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Happy New Year

I hope you all had a joyous and peaceful Christmas period. And while some degree of indulgence is inevitable, we all need to put in place plans for the New Year and perhaps pay the price for over eating and drinking recently. It might be a diet, a New Year resolution to give up something or just going back to normal. Even simple changes to lifestyle can have a big impact. 

The New Year looks uncertain and does not seem that it will be any better year than 2020 or 2021. But I wish you all a happy and joyous New Year. As Sarah Ban Breathnach (American Author) said, “Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true”.

New Year – new you? This can be a good moment to make changes to your life style. So much so, I have made a short video able the changes you can make with Hypnotherapy. Click here to see it.

For example, I wrote back in November about problems with alcohol and increasing aware of them. One thing you can do is try the Dry January challenge. It’s a UK based, one month alcohol free challenge organised by Alcohol Change UK. They have some great stuff on their website from a useful App to provide advice and tips on how to succeed.

Also, the British Liver Trust has designated January as Love Your Liver month. The liver is a critical organ in the human body as it’s involved in so many important tasks. It cleans the blood, removed toxins (such as alcohol and cholesterol) and helps fight disease. So looking after it is a good idea. You can do this by limiting you alcohol intake, keeping a healthy weight and avoiding certain diseases such as Hepatitis.

Even if you feel you have your alcohol intake under control, having a dry period can show the effects drinking is having on you. You may be amazed at how you feel – more energy, calmer and enjoying life more. It can also have an effect on other health issues like high blood pressure and your weight.

If you, or someone you know, has a relationship with alcohol, then Hypnotherapy can help. Specifically it can help boost will power, break habits and explore the root cause of it. If you think hypnotherapy can help then contact me for more information.

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Merry Christmas

It has not been the year I thought it would be. And with the recent emergence of the Omicron Co-vid variant, perhaps 2022 will be a difficult year too. But, as Enya (Irish Singer) said, “The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can’t but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching”.

So, I wanted to wish you all a merry Christmas and happy, prosperous, New Year. Although it is a Christian festival many people of different faiths enjoy this time and join in. If you live in the northern hemisphere it’s associated with winter and brings some much needed light and joy to a cold and dark time of year. In the southern hemisphere it’s more about holidays and barbeques on the beach. But regardless, try to have fun, rest and reflect on the year coming to an end.

But at this time of year it is also important to remember that not everyone enjoys Christmas. Perhaps you have to work during this time or it’s because of circumstances (financial worries, loneliness or loss) or you just dislike Christmas. We call someone who doesn’t like Christmas a Grinch. And I would like to put in word for all them in the world.

A survey by the American Psychological Association, found that 38% of people said their stress level increases at Christmas. Participants cited a lack of time or money, commercialism, the pressures of gift-giving, and family gatherings as the top causes of stress. Another poll by the Principal Financial Group (a global investment company) found that 53% of people experience financial stress due to holiday spending.

For those who have lost loved ones, Christmas can bring back painful memories. For retail workers and the emergency services this time of year can also be very busy and stressful. Regardless, for many of us it’s a draining time.

So having completely damped your Christmas joy, let me try to turn things around. Regardless of how you feel about Christmas, find a way to savour and enjoy it. Don’t feel obliged to follow traditions or the media messages. You don’t have to spend a fortunate on Christmas, but focus on the meaningful things that bring you joy and delight. You don’t have to have turkey, cranberry sauce and sprouts for dinner, have streak and chips if you want. Be kind to yourself and only commit to things you want to do. Christmas is a holiday after all, so you should return to normal life in the New Year with big plans but also rested and refreshed.

As Washington Irving (American Writer) said, “Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart”. So don’t forget others. Make sure to check in with elderly family and neighbours or anyone else who may be having a rough time. And remember, if you really can’t find a way to enjoy Christmas, as the Persian Adage says, “This too shall pass”. It will soon be a new, and hopefully, better year.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a medical condition where your blood glucose (sugar) level is too high. This happens when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in your Pancreas that allows your body to use glucose as energy.

There are two main types of diabetes, type one and type two. With type one you don’t make any insulin. With type two the insulin you produce is not effective or you don’t produce enough. Both types are serious conditions and can have a major impact on health.

It is thought that around one in fifteen people in the UK have diabetes. This includes about one million people with type two diabetes that may not know it or have not been diagnosed. Common symptoms of diabetes include going to the toilet a lot, feeling really thirsty, feeling tired, losing weight without trying to, genital itching or thrush, wounds take longer to heal and blurred vision.

If you have type one diabetes (your body doesn’t produce insulin at all) then you need medication. Often with type two diabetes a change of eating habits and life style can help ease the symptoms. Taking more exercise, eating better, stopping smoking and reducing or eliminating alcohol are all excellent steps to take. As Dick Gregory (American Comedian) said, “People with high blood pressure, diabetes – those are conditions brought about by life style. If you change the life style, those conditions will leave”. And this is where hypnotherapy can help by supporting you to break these eating and life style habits and patterns of behaviour.

Some people with diabetes experience what’s called Diabetes Distress. This has similar symptoms to stress, anxiety and depression. Again hypnotherapy can help you to reduce these symptoms and manage them better.

This is so important that I have made a short video presentation about it. You can see it here.

If you think hypnotherapy can help you with managing diabetes or any other life style changes you need to make, then contact me.

Fear of Needles

A phobias is a continuous, irrational fear of a specific thing or situation. It makes you want to avoid that thing despite there being no real danger. Some phobias may have little impact on your life or you can adjust to them so you are not in a position that you would find triggering. But some phobias can cause real problems.

Most phobias are based in a previous experience which you may not even remember or understand. Hypnotherapy can help you change how you feel about the object of your phobia and help you overcome it. It can also help you to change your emotional response to the fear. This will help you to feel more comfortable in the situation and live your life without fear or limitations.

One particular phobia that I have seen increase in frequency and importance is the fear of needles / receiving injections. Many medical and dental treatments include using needles to either inject medication or take blood. So, having a phobia of needle can be a real problem. The art of giving injections has changed little for decades now, so a fear of needles will remain a problem. And as you get older you accumulate more and more ailments and these often include blood tests and injections.

I, personally, dislike needles, giving blood and receiving injections. When I was a child, I went with my mum to get a flu vaccination. When the nurse dabbed the cold disinfectant on my arm I screamed with such alarm that a doctor burst in to find out what was happening asking, “Nurse! What have you done to this child?”. To which she replied drily, “Nothing, yet”. And I am not alone, Lauren Cohan (British – American Actress) said, “Giving blood, or being near a needle, is the absolute worst”. And she spent a lot of time in the Zombie Apocalypse.

This is such an important issue that I have made a short video about it. You can watch it here.


If you need help to overcome a fear of phobia that is effecting your life then contact me for a free consultation.

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Dolores Cannon

Dolores Cannon was a pioneer of past life regression and developed her own technique for using hypnosis to heal called Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT). She is a fascinating character and one that truly helped to bring hypnosis and past life regression into the mainstream.

She started, along with her husband Johnny, in the 1960s using hypnosis to treat unwanted habits such as smoking. In 1968, while working with a woman to resolve an eating disorder the client started to describe a life as a woman living in Chicago in the 1920s. The woman seemed to transform into a different personality complete with a different voice and mannerisms. Fascinated by this experience, her and her husband continued to work with this woman and over the following months explored five different lifetimes. These events were described in her first book, Five Lives Remembered. This event sparked her interest in lost knowledge and reincarnation and led to the development of QHHT.

QHHT combines past life regression and a healing process to address physical ailments and problems. Past Life Regression involves the hypnotherapist regressing an individual and guiding them through a past life. The subconscious of the client selects which past life to visit and the past life is always relevant to the current life the individual is living. It is common for multiple past lives to be shown during a single session.

Guided by the Hypnotherapist, the subconscious then identifies any physical problem it detects within the body. It can also explain the cause of its presence, be it from the current life or a past life. The Hypnotherapist then asks the subconscious if it is suitable for healing to occur. If so, this is done instantaneously by replacing the problem with positive energy. Healing will only be effective if the individual wants to be healed and if it does not conflict with the goals of their present lifetime.

As Pooja Bedi (Indian Actress) said, “I’ve ventured into my past life and have experienced it. What I was in the previous life and why I’ve taken birth in this world, I believe in all of this because I’ve seen it on my own”.

This is a very powerful technique that has many practitioners throughout the world. There are no guarantees, but there are often some of the most remarkable results from a session. The only limitations are those of our imagination and those we place on ourselves. Anything is possible.

To find out more about past life regression and the healing effects of hypnotherapy in general then contact me.

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Grief Awareness

National Grief Awareness week is 2 – 8 December. It is an annual event organised by the Good Grief Trust, a UK charity run by the bereaved for the bereaved. Their aim is to encourage everyone to have an open, honest and straightforward dialogue about grief. The idea is to help ease the pain and make life a little bit more bearable for these experiencing the grieving process. As Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman Statesman) said, “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief”.

There are approximately 650,000 deaths in the UK each year. So, at some point we will all be faced with the death of someone close to us. And the recent pandemic has, for some of us, meant we have had to face this experience in less than ideal times. The awareness week has several key messages to hope those who are bereaved and those close to them.

Distance shouldn’t mean we can’t share our grief. The pandemic has meant that the bereaved have not been able to reach out to family and friends for a much needed human connection. But, by using technology, distance should not prevent us from being there for others and sharing our grief.

Just because I’m smiling doesn’t mean I am not grieving. The bereaved often feel they have to mask their grief from family, friends and colleagues, so as not to burden them. If you know someone has experienced a loss, look out for them, check they are OK. They may seem alright, they may seem back to normal, but deep inside they could be struggling and would appreciate a chat or your help and understanding.

Say their name, I’m thinking about them anyway. You may be afraid to mention the person’s name who has died. We worry that this may upset our friend or family member, but it is normally the opposite. By remembering them and talking about them you are helping to share your love and affection for that person. This is important and will let those grieving to know that you will help to keep their memory alive.

There is no one face of grief. Grief does not discriminate, it is very likely we will all be affected by a bereavement regardless of age, faith, culture and wealth. Specifically, we need to help all minority groups who are often stigmatised and help to support anyone, anywhere who needs it.

There is no set time to grieve. Some say that you get over grief or eventually move on. While the effects of grief will lessen over time you never really get over a loss. Once the practical parts of a bereavement, such as a funeral, are over, things get back to normal. But this is often the time when the bereaved most need support, when they can feel most alone and isolated.

I think Terri Irwin (Australian Naturalist) put it very well when she said, “Grief is never something you get over. You don’t wake up one morning and say, ‘I’ve conquered that; now I’m moving on.’ It’s something that walks beside you every day. And if you can learn how to manage it and honour the person that you miss, you can take something that is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity”.

So if you know someone who has been bereaved, lend an ear or a thoughtful message and be there for them. Hypnotherapy has several techniques that can help those struggling with a recent loss. If you or someone you know could benefit from hypnotherapy then contact me.