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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!

Stop Nail Biting in Hertfordshire

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“Will you stop biting your nails!”  Every kid has heard that at some time or another.  But it’s annoying and embarrassing when the habit goes on and on, regardless of the number of times you ‘decide’ to stop!

So you’re sat there watching TV or worrying about something and without even noticing you’re doing it, you find that you’ve chewed your nails back into that ugly, painful condition again. Perhaps you have tried deterrents in the past, nail varnish or the foul tasting coating you can get to assist you with changing you habit but still can’t stop.

And that’s the problem – the nail biting is ‘unconscious’ – you do it without even noticing. So when you make a ‘conscious’ decision to stop nail biting, nothing happens – the cure has to happen in a different way.

The decision to stop nail biting has to take place at an unconscious level!

Hypnosis can help you permanently change your behaviour and make the choice to stop nail biting in Hertfordshire, a real one that will last a life time. Hypnosis helps us to talk directly to your subconscious mind where we can suggest new patterns of behaviour which will be acted upon more easily than just using willpower alone.

We all know the difference between how it feels when we say we’re going to do something and when we know we’re going to do it. When you cure nail biting properly, the urge to bites your nail disappears – there simply is no struggle!

Easy exercise to try today!

You’ve just caught yourself red handed with your fingers in your mouth, how does it make you feel when you catch yourself in the act? Some people will find they are left with a bundle of negative emotions, perhaps you will berate yourself or maybe even punish yourself in some way.

A quick way to curb your habit is to think of something you really hate on your fingers. Here are a few examples of what could work for you:

  • Cigarette ash
  • Hoover bag contents
  • Mud and dirt
  • Raw meat
  • Marmite

Maybe you can think of other things that you would want to wash off before you put your fingers in your mouth?

We will use cigarette ash as our example. Take a few slow breaths, close your eyes and imagine yourself (it is not recommended to do this physically, some substances can be damaging to your health) dipping your fingers into a full ashtray, really imagine digging your fingers around until you can actually feel the ash building up under your nails.

Now take your fingers out and look at how disgusting they are, smell that awful over powering scent and imagine slowly raising your fingers to your mouth. As you open your mouth and take the first bite you can feel the ash on your lips, taste it on your tongue and as you bite off that first nail you are over come with repulsion, aren’t you?

If you’re not, perhaps you need to add another disgusting ingredient. You can repeat this process until you feel repulsed when you think of putting your fingers in your mouth. If you gag when you think of your fingers going into your mouth then you’re doing it correctly. You are trying to provoke a physical reaction, the stronger the reaction the more effective this technique will be.

This is a very powerful tool that can assist you in achieving your goal to stop nail biting in Hertfordshire. It might not stop you completely but it will help you to think again the next time you find yourself absentmindedly beginning to chew your nails.

Hypnotherapy download

The Stop Nail Biting download will enable you to know you are going to stop biting your nails.

Stop nail biting is an audio hypnosis download that taps directly into your unconscious mind and allows you to very rapidly and easily update unconscious automatic habits like nail chewing – so you just start to even forget you ever bit your nails at all.

Download Stop nail biting  today and look forward to having whole and healthy nails again. Download it now and look forward to whole, attractive fingers…

Alternatively contact us today on 01438 358174  to discuss how we can help you achieve your goals and stop nail biting in Hertfordshire today! It would be our pleasure to create a bespoke therapy program just for you, tailored to your needs with your goals in mind.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum in Hertfordshire

What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Most women will experience a level of morning sickness during their pregnancy, especially during the first three months. Hyperemesis gravidarum is more extreme than being sick once or twice a day. Women can find they are constantly sick, even feeling nauseous just thinking about eating and this can begin to impact on their health. Some will find it hard to hold simple liquids like water down and will possibly need hospital treatment.

If you are concerned you are experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum in Hertfordshire, it is very important to see your GP or health advisor as the symptoms can be an indicator of many different illnesses, please do not diagnose yourself.

So what are the symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum? These can include:

  • Severe or prolonged vomiting.
  • Persistent severe vomiting leading to weight loss and dehydration, as a condition occurring during pregnancy.
  • Nausea when thinking about food.
  • This will occur in approximately 0.5 – 2 % of pregnancies.

If you’re one of those 0.5 – 2 % you can rest assured that you don’t have to suffer alone without respite. Knowing that you have to eat can bring on waves of nausea which can put you off even trying. Having an empty stomach can also make the symptoms worse, perhaps you have experienced:

  • Dizziness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Fainting

Hyperemesis gravidarum has been highlighted in the news due to Kate Middleton experiencing it during her first pregnancy. The Duchess of Cambridge found hypnosis beneficial to reduce her anxiety around food which reduced the reaction she felt when it was necessary to eat.

I understand how stressful it can be to have to eat during a pregnancy, I experienced sickness daily during my own pregnancy and I know how hard it can be to force yourself to eat something you know you will see again. If only I had known Hypnotherapy could have helped!

How can hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy can help by reducing your anxiety, especially around food and drink. As you think about eating you may find there is tension in your stomach or throat and this can be alleviated with hypnosis techniques which will allow you to eat in a relaxed, calm way without the added pressure of worrying about the food or the after effects.

Negative associations can be made while you are experiencing the sickness or nausea, hypnotherapy and NLP interventions can assist you to change these associations into more useful reactions. If you are watching a TV show when you feel the sickness coming you might then associate the show with the feeling so the next time you hear the theme tune you find your stomach begins to tense and feel that sense of impending doom. This association can be changed with the use of simple techniques that are easy to remember and enjoyable to practice.

Allow me to teach you techniques that will assist you in staying relaxed and calm even when experiencing sickness, reducing stress levels will also benefit your growing baby as prolonged stress can cause many different complications including developmental problems later in life.

If you feel this could be beneficial to you or someone you know please contact us today on 01438 358174 for more information or to book your appointment today.

What is Hypnotherapy?

With ‘You’re back in the room’ showing on  ITV recently I felt it was time to explain the differences between Hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis. It was common to be asked “will I cluck like a chicken” but now people expect to be doing all sorts of random acts when they’re in trance. So what is hypnotherapy and how can it help you achieve your goals?

The very first thing to understand about hypnosis is when you focus on something, you amplify it in your awareness. Hypnosis is a natural state of deep relaxation and mental alertness which is achieved using techniques similar to guided meditations, or children’s bedtime stories. Being in a deeply relaxed state allows you to focus your attention on the aspects of your life you would like to alter in a constructive context.

 How does it work?

Focusing on what you want from life and setting clear, defined goals will allow you to change your behaviour in a very direct and effective way. We can assist you to change your way of thinking, changing the sub-conscious reactions you have to situations or stresses, which will enable you to take control of your life without the intervention of medications or invasive treatments.

There are four different types of brainwave, during your usual waking state you will be using beta brainwaves to function. When you meditate, use relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy, or are deeply absorbed in an activity that you do without consciously thinking about your actions, you will begin to use alpha or even theta brainwaves. Delta brainwaves are usually recorded during very deep sleep so hypnosis doesn’t usually utilise these.

What does it feel like?

Have you ever experienced a day dream or been so focused, so involved, so ‘entranced’ in an activity or situation that your surroundings fade away and become unimportant? If your answer is yes, you have experienced a trance state. It is possible for anyone who wants to be hypnotised to achieve a hypnotic trance. The depth of trance will vary with every individual and depend on your own personal preference. Being in a trance state feels very plesant, it is similar to feeling sleepy or deeply relaxed. After the session is completed you will feel refreshed and relaxed – it is a stress free process, so why not give it a try?

Will I be in control?

Entertainment shows such as ‘You’re back in the room’ have wrongly portrayed hypnosis as a form of mind control, which can be done to a person without their consent and that it can be used to make a person do things against their will.

Hypnosis always requires your co-operation to achieve a trance state: hypnosis cannot make you do anything that you don’t want to do, or that is against your personal beliefs.

You will be in control of what you say during a session: hypnotherapy cannot be used to make you divulge personal information or secrets that you do not wish to share.
It is impossible to become stuck in a trance state. If you fall asleep during trance you will simply wake up naturally as you usually would, you are in control of the trance state and can end it any time you want to by simply opening your eyes.

What should I expect?

We would usually recommend a three session program, this will allow hypnotic suggestions to be deeply absorbed and reinforced into your sub conscious mind over a period of time, with repetition. This makes the therapy much more robust and effective. Some hypnotherapists will claim results can be achieved in just one hour-long session, for some people this will work but only a small percentage of people will respond to such a short and intense program.

Each session will involve your participation, you will be taught techniques that you will be encouraged to practice at home as the more you put into the process the more you will benefit from it. Hypnotherapy will not be a quick fix therapy: you will have to put effort into making changes in your life, giving yourself time to grow into the person you have always wanted to be.

We will teach you various techniques including self hypnosis, which can be applied to many different aspects of your life to change your outlook completely. We will also provide you with a hypnotherapy recording that you can listen to in the comfort of your own home. We recommend you listen to this and practice self hypnosis as regularly as you can, even once you have achieved your goal. Practicing self hypnosis and listening to the recording regularly will empower you to commit to the changes you have made. We also have a selection of Hypnosis downloads that you might like to look through.

Think of it like an old nursery rhyme you once knew word for word. Years later, without regular practice, you may find that you cannot recall all of the words or the tune. If you had listened to it regularly it would have stayed fresh in your mind and would have easily been recalled. The suggestions given in trance will fade just like the nursery rhyme if you do not keep refreshing them via self hypnosis or listening to a hypnosis recording.

 

Are you searching for Hypnotherapy in Letchworth, or Hypnotherapy in Hertfordshire? Call us today on 01438 358174 to discuss your goals further.