous I’ll be able to move about soon,” or “I may be restricted”, but ‘trapped’ is a false perception.” The better you become at perceiving the situation for what it is, restriction and not entrapment, the less anxiety you are likely to experience.

If fear of confinement is a problem, you need to address the underlying issue. Is your fear left over from a previous trauma? Is it a metaphor for some current restrictive situation in your life? Or is it simply your way of perceiving situations where your mobility is limited? Perhaps two or three of these possibilities are simultaneously true for you. When you understand the source of your fear, you can overcome it.

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