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An idyll to escape to

Post holiday blues?

The nights are drawing in, and our moods sink along with the temperature, but with a little imagination you could be back on the beach in the sun…

Community reporter Richard Sargent

Community reporter Richard Sargent

Darlington seems a long way for Suzanne from her dream trip to Montego Bay in Jamaica now she is back from holiday and back into her everyday routine.

“I work part-time; I have three children and a new husband. I’m just busy living life really – and I never take time out for me.”

Like many of us, she has to deal with the onset of Autumn, and that's no easy task.

I joined her as she paid a visit to hypno-therapist Simon Alexander for a session of visualisation.

To you and me that means pretending you are somewhere you are not to make yourself feel better, but Simon says it’s more than just positive thinking.

“Visualisation’s more than just thinking intellectually; it’s actually being there. We’re dealing with the raw emotion.”

I was expecting him to start swinging a pendulum.  In fact all it involved was some relaxing background music and Simon talking in a low, gentle voice.

He asked Suzanne to concentrate on her breathing and to be aware of the sounds around her.

The ticking of the clock.

The sound of the traffic outside.

"It felt quite strange initially but I could actually feel the sand beneath my feet and taste the drink in my mouth"

Suzanne experiences visualisation

Once Suzanne was in hypnosis, Simon transported her back to her Caribbean bliss, painting a vivid picture of an idyllic beach.

And to prevent any post-holiday blues, he used ‘hypnotic suggestion’ to make sure her return to reality was not too much of a shock,

“Things that previously upset you will now just calm and relax you…After you leave today, you’ll find you’ve got a very calm feeling inside yourself.”

And it seemed to work.  

It lasted no longer than twenty minutes, but when Suzanne opened her eyes she said she thought it had been over an hour.

“It felt quite strange initially but I could actually feel the sand beneath my feet and taste the drink in my mouth so it was lovely!”

No tan to show off, perhaps, but equally no jet lag.

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