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5 Steps To Help Set Achievable Health Goals And Succeed!

Happy New Year and welcome to January 2020. I hope you’re doing well with your resolutions and your goals. You may have found you’ve already had a little bit of a wobble. However, whatever stage you’re at, I want to talk about how you can make your goals a success. The fact that we’ve entered a new year isn’t going to be enough to get you through the stages of change. You cannot rely on the fact that it’s a new year with a “new year, new you” concept. You really need to be clear on your intent – the calendar change isn’t enough. Ask yourself, what is your intent? What do you really want to get done? I would always try and find out what really sits behind that goal, because very often it is more than just the weight loss (for example). What it really could be about is repressed trauma, or very low self-esteem, or even a deep anxiety about your future health – it could be any number of things. But …

Health Matters: The Process of Change

In the month of January we tend to look at making changes and in my work as a hypnotherapist it’s a busy time of year. Clients seek me out to help them change habits like quitting smoking, reducing alcohol, eating healthier, exercising regularly, sleeping better and to focus on lifestyle habits they want to adopt or stop. I also see many people who want to change how they think or feel about themselves and their lives, whether it’s to feel more confident, deal with stress and anxiety or overcome limiting beliefs that are holding them back. I’m currently writing my second book which is called The Process of Change. This will include the practical and mindset habits that I’ve learnt need to be in place, to make change permanent. Here are some important aspects of changing a habit or way of thinking; Really commit to the change – decide you will see it through no matter what. To help people do this I get them to identify a clear goal and the most important benefit …

Happiness at work

In this blog I’d like to share with you a Scandinavian word you might or might not have heard of before – Arbejdsglaede. And what does it mean? Happiness at work. It’s a Scandinavian concept and no other country has a word for this, which I find quite interesting. If you’re reading this as the owner of a business, it’s probably a concept you’re going to be quite interested in. How happy are your staff and your employees? And as an individual, how happy are you in the line of work you’re doing? A lot of the content I talk about has been around some of the more underappreciated aspects of well-being, like autonomy, variety, purpose, and work life balance. I think for a lot of us, work has really encroached into personal time, and we find it difficult to find that blend rather than balance – the perfect combination of satisfactory time at work, and having the bandwidth of energy and emotion to come and enjoy yourself when you’re at home as well as …

Health Matters: Using Your Mind for a Change!

It can often feel difficult to make positive changes in our lives. You may want to develop a new habit, such as embark on an exercise routine or a healthy eating plan or maybe you’re trying to reduce alcohol or give up smoking. It could be that you want to feel more confident or calmer in certain situations. Feeling better means that you can change your actions or just feel more at ease when you’re at a social event or in your career or studies. Why is making change tricky? The main reason that creating and maintaining change can be hard is to do with our mindset. Often we let our minds run away with us and control us, but what we don’t realize is, we can actually use our minds to help, rather than hinder us. With some knowledge of how our mind works, we can train it to support us rather than letting it control us with our thoughts and beliefs. Here are some traits of the mind and ideas of how we …

Fitness Tips: Oxytocin – the love and connection hormone

Welcome to month’s post on Oxytocin – the love and connection hormone. It was World Mental Health Day last month and I thought it would be a good time to continue to talk about this subject and about a hormone inside our body called oxytocin. Oxytocin is a very powerful hormone that also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It comes with the nickname “the bonding and connection hormone” or even “the love hormone” because of its effect on us. How can you increase the release of this hormone inside your body? There are three ways you can boost oxytocin: Spending time with animals Studies have shown that spending time with animals, specifically, dogs, releases oxytocin in the body, and makes both you and the dog feel good (as you can see from the picture above of myself and my dog). Maybe that’s why so many welcome pets into their homes and why so many therapy centres use animals to help treat and rehabilitate people. Give people hugs Studies found that this also works …