Life in lockdown has not been easy, with a large majority of the country still facing an increase of financial pressures and many families are under severe stress of canceled trips, separation from friends, and the large abundance of time being cooped up at home has been putting stress and restful sleep on everyone. Luckily, there are some positive practices to help us relieve this large amount of stress and restore our restful sleep cycles. 

On today’s episode of the Powderkeg Podcast, we’ll be sharing a recent interview and LIVE Q&A we hosted with a special guest, my dad, John Hunckler. Hypnotist and Guided Meditation Instructor, he’s the owner of Bloomington Hypnosis, where he has helped many, many people reduce stress, quit smoking, get better sleep, lose weight, and all-around live healthier lives. 

John Hunckler was introduced to transcendental meditation, zen, and hypnosis in the 1970s, but did not become a certified hypnotist until 2011. He holds master’s degrees from the Universities of North Dakota and Notre Dame in education and business. And worked for eighteen months in a busy practice in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he conducted almost two thousand sessions before opening his full-time practice — Bloomington Hypnosis.

In this episode, I talk with my dad John Hunckler about how to optimize your greatest asset, your mindset, to help reduce stress and live a better life. It’s a particularly relevant topic right now at the time of releasing, because of all the uncertainty surrounding the economy and the coronavirus pandemic which continues to spread around the globe. Tune in for more! 

In this episode with John Hunckler, you’ll learn:

  • Best practices in reducing fears and anxieties.
  • How to be mindful of language and change habits
  • Ways to gain deep, restorative sleep
  • How to become refreshed and energized.
  • And finding your key power pose

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John Hunckler quotes from this episode of Igniting Startups:

“If they don’t serve us, sometimes it’s difficult to change those habits. We hold them at the deep level and our language either supports them, which it normally does when we’re not paying attention to our language, our language can be used to shift habits.” — John Hunckler 

“All I need is within me now. All I need is within me now, if you simply repeat that as a mantra, all I need is within me now, then, you know, it’s a matter of accessing it and you’re actually accessing it as you stand or sit in a high power pose, relaxing and yet bringing energy to work.” — John Hunckler 

“A simple high power pose that anybody can do is Superman or Wonder Woman standing with your feet apart, standing hands on your hips, shoulders back, head up, and standing like that for two minutes reduces your stress. It reduces your cortisol which lowers your stress.”  — John Hunckler 

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