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Letting Go

22 Feb

I find that a lot of the work I do with clients is about letting go of negative thought patterns and behaviours.   It’s easy to cause a lot of our own problems by mentally beating ourselves up, being overly self-critical and taking refuge in unhelpful habits.  In addition, we can spend a huge amount of time worrying about the past and what’s to come in the future.  It all sounds pretty exhausting and it can leave us feeling drained and anxious.

So, what’s the answer?  Well, it’s really quite simple – we just need to stop and bring ourselves back to the present moment.   Whenever I wake up in the middle of the night and start worrying about something I haven’t done, or something I have to do, I catch myself and pull my mind back to the present.  What do I possibly have to do or think about in the middle of the night?  Nothing!  I remind myself to let everything go, clear my mind and drift back to sleep.  It can take some practice, but the more you do this, the easier it becomes.

There’s a technique I use with my hynotherapy clients which helps with letting go and focussing on the moment.   I ask them to imagine a box in front of them, a box where they can put any worries or anxieties, any troubling thoughts or tension.  I ask them to put anything they want to let go of into the box and then imgaine a helium balloon attached to it.   Finally I ask them to give the balloon a push and watch the box floating way from them, up into the air and into the distance until it drifts completely out of view and out of their awareness.   They often feel a real sense of lightness afterwards, as if a weight has been lifted from them.

It sounds simple, but this technique can be used at any time.  Just stop for a moment and let any troubles float away.  Why not try it out now and see how letting go can make all the difference?

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