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Why It Helps to Take ACTION

27 Jun

Sometimes we just know we want to make a change.  It’s that niggling thought at the back of your mind, an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach – something needs to be different.  Maybe we want to lose some weight, give up smoking, let go of something from the past or work towards a life change.  It’s easy to spend a lot of time thinking about the changes we want to make.  Reflection is great and I encourage all of my clients to devote some space to thinking about what they want and how things will be different when they get that.  However, it’s important to combine this with taking ACTION.

When we spend too much time thinking, it can be difficult to see a way forward.  We can feel stuck and demotivated and that’s not a good place to be!   Just  taking one small action can change this mindset; we start to feel more empowered and in control.  I often find this with clients who have been struggling with something for a long time; as soon as they make the decision to come and work with me, they immediately feel more positive.  They’ve committed to take some action and that feels good!

So, what can you do today to move forward?   Let me know what action you are taking and if you would like some support, why not book a free 30 minute consultation and find out how I can help?

The Power of Anticipation

25 May

I am going on holiday tomorrow and I’ve had a wonderful buzz of anticipation all week.  I’m sure we’re all familiar with that lovely feeling of looking forward to something special, giving us an extra spring in our steps!

This feeling of anticipation is something I encourage with all my clients who are working to make changes, in particular with those who have fertility issues.   Often when couples are trying to have a baby, they are scared to look forward to how it will be when they have a child.  They can feel that by getting excited about the prospect of having a baby they will somehow jinx their efforts.

The same often applies to weight loss clients who are reluctant to imagine how life will be when they lose the weight they want to.  They don’t want to get excited about the possibility, ‘just in case it doesn’t happen and then I will be even more disappointed’.

By holding back on looking forward we are sending a powerful message to our minds that we don’t think whatever we’re working towards is going to happen.   This can prevent us from achieving our goals AND stop us from feeling good in the meantime.   So, give yourself permission to get excited, look forward and enjoy that wonderful feeling of anticipation.  I guarantee that you will feel great AND find that you get to where you’re wanting to go much more easily.

The Value of Relaxation

16 May

Relaxation is something I work on with all my clients – it’s so important whatever the issue, be it weight loss, fertility or anxiety.  The importance of relaxation has been brought home to me personally this week.  I have a big event this weekend and have been rushing around trying to get everything finalised for it.  My sister had arranged a spa day for me yesterday, knowing that I might need some me-time in preparation for the weekend.  When we were driving there I noticed that I was thinking how I didn’t really have time for this, there were other things I could be doing with the day, getting things done and being productive.  I felt quite stressed about taking time out!

Once I was at the spa, all of these negative thoughts changed.  I started to relax and enjoy being away from everything, knowing that I couldn’t do anything if I wanted to.  It was bliss!  I ended the day feeling totally chilled out and much more energised.

This experience has reminded me how important it is to take time out, however busy you are.  Clients often tell me that they don’t have time to relax, even for a short period.  I was lucky to be able to take a whole day to relax, but it doesn’t have to be that long.  Stopping, even for the shortest time, will recharge your batteries meaning that you have much more energy for the rest of the day.  So why not sit and watch the world go by, lie back and listen to your favourite song, or take yourself for a 20-minute walk outside?  I guarantee you will feel much better afterwards!

 

Finding Your Motivation

26 Mar

Many of the people who come to me for hypnotherapy say they need to increase their motivation.  So, what is this mystery quality that helps us to achieve our goals more easily and how can we tap into it?

There are a couple of tools that I find useful when looking to increase motivation.  Firstly, find a goal or outcome which is really going to inspire you.  I wanted to get fit and tone up this year for a big social occasion and I thought that would be enough to encourage me to eat healthily and exercise more, but it didn’t; I needed something more to stimulate me into action.  So, I decided to enter the Great South Run which is taking place in October.  I knew that by having an event to train for, I would stick to my fitness plan and make time to go out running.

So, what do you need to motivate you?  Do you like to do things with other people – many people find it easier to stay on track if they have the support of others.   It can help to make a commitment to achieve a particular goal and to let others know about it, keeping them up-to-date with your progress and letting them know how well you are doing.

If you prefer not to share your goals with others, then how about finding your own internal personal motivator?  I find that people often have a critical voice inside that tells them that they can’t do it, they are destined to fail, so why bother?  No wonder we find it difficult with that constant criticism and negativity in our minds!   So, decide to make a switch.  Imagine you have your own personal motivator in your mind.  Create an image of what that inspirational person or character looks like, notice how they sound and what kind of things they say to you.  Practice bringing in your internal motivator whenever you can and if that negative voice creeps in, then sweep it away with your new positivity!

There are lots of ways of increasing your motivation to get where you want to be.  I often find that just by making the choice to come for hypnotherapy, clients are a big step closer to achieving the outcome they want as mentally they have already committed to it.  So, why not let me know what you want to change and what helps to encourage you?

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