Tag Archives: Hypnotherapy

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?

Listening to your Body

6 Mar

When we’re busy and rushing around, it can be all too easy to live in our heads.  We focus on our thoughts, worries and anxieties which can lead to us feeling out of balance and ‘top-heavy’.

By bringing your attention back to your physical body, it can help you to feel more grounded.  This is often one of the first steps I take with my clients – inviting them to focus on what’s going on in their bodies.  This can be especially helpful if you’re struggling with a particular feeling, for example, anxiety, anger or sadness; just noticing where in your body you are holding that feeling can help you to take control.  Often just taking your breath into that area of the body can help, breathing deeply and allowing the breaths to travel down to that particular part of you.

If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, it can help to focus on your legs and feet, taking your attention to the lower part of your body.  Whether you are sitting down or standing, just notice how you are making contact with the floor.  Take some time to feel firmly planted, allow the energy from the ground to flow up through your feet into your legs and the rest of your body.    This will help you to feel more grounded and secure, moving your focus from away from your thoughts and into your physical body.

As there is such a strong connection between the body and mind, by taking some time to relax physically and feel more grounded, you will automatically start to quieten the mind.  This sense of space can be deeply beneficial and replenishing.

So, why not take a few moments now to notice what’s going on in your body?   Listen to what’s happening for you physically and take some deep breaths.  I guarantee you will notice a difference.

Wedding Weight Loss

7 Feb

I have been spending a lot of time in bridal shops lately and have been struck by the number of brides who want to lose weight for their wedding.  We all want to look and feel our best on special days, so I thought I would share some of the tips I use with my clients.

1) Create an image of how you want to be.  Take some time to imagine in your mind just how you want to look.  Make the image as detailed as possible, see the clothes you are wearing, how you are standing and let the colours be as bright and vivid as possible.  Take some time each day to focus on this image – your subconscious will automatically start working towards it!

2) Get in touch with your hungry feeling.  Many of us aren’t even aware of how hungry feels – we eat for lots of other reasons; stress, boredom or to give ourselves a treat.   Make a decision to only eat when you are truly hungry – do this for one week at first and the habit will spread.

3) Eat mindfully.  Quite often, we will be eating when we are doing other things – watching the TV, reading a magazine or surfing online.  When we do this, we don’t even notice what we are eating.  Allow yourself to enjoy your food, sit down and devote your attention simply to eating.  This will help you to stay in touch with your hungry feeling and stop when you are full.

These are just a few of the ways I work with my weight loss clients.  If you have a special occasion coming up that you want to feel your best for, I’d love to help you achieve it!

Awareness

11 May

One of the main benefits of using hypnotherapy is that it helps to bring different thoughts, feelings and behaviours into our awareness.  Many of us are so busy today and constantly being bombarded with information from the tv, internet, magazines and advertisements – no wonder it’s so common to lose touch with what’s going on inside us.

But why is it so important to discover those unconscious thoughts and feelings?  Well, we often behave in certain ways or have thought patterns that can be quite negative; you may have a running commentary of self-criticisms in your mind, or maybe you always find yourself over-eating at a particular time.  If you are not aware of these thoughts and behaviours, then you can’t do anything to change them – that’s where hypnotherapy comes in.

When I work with someone, we spend time looking at exactly what is going on for them when they experience their particular problem behaviour – what thoughts are running through their mind, what are they feeling physically, any images they see.  Once we know exactly how they experience the situation, we can do something to switch it around and help them to behave much more resourcefully.

In this busy world it’s helpful to take some time out and get in touch with what we are experiencing at any given moment.  So, when you’ve got a couple of minutes spare, sit down quietly on your own and just notice what is going on for you.  Say out loud, ‘I am aware of….’ and finish that sentence.  It may be, ‘I am aware of a pain in my knee’ or ‘I am aware of the birds singing outside’ or ‘I am aware of worrying about my exam tomorrow’.  Just go with what comes to you – don’t judge it or censor yourself.     Devoting a short amount of time regularly to raise awareness will mean that it starts to come naturally to you – you’ll notice when you are thinking negatively or when something is causing you to feel physically uncomfortable and then you can do something to change it.

Give it a try and let me know if you discover anything surprising.

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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