Positive thoughts – mind power.

I love this poem.

To me it describes the power of the mind and of making our thoughts mindful!

Filter my thoughts

that my mind stays anchored

on the things that matter.

For in the mind

lies our center of power

and the birth of our dreams.

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha Filter – The Daily Post

via Mind power.. — a cooking pot and twisted tales

Teach children to deep breathe to calm worries

As promised, here is a post on helping your child learn deep breathing techniques or belly breathing. Deep breathing is a quick trick to help alleviate anxiety and calm worries. When teaching a child this technique, there are 2 different ways I approach it, depending on the child’s age, developmental level, and comfort. Most children are […]

via Deep Breathing for Children — Dayna Sykes, LPC-S, MHSP

Reduce anxiety by deep breathing

One of the most common tools I teach teens and adult clients is belly breathing. It is one of the most successful tools when treating anxiety and fear. This trick can calm you down quickly and can be used ANYWHERE, which is what I love about it. Belly breathing is also known as deep breathing. […]

via Belly Breathing — Dayna Sykes, LPC-S, MHSP

Looking forward…

It feels easier to be looking forward…

The targets to achieve have had to be found within myself, which has been tough!

Now that the worst of the dark days of winter are over, the weather is giving glimmers of brighter weather, moving forward is on the agenda.

I’m not alone in these feelings of finding it hard, am I?

Working for myself, has been a huge change in my way of life, and at times quite a lonely place. Never worse than in the dreary Uk winter!

No distractions of a team, but none of the pressures either, which has been liberating, but also difficult at times.

Some self reflection has been necessary to move forward.

I recognise this is part of my journey and time has given me space to look at:-

  • who I am emotionally

  • where my strengths lie

  • whom I like connecting to

  • what I find challenging

  • what I need to improve on

  • where I am in my life and what next

  • what opportunities are available to me

This will make me stronger in the long run and more able to focus on where I am heading.

I need to be able to set my targets to continue to be successful and build my practice!

I have tried to embrace these steps for happiness but not always found it easy putting them into practice.

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The first one is particularly relevant, with too much analysing becoming distracting, but may be necessary at my stage of working for myself?

Some exploring has had to be done to gain self acceptance, be able to love more and appreciate more. 

This process may be tough but is beneficial for your skills and experience when working with clients, to understand their blocks and challenges.

Personally I am now more connected with how fortunate I am to have this opportunity to work for myself and build a business.

I am able to feel proud of my achievements to date.

I am engaged with what I can offer others, in order to support clients to make changes.

The outcome is I am planning future services which will help and support people to improve their well being.      So all round benefits.

This is an ongoing journey but acceptance has enabled me to move forward from where I was in my life and feel more focused.

 

 

 

 

Mental health and sense of well being

Mental health affects our physical health.

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The mind body connection is powerful.

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Mental health shows the level of psychological and emotional well-being. Our […]

via What You Should Know About Mental Health – Psychology — rekhasahay

Anxiety

Such a little word…

But it creeps into so many peoples lives and sets up in the background of their mind.

Always ready:-

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Ready to set off and take hold of your thoughts, at the slightest invitation.

I already know this to be true for myself, in my own thinking.

In my work as a Hypnotherapist…

anxiety is regularly present in peoples thought processes

– about where they are in life

– what concerns they have right now

– how they can change things

– where they are going…?

I use hypnotherapy to access inner resources for myself and clients…

to build on skills I already have, but have lost sight of!

Isn’t this true?

We are busy, life changes and we forget the strategies we have been regularly using or used in the past. Once you have felt anxious, at times of stress, rational thoughts can go out of the window!

We all have to work on our thinking skills and notice our negative thoughts, in order to avoid being kept in the same place.

Hypnotherapy helps you change habits by accessing inner resources. Via your subconscious it raises your awareness to the skills you already have. With practice you can establish new neural pathways, so you can function better in everyday life.

The process takes commitment from you, the client, too but the experience is pleasant and relaxing. The outcome enables you to feel more in control of your thoughts.

The mind is very powerful, so harness its potential to work for you!

When you want to change something for the better:-

feel more in control of your weight

stop smoking

manage feelings of anxiety

get rid of a phobia

perform better in a situation

improve your health and sense of well-being

seek support from a Hypnotherapist.

You can learn skills to practice in everyday life.This starts you on a pathway to new habits or ways of thinking and being.

A small change over time leads to larger changes – the ripple effect.

Consider hypnotherapy to start and sustain change!

Stress – mind & body links

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We have known for some time the affects that emotional stress has on the body. Particularly the increased risk of cardio vascular disease, this includes high blood pressure, and the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Some of this can be due to negative coping mechanisms – such as smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol – but a direct link between the psychological processes and the impact our health has been identified.

Research published in the Lancet last week by by a team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine in New York have found a link between our emotions and heightened activity in the amygdala.

The amygdala is the part of the brain which processes emotions such as fear and anger.

In the first study by measuring activity in this part of the brain using CT scans and measuring the levels of inflammation in the arteries, heightened activity was indentified. By following up participants over several years, following a period of perceived stress, the researchers were able to show an association between the likelihood of a cardiac event and increased stress.

They also showed that higher levels of activity in the amygdala were associated with the occurence of cardiac events sooner.

The second study added weight to these findings. Participants stress levels were significantly associated with activity in the amygdala and arterial inflamation.

This pioneering work provides more evidence of the heart brain connection.

Keeping your stress levels in perspective are more important than ever.

Basics:-

  1. Recognise stress within yourself

  2. Journal your thoughts and feelings – reducing mental stresses and observe your growth

  3. Increase physical activity levels to maintain body wellbeing

  4. Eat as healthily as you can

  5. Nuture sleep

  6. Connect with others and communicate your challenge

    At times this may be challenging, in which case seek support.

Why Losing Control Can Make You Happier – Mindful

imageWork on lessening your need to seek control over others via Why Losing Control Can Make You Happier – Mindful

This explains a lot of the power balance when trying to manage teenagers!

As a parent I continue to work on stepping back a little…

Set boundaries, but keep communication open and encourage negociation and discussion. LOL!

Fitter with hypnosis – especially weight loss.

Everyone knows what they need to do to have a healthy lifestyle!?

Finding the willpower, determination and the ongoing consistency to sustain these habits is more tricky!

We all struggle with:-

  • Eating too much at each meal or snacks

  • Finding the motivation to exercise

  • Eating healthily, but constantly craving sweets

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People are turning to hypnosis…

so how does it work?

Hypnosis is not mind control like you imagine from tv shows or stage performers. It is more like a guided meditation.

Firstly you enter a relaxed state which helps you to connect with your subconscious, and suggestions can be made, which promote changes in your behaviour. Your motivation can be enhanced by repeating positive affirmations.

These steps can be made through self hypnosis but take some knowledge and practice. A  Hypnotherapists skill guides you through these steps, but essentially they have also explored with you beforehand your motivations and challenges.

This enables you to access the resources of your mind in a way unique to you!

Choosing a Hypnotherapist whom you connect with and trust is important. Recommendations are always worth exploring.

If you can begin to make changes which improve your well being this can affect many parts of your life over time…

Investing some time on “you” may seem costly now but it is not only for today, to improve your habits, but for your future.