Positive Thinking…why is it so important?

We are often being told that we should think positively, but many of us struggle to do it. It is also often argued that its not what we do that counts, but what we think.

What you think about, you bring about…
Being able to act differently to how we think or feel can definitely prove helpful in certain social situations. Sometimes, it may even save our life. Still, if what we present as the truth differs from our internal reality over a longer period of time, it inevitably leads to inner tension. This is because our thoughts trigger the same chemical processes as our actions.

The best way to illustrate this is perhaps when we are attempting to do something relaxing but find it impossible because our mind starts racing. Sometimes these intrusive thoughts can become more and more intense to the point of actually making us nauseous or gasping for breath. Sound familiar?

Your self-talk creates your reality
In the privacy of our own mind we allow ourselves to think whatever we like, maybe because we do not know that our thoughts eventually become part of our belief system. Moreover, our negative thoughts accumulate and are stored; in hypnotherapy we call this collection of negative thoughts our “stress bucket”. So, if we dwell on negative thoughts, we encourage our body to produce a lot of stress hormones which, once our stress bucket is full, will turn into anxiety and start waking us up at night. It sounds like a vicious circle, doesn’t it?

Words are alive
But we can stop this impacting our health.The first step is to become more observant of our self-talk. Now if we remember that even water crystals change their consistency when talked to nicely, imagine what effect this would have on your own life? Everything thrives with love, and there is no better love than self-love.

Practice can make it perfect
Now, I know it may not seem easy to suddenly switch this polarity around, but everything is achievable with practice! You can start by rewriting your negative thoughts into positive ones as this will direct your thought energy towards how you want things to be. By training our mind to think positively, we are actually acknowledging the potential for improvement and instinctively steering our actions towards solutions.

Every cloud has a silver lining
Even in challenging situations, instead of just labelling them as negative, adopting a positive attitude will boost our resilience, help us to persevere in the most difficult of times and even reveal some hidden potential.

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Struggling to Sleep? Hypnotherapy can help

Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night? Perhaps you struggle to settle down for a decent night’s sleep? Do you find it difficult to sleep as work troubles start to go through your mind?

If the answers to any (or all) of these questions is a resounding ‘yes’ then Solution Focused Hypnotherapy may be helpful for you!

A course of sessions, each lasting an hour, is designed to help ease insomnia and help clients have a more restful night’s sleep.

Ease Work Stress with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

As we head towards summer, our stress levels can increase as we try to meet deadlines before heading off for a well-earned break!

So, if you find yourself working long hours or feel you are on an endless treadmill, perhaps you could look to Solution Focused Hypnotherapy to help you feel calmer, brighter, and happier about life.

One of the most common areas of their life that people come to see me about is connected to stress and, in particular, stress at work.

Workplace stress can manifest itself in a variety of different ways – not just in the office but also at home and socially.

I provide a free initial consultation for potential clients to explain why we sometimes respond negatively to stress and how SFH can help.  In addition, I offer a free CD or MP3 track to get you started.

There are parts of our brains that are very adept at dealing with the perception of threats and our negative reactions to stress are an evolutionary coping mechanism, which might not be helpful in our day to day lives.

People who struggle with stress in the office may find they have anger issues or that they struggle with sleep patterns – perhaps becoming insular in their thinking.

With every negative thought a person experiences, it goes into, what Carrie terms as being, their “stress bucket.” As the levels increase so the person struggles to cope.

Achieve Change Hypnotherapy uses Solution Focused Hypnotherapy to help empty the stress bucket by encouraging the client to be able to look towards positive solutions, which can help to propel them towards a brighter future.

A key part of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is the safe use of a trance state, which is a natural way to aid in the reduction of stress so that, after a number of sessions, the client can start to feel better placed to cope with life.

Some clients have also found that it helps to improve their thinking ability, productivity and confidence – both in and out of the workplace.

By emptying the stress bucket, we allow the brain a greater degree for flexibility in being able to think positively, act positively, and interact in a productive fashion.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also be used to help to take control over other aspects of our lives, ranging from stopping smoking through to reducing phobias and weight management.

10 Fascinating Brain Facts

The brain is a complex and fascinating organ. As a therapist and clinical hypnotherapist, I spend my time working with clients aiming to make their brain work better for them. But how much do you actually know about the brain? Here are 10 amazing brain facts:

  1. A normal brain is approximately 2% of a body’s weight, but uses around 20% of its total energy and oxygen intake.
  2. Pain is processed in the brain, but it has no pain receptors and feels no pain itself. This is why brain surgery can be performed while patients are awake.
  3. Neuroscientists estimate that 95% of decisions take place in your subconscious mind
  4. The brain’s composition is approximately 73% water. Dehydrating by 2% can affect your memory, attention levels and cognitive skills.
  5. The suggestion that we use only 10% of our brains is not correct. Modern brain scans show that we use most of our brain during day-to-day activities and even while we’re sleeping.
  6. The brain reaches full maturity at around 25 years of age.
  7. Scientists estimate that a piece of brain tissue the size of a grain of sand contains approximately 100,000 neurons.
  8. Your brain generates on average 14-25 watts of electricity. This would be enough to power a single low-watt LED light bulb.
  9. Scientists estimate that more than 100,000 chemical reactions are taking place in your brain every second.
  10. Current scientific estimates are that we have 86 billion neurons in our brain

You Deserve To Get To Know Yourself

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

…Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory… that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

— Marianne Williamson

Comfortable and Non-Clinical

Are you ready for personalised therapy in a setting that is comfortable, quiet, and offers plenty of opportunity for reflection and change?

One of my favorite things about private practice work is how comfortable, home-like, and non-clinical my therapy space is. This allows clients to feel less anxious, more at ease, and more willing to engage in therapy!

Come take a visit and see why we love being in this space so much!

How well did you sleep last night?

How did you sleep last night? I hope you drifted into dreamland and clocked those all-important, restorative z’s. If you didn’t, you probably felt a little worse for wear today (…we’ve all been there!)

The truth is that poor quantity and quality of sleep can be extremely damaging for our cognitive, emotional and physical health. So, you MUST make it a priority. If you struggle with sleep stress, then prepare to take note… Continue reading “How well did you sleep last night?”

Get Creative – Creativity Boosts Mood

Hobbies and pastimes are important to help us achieve balance in our lives. Pastimes like silver jewellery making, cross-stitch and letter pressing are just some crafts that could help your mood and overall well-being in 

I love to crochet and find that picking up my crochet in an evening or after lunch can help to relax me and give my mood a boost.  There is also a great sense of achievement as you see your project grow and seeing the finished article bolsters your confidence.

So think about what crafts you might enjoy and get creative….it will calm your soul and help you balance your stress levels.