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SNAP! How To Think Positively, Session 2 of 2

happy_redHi, It’s Dr. Bunny Vreeland and I’m back again to talk about ‘Positive Thinking’ in the second post of this series.  Many of us want to think positively but… ‘Life gets in the way’.  Does this sound familiar??  If so, listen in as I give you some great tips and info to change your way of thinking.

I mentioned in the last session that I’d been listening to a CD set by Brendon Burchard, called the “Motivation Manifesto”.  I’ve told a couple of my clients about these great CD’s and two of them purchased them, and told me what a difference it has made in the way that they see what is happening in their lives.  This is certainly not an ad for Brendon Burchard, but I do think that what he has to say is brilliant and extremely useful, so check him out!  Brendon Burchard is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the most watched personal development trainers in the world. Google him and all kinds of positive things come up…

Here are some additional tips to help you on your quest to think more positively:

1. Positive Affirmations – are uplifting and optimistic statements designed to raise your spirit and help you to keep your focus on the positive.

2. Positive Words – This is a little more personal.  You might have words that you go to that raise your spirts.  Perhaps a person’s name, or keywords like “strength”, “love”, or “smile”.

3. Look in the mirror and find something that you like about yourself – what is your favorite thing about you.  If you’re having a difficult time, ask your best friend what they love about you.

4. Exercise your body and your mind –  Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that create the feel-good vibe.  Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body.

5. Breathe deeply – most of breathe shallowly, which reduces oxygen to the brain, creating brain-fog.  By breathing deeper, more oxygen is available to the brain, which creates sharper mental clarity.

One of my favorite quotes (I put it everywhere, until I memorized it!):

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

By Frank Outlaw
Late President of the Bi-Lo Stores

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Happy Labor Day from Mercury Broadcasting!

Labor Day PicSNAP will return next week, when we will continue with Positive Thinking, Part 2.  Today we’re celebrating Labor Day, so we searched for some fun facts about what Labor Day is & why we celebrate it!

Here are some fun & interesting facts we learned:

Labor Day celebrates the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.

In the late 1800’s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living.  

President Grover Cleveland designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day.

Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887.

By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.

When the idea for Labor Day first started, most workers only had every other Sunday off, as well as two holidays a year: Christmas and Fourth of July!

Traditionally people did not wear white after Labor Day since Labor Day was the unofficial the end of summer! (Are you still wearing those white shoes???).

These days many Americans celebrate Labor Day in the backyard, firing up the grill, camping in the park or a having day at the beach.  However, AAA estimates that nearly 35 MILLION people in the United States will travel on Labor Day, and those that do travel, will  go at least 50 miles from home & most will use the 3-day weekend for a road trip, instead of flying on a plane!

The 8-hour day was firmly established in 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act.  This was the first federal law regulating the hours of workers in private companies.

There is disagreement about who actually proposed Labor Day as a holiday.  Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, who was the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Others believe that it was Matthew Maguire, who was a machinist.  More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers!

But no matter who proposed Labor Day as a holiday,  we’re sending our Happy Labor Day wishes to you, no matter who first proposed this holiday!

Happy Labor Day from Mercury Broadcasting!

SNAP! How To Think Positively, Session 1 of 2

blond_haired_kidHi, It’s Dr. Bunny Vreeland and I would like to talk about ‘Positive Thinking’ in this post. So many of us want to think positively but, ‘Life gets in the way.’

I have been listening to a fabulous CD set by Brendon Burchard, called the ‘Motivation Manifesto’. I read the book and now I have the CD set in my car to listen to as I drive to my destinations. It keeps me focused, positive and calm. I recommend the book or CD set to everyone. It’s THAT good! If you don’t know who Brendon Buchard is, he is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the most watched personal development trainers in the world. Google him and all kinds of positive things come up…

If you are struggling with ways to help you think more positively, here are just a few suggestions to get you started:

  1. Get a coach, mentor or a guide. That is exactly why I listen to CDs and read books by Brendon Burchard, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer and a host of other uplifting folks.
  1. Use hypnotherapy, meditation and/or yoga to redirect your thoughts as well as to help you bring your attention to your breath. Why? Because, most of us breathe shallowly, cutting off the oxygen to our brain. When we breathe deeply, our thoughts become more clear and focused.
  1. Smile at people. Start with yourself. Get up and stand in front of a mirror and SMILE at yourself! It really does help change your mood and relieve stress. I also felt lighter because it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown. Now, go out and smile at others. Most people will smile back at you!
  1. Sing! I can’t carry a tune (ask anyone!) But music MOVES me and I can’t help dancing, moving and singing. It helps change my ‘state’ every time.

This is Dr. Bunny. Stay tuned for more ‘Positive Thought’ suggestions in the next SNAP post, How To Think Positively, Session #2.

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SNAP! IBS and Hypnotherapy

IBSOver 20% of the population in the U.S. suffers from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) in some form.  I learned about the benefits of Hypnotherapy a number of years ago.  I had a doctor friend who told me that in Europe, Hypnotherapy is the go-to therapy for IBS.  I was so stunned by the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy on IBS clients, that I did my thesis on it.  Click here to read it:

In my studies, I’ve found that many of the common beliefs about IBS are misleading.  I came to realize that a body trauma can many times be a cause creating the onset of IBS.  Find out more in Chapter 6 of my thesis where I state real-life situations:

More info about IBS:

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to a serious disease, such as cancer. Most people can control their symptoms with diet, stress management, and prescribed medications. For some people, however, IBS can be disabling. They may be unable to work, attend social events, or even travel short distances.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder seen by GI Doctors. IBS may affect up to 20 percent of Americans, or 54 million people. IBS appears fairly equally in people of all races, but it tends to affect women more than men, in fact three times as many, however, men may be less likely to report the problem.

The onset of IBS usually begins to occur in late adolescence or in early adult life. It rarely appears for the first time after age 50. For many, the condition is chronic, and symptoms can appear for months, then disappear, then reappear again.

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SNAP! How I became a Hypnotherapist

Dr. Bunny Vreeland

Dr. Bunny Vreeland

Hi, this is Dr. Bunny Vreeland.  Lately, many people have asked me how I became a Hypnotherapist.  Listen in as I share my story – you may be surprised that it all started when I was 8 years old!

About Dr. Bunny Vreeland:

I am a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and the Founder of the Vreeland College of the Healing Arts.  I help people lose weight, stop smoking, and get over phobias like Fear of Flying, Fear of Heights and Fear of Dentists. I get to help people make a difference in their lives and I have a part in helping them improve their lives. I love being part of that.

But it hasn’t always been this way.
For years I was one of the top Image Consultants in the nation. Those were the days when having your colors done was the thing to do and everyone was doing it. I worked with the staff at banks, car dealerships, country clubs, financial houses and wineries as well as one-on-one clientele. I was very good at it and won a lot of awards. I showed my clients how to dress and put their best look together for their particular coloring, body type and life-style. Some of the before and after stories were dramatic. It was all exterior change.

I knew something was missing. But, I didn’t know what.
My clients would be happy with the results for a while and then I would hear them say things like “Now I know how to put my look together, but I still need to lose this 25 pounds”. Or “How do I get to FEEL as good as I LOOK? I’m like 2 people and they don’t match!

I was frustrated and didn’t know what to do.
Those were the days when I used to suffer from Migraine Headaches and allergies. There were times when I would be in such pain from the headaches that I would pass out. And, I was allergic to everything: cats, roses (ROSES, I LOVE roses!) dust mites (do you have any idea how many dust mites there are in a pillow?), mold, mildew, grass (Wouldn’t you know? I was married then, and we lived on a golf course!)

I went to a lot of doctors who couldn’t find the cause and couldn’t cure me. I tried everything – all kinds of pills, potions and, even, shots. I was a walking zombie most of the time. That is, a walking zombie with swollen eyes and a stabbing pain over my right eye.

One day I was standing in line at a Barnes and Noble bookstore waiting to pay for some music tapes when I noticed a relaxation tape that promised to reduce stress. I bought the tape, started listening to it and, after a while, I noticed that I hadn’t had an allergic reaction or a headache for a long time. Although I didn’t know what happened or why. I didn’t know until much later that this tape was a Hypnotherapy tape.

About the same time I got a phone call from a friend from New England. She was coming to California to take a 2-month Hypnotherapy course. She wanted to know if she could stay with my then-husband and me on the weekends so she wouldn’t have to pay for the hotel when the course wasn’t in session. She offered to cook all of our favorite dishes in return.

She was a very well known caterer and a great cook so we willingly agreed. My husband was excited about having his own cook who would make him all the heavy, fattening foods I wouldn’t cook for him. I, on the other hand, was curious about the course. I was fascinated and took the course with her.

I couldn’t believe everything Hypnotherapy could help with. And, the best part is that you don’t need drugs or surgery to make the positive changes!

After my friend went home I continued to take more and more courses. I received my basic and Masters training and certifications from Neuro Concepts Institute in Laguna Hills and my clinical/medical training from Huntington Pacific University in Huntington Beach. In addition, I have invested hundreds of hours in many specialized areas like IBS and Fibromyalgia and pain therapy over the years.

Today, I am a Master Hypnotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist and received my Ph. D. in Hypnotherapy in March of 2007 after 4 years of study with Huntington Pacific University. I continue to enjoy working with my clients, and am constantly developing affiliations with doctors and dentists.  I’m also a frequent speaker, educating various groups about the benefits of Hypnotherapy, and what it can do for them.

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SNAP! Mind clearing Hypnotherapy Session

Mind Clearing Hypnotherapy Session

Mind Clearing Hypnotherapy Session

Hi, it’s Dr. Bunny.  If you’ve been following SNAP, you may have heard Jes Scott ask me if it was possible to clear her mind before she goes to sleep, since she has a hard time turning off her mind & sleeping soundly.  Maybe you have the same situation.  Many people take their day’s stresses & anxieties with them to bed.  If this sounds like you, this is the perfect session for you to listen to whenever you want to turn that “Monkey Mind” off!

All you need to do is to sit back, or lie down on a bed, in a quiet environment, and listen to this session, whenever you need it.

Two suggestions:

  1. Do not listen to this in your car (it’s a closed-eye session and obviously you don’t want to fall asleep while you’re driving!)
  2. Deep breathing – inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth.  Deep breathing oxygenates our brain and helps us to focus on what we need to accomplish.  Breathe in through your nose…. exhale through your mouth….

This session will help you to clear your mind and dissolve the concerns of the day, as well as negative persistant thoughts, taking you to a state of deep relaxation.  The more you use it, the more effective it becomes.

…”Now just sit back, relax and allow yourself to pay special attention to the sound of my voice.  Allow my voice to guide you into the most wonderful place you’ve ever been…”

Dr. Bunny Vreeland is a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, with over 20 years of experience.  She is also the Founder of the Vreeland College of the Healing Arts in Camarillo, CA.

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SNAP! Dr. Bunny discusses causes for restless nights.


The famous Fibro Pillow

Dr. Bunny answers Jes’s questions on triggers and issues involved in why you might be having a restless night of sleep.

One of the first issues that came to mind that is not so obvious is sleep apnea, or the condition in where you’re breathing gets obstructed when you sleep.

The most common symptom is very heavy snoring and it can be tricky to diagnose especially if you sleep alone.  Typically, the best thing to do is to go to a sleep study clinic if you feel that you continuously wake up feeling tired in the morning and throughout the day even though you went to bed at a timely hour.

Also,  If you have fibromyalgia, you know how difficult it is to get a full night’s rest. A fibro pillow, like the one shown, will make you feel like you are floating on a cloud. The eye mask can help with the light. Some sleep masks even have the ability to rest the brain waves.
 Another common and not often thought of issue is mood.  If you’re in a bad mood or stressed or anxious it can actually affect your ability to fall into a restful sleep, so clearing out the events of the day prior to sleep may help in getting that sleep you deserve.  Also electronics and lighting can prohibit sleep from ensuing, so putting phones and gadgets out of reach and not in the bed with you (which is a crime I personally commit by having my phone in my bed with me) can also help with getting the most out of your sleep.

Eating and drinking 2 hours before you plan to hit the sack also play a role, along  with other issues we don’t always think to associate with getting our good night’s sleep.  Please join Jes as Dr. Bunny walks us through getting the best conditions for your best sleep!


SNAP – Sleep Hypnosession by Dr. Bunny Vreeland

Sleep Calmly with Hypnotherapy

Sleep Calmly with Hypnotherapy

Dr. Bunny believes that hypnosis can play a role in helping some people sleep better.

Have you ever tried it? Do you have sleep ‘issues’?

According to the Sleep Foundation website,

“Treatment for sleepwalking in adults may include hypnosis. In fact, there are many cases in which sleepwalking patients have successfully treated their symptoms with hypnosis alone.”


There has been a lot of research to support the fact that hypnotherapy can help with sleeping, including a study on the effects of ‘Hypnosis and sleep’ published on June 19, 2014 by HealthDay News.
A team of Swiss researchers reported that a short session of hypnosis might lead to a better night’s sleep. They went on to say that, after listening to a sleep-promoting audio tape containing hypnotic suggestion, women who are suggestible to hypnosis spent two-thirds less time awake, and about 80 percent more time in deep sleep compared to those who slept without the hypnotic suggestion.
“There have been many reports that hypnosis can be a good thing for promoting sleep,” said study co-author Bjorn Rasch, a professor with the department of psychology in the division of biopsychology and methods at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
“However, usually they’ve been based on people just subjectively indicating how well they feel they’ve slept as a result,” Rasch noted.
The new study is the first to assess via measures of brain-wave activity “the positive impact hypnosis has on deep sleep and to show that it is, in fact, real,” he said.
At issue is the desire to boost so-called deep sleep, also known as slow-wave sleep.
This type of sleep “often correlates with the most restorative sleep — it’s a time for your brain to process and rejuvenate from the challenges of the day,” explained Dr. Kim Hutchison, assistant professor of neurology and sleep medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.
“Over the course of people’s lives, with age, the amount of deep sleep drops off significantly. And by the time you’re 50 or 60 you hardly have any, depending on the person,” said Hutchison, who was not involved in the new research. “With age, non-refreshing sleep becomes a very common complaint, and one of the reasons can be not getting enough slow-wave sleep.”
So, what do YOU think? Can Hypnotherapy help YOU sleep better?

Sit back or lay down and let Dr. Bunny help you fall asleep…….


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SNAP! Dr. Bunny Discusses Sleep Issues


Jes Scott in Dr. Bunny’s hypnotherapy chair

Join Dr. Bunny and Jes Scott to learn the secrets to a great night’s sleep. This is Part 1 in the  Sleep Series. Please send us questions about your sleep concerns to our Facebook page and be entered into our $100.00 contest!

At some point in their lives, for any number of reasons, nearly all Americans will have difficulties sleeping.  Poor sleeping patterns or habits can effect anything from moods, to diet and out of the ordinary weight change, to memory loss and cognitive executive functioning.  When moods change, or weight, or memory, one of the first things to look for is your sleeping patterns.

Here are some simple steps to take that will help you to sleep better tonight:

1.  Create a bedtime habit.

Try going to bed and getting up  at the same time every day, even on weekends.

We are creatures of habit, and our sleep is no exception. By consistently going to bed and getting up at the same time, we condition our body to follow a regular pattern of sleep. This allows our body’s natural clock, called a circadian rhythm, to help initiate and maintain our sleep.

2.  Try to create a bedroom that you enjoy and are comfortable in.

Is your bedroom quiet, dark, cool, and comfortable?

Studies find that sleeping in a cool environment is most conducive to sleep. By eliminating excess noise and light, we can minimize the disruptions that might wake us up. In addition, the bedroom should be a relaxing place and not a source of stress.

3.  Remember the primary purpose of  your bedroom.

Bedrooms are for sleeping and sex, not for watching television or doing work.

Somehow we have managed to make the bedroom a multipurpose room. All electronics must be removed! Televisions, gaming systems, computers, telephones, and various other gadgets are stimulating and disruptive to sleep. Don’t allow them in your bedroom and don’t use them in the brief period before going to bed. Even the small amount of light from a computer screen in the evening hours can stimulate your brain into thinking it is time to be awake. Moreover, do not use the bedroom to do work as these activities are likewise stimulating and will disrupt your sleep.

4.  Refrain from stimulants if possible.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine 4-6 hours before bedtime.

Caffeine can be found in expected places like coffee, soda pop, or tea, but also in unexpected foods like chocolate. As a stimulant it will keep you awake, even if used nearly six hours before bed. Likewise, nicotine will disrupt your sleep. And contrary to common practice, an alcoholic “nightcap” can actually make your sleep worse. Though it may cause you to become drowsy, alcohol fragments the stages of your sleep and makes it more disrupted.  A critical stage in the sleep process is called REM, for Rapid Eye Movement.  When alcohol-induced sleep occurs, the brain and body actually skips this step and you end up with restless sleep.

For more information on Hypnotherapy and sleep or other issues,

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SNAP and Stress with Dr. Bunny and Jes



Prepping for a Stress Session

Less Stress for Success

In our current society, people are increasingly experiencing too much stress, or what could be called ‘negative’ stress.  This is the type of stress that can make you feel overwhelmed and jittery.  Stress is a well-known trigger for depression and it can also affect your physical health.

There are a limitless number of triggers for stress, however the following are generally accepted as being in the top dozen:  any sort of loss, from bereavement, divorce and separation to a child leaving home; long-term illness and disability; marriage; moving house; a new job; holidays and work.



The symptoms of negative stress are well known to us, and include:

1. Increased irritability

2. Heightened sensitivity to criticism

3. Signs of tension, such as nail-biting

4. Difficulty getting to sleep and early morning waking

5. Drinking and smoking more

6. Indigestion

7. Loss of concentration

There is a Diagnostic Stress Questionnaire available for download along with the score sheet here:

Stress Diagnostic Self-Test

Stress Diagnostic


Please also visit Dr.  Bunny Vreeland’s website for information on Stress Management 

along with the free audio stress reduction  session!

hypnotherapy stress reduction.mp3


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