Manage your weight with hypnotherapy!

Podcast 17: Manage your weight with hypnotherapy. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you change your weight in a relaxed and stress free way. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

In the last podcast I talked about how you can build a better body image with hypnotherapy. If you haven’t heard this yet I’d highly recommend going back to this if you’d like to feel better about yourself and love the skin you’re in. Next week I will be discussing how you can build motivation to exercise with hypnotherapy.

Before you listen to this podcast you need to decide if you just want to lose weight, or do you actually need to lose weight. Do you have an altered body image. This can be hard to judge if you think friends are just “being nice” wen you ask them about your size or shape.

  • Always speak to your GP before losing weight, you might be experiencing thyroid or other problems.
  • Check your BMI, is this over 25
  • Pain in your joints, or excessive breathlessness
  • Type 2 diabetes, you need to maintain a healthy weight if you have type 2 diabetes

Being overweight can cause a few other health challenges, the most common other cognitive challenges include:

  • Low self esteem
  • Low confidence
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress

Physical problems, complications include

  • Type 2 diabetes, if you have diabetes it is important you maintain a healthy weight
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Cancer

You can use hypnotherapy to help you manage your weight in many different ways.

Remember there is no magic cure to weightloss, the only way to lose weight is to use more calories than you consume. Hypnotherapy can help you reduce calories and increase activity.

  • Overcome cravings, enjoy what you eat. Change your reactions to foods so you enjoy the food rather than wishing you could be eating something else
  • Break down mental blocks to exercise with hypnotherapy, build your confidence so you are happy to commit to an exercise plan
  • Not a quick fix, it is a lifestyle change. You can’t change overnight or change by making drastic changes that are uncomfortable. Steady progress that can be measured and that is sustainable. Crash diets don’t work because you lose weight quickly, your body goes into starvation mode and will store more fat so it needs to be a steady change in weight.
  • Are you happy to keep up the new changes for the rest of your life? If your habits caused you to gain weight, you change for a bit but then go back to those old patterns the weight will come back so you need to make change that you are comfortable keeping up.

Today’s podcast will include techniques you can use to build a better body image in a relaxed and calm state of body and mind.

There are numerous techniques that can help you build a better body image so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Build a better body image with hypnosis

Podcast 15: Build a better body image with hypnosis. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of stress effectively. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again. 

It’s good to be aware of how you view yourself, body image is how we see ourselves, having a negative or distorted body image can cause some serious problems if left unchallenged. Being overly critical can lead to you feeling self conscious about the smallest perceived imperfections, things other people wouldn’t even notice are blown out of proportion until they become an obsession, a source of unnecessary anxiety.

With body shaming posts asking if you’re “beach body ready” already appearing on social media do you feel beach body ready? If you’re on a beach and you have a body you are beach body ready! No matter what your shape or size, why not try loving the skin you are in imperfections and all.

Are you a perfectionist or overly critical of yourself? You could be experiencing a distorted body image. Other symptoms of an unhealthy or negative body image include:

  • Constantly comparing yourself to others, this could be your size, shape or your abilities
  • Thinking critically about your body or abilities
  • Obsessively checking your reflection in the mirror or avoiding mirrors completely
  • Envying a friend’s body or just as commonly a celebrity

The causes of a negative body image can be complex, they can come from comments from people around us, friends, family, teachers. And a comment which isn’t meant as derogatory can be perceived as criticism once you are in that negative space, a negative body image will seek out proof that it is right, this perceived problem is actually a disaster.

 

Today’s podcast will include techniques you can use to build a better body image in a relaxed and calm state of body and mind.

There are numerous techniques that can help you build a better body image so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

What is stress and how can hypnotherapy help

Podcast 15: What is stress and how can hypnotherapy help. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of stress effectively. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again. 

So what is stress? A good definition of chronic stress is having too many demands and not enough resources. On the other side of the scale having too few demands and too many resources will leave you in a state of boredom or apathy which can be just as damaging. You need to get to a level where your demands match your resources even if this is at a bit of a stretch at times.

Our bodies try to maintain an ideal balance, a constant internal environment, this ideal balance is called homeostasis –Homeostasis in a general sense refers to stability or balance within a system. Maintaining this stable internal environment requires constant monitoring and adjustment as conditions change.  A stressor is anything that knocks you out of this balance, a change to the conditions. In animals this is a short term imbalance, a life or death physical crisis the stress response is supposed to restore us to homeostasis.

Today’s podcast will include techniques you can use to build the resources you will need  to manage chronic stress effectively.

There are numerous techniques that can help you manage stress so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Chronic pain management with hypnotherapy

Podcast 14: Chronic pain management with hypnotherapy. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of chronic pain. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

Why do we feel pain? Pain is a signal that tells us something needs addressing. Our bodies can only communicate with us through sensations. This includes telling us where the pain is, is it continuous or varying and can range from mild pain to excruciating agony.

We have many different word to describe pain and discomfort this might be sharp, dull, throbbing, nagging, it could be a burning sensation or itchy, an ache, a numb or pins and needles type feeling.

Pain can be an indicator of many different things so it’s important you don’t self diagnose. Get checked out by your GP and make sure you follow any advice they give you. Chronic pain can be a mild inconvenience or totally incapacitating.

  • Acute pain, this starts suddenly and is usually short-term.
  • Neuropathic or nerve pain that can come and go.
  • Visceral pain is felt when organs or tissues are damaged.
  • Psychological pain or mental pain, this is an unpleasant feeling (a suffering) of a psychological, non-physical, origin. This isn’€™t to say it’s “all in your head” or that you’re making it up this means there is a psychological reason for your pain, your brain is sending signals down to your body that cause you to experience physical discomfort.
  • Chronic pain is felt over a longer period of time, usually defined as chronic after 12 weeks of discomfort.

We need to address psychological as well as the physical aspects of a pain condition. Taking painkillers is a good, short term solution but what are the underlying causes? Is stress a factor? It usually is in some shape or form, being in pain is a huge stressor which you can improve and reduce with relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy. Pain doesn’€™t usually exist alone, it might also cause

  • Insomnia or disruption to your sleeping pattern. It’s hard to get comfortable enough to sleep when you’™re in pain.
  • Fatigue, it’€™s exhausting being in chronic pain. It can take all your energy to do the most basic jobs.
  • Generalised discomfort.
  • Withdrawal from activity and an increased need to rest.
  • Not being able to socialise or visit loved ones.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • Changes in your mood.
  • Physical disability.

Thi€™s podcast includes techniques you can use to build the resources you will need  to manage chronic pain effectively.

There are numerous techniques that can help you manage chronic pain so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Overcome depression with hypnotherapy

Podcast 13: Overcome depression with hypnotherapy. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of depression. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

Depression is a very complicated subject, people can experience mild, moderate or major depression.

Major depression is among the worst diseases a person can suffer. To really understand depression we need to look at the biology of depression as well as the psychological factors.

It can be hard to admit you are depressed as it can be judged as a self indulgence or an illness for those who don’t just pull it together in times of stress or anxiety. Have you ever been told to just “pull yourself together”? Would a person with a broken leg be told to just walk it off! Depression affects an estimated 350 million people around the world.

Today’s podcast will include a technique you can use to build the resources you will need  to overcome depression.

There are numerous techniques that can help you manage deression so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Manage psoriasis and eczema with hypnotherapy

Podcast 12: Manage psoriasis and eczema with hypnotherapy. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema with suggestions to reduce the amount of discomfort and disruption these cause. There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

Stress causes a strain on the immune system, short term stress can boost the immune system but long term stress causes a fatigue – this stress on your immune system can cause an outbreak of psoriasis or eczema.

Do you find you experience a flare up of psoriasis or eczema when you’re under pressure? When you have a lot to get done or when an unexpected stress or drama in your life pops up?

Hypnotherapy can be used in many different ways to reduce stress and to help build coping strategies to deal with the challenges you face on a daily basis. Hypnotherapy can also be used to boost your confidence and self esteem, it’s common to need a bit of a boost if you’ve felt self conscious about past flare ups of psoriasis or eczema.

Hypnotherapy can also be used to challenge subconscious limiting behaviours €such as not wearing certain things, or always wearing a cardigan or jumper. Maybe you avoid doing things like swimming or going out with friends. Is there anything you can think of that you avoid if you have had a flare up in the past?

During the hypnosis trance we can use direct and indirect suggestions to help you heal your skin and stop the problem coming back as regularly as it might have in the past.

This podcast will include suggestions that are directed at healing and soothing your skin. We will go for a walk in a sunny field and then take a dip in a cooling pool so if these are things that cause a flare up for you, you might want to follow the relaxation but just don’t go in the water and make sure you think about yourself as covered up in the sun during the relaxation.

There are numerous techniques that can help you manage psoriasis or eczema so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Exam confidence with hypnotherapy

Podcast 11: Exam confidence with hypnotherapy. Looking at how hypnotherapy can help you build your exam confidence and keep calm during exams, including top tips for exam success! There will also be a free hypnotherapy audio at the end of this podcast that you can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again. 

In last week’s podcast I talked about how you can use hypnotherapy to help you study with confidence so if you haven’t listened to this yet and you still have some studying to do I would recommend having a listen to this, especially if you’re finding it hard to study as there are some great tips to help you study more effectively.

With exams coming up for people of all ages I thought now would be a great time to talk about how stress can cause all kinds of problems if it’s not properly managed as you go into an exam. 

Today’s podcast will include suggestions to help you stay calm and focused during your exam.

There are numerous techniques that can help you study with confidence so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Study with confidence!

It can be incredibly hard to study with confidence, to sit yourself down and commit a set amount of information to memory, so how do you study? Do you study confidently? What are your strategies to make sure you cover everything? If you don’t have a plan sitting at a desk reading randomly or trying to cram as much information into your brain doesn’t exactly sound like fun, does it? It can be easy to become distracted by smart devices or begin daydreaming after a short while of studying which can be really frustrating.

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It’s also quite normal to become overwhelmed by the thought of having to know all the information and then be able to recall it at will. The best way to study with confidence is with a calm and relaxed focus, knowing what you need to get completed during the time you have set out and having clear goals will set you up for success.

To get into the ‘flow’ is easier than you thought possible. By flow I’m talking about that calm, focused state which I’m sure you’ve experienced before at some point in your life. Maybe you feel this when you are doing something you really enjoy or something you find easy, what if you could have the same focus when your studying? It is possible to have this focus with hypnotherapy!

My top tips for studying include:

  1. Making sure you eat, trying to study while you’re hungry will distract you and stop you fully concentrating. Have a drink close by, maybe have a protein bar or piece of fruit close by to keep energy levels up.
  2. Are you getting enough sleep? Just like being hungry, being tired is also a huge distraction.
  3. Set your study space up. Make sure you have everything you need to hand, and some you might need but you’re not sure. Once you’re in the flow you won’t want to break it for something as trivial as a pen or a text book you weren’t sure if you needed. It’s better to be over prepared at this point.
  4. Put your phone away. Turn it off, put it in another room or put it on silent and don’t touch it!
  5. Spread out your studying, committing information to memory takes time so a week of one hour sessions is more effective than one session of 10 hours.  Think of quality over quantity, after a few hours you will become tired which could make it harder to retain information.
  6. Take regular breaks. Get some fresh air and rest your eyes, especially if you’re studying on a laptop or computer. If you’re writing on paper stretch your fingers out regularly.
  7. Using practice papers to test yourself can help you see if there are any missed bits of information. Or get someone to ask you some random questions, or having cards up around our home with questions you find most challenging will help you memorise them more easily.

studying-hard-1192450-639x852It might be that you find it hard to get started and procrastination is a challenge you struggle with. Do you find you’re distracted by the smallest things and leave everything to the last minute? Doing this can bring its own stresses. There’s nothing worse than that feeling in the pit of your stomach that you haven’t done what you really needed to do as the deadline gets closer and closer. These simple tips will help you cut out procrastination and study with focus, determination and with a relaxed mind and body.

The 10, 20 or 30 minute rule is a good one to get you started on a task that you find yourself shying away from. All you do is set a timer, not on your phone as this can distract you, if you have a kitchen timer or an alarm clock this is better. Set the time you want to start with and go. Just keep going until the time is finished, by that time you’ll usually find you’ve been sucked in and will then do more than you first expected. If not you’re that much closer to completing the task. 5 days of 10 minutes is better than nothing, imagine what you could do with the extra time studying? Tackling the most difficult subjects in the morning, or when you start studying will make it easier to get them completed and will stop you from putting them off “I’ll do that tomorrow” you might say to yourself but this usually turns into the day after or the day after so just get it done. Get it out of the way.

Here is a 10 minute timer to get you started!

Study smart, not hard

Smart goals make it easier to accomplish your goals and help you study with confidence, setting clear guidelines makes it easier to keep on track and complete all that you need to study with confidence.

Smart stands for Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time framed. Let’s break these down and explain them a bit more.

  • Specific – have clear and specific goals. What do you want to get done? If you have a large set of exams like GCSE’s break the different lessons into smaller chunks. Look at one aspect at a time. The smaller you can break the chunks down, the easier they become to manage.  Work out a plan for your study time when you have these smaller chunks.
  • Measurable – Having a measurable outcome helps you stay on track, keeping clearly defined action plans that you can use to measure your progress will make it easier to then track that progress and show you how much you’ve achieved!
  • Attainable or achievable – You might want to get the revision done in one sitting but is that an achievable goal? Breaking a task into smaller pieces will give you more of an idea how to tackle it and will make the goal more attainable and less daunting if you’re worried about the volume of material you need to study.
  • Realistic – And it might be attainable but is it realistic, does your goal match your ambitions? I know a man who makes amazing sculptures out of matchsticks which shows it is possible to do, it is physically achievable but is it realistic that I myself with no talent in art could do the same? In the same time frame as he does? Probably not! So setting myself a goal to do this would be unrealistic. It’s possible to learn the periodic table but is it realistic to have this memorised in 5 minutes? Probably not! In the same sense it might be possible to plan to cram all of your studying into a short time frame like one evening but it’s not very realistic to expect your brain to hold all this information if you overload yourself.
  • Time framed – Set yourself deadlines, you can even incentivise this with something you find enjoyable like a break outside or another cup of tea. Celebrate your milestones and try to set realistic completion times.

Another hurdle some people face is low confidence, having a lack of confidence might mean you self sabotage. Do you think you’re worthy of the achievement? Self doubt gets the best of us at times so it’s important that you’re honest with yourself and face any confidence issues you might have that could be stopping you from studying. It is common to feel some self doubt but this could lead to you not trying just in case you fail. Sometimes we can convince ourselves it’s better to not have bothered than to try and fail, this could be a subconscious thought you’re not really aware of so it’s important to plan your time out and this will show you if you are sabotaging yourself. Is there always a reason you can’t study this time? Will you have a different excuse next time? How about the time after that?

I’ll let you into a little secret, there is no such thing as failure, if you see this instead as feedback which can show you where you need to improve you give yourself more room to grow. Life has no limits if everything you do is an opportunity to learn something new.

How can hypnotherapy help you study with confidence?

Hypnotherapy can help you study with confidence and stay in the flow or in the zone, relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy help you create the same calm and relaxed mental state you need for success. It is in you right now so all you need do is teach your sub conscious mind to narrow its focus and you will be able to study more effectively. You can train yourself to focus on any chosen goal where and when you need to, becoming the master of your own concentration! Imagine how confident you will be going into an exam knowing that you have studied to your full ability and been able to focus entirely on your learning, with clear concentration. This focus, this clear concentration will also stop you from getting distracted from your goals and stay on track to success.

You can learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you study with confidence in our podcast HERE with a free hypnotherapy audio that includes techniques to help you rid yourself of self doubt and narrow your focus more easily; you can try this today to help you study with confidence!

If you feel you need more help with your studies you can contact us today by calling 01438 358174 to discuss your goals further.

Here’s a video I found on youtube that has some great tips to help you study with confidence!

Study with confidence

Podcast 10: Study with confidence! Looking at how hypnotherapy
can help you study more effectively, there will also be a free

hypnotherapy
audio at the end of this podcast that you can
enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

The podcast was inspired by something I saw on facebook this
week and thought now would be a great time to talk about how
hypnotherapy can help you to study with confidence. In next week’s
podcast I’ll be talking about exam success and how you can use
hypnotherapy to help you succeed in exam situations.

Relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy help you create the same
calm and relaxed mental state you need for success, it’s in you
right now so all you need do is teach your sub conscious mind to
narrow its focus and you will be able to study more
effectively.

You can train yourself to focus on any chosen goal where and
when you need to, becoming the master of your own concentration!
Imagine how confident you will be going into an exam knowing that
you have studied to your full ability and been able to focus
entirely on your learning, with clear concentration. This focus,
this clear concentration will also stop you from getting distracted
from your goals and stay on track to success.

Today’s podcast will include a technique you can use to focus on
your studying and develop powerful concentration, we will also go
through a visualisation that will help rid you of self doubts.

There are numerous techniques that can help you study with
confidence so if you find you need more help visit www.altptherapies.co.uk to
have a bespoke recording made for you with your challenges in
mind.

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Cool your temper and manage anger with hypnotherapy

Podcast 9: Cool your temper and manage anger with hypnotherapy.
There will also be a free audio at the end of this podcast that you
can enjoy, keep and come back to time and time again.

This week I talk about why we feel angry and how you can manage
your own temper with simple techniques. Also looking at what anger
is, why we lose our temper at times more easily than others and how
we can control this reaction with relaxation techniques like
hypnotherapy or self hypnosis.

Anger and stress usually go hand in hand. Too many demands
and not enough resources will eventually cause chronic stress
which can leave you feeling like you’re on the edge ready to
lose your temper at any point because you’re reacting to situations
instead of responding.

We all have a point at which we will snap, become angry and lose
our temper. This can be unwanted or irrational at times it might be
the smallest of triggers that set you off which could become a
problem if it affects your relationships with others like loved
ones or co workers.

If you feel you have an anger problem or you are losing your
temper more often recently this podcast will help! If you need more
support please contact me via www.altptherapies.co.uk

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

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