Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) has for the last 17 years tickled clinician’s – and client’s – hopes that finally a technique has been found that will help those unfortunate people who suffer from the debilitating symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How does it work? In principle, you remember a particularly painful or disturbing incident, make a mental picture of it, and pin this picture on the therapist’s index finger. The therapist then moves his/her finger in front of your face. You follow this movement with your eyes (head remains still) for a certain amount of repetitions. The idea is that after the treatment you have no longer the distressing emotions attached to your memories.
Have you ever wondered how you can relax? You will have heard about tapes that help you to get into a relaxed state – but usually you can't find it the moment you need it.
Here is some good advice. Relaxation is something that you need to practice. Ideally you practice it every day for maybe 5 min at a time. So when you are getting stessed and start 'losing it', you only have to remind yourself of 'relaxation' and you'll go immediately into the relaxed state, because your mind remembers it from your weeks of exercising.
Don't take my word for it – try it out for yourself. But remember, you have to practice at least for a month every day. Watch the following video and let me know how that was for your.
The following is a simple self-hypnotic relaxation exercise. You don't need to prepare for it in any particular way – just create a space for 10 – to 15 minutes 'time out'.
Make sure that you are comfortable, either on the bed, the floor, or the sofa. Switch off the radio, phone, or anything else that could distract you in the next wee while.