Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Heart of Living Yoga Teacher and trainer, Reiki Master Teacher and Sacred Sound Therapist based in Islip, Kettering, Northamptonshire . . . sharing positive vibes and inspiration to all . . . imagine creating the life you would love to have . . . and living it!
For those of you who watched the opening ceremony last night for the Para-Olympics, we can sit in awe and admiration for every single one of the athletes and performers who put their heart and souls into making it truly special and unique.
The wise words of Stephen Hawking are still ringing in my ears . . .
"Look up at the stars, and not down at your feet.
Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist.
Be curious . . ."
We should all learn to be grateful for whatever life brings us and seek to live our lives to the fullest possible. It is so easy sometimes to simply take things for granted, so take a moment each day over the Para-Olympics to do something positive and be inspired by others.
Great client feedback and success stories are reminders of the important life changing work we do within Cognitive Hypnotherapy.
It is so liberating and freeing to let go of the things that weigh you down or keep you stuck somewhere . . . to move on fears and find yourself being able to live a more fulfilling life.
What success stories would you also like to share . . . ?
If "we are what we eat", as the saying goes, then we should be mindful of how we view ourselves too.
It's not just about the food, but how we feel about the person we're mindfully or mindlessly filling.
If we like ourselves and take care about ourselves, then we are more likely to nourish ourselves well with healthier options. The opposite is also often very true . . . that if we think little of ourselves and disregard ourselves, then we're more likely to not care so much about our choices of foods that we put in our mouths and therefore feed ourselves poorly or with less nutritious meals . . . or too much.
So try this for one full day of liking yourself, looking after yourself, nurturing yourself and think about every choice you make around what you feed yourself with . . . to when and how you feed yourself. . .
Is it in a rush and hurried, because you haven't got time? . . . Are you even aware of how fast you eat?
To start practising being more mindful around yourself and what you eat, the first step is to slow right down . . . to practise chewing your food well, at least 20 times every mouthful . . . to practise putting your knife and fork down inbetween mouthfuls so you can focus on chewing what's actually in your mouth and enjoy the taste, the texture, the food (before you start preparing the next fork full!). . . all of this can help aid your digestion, as your natural saliva in the mouth helps break the food down as the first stage of digestion, even before we swallow the food. By breaking the food down correctly, it helps the stomach digest the food better, helping us to reduce bloating and over-eating and helping us to have healthier internal organs.
By chewing each mouthful slowly and correctly, it also means we can learn to listen to the body better and stop eating if it tastes awful, we don't like it or the body starts to let you know your full.
It is okay to enjoy your food, and by slowing down and savouring the flavour, you enjoy it even more, and more importantly you discover you feel satisfied with what you have eaten, to the point that you begin to feel content when you've had enough. Which means you stop looking for more.
watched Peter Kay last night on the TV and thoroughly enjoyed two hours of
watching Edd my husband literally “cry
laughing”, I have to confess that being a native of Ashford, Middlesex, I do
not necessarily understand “Northern humour” although married to a northerner (Edd
does attempt to educate me from time to time on the finer points of Northern
humour). I do however understand the beneficial effects of a really good laugh
and the change in mood that this can bring about.
of studies have shown how laughter can help reduce stress and generally help to
improve your life, here are just a few examples: ~
·Laughter helps you to relax and reduce muscle tension which can make you
calmer and give a sense of overall wellbeing.
·Laughter helps to boost your immune system, infection fighting
antibodies are released and your stress levels can decrease.
·Laughter can help to reduce chronic pain, some medical studies have
shown it can have a beneficial effect of up to 2 hours.
·Laughter improves overall levels of creativity, a good laugh puts
challenges into perspective and can lead to more creative problem solving.
benefits of a good laugh are many, bringing a greater sense of wellbeing, an
improved outlook on life, both physically and mentally.
is actually very easy to trick the brain into releasing the beneficial
chemicals that we all produce naturally for a really great “feel good fix” (you
may want to make sure no one is around unless that is you want them to have a
really good laugh at your expense)
goes . . . First of all you need to find a mirror, any mirror will do, (if you
do use your mirror in the car I would advise that you are stationary first).
your mood on a scale of 1-10 on how good you feel, 1 perhaps being not too good
and 10 being absolutely marvellous.
into the mirror give yourself the biggest cheesy grin ever, bigger than the
Cheshire cat, as if you can literally create a smile which smiles from ear to
ear showing all of your teeth, grit your teeth and say yes, yes, yes, yes, yes,
yes, yes, yes, yes, really quickly 4 or 5 times.
re calibrate how you feel, I will guarantee that you will have improved your
mood, repeat as necessary.
the Olympics are over, the memories of super Saturday are just about beginning
to fade and my voice has just about recovered from hollering at the TV set as
Mo Farrah successfully gained the 10,000 metres Gold medal and then did the
double with the 5 thousand meters a week later amazing.
media are now back to reporting the “usual” days events having spent the last
few weeks trying to out compete each other for superlatives to describe
the magnificent feats of team GB.
there have been some very interesting articles in the media in particular one
which caught my attention in the Times Opinion written by Matt Parker director
of marginal gains for the GB cycling team on the 28th of July
the most attractive of titles if like me you have a highly visual imagination) however in essence the article
goes on to describe
attention to the tiny details and they can add up to big breakthroughs that can
make sport so compelling”.
theory being that a big break though in sporting improvement only happens
rarely, on the other hand by paying attention to and identifying the many small
percentage gains that can be made in a number of areas they combine overall to
give an even bigger gain. A nice theory which has at the end of the games been
backed up in practice by the GB cycling team having the most successful
Thinking about the mechanics of this, is
this not true of our clients? I am sure many of us can relate to this when
working with clients in therapy?
big breakthroughs are often infrequent however by identifying the many parts
that contribute to the overall issue / problem this can frequently lead to a
lasting and effective intervention and a gold medal solution.