My Hypno Experience
As well as a hypnotherapist, I am a primary school teacher and have been for 20 years. I now teach part time and although I've had the normal teacher ups and downs over the years, I do enjoy it. The never knowing what the day will bring and what the children will bring to each day makes it for me. However, 2 years ago the old nerves of being observed caught up with me. If you are a teacher reading this the "What if I'm not good enough," thoughts played over in my head. With this, the constant worry that I'll forget what I'm doing, the dry mouth, the inability to even remember the children's names, grew fear into my soul. As a hypnotherapist I thought this would be a good opportunity to see a hypnotherapist to help tackle my nerves. So this is how it went:
We had a chat about previous teaching observations, management that had made me feel inadequate and the stress that I had suffered due to excessive workload being inflicted upon me by unsupportive management (all in previous jobs). I then spoke about the teacher that I was and the teacher that I am and the passion I feel for my job.
My hypnotherapist helped me to relax by making me aware of my breathing and using this to help each muscle relax. She then told me a story that helped me visualise myself in a positive, strengthening way. I must say, I do not remember what she said, as I drifted in and out of consciousness. I just let her soothing voice drift over me. Although I felt in a sleep-like state, I do remember hearing an ice-cream van outside and knowing that I could, if I wanted, wake up and buy a Magnum. However, I just accepted it was there and it seemed to help me relax even more, knowing that I was in control, but chose to stay relaxed in my hypno state. When the session had ended I still felt very relaxed, like I had just woken up after a long restful sleep.
The next day I had my observation at school. I will admit, I felt a little nervous,
but the nerves felt more like excitement. I seemed to have developed the attitude that I couldn't wait to show off what I had planned and to show how good I was. I had no dry mouth, and I remembered the children's names!
I must admit, I was a bit sceptical, even though I am a hypnotherapist, but it worked for me and only last month I had an observation and once again I felt like I just wanted to show off what I could do.