Enjoy a Mini-Mindfulness Meditation

By | ACT, Mindfulness

Enjoy a Mini-Mindfulness Meditation The benefits of mindfulness Let me tell you something; when I first started to do this thing called mindfulness, I didn’t get it. I sat there, trying to focus on the breath, spending half the time wondering if I was going it right and, more importantly, why I was doing this in the first place? What was the point? It wasn’t until I did some study with Dr Russ Harris that it all began to make sense when he started to talk about ‘the distraction’. Go back thousands of years in time, it was ‘distractions’ that kept you alive. The sound of a bush rustling could mean a tiger or a neighbouring villager coming to attack you and so being able to focus on distractions was something that activated the flight, fight or freeze mechanism that we’re hard-wired with and potentially saved us. Now, we don’t have tigers and villagers in bushes, but that hard-wired mechanism still exists and still serves a purpose. When we anticipate that something is wrong, our natural fight, flight or freeze response kicks in. The problem is this; what if it goes off over everything? Even the things that it shouldn’t?…

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Become a Non-Smoker: What Is a Habit?

By | Smoking Cessation

Become a Non-Smoker: What Is a Habit? So, you’ve decided to become a non-smoker… Many people seem to believe that becoming a non-smoker is hard. They’ve often come to this conclusion because they feel that the smoking habit has such a strong hold on them. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be running a series of blogs around becoming a non-smoker and how I use my D.R.E.A.M. process to assist people in reclaiming their lives as non-smokers. This week, we’re looking at what a habit actually is. What is a habit? It is important to understand that habits are simply a routine or behaviour that we do that produces predictable outcomes for us. Your unconscious mind does not recognise habits as being good or bad, it just recognises it as something that provides you with a positive intention. For instance, you would have habits that we can all recognise as being positive. You might have a particular routine that you do every morning when you wake up. The positive intention here is that you don’t have to think about what you’re doing – it would seem to be almost on autopilot. It also means that you’re completing a…

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So, You’ve Decided To Become a Non-Smoker

By | Smoking Cessation, Uncategorized

So, You’ve Decided To Become a Non-Smoker 5 Steps To Becoming a Non-Smoker (Even If You’ve Tried Quitting Before) As you would imagine, one of the key requests that hypnotherapists receive is to assist people to stop smoking. Many people reach the point where they logically know that smoking is bad for them and that it is time to quit, yet seem to struggle with finally telling the habit to butt out. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to run a series of blog posts that will explore what steps you need to take to help you finally get to the point where you can become a non-smoker. It isn’t uncommon for me to meet people who have stopped smoking before but who then went on to fall back into the smoking trap. It might’ve been a stressful situation. It might’ve been a friend who convinced them that ‘just one won’t hurt’. It might’ve been just a moment in time when it all just felt too hard. Whatever the reason, it started up again and that moment of defeat can often feel like becoming a non-smoker is almost impossible. Let me tell you though, many people relapse after they’ve…

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Review: Avicii True Stories

By | Addiction, Anxiety, Counselling, Depression, Habits, Happiness, Mental Health

Review: Avicii True Stories Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll You might wonder what place a review of a documentary about a dance music producer should have in a blog dedicated to mental health and wellness. For those who are unaware of the meteoric rise of Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) and his untimely passing, then this is a documentary that hits hard and raw. Avicii was only 18 years old when he was first discovered and began his career as a music producer and DJ. While performing in public never came easy for him, he performed over 800 shows in a short amount of time before finally retiring from touring at the start of 2017. What ‘Avicii True Stories’ really offers us is an insight into the torture that being on the road can be like for those people who suffer from stress and anxiety, and who really just want it to stop. As time goes on and it becomes more and more apparent that the touring lifestyle was taking too much of a toll on Avicii, we see his management continuing to push harder and harder for him to continue and to do more. Even in the final…

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Recording Basics 101 Free Online Course For Hypnotherapists

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Recording Basics 101 Free Online Course For Hypnotherapists Why should a hypnotherapist learn to record? Let me ask you one simple question; if you’re a hypnotherapist, is the only way you seem to be earning an income is through seeing one-on-one clients? If so, then you’re doing it the hard way. Imagine for a moment being able to create a range of hypnosis audio that you could sell online and earn passive income. Wouldn’t it be great to wake up and discover that you had sold a few hypnosis audios to people across the world, not only earning money while you sleep but also taking your healing skills onto a global market? Or perhaps you want to continue building your reputation as a niche specialist and to develop content for people to discover. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have your own podcast? Or perhaps you want to be able to just attract some new clients by offering a free hypnosis relaxation MP3 on your website or on social media so that people can engage with you, like what they hear and come to you when they have an issue they feel you can help them with? Even just to be…

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The Practitioner’s Guide To Mirroring Hands

By | Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Therapy, Uncategorized

The Practitioners Guide To Mirroring Hands Richard Hill and Ernest Rossi For many hypnotherapists who are training, or even continuing their professional development, too often some training can tend to feel the same. Even recently, US hypnotherapist Scott Sandland posted a video where he blasted trainers who claimed to have a training that had ‘never been seen before’, promising ‘miraculous results’ and who were essentially offering what many could see as a magic bullet to dealing with their clients. Instead, in that video, he reminded every hypnotherapist out there about the importance of practice; to explore, refine and practice constantly on everyone from their clients during the day to their teddy bear at night, listening back to recordings made of your practice, watching other people practice. To continue to just show up, be present, observe, learn and become the best we can be NOT from some training that promises the world but from watching, learning, and putting it into practice. This would seem obvious, wouldn’t it? Yet I know so many hypnotherapists, myself included, who can often feel like we don’t know enough and that someone out there (inevitably) knows more. The self-doubt can kick in; ‘why would someone want…

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When Your New Year Doesn’t Start The Way You Wanted

By | Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Smoking Cessation

When Your New Year Doesn’t Start The Way You Wanted Did your 2019 start off the way you wanted? Do you want your New Year’s Eve back so that you can do it all again? Let me tell you, mine absolutely has not started the way I wanted. Here I am, day 14 of the new year as I sit to type this, only beginning to now feel like my year is starting. After beginning the year with a pinched nerve in my back that left me spending most of it horizontal, the ability to get my year underway has felt like nothing short of being robbed from me. The frustration of not having the start to the year that you hoped for can have such an impact too. Whether it was planning to quit a habit (such as smoking or over-eating) or plans to start a habit (exercising, meditation) when you feel like the year hasn’t provided the right space to achieve that, you can often feel like beating yourself up and downright complaining. Which, to be honest, is what I kind of did. Well, until the past few days anyway. I came to the conclusion that I would…

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What Happens To Your Body And Brain If You Don’t Get Sleep

By | Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Insomnia

What Happens To Your Body And Brain If You Don’t Get Sleep Are you getting enough sleep? Like most people, I’ve had times in my life when I found it difficult to get a night of proper sleep. There are so many factors that could contribute to it too. I have a couple of cats who don’t always get along, and so I feel the need to have the door open so that one of my furkids (named Sambuca) can come and cuddle up to me and be safe. This often means that I am being woken at all times of the night though, either from a small black animal wanting attention or from breaking up a fight. I have a partner who is a chef and, as a result, gets up at extremely early hours. This inevitably will wake me up too. And even those nights where a concern is weighing heavy on my mind and I’ve found it difficult to be able to allow that thought to be put aside so that I can rest. Even during the festive season, the inevitable invitation to parties and functions can often end up exhausting some people out although if alcohol…

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The Recording for Hypnotherapists Workshop

By | Recording

“I just wish they could sound a bit better!” It isn’t uncommon for me to talk with fellow hypnotherapists and to hear their frustrations when it comes to learning how to record their hypnotherapy sessions. In fact, when I was studying to be a hypnotherapist, one of the things that I really noticed was just how technophobic many of my fellow students seemed to be! There is certainly an irony that we’re there to learn how to help people to release the beliefs that no longer served them and yet many of them had their own limiting belief around something like technology. Part of the reason why I created the ‘Recording for Hypnotherapists Workshop’ was that I really wanted to show people just how much fun it can be to learn how to record and to be able to experiment with this as another means of providing a service or added value to their clients. As I said to someone the other day, how amazing would it be to use technology to get in front of more people so that you can help them without having to do it all one-on-one? If we can push through that limiting belief that…

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In What Ways Do You Want To Be Better In 2019?

By | Confidence, Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Smoking Cessation

In what ways do you want to be better in 2019? I have a question for you. In what ways do you want to be better in 2019? And by ‘better’, I could mean any number of things. Fitter. Healthier. More focused. More financial. Confident. Whatever that ‘better’ could mean to you? It is that time of the year where considering a question like this can help to set the tone for the following year. What do you feel holds you back from being an even better version of yourself right now? For some people, it might be their weight. For others, it might be a habit that they feel has become unhealthy for them such as smoking or drinking or drug use. Perhaps it is just promising to yourself that you’re going to take better care of yourself in the new year, and having that intention is wonderful. Intention alone isn’t likely to make the change you want, or at least not to the level that you would like. Given that we are in the final handful of days before the new year is upon us, I felt it might be a good time to offer some suggestions and…

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