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Recommended Inspiration for You!

17 Oct

I love reading and I spend a fair amount of time checking out inspirational books and blogs (in fact, my husband says that he has never known someone read so much!)  The truth is I was always a real bookworm when I was a child and my favourite thing was to lose myself in a good read.  Now, I’m very lucky as many of the books I choose to read help me with the work I do – it’s a win-win!

A few weeks ago, one of my clients asked me to recommend some books or blogs that might help her and as I replied to her email, I thought, ‘I should put this in a blog’.   So, here it is – just a few of my go-to reads:

Books

A Return to Love’ by Marianne Williamson  This book is just beautiful.   For me, it’s all about loving and accepting yourself for what you are.  If you are feeling lost in some way, then please read this book.  There are so many quotes I could share, but here is my favourite:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.’

‘Succulent Wild Woman’ by SARK   This book is obviously aimed at women (that’s why it appeals to me!)  It’s about being your joyful, creative, authentic self and I love it.

‘Sassy’ by Lisa Clark   Another one aimed at the ladies (what can I say?  I love wonderful women writers.)  This is a truly uplifting book, about being the best, most confident version of yourself (exactly what I want to do for my clients).

‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron  This is a 12-week program of self-discovery, helping you to connect with your creativity.  You absolutely do not have to be an ‘artist’ to enjoy and benefit from this book.  There are some wonderful practices in the program and my favourite is ‘morning pages’.  Highly recommended.

‘Constant Craving’ by Doreen Virtue  This is a great book if you struggle with cravings and emotional eating.  Doreen Virtue’s idea is that cravings for different foods correspond to specific emotional concerns.  When you become aware of this, you can work with the underlying emotional issue.  This very much ties in with the weight loss work I do with my clients.

Blogs

zenhabits.net  Leo Babauta’s wonderful blog about living more simply, more mindfully.  It’s full of inspiration for all areas of your life.  I don’t read many blogs regularly, but I ALWAYS open this one when it arrives in my inbox.

leoniedawson.com Again, this is one blog that I always read.  Leonie writes from the heart about creativity, life and business.  She’s cooky, quirky and a breath of fresh air.

Notes from the Universe  This is not a blog as such, but I would recommend signing-up for these daily emails reminding you of how wonderful you are and the general magical-ness of life!

I could go on, but these are my absolute favourites.  I would love you to share any recommendations you have, so do pop them in the comments box below.  Let’s share the love!

Three Common Misconceptions About Hypnotherapy

9 Sep

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-time-now-2-image1543231When people come to me for hypnotherapy, they often have some anxiety about how it will be and I wonder whether perhaps you feel the same?

Maybe you have seen stage hypnotists who seem to take control of people getting them to do silly things and make fools of themselves?

Maybe you have heard stories of people going into a trance and not being able to come out?

Perhaps you have seen films where people have been hypnotised into doing things they wouldn’t dream of normally?  No wonder there can be some fear of hypnosis when it is often presented in this way!

It’s completely natural to have worries about trying something new, so I want to put your mind at rest now about some of the common misconceptions of hypnotherapy.

1) I’ll be out of control.

When you are in hypnosis, you are totally aware of what’s happening.   As a hypnotherapist, I cannot ‘make’ you do anything you don’t want to do.   That is why before we use hypnotherapy, I will spend some time making sure you are committed to the changes you want to make and exploring any unexpected benefits of staying the way you are.  Your subconscious mind has some powerful built-in safeguards and will not allow you to do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do or reveal anything that is not to your benefit.

During hypnotherapy you will be fully in control.   I am simply facilitating you in bringing your subconscious mind into alignment with your goals and dreams.

2) I can’t be hypnotised.

Clients often worry that they won’t be able to be hypnotised or that hypnotherapy won’t  work for them.   In fact, we move into a trance-like state naturally at many times during the day.   For example, if you have ever driven somewhere familiar, got to your destination and not remembered the journey, then you have experienced trance.  Similarly, when we daydream or switch off when watching TV, then we have gone into a light hypnotic trance.

Clients are often surprised about how familiar hypnosis feels to them and they worry that they are not ‘doing it right’.  The fact is that as a client, you can simply relax and allow me to guide you into hypnosis.  Your subconscious mind will do the rest.

3) Hypnotherapy will magically allow me to achieve my goals.

I’m sorry to say that this isn’t true!  Even though hypnotherapy is wonderfully effective in helping with many problems and issues, you do need to be committed to making changes.  When I work with clients, it is very much a two-way process.  I will often ask people to do ‘homework’ between sessions with the aim of giving the subconscious mind the focus and direction it needs.  I have found that it’s the clients who are most engaged in the process of working with me who get outstanding results.  So, ask yourself, ‘Do I really want to make this change and am I willing to do everything I need to do to reach my goal?’  If the answer is ‘Yes!’, then hypnotherapy will be perfect for you.

I hope this has answered some of your questions about hypnosis and how it can help you.  I know that there are many misconceptions about hypnotherapy and that is why I offer a free 30-minute consultation with any potential clients.  This is a chance to have a chat with me, ask any questions and discuss any worries you might have before committing to a session.

I am passionate about hypnotherapy and have seen wonderful results when working with clients, so if you want to find out more then get in touch today for your free consultation.

What’s on Your Nurture List?

26 Apr

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When we think about losing weight, we tend to focus on diet and exercise – it’s what we’ve been conditioned to do. However, we can then become frustrated, as we find it difficult to actually eat healthily and be more active. It’s like something is stopping us from doing what we know we should be doing.

 The reason it can be difficult to stop overeating is that often we are using food to meet our emotional needs. In short, we are comfort eaters.

I’m sure that many of you recognise this in yourselves – you stop on the way home from a stressful day at work to buy some wine and chocolate or you come off an upsetting phone call with your partner and head straight for the ice-cream in the freezer. Food has become the friend we turn to when we feel stressed, sad, angry or fearful. In fact, pretty much any emotion can trigger off a need to overeat.

So, when we decide to lose weight and cut back on our eating, it’s like we’re being deprived of our closest friend, our biggest support. How is that going to work?

When we comfort eat, we are suppressing the emotion we are feeling, whatever that may be. We are putting a lid on it, rather than meeting the real emotional need. This is why, when I work with clients, we spend time looking at what’s happening for them when they get that urge to eat and they know they’re not physically hungry. Are they sad? Are they stressed? Are they angry? We then look at other ways of meeting that emotional need. It’s all about giving ourselves alternatives to overeating. Once the subconscious mind knows that there is another way, that it has some options, we find it easier to make healthier choices, meeting our true needs.

How can you do this for yourself? Well, I’d encourage you to take some time to think about the things you can do to help you feel more relaxed and uplifted in your life. Give yourself some space and make your own list of activities that nurture you. These can be as simple as having a cup of tea or running a bubble bath – find what feels right for you.

For me personally, I know that being outside in nature helps me to feel more grounded and peaceful. So, I make sure that I build time into my week when I can go for a walk or just sit in the garden. This morning, I took myself off to the forest to take some photos and felt such a sense of contentment and stillness. I know that if I don’t make time to do this, I will start to feel stressed and under pressure, so I’ve learned to plan regular ‘outdoor time’. This stops me from relying on the short-term fix of comfort eating.

So, create your own nurture list. Then start planning these activities into your week. Take positive action and start to truly meet your emotional needs. I guarantee you will find that you eat less and start to feel more balanced. I’d love to know what’s on your list, so please do share.

If you’d like to explore this in more detail, I am offering free weight loss clarity calls to three people next week. Contact me at nicola@horizon-hypnotherapy.com if you are interested.

 

Unburden

5 Feb

An experience I had today has led me to think about how often we can be carrying things that are really not helpful.  I have been driving around with a massage couch in the back of my car for the last couple of weeks – I had visited a friend to give her a well-deserved massage and rather than lifting it out of my car as soon as I got home, I thought ‘oh, I’ll just do it later’.  And of course, it stayed banging around in the back of my car, getting in the way, causing me to use more petrol and generally irritating me every time I went to drive somewhere.

Silly eh?   Why didn’t I just take it out straight  away?  Why did I put up with this extra burden when I could have cleared it away?  Well, today I finally moved the couch back into my house and I felt better immediately.  My car has more space and I know I won’t have that nagging feeling whenever I go to drive.

So, you may be thinking, why is Nicola telling us this?  Well it got me thinking about all the things we carry with us in life that are not helpful – maybe it’s extra physical weight, emotional issues, worries or anxieties, perhaps it’s a cluttered environment that we live in.  All of these things hold us back in some way, they niggle us and take up our energy.  And do you know what?  We can choose to put them down.  We can choose to clear some space and unburden ourselves.

Imagine how it would be to put down that weight you’ve been carrying, emotionally or physically – the relief you would experience.

Well,  I can help with that.  Using hypnotherapy we can work together to let go of anything you’re carrying that isn’t serving you.  So, what would you like to clear away?  Contact me and find out how I can help.

And, if it’s physical weight you want to let go of, then I am starting a special online programme which is the perfect solution.  Click here for more details and to sign-up.


Christmas Weight Loss Tip – Nurture Yourself

3 Dec

This is the third of my special Christmas weight loss tips and it’s a wonderful way to help combat emotional eating.

My suggestion is to find one thing to do each day that nurtures you, something that is just for you and makes you feel good.  Some ideas are:

  • make yourself a cup of your favourite tea and take the time to drink it mindfully
  • run yourself a scented bath with candles
  • go for a walk in the park and feel the benefit of being outside in nature
  • book yourself a massage
  • take a yoga class
  • spend 20 minutes reading that book you’ve been meaning to

The list is endless!  Try and find something different each day that nurtures you.  By taking the time to do this, you will feel calmer and more balanced.  This means that there won’t be the need for emotional eating.  Your focus will be on looking after yourself.

The more you nurture yourself, the better you’ll feel!  Do let me know what nurtures you and we can all inspire each other to look ourselves in a healthier way.

 

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