How To Overcome Your Knitting Fears
Warning: this post gets personal.
It's about struggling to overcome habits and thoughts that have bothered you for years.
It's about learning to make a new script, and it's going to help you with your knitting in a whole new way.
About two years ago, I was looking for help with a personal problem.
It might seem like a silly problem to you, but it was one that I couldn't fix, no matter what I tried. For years.
And I consider myself a pretty competent person.
The truth is, I couldn't stop picking at my skin. I was always breaking out and I couldn't even walk in front of a mirror without walking up to it and picking something. Gross, right?
Even worse, my nails would bend and break, and they looked ugly in the knitting videos. But I couldn't stop the cycle. I thought to myself, "I need some major help."
I don't know what make me think of it, but in a moment of out-of-the-box thinking, I googled "hypnotist Salt Lake City," and there was Jamie. I called her and she said she could help me, and in a few weeks, the problem was totally gone.
So why am I telling you this? What on earth does this have to do with overcoming your knitting fears?
Well, recently I called Jamie again. I had another problem that I'd never in my life been able to solve: I couldn't get up in the morning.
I thought this problem was impossible to overcome. And, being in Argentina at the time, and no longer living in Salt Lake City, I didn't really know what she could do for me. But hoping against hope that Jamie could help me, I called her again.
She was amazing. She helped me think up the schedule I wanted, and then asked me to describe to her what it would feel like to live that. I told her I would feel so happy and proud of myself, and secure, knowing that I could trust myself to get to work on time each day.
She said, "Okay, I'll work on this!" A few days later, I got an email with a little audio file that she made just for me. I listened to it every night for a couple of weeks and practiced the schedule we had devised, until the habit was so strong that I didn't have to listen any more. Now, I get up at 7:30 every morning and am at work by 9 a.m., ready to work on the things that matter the most.
Edited to add: Many people requested my "wake-up-in-the-morning" audio, so you can now download it here.
If She Can Help Me With This, Then She Can Help All Of Us With Our Knitting
This transformation was so amazing that I thought, "We've got to do this for my knitting students." Surely Jamie can help all my readers overcome their struggles with knitting!
She thought it was a great idea, and so I ran a poll on the Facebook page asking my students what their biggest knitting fears were. And they really opened up!
In addition to things like seaming, steeking, and reading charts, they said that they often thought things like, "I'm just not good enough to knit this," and "I shouldn't have made that mistake." Even "you'll always mess up, no matter how you try." Sound familiar?
Let's get rid of that, already!
Using the reader feedback, Jamie made you a free audio recording that you can download and put on your phone or iPod and listen to before bed for a few nights.
Imaging how lovely it will feel next time you make a knitting mistake or come across a technique you've always been terrified of. You'll smile and relax, and speak to yourself in a calming, loving voice as you gracefully and lovingly help yourself through the struggle!
By the way, if you're curious about what a hypnosis audio sounds like, here's a 90-second clip:
I asked Jamie a few questions about hypnosis, so we could all understand it better:
Liat: What is it like to be hypnotized?
Jamie: Each person has a unique experience, but generally it is deeply relaxing.
My personal experience is that it feels like a combination of daydreaming and meditation.
Liat: What are some misconceptions about hypnosis that people have?
Jamie: Stage hypnosis and movies have given people an inaccurate perception of hypnosis, so sometimes people will think they will have a lack of control or will quack like a duck. I've never made anyone quack like a duck!
Another misconception is what I call hypnomagic. Hypnosis is not magic. It's not a passive process.
It an active process which is aided by the subconscious but involves the hypnotizee listening to, acting upon, and reinforcing the new changes.
The National Institute of Health has studied and found positive results using hypnosis for hot flashes, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea from chemotherapy, and faster healing from surgeries.
Dr. Oz has talked about hypnosis and how helpful it is for weight loss. So, slowly it's becoming more mainstream and understood.
Liat: How does hypnosis help people? What is it good for?
Jamie: In my experience, hypnosis is excellent for overcoming:
- food cravings
- difficulties with weight loss
- stress before a test
- negative self-talk
- general stress, and
- pain/sorrow from a breakup
The one thing that is hard to change through hypnosis is creating a desire to exercise more. So far the best tactic in that regard is find something really, really fun.
Liat: Why is hypnosis so powerful for helping people change?
Jamie: Change for most of us is hard.
Our minds tend to go to default - our usual patterns of thinking and believing. Your subconscious is very powerful so you might as well have it on your team!
Liat: How have you helped some of your clients change?
Jamie: I get super excited about all changes, little and life-altering.
I had a young woman who had a gag reflex every time she tried to eat vegetables. After one session she was eating 20 different veggies and now has even conquered broccoli and sushi! She came in for more reinforcement sessions. I don't want to imply that it was hypnomagic, but still very exciting!
I had a woman come in for weight management. We were working on cravings. She shared with me that she had been in recovery for years but still had strong cravings for alcohol and would occasionally binge.
One of my techniques was to have her visualize the object of her craving and then in her imagination have it disappear.
In her imagination, she saw a vodka bottle and then she shattered it into a billion pieces.
After that shattering vodka bottle, she never had another craving or binge.
I had another woman come in for illogical jealousy.
She completely trusted her boyfriend but at the mention of an old friend of his she would go crazy. It took many sessions of work together, but she conquered her jealousy and I was invited to her wedding!
Liat: How should people use the audio you've made for them?
Jamie: This particular audio would be good to listen to every night before sleep and/or right before you pick up your knitting.
Before sleep, the audio relaxes you, and then your subconscious mind processes the suggestions while you sleep. Experiment with it!
Also, if you find yourself avoiding a project, I would get the project out, listen to the audio, then begin.
Download Your Free "Conquer Your Knitting Fears" Audio
Get More Help From Jamie
I value Jamie's help so much - I know she could help you with anything you are struggling with. She does phone appointments and then just emails you the audio, so if there's something you need help with, set up a consultation with her!
Disclosure: I'm not getting anything by sending you to Jamie for extra help.
I just believe in her work so much I wanted to share it with you.
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