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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.

Stress is my friend!

Often, when the pressures of life are building up and we are rushing around trying to keep on top of it all we can become exhausted and our bodies start to release stress hormones which keep our bodies on high alert. Sometimes this creates sensations in our bodies which can feel uncomfortable and frightening, for example, our hearts begin to pound and we can find ourselves short of breath! Although this feels alarming it is actually a clever function in our bodies designed to help us meet a challenge! Instead of interpreting these sensations within as our body preparing to ‘freak out!’ and cause us damage we should be viewing them as our body becoming more energised!

These stress hormones are helpful to you,  your pounding heart is preparing you for action, as you breathe faster, more oxygen gets to your brain. Another  hormone which is released when stressed is Oxytocin, often known as the cuddle hormone, as it is released when you hug! It invests your brain with social instincts and makes you reach out more to others, crave physical contact and strengthens relationships by giving you more empathy and compassion. Therefore, in a way, it is urging you to seek support by telling someone when life is hard. Your body wants you to be surrounded by those that care! It also protects your cardiovascular system from the effects of stress, helping heart cells to regenerate and heal quickly from stress damage.

So the message here is: don’t fear stress, see it as your friend! Respond to your instincts by reaching out for help or even connect to others through helping them. There is evidence a plenty to demonstrate that the bodies of those people who spent large portions of their time helping others showed no harmful effects of stress compared to those who didn’t. When you see your stress responses as helpful, it transforms fear into courage!

Stay happy and healthy!

Becky