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Sleep Myths

Are you struggling with your sleep?

A team at New York University trawled the internet to find the most common claims about a good night’s sleep. Then, in a study recently published in the journal Sleep Health, they matched the claims to the best scientific evidence.
They hope that dispelling sleep myths will improve people’s physical and mental health and well-being.
So, how many of the 6 myths below are you guilty of?

Myth 1 – You can cope on less than five hours’ sleep

Myth 2 – Alcohol before bed boosts your sleep

Myth 3 – Watching TV in bed helps you relax

Myth 4 – If you’re struggling to sleep, stay in bed

Myth 5 – Hitting the snooze button (the notion that an extra few minutes in bed makes all the difference!)

Myth 6 – Snoring is always harmless

To read more about each myth and the researchers findings, see this post on the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47937405
And of course if you have sleep problems which you want to overcome, just give me a call on 07528637825 or email beki179@sky.com

This is a question that many new clients who are curious about hypnotherapy will ask me in my Sheffield Hypnotherapy Practice in S8. The truth is that we are all unique and so every person will experience hypnosis in their own way.

Hypnosis is simply a natural, pleasant, relaxed state in which you are more aware of your internal experience than the world around you.

For some it’s a pleasant ‘day-dreaming’ feeling, such as being absorbed in a book or a hobby, except what you are becoming really absorbed in is you! Others can feel more relaxed or sleepy than they expected, sometimes dramatically so although you are always in control and for others, it’s a more alert, switched on feeling. You can often find you move between lighter and deeper states throughout the hypnosis experience.

What’s important to know is that how you feel isn’t an indicator of how effective hypnosis is. Regardless of what it feels like for you – its working!

Contrary to popular belief results using hypnosis do not depend at all on ‘going deep’ and are not reserved only for those who can be deeply hypnotised. In clincial work, only a very light level of hypnosis (also called trance) is required for phenomenal results.

How hypnosis feels can change as sessions progress. If you like hypnosis is an ‘inner skill’ that you develop the more you use it, so whether you practice self-hypnosis at home or notice a change over several sessions with me, you are likely to find you become more deeply absorded in the inner wonder and wisdom of you each time you experience it.

Hypnosis is one of those experiences that is hard to explain until you experience it! So if you are curious, I would highly recommend you allow yourself the opportunity to enjoy it and discover for yourself its power and potential in your life. Hypnotherapy can truly be a life transforming experience.

Its really important of course that you seek who you choose to work with in hypnoisis wisely – Not all hypnotherapy is the same at all and WHO you choose to work with is a huge factor in your experience and your success.

If you are curious about how hypnotherapy can help you achieve your best health and wellbeing please contact me using the form on my site, my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AbbeyHypnotherapy/ or call Beki on 07528637825

Happy New Year Everyone!
The New Year is a great time to make a fresh start. All the mistakes, disappointments and frustrations of the previous year are over, and it’s time for a clean slate. New Year’s Eve is traditionally the perfect time to let go of the past, and look to the future with optimism.

All too frequently however, resolutions seem to go by the wayside by mid-January. A combination of bad weather, getting back into working routines and existing in darkness after 4pm, can leave you feeling flat and uninspired, making it too easy to go back to old habits. These might concern weight, anxiety or alcohol issues or just self limiting beliefs. However, I am sure; if you follow these self hypnosis tips below you’ll make 2020 the year of success! (For additional helps for all conditions please call 07528637825)

Gratitude

Practice gratitude
Before making your resolutions, take a moment to reflect on the things that you already have. List everything that you are grateful for; loving family and friends, a healthy mind and body, the food on your table, the roof over your head. These are things that we all take for granted from time to time, but if you can’t appreciate the things that you have, satisfaction will be almost impossible to achieve. I recommend you do this daily.

Think about happiness
Focus on what would make you happier; on the areas of your life that you want to improve. What we focus on grows so whether you seek to improve your health, your weight, wealth, relationships, career, or reduce stress or anxiety, placing happiness at the centre of your resolutions, means you’ll not only feel happier but that you’ll more likely continue with them, as they won’t feel like a chore.

Create your resolutions
List your five top goals, and the timeframe to achieve them. For example, ‘I will be in a wonderful, loving relationship with my ideal partner by December 2020’; ‘I will find the perfect job within six months’; ‘I will reach my ideal, healthy weight by August’. Next, rewrite them in the present tense to turn them into affirmations.

‘I am in a wonderful, loving relationship.’

‘I am excited and fulfilled by the work I do.’

‘I enjoy exercising and keeping my body healthy.’

‘I am the perfect weight’

 

By repeating these hypnosis affirmations in the present tense, you are programming your mind to believe that they are a reality. Be specific and clear with your goals, to ensure that your affirmations are successful.

Ladder of Happiness

Create a ‘ladder of happiness’
Look at where you are now, and write down five steps that are necessary for you to reach your goals, starting at the bottom. For example, if your resolution is to further your career, your first step might be to:

1)ask for more responsibility

2) find out about training courses

3) make more business connections

4)change your career path, or start your own business.

Draw the ladder, and hang it somewhere that you will see it every day, perhaps near the kettle, or on the bathroom mirror. The steps will differ for each person and need to be broken right down into achievable tasks. Familiarise yourself with every step and really visualise your success. Mark the ladder in some way as you achieve each rung, and give yourself a pat on the back or small reward.

Aim for the sky
There’s nothing wrong with setting yourself a high target when it comes to New Year resolutions. The higher you aim, the more likely it is that you will see success, which is the surest way to help you feel inspired to continue on your journey. Think big, and reap the rewards!

*If anyone feels they need some motivation or confidence boosting to back up their plans please feel free to book a few appointments with me Becky

on 07528637825 or use the form in the contact details section.

8 simple mind hacks to boost your confidence

Most of us experience situations where we’d like a bit more confidence, or maybe you feel your confidence is generally low. Either way, it is possible to give your confidence a boost by following these suggestions, and they’re easier than you’d think. It’s all about doing something rather than nothing, and feeling in control again.

Confidence boosting mind-hacks

1. Tick off something on your ‘to do’ list.
It doesn’t matter what it is, just get on and do it. When you are successful at something – however small – you feel more confident generally. (If you’re reading a few blogs on this topic you might find people who suggest starting with the biggest task. But if you really need to build your confidence, starting with the easiest is better.)

2. Declutter your life in every way you can think of.
If you lack confidence you probably have too much that keeps you down. Get the clutter out of your life. This includes people, ‘stuff’ you no longer need, the little jobs you’ve been putting off, and everything else that annoys you. Remind yourself that you deserve better.

3. Do something you’re good at.
As Roald Dahl says: ‘Everyone is born, but not everyone is born the same. Some will grow into butchers, bakers, or candlestick makers. Some will only be good at making jello salad.’ What are you good at? Even if making fantastic jello salad is your thing, do it as often as you can! You’ll feel happier and your confidence will increase.

4. Don’t put let others put you down!
Don’t share your goals with people who will criticise or tell you that you’ll never do it. If you lack confidence, it’s harder to see that their negative attitudes come from their own doubts and fears, not yours, and their heckling might be enough to make you give up on the idea. Share your goals only with those who will support and encourage you until you’re on your way.

5. Project confidence, even if you don’t really feel it yet.
Your body language affects how you feel and studies show that a stooped posture encourages you to think negatively. Think about someone you know that always seems to be confident, even if that’s a fictional character in a movie. Mimic their movements and posture and see how much more confident you feel.

6. Exercise regularly.
Exercise boosts your endorphins, chemicals in the brain that make you feel good. The result is an improvement in willpower, stamina, and self-belief and a reduction in anxiety. All of these changes will inevitably boost your confidence, too.

7. Make a list of your positive qualities.
If you struggle with this one, ask your friends or family to list three things they like about you. The idea of this exercise isn’t to feel big-headed or egotistical but to recognise your own very real skills, talents and abilities. Keep the list handy and refer to it when your confidence flags.

8. Make a list of goals you have reached in the past.
Include anything from passing exams at school to getting your driving licence. Compare this with the one above and see how your positive qualities got you to those goals. Think about how they can get you to others.

9. Bonus hack. If you have long-standing or deep-rooted issues with confidence it might be a symptom of some other problem. That could be psychological, like anxiety or depression, or physical, like a hormone imbalance. It’s best to have a chat with your GP about it, and/or consider enlisting the help of a hypnotherapist who can help you sort out the underlying issues