How Safe is Caffeine?

Caffeine is a popular drug in many countries of the world – but how safe is it?

I recently came across an interesting WA Government Health Dept. fact sheet in my library of information which is dated December 1988.   There were concerns about the long term effects of caffeine when taken in excessive amounts and it  was clearly written that “were the drug to be introduced today (meaning 1988), it would be available only on prescription.” That’s a strong, bold statement.

for healthier living, reduce caffeine

Caffeine in Coffee – Be careful how much you drink

Many years ago when studying  for my degree in psychology, I relied on caffeine to keep me focused and alert as I ploughed through research papers, books, everything and anything as I chased that ‘A’ grade pass mark. Tea, coffee and cocoa cola was all part of my daily diet.  The ‘warning bells’ were ringing loud and clear but I wasn’t listening.  It was only when I ventured into a new class on Health Psychology one year at the beginning of Semester 1 that the brain cells ‘joined the dots’ and I had my answers.  Whoa!  So that’s why my stomach was so upset some days, it’s the caffeine drinks I was having.  Easily fixed I thought, I’ll just stop drinking the caffeine laden drinks and the stomach will settle down.

I was so determined to take back control and live a healthier lifestyle but I was in for a rude shock.   I developed a king sized headache that lasted 3 days.  I hadn’t yet learnt just how powerful a drug caffeine is and coming off caffeine so drastically was not the wisest decision I’ve ever made.  But I learnt from that.

I learnt that if I had withdrawn from caffeine slowly, simply by reducing the number of glasses of coke or cups of tea or coffee over a few weeks, I would probably have saved myself from the pain of the withdrawal symptoms.  Yes, I learnt to respect drugs and their powerful effect on the brain and body.

A Stimulant Drug

Caffeine is a mild stimulant drug which affects brain and body and is considered to be quite addictive.  We can find caffeine in everyday beverages such as tea, coffee, cola and in products such as ice cream, energy drinks and chocolate.

Effects of Caffeine

Several factors will determine the effects of caffeine such as:

  • how much you have
  • whether you are also eating food,
  • how often you drink or eat something with caffeine in it,
  • your height, your weight, even your mood.

I’ve heard many people refer to their morning cuppa as a ‘heart starter’, and this is an accurate description of just what this powerful drug can do.  Our heart does start to beat faster and we can feel more awake and ready to start our day.   Did you also know that your body temperature can rise, you may go to the toilet more to urinate and  the stomach starts to produce more acid.

Common Problems of Large Amounts of Caffeine

Sleeplessness is very common, also feelings of restlessness, nervousness and even hand tremors are symptoms that need to be listened to. Lack of sleep (often called sleep deprivation) can cause chronic tiredness that can affect the ability to think clearly, affect mood and contribute to depression.  If you are not sleeping soundly every night or you are feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, and generally struggling through the day, your long term health could be affected.

The Importance of Seeing a Therapist

Caffeine can often be used as a way of trying to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life yet in some people even a small amount of caffeine can increase their symptoms of stress and anxiety.  Finding a better natural way to deal with any day – day problems is how I can help.  I offer a FREE Personal Telephone Consultation to help you decide whether you prefer a Counselling process or would like to experience Hypnotherapy;  quite often a combination of both approaches can help.

How Much Caffeine is a Safe Amount

Health reports vary, some say no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day, others say no more than 600mg per day.  When visiting outside coffee bars be aware that their coffee could be much stronger than the instant coffee you are used to at home which generally averages 60-80 mg per cup.  Constantly in the health news, pregnant women are advised to reduce their caffeine intake.

For more information on caffeine check out http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Factsheets/Pages/caffeine.aspx

Contact Me today, my name is Elaine Walker and I am an experienced and qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Specialist Counsellor. 

Call Me today for your FREE Personal Telephone Consultation 9300 6026 and I will be happy to assist you.

Health and Happiness to you.

Anger Management

 Couples Counselling Can Help Stop Angry Outbursts

Relationship Counselling Can Help Couples Manage Their Anger

Anger is a Powerful Emotion
Have you ever witnessed someone ‘lose it’; ‘chuck a wobbly’; ‘spit the dummy’?
Perhaps you have your own favourite phrase to describe an angry response but the Australian term:
‘she/ he spat the dummy’ says it all!

Regressing to a childlike tantrum confirms that intellectual intelligence is no match for the powerful emotion of anger.

Uncontrolled anger contains ‘emotional warriors’ and the ‘distorted thinking brigade’!
The verbal abuse that this duo can throw at their target often hits ‘bulls eye’ inflicting emotional wounds that can cut deep into the other person.

In the domestic world, raging anger can sabotage a once loving relationship and all too often lead to separation and divorce.

Managing Anger in a productive way can make life so much easier, calmer and more peaceful.

The Power of Emotions
Frustration, irritation and disappointment are three powerful ‘emotional warriors’ that can attack without warning.  The victim of this verbal abuse may retaliate or keep quiet to avoid an argument, particularly if they fear physical abuse may follow.  Either way, verbal abuse still comes under the category of domestic violence, just as physical abuse does. When a person is tired, drunk, or feeling ill, their tolerance can be lower, but these factors should never be held up as an excuse for a mild irritation escalating into aggressiveness.

Anger is a very powerful emotion and is part of our biological history and our natural ‘fight or flight’ response.  Anger helped mankind in the past to survive but in today’s world its usefulness is limited.  Anger is a warning signal within us that something is wrong and indeed we need to ‘listen’ to that sensation and respond in a way that is helpful, not harmful to others, or to ourselves.

In some instances, anger can energise us, motivate us, particularly if we are passionate about an injustice, but anger needs to be on a ‘tight rein’ as it can soon escalate out of control into aggression. Knowing how to outsmart the anger triggers and take back control of the ‘emotional warriors’ and ‘distorted thinking brigade’ can keep you out of a lot of trouble.

Know Your Anger Triggers
What may cause one person to react angrily to a situation may not bother another person so knowing what factors may trigger an angry response in you and how your body sensations change is a good starting point to you staying in control and avoiding an emotional ‘explosion’.

Do You Know When You Are Becoming Angry?
What changing bodily symptoms are you aware of?
What, or who, has the potential to trigger your level of anger?
What is it about this person, or situation that you are struggling to cope with?
(is it something they say, or do, or is it because you are feeling stressed or worried and your tolerance to general life has plummeted?)
How much do you trust yourself to stay in control and handle the situation calmly?
Have you ever hurt someone when you have been angry or hurt yourself during an angry ‘meltdown’?
Have you ever thrown a mobile phone, thumped a door, or damaged property in some other way?

 Sustained Anger Can Affect Your Health
Reacting angrily to situations can affect your long term health.
Preserve your Health.
Choose Counselling or Hypnotherapy to help you manage your anger in a better way and avoid angry outbursts.
Enjoy living a more peaceful and enjoyable life. 
Health and Happiness to you.

For Help With Anger Management please call:
Elaine Walker
Clinical Hypnotherapist and Specialist Counsellor
9300 6026

Lose Weight – Not Hope

WaistNo Drugs. No Surgery. No Dieting.
Just the Power of Your Own Mind
can help you lose weight.

You can take back control of your eating habits
and reach your ideal weight safely and naturally.

Losing weight is not about going on a diet, diets often fail!
Losing weight is a personal journey -. it’s your body, your metabolism, and your goal.

No Fuss. No Dieting. No Counting Calories.
You do not need to rely on counting calories.
You do not need to starve yourself.

Your body and mind can be helped to work together
(this is where hypnotherapy excels as a safe, natural way to lose weight).
To help you start your weight loss journey some pre-planning can make the road to success so much easier for you. Here are a few tips to help you identify your personal goal to lose the excess weight and become the person you want to be.

First of all identify:
1) Where are you now?
(what weight are you now and what clothes size?)
2) What do you want to achieve?
(what is your ideal weight and ideal clothes size?)
3) What ‘stepping stones’ would help?
(break your weight loss goal down into small successful steps of achievement),

A goal needs to be specific, realistic and achievable.

Now ask yourself:
i)   “is my goal specific, i.e. I know how much weight I want to lose and what clothes size I want to fit into?”

ii)  “is my goal realistic, i.e. am I planning a sustained weight loss over a period of time and not a quick fix and put my health at risk approach?”

iii) “is my goal achievable, i.e. “is there anything that could interfere with me achieving my weight loss goal?
(be honest…do you eat if feeling angry, bored, lonely, stressed, anxious, etc. or perhaps just overeating, or maybe some other reason – seek help if you need to).

Losing Weight Can Help You Build Confidence and Self Esteem
How would you like to look in the mirror, see a reflection of yourself and think:
“wow! I look good!”

What you think as you look in the mirror will affect how you feel and as you admire the slim, fit looking body of yourself so your feelings about yourself will be given a tremendous boost.

Never put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.
How many times have you told yourself…tomorrow, I’ll start tomorrow!

Are You Ready to Lose Weight – Now?
If your answer is a firm YES then ‘go for it!’
If you need help then seek help, if you do not need help and you feel you can go it alone…I wish you well.

Health and Happiness to you.

 

 

Health Matters

Live Life today with EW Hypnotherapy JoondalupHow Do You Want To Improve Your Health?
Quit Smoking?
Lose Weight?
Curb or Quit Alcohol altogether?
Or do you have some other goal in mind?

‘I just want to live while I’m alive’ is a famous line from a Bon Jovi track and there is no better time than Now to really think about how you want to live your life.
Lifestyle changes are often on people’s lips of what they want to change, but generally speaking, after 3-4 weeks many people give up and feel disillusioned, stuck in the “I can’t do this’ mould. But success can be yours.

Plan for Success
Success is in the planning strategy – the step by step guide of how to make your goal a reality – long term, not just for a few short weeks. Achieving a personal goal to stop smoking, shed the excess weight or control alcohol intake involves many factors that most people are unaware of, so prepare yourself for success.

i) The Art of Saying ‘NO’
Initially in the first few days – or week, when motivation is exceptionally strong, it is generally easier to resist group pressure (and never underestimate group pressure). However, as time goes on, the human desire to ‘fit in’ can often override any personal desire to give up something that the rest of the group are doing, so falling into the relapse trap is common unless you have prepared yourself mentally – how to say ‘NO’ to others is a skill to be learned.

ii) Resisting Temptation
Equally important is the ability to say ‘NO’ to yourself, a good example is when you are dining out and you feel like indulging in a favourite food but know that health wise or weight wise, it’s a ‘no no’! This reminds me of being at a restaurant with a group of friends and one lady ordered chilli mussels. Within an hour of eating the mussels she suffered the stomach cramps and discomfort that she had always suffered when eating chilli mussels. One might ponder: Why did she eat them?

She was ‘in the moment’, dismissing her mind’s attempts to tell her that it wasn’t a good idea to eat the mussels, it’s as though she had ‘brought the shutters down’ on the reasoning part of her mind and ignored all the years of evidence that had gone before. She hadn’t mentally prepared herself for such a situation.
Whatever your goal is, listen to the commitment you have made to yourself. If you are struggling then seek Professional help in the way of counselling or hypnotherapy.

iii) Coping With Stress and Anxiety
If smoking, alcohol or food are your usual way of coping with a stressful or anxious situation then counselling or hypnotherapy can certainly help you let go of your dependence on these methods and adopt a healthier personal coping style.

4) Lifestyle Changes Can Lead To A Healthier Lifestyle
There is so much medical evidence that how we live day by day impacts on overall general health and even how long we live. Investing in yourself and living a healthier lifestyle now may improve your quality of life as the years roll by.

Health and Happiness to you.

There’s No Substitute For a Good Therapist. This is How You Find One.

There’s no substitute for a good therapist. This is how you find one.Not all therapists have the same qualifications or experience, identifying the right therapist for you if you ever needed one can be quite a challenge.   It’s important therefore to do your homework and to know what questions to ask.

First of all, check out their credentials.  Their title may not reflect their qualifications or experience.
A good example is Counselling, there is a vast difference between those who do a short few months counselling course as opposed to someone who undertakes a university degree – but the title is the same.  What about a Life Coach? This is an interesting title and I am still recovering from the shock of going on one website which was a Training Institute and their marketing blurb advertised  that:

“Today a successful Life Coach needs the skills of a Clinical Hypnotherapist, the listening skills of a Counsellor and the flair of an NLP Practitioner just to name a few.”

According to this website you can achieve all this training in 8 weeks of just two hours per week and they claim you can then work with such things as weight loss, depression and they even teach hypnosis.  Excuse me, did I miss something here?  Why would anyone bother going to university?

It doesn’t stop there; clever marketing has its hands in the hypnotherapy area too.  Learning a few skills in hypnosis does not qualify a person to practice as a hypnotherapist.  What the title Hypnotherapist means is:  hypnosis + therapy.  Hypnosis simply refers to our natural ability to be able to go into our own imagination which I confess has happened to me when confronted with some boring teacher at High School and my mind would just go ‘walkabouts’ on its own, it’s not magic – it’s natural.  A qualified hypnotherapist knows how to help a person become absorbed in their imagination in a therapeutic way, utilising specialised knowledge and skill to help their client   overcome a specific problem or make positive changes to their life.  A Clinical Hypnotherapist is someone who has undertaken more advanced study and is qualified to work with specific or more complex problems.

It’s amazing how many ‘new ‘ titles keep popping up in marketing hype so doing your homework prior to making that first appointment is essential.    Here are a few tips to help you choose the best therapist for you.

The Professional Therapist Check list

1.  Is the Therapist registered?
2. Who is their Registration Body?
e.g. PACFA / AHA
3. What level of Registration does the Therapist hold?
(There are several tiers of Registration from Student to Clinical Therapist).
4. What are the Therapist’s Qualifications?
Example of my qualifications includes:
Psychology
Degree in Psychology BA (psych)

Cert IV Psychotherapy

 Relationship Counselling
Advanced Certificate Family and Marital Therapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy
Diploma in Hypnotherapy (Traditional and Ericksonian)

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy

 Specialised Hypnotherapy
Masterclass Therapist –Smoking Cessation
Accredited Therapist for the ‘Virtual’ Gastric Band Hypnotherapy Weight Loss Programme

5. Check out the Therapist’s Experience
Have they been in private practice for more than 5 years?
How long have they been practicing as a ‘Professional Therapist’?
6. Does the Therapist’s Experience match what you are looking for?
eg. if you are having Relationship Problems with your partner, husband, sister, brother, etc.  or difficulties parenting your children/ teenager, are they qualified in Family & Marital Therapy?
7. What fees does  the Therapist charge and for how long?
Many therapists have cut their session time down from 1 hour to 50 minutes (I’ve even heard of some who only offer 45 minutes) so what appears to be the cheaper fee is not always so if the time has been shortened.  Always check out how long the session will be.

Always be on the alert for unqualified, unregistered so called ‘professionals’ whose motive may not be to do you harm, but are not aware that their ignorance and incompetence could do just that.  Please feel reassured about level of experience and qualifications.

For More Information on how I can help you Change Your Life for the Better
Call Elaine Walker
Clinical Hypnotherapist and Specialist Counsellor
Tel:  9300 6026