Tag Archives: Hypnotherapy

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 Beauty of Paying Attention

12 Jun

I am reading Julia Cameron’s wonderful book The Artist’s Way at the moment and one of the things she talks about very eloquently is the value of paying attention to what’s around you.

Often we can be rushing around from one thing to the next, barely noticing the people, places and natural beauty that surrounds us.   This can result in feeling stressed and disconnected, damaging  relationships and our own well-being.  If we can learn to slow down, even occasionally, and pay attention to what is happening around us right now, it can be immensely healing.  Life will automatically feel more manageable and you will gain a sense of perspective.

We can often miss so much as we simply don’t take the time to notice.  Recently I watched the television programme Britain in a Day which was made up from snippets of film that a range of different people captured, showing what they did on a particular day.  Much of this was the ‘ordinary’ stuff that we all do all the time, however, this ordinary-ness was what made it funny, moving and quite remarkable.

It’s easy to dismiss the people and things that we see all the time as  boring and not worthy of our attention, but if we just take the time to notice we might realise that we’re surrounded by beauty.  Why not try paying attention right now and let me know how you get on?

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.

Hypnotherapy and Anxiety

22 May

Clients often come to me wanting help with anxiety and this is often underlying with other problems, such as weight loss, smoking and fertility issues.

Hypnotherapy is a wonderful way of helping to ease anxiety – it is deeply relaxing and encourages clients to slow down and notice what is happening for them at any given time.   However, it is important to realise that we all experience some form of anxiety pretty much every day.  This may be fairly low level, for example feeling a bit stressed sitting in a queue of traffic, or it could have more of an impact, i.e. severe anxiety or panic attacks.  Whatever the case, anxiety is part of the human condition, we are programmed to respond to certain situations with an unconscious ‘fight or flight’ response and it can be very helpful at times.

We often beat ourselves up about feeling anxious, worrying about how much we worry, stressing about how stressed we are.  This can build up and up until we’re ready to blow our tops.  With my clients, the first step is always to acknowledge that it’s ok to be anxious – give yourself a break!  Just realising that some anxiety is normal can help people to feel calmer.

We can then start to look at ways of managing anxiety, not trying to force it away, but  noticing how any anxiety is being experienced – where is it being held in the body, what thoughts are leading to it, how do we behave when we’re anxious?

Once we have some of this information, we can start working with it.  One of the exercises I suggest is to imagine breathing into the part of the body where you are holding anxiety, allowing the breath to flow in and starting to relax and let go of any physical tension.  As soon as you start focusing on the breath, your mind starts to slow down and we send a powerful message to the body to relax.

Another technique if you are struggling with worrying thoughts is just to notice each one as it comes into your mind and then imagine that thought being encased in a bubble.  Once it is inside the bubble, visualise it floating away from you.  As it gets further away, just notice how you feel different.  You may have a lot of bubbles to start off with and that’s ok.  Let them all float away and notice how they become fewer and fewer.  This is a powerful tool that can be used at any time.

There are lots of ways of working with anxiety and hypnotherapy is particularly helpful as it deals with the unconscious mind.  If you would like to discuss this with me in more detail, then get in touch.

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!

 

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