Stories have been around for generations. They can teach us right and wrong, about good and evil and steer us in the right direction. Metaphors are an indirect way to get the mind thinking and to influence behaviour. I love using stories in my work with both children and adults as profound changes can occur.
If you find that you're the kind of person who is easily influenced by others, I heard a story recently that is for you. So if you're sitting comfortably, I'll begin.
In an ancient time, long ago, an old man and his youngest son were taking their wares...
If you wake in the morning and don't feel rested, it impacts your whole day. Any parents will know that their children are at their worst when they have not had a good night's sleep and as adults we are the same, even if we don't like to admit it.
Deep, restful sleep allows the body to regenerate and to process the day, so if you are not getting enough, these tips are for you.
1. Have a bedTIME and stick to it
Just like a baby, we operate best when we have structure to our day. Make bedtime the same time every night. There will be an optimal time for you to get...
Most people find exam time stressful. For some, this stress can be a motivational tool that helps them knuckle down and study, but for many, the added pressure is simply too much and it affects their health.
Stress manifests in many ways, including:
- sleepless nights
- stomach trouble
- inability to concentrate or think straight
- dizziness, shortness of breath, or racing heart
- inability to control emotions - irritability or anger
Why does this happen to me?
When we are in an uncomfortable situation, our subconscious mind wants to protect us, so it trigg...
Around 40% of the population will make a resolution on 1st January 2017. The New Year brings with it the opportunity to leave the past behind and start afresh. This means that it is a great time for businesses to capitalise on this desire to change and market their programs. The diet and exercise industry, in particular, goes into overdrive, urging you to sign up with the mantra, “New Year, New You”!
But what does ‘new’ actually mean and how do we find a ‘new’ us?
The dictionary defines new as “produced, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first t...
Depression can take on many forms, from just generally feeling blue to the point where medical intervention is required in order to get through the day.
When you're suffering with depression is very easy to become very negative in your thinking, relating a problem or issue in one area to other aspects of life until the future becomes very bleak. When you're in a downward spiral, perhaps much time is spent reflecting on the past and how things could or should have been different.
Hypnotherapy can work with your depression, helping to let go of any...
Summer is on its way and its time to get our sluggish bodies out of hibernation and get used to enjoying being outdoors and active again.
If you need a little more convincing, here are just a few reasons why exercise is such a necessary part of life:
1) It makes you feel good
Exercise releases endorphins – the ‘happy’ hormones, which have an analgesic effect on the body and also give buzzy feeling, often described as a ‘runner’s high’. Research shows that exercise compares favourably to antidepressants as a first line treatment for mild to moderate depression.
We're doing some minor renovations at the moment. Feeling my pain? I'm spending a lot of time painting and, in doing so, I'm spending a lot of time in my own head. It's a time consuming process, but strangely satisfying and it's taught me a few things along the way that are so applicable to so many things that we do.
1 Preparation is key
There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint on a wall to show up all of the lumps and bumps! Just considering the process, rather than rushing in headlong, could actually save time and increase productivity.
A few years ago, I used to be terrified about speaking in public and in particular talking on the telephone. This was a bit of an occupational hazard as a receptionist in a busy office. But more often than not, I would allow calls to go to voicemail and spend my days picking up messages, effectively doubling my workload.
In this day and age, much can be achieved by text and email, so the phone conversations are dwindling, but there are many people who also feel paralysed by fear if they have to give presentations or speak in meetings.
The Virtual Gastric Band, pioneered in the UK by Sheila Granger, has been successfully helping clients achieve their weight loss goals since 2010. If you're looking to improve your health, change your eating habits for the long term and become the body shape that you desire, here's why this is the programme for you:
1. It's not a diet
We all know diets don't work in the long term. You lose weight by restricting food groups or counting calories and then, once you stop, those kilos creep back on again until you're back to where you started, or worse, even heavi...
All of us at one time has experienced an inner critic - the nagging voice that tells you that you should have done better in that presentation, berates you for being 'stupid' when you make a mistake, or sows the seed of doubt when starting something new.
The 'critic' can be motivating, such as when you set out deliberately to prove yourself wrong, but all too often the self doubt is too strong and it can make people avoid certain situations, develop anxiety in others and can even cause professional sportsmen at the top of their game to 'choke' and lose the ma...