What is Hypnosis?
Most of us have experienced some kind of hypnosis in our everyday life. Have you ever gone into a relaxed, zoned out state say when watching your favourite TV show, or reading a book and you are completely absorbed in the story, or listening intently to a podcast – you are just zoned out, lost in the moment, these are examples of a being in a hypnotic state—a completely normal, natural state of mind.
What's happening when you are in this state of mind where you are lost in the moment and fixated, so all other stimuli is blocked out. When we are in this state, we pause the 'busy mind' mode. In this state, our busy minds are quietened (the busy conscious mind - the part of our mind that says remember to pay that bill, buy milk from the shop today, must send that email, don't forget call this person, etc etc – all that mental chatter is quietened) and we switch off or turn down that noise.. and that's when we can make a connection with our...
We have all heard the saying 'what you see is what you get…' but did you know the brain can't tell the difference between what is imagined and what is an actual event (reality) ... This is why Visualisation is becoming a growing mindful practice for creating a calmer and more empowered mindset.
Visualisation is nothing new; elite sportspeople, top 500 CEOs, surgeons, and entertainers all have a version of Visualisation in their mental toolkit to bring out the best in themselves. In particular, the visualisation process is something many professional sportspeople regularly use as part of their mental training, preparing their minds to achieve their sporting goals. And this technique can apply to your everyday life, your little wins and matches in your own life.
There is growing research on how the mind can't tell the difference between what is imagined and reality. For example, Neuroscientists at Harvard taught a simple 5-fingered...
Words have a huge impact on your day-to-day mood with Scientists finding that humans regulate each other with our words. According to Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett, kind words from a friend have the ability to calm us down, while negative words from someone, for example, your boss, could cause your brain to predict threat and flood your bloodstream with hormones. Dr Feldman Barrett revealed her findings in her book Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain, where she shares the impact of words.
In one study performed by the psychology professor, she had participants lying still in a brain scanner while they listened to descriptions of situations. The participants were physically affected by the scenarios even though they weren't experiencing them first-hand.
One situation read, "You're driving home after staying out drinking all night, the long stretch of road in front of you seems to go on forever, you close your eyes for just a moment and...
It is estimated we spend 90,000 hours of your lifetime at work. I shudder to think what this number will be in our new WFH normal as the COVID pandemic has turned “work life” balance entirely on its head.
Where many of us use to drive or commute to the office, and once there we had a range of different social connections – this has all gone. Sure, we got zoom – but let’s face it, Zoom can never replace those ‘water cooler moments’ that are so vital for building friendships and relationships, sharing information and knowledge, and catching up on juicy work gossip.
This new WFH mode has completely shifted the way we interact – and that’s affecting us – and not in a healthy way. HR UK reported that stress has skyrocketed by 200% since COVID. In our digital-age, we already had a big problem of never really switching off anyway, but Covid has blurred the lines of home and work life,
Feeling comfortable in our bodies and accepting ourselves can be liberating. Our bodies can make many of us feel vulnerable; seeing ourselves naked can bring negatives feelings from judgment, criticism, a sense of failure, or disappointment and can deflate our confidence. Yet self-acceptance is empowering.
No one is perfect, even supermodels feel flawed. Paulina Porizkova recently posted on Instagram that when she was what many consider the ‘prime years’ her 20’s, she felt inadequate and compared herself to other models. Interestingly, recently Paula also posted a liberating shot of herself completely naked.
Self- hypnosis works by combining being in a meditative calm state with the power of words and affirmations. Our inner dialogue to ourselves is enormously powerful, and for many, we mindlessly speak to ourselves in negative ways – harsh, critical judgemental voices. And over time, this becomes our norm, our internal reality....
You know that lovely feeling of contentment when you hug someone or that surge of nervous energy you get when you’re anxious about a meeting or an event? Those feelings are triggered by neurotransmitters which are little chemical messengers that tell your brain how calm or excited to be.
Some of these neurotransmitters are called “happy hormones” because they help us feel calmer, content, and focused. The constant stresses of our modern society mean that we’re likely to feel the effects of our “fight-or-flight” hormones more often than our calming ones. Fortunately, there are eating and lifestyle habits that support the production of the feel-good hormones and can stabilise your mood.
GABA – the calming neurotransmitter
GABA is my favourite neurotransmitter for its calming effect. It inhibits the speed at which your brain cells communicate with each other. Ever felt your mind racing with a million worries? Then you’ll appreciate how...
Imposter syndrome impacts a considerable amount of people, so some good news - you are not alone. Imposter Syndrome is the inability to believe your success is deserved or as the result of your skills and talent.
Sounds awful, doesn't it?
This frame of mind presents itself in a range of ways, and it often associated with feelings of anxiety which can lead to low self-esteem. The leading Expert on Imposter Syndrome Dr. Valerie Young explains there are 5 common profiles :
Someone who feels as if they need to do everything perfectly or else, they've failed. And if they aren't perfect, they have an overwhelming feeling of self-doubt.
Someone who feels as if they're a fraud, either at work or in a relationship, and so they work extra hard to hide their supposed inadequacy. Often, the overload in work or stress of not measuring up is damaging to their mental health.
The Natural Genius
Someone who judges their worth by how easily something comes to...
It's thought that humans can experience as many as 34,000 emotions. This is an incredibly wide range of emotions. It's exhausting even thinking about it.
For many of us the way we feel goes far beyond simple explainers like "happy," "sad" or "angry". We have access to a smorgasbord of emotions day to day (or minute to minute). And with all that activity going on in our brains, it's not surprising that we can struggle to keep a handle on all this activity. If you want to manage an unpleasant feeling, it's critical to introduce self-care habits into your routine. One particularly effective way to do this is by creating self-care goals.
We've collated a list of some of our favourite examples to help you start on this journey:
When you say you feel stressed, what do you mean? Are you overwhelmed? Frustrated? Feeling abandoned? There are loads of emotions moving through our bodies;...
As this year has shown us (over and over), life can throw you some unexpected challenges. Unfortunately, that is true for all of us. While it’s disappointing to know that yes, we will all have to face some uncomfortable moments from time to time, one thing we should find comfort in is the fact that people are incredibly resilient.
Yes, that includes you.
Resilience is the process of effectively coping with adversity; it’s about bouncing back from difficulties and moving forward afterwards. This nifty little trait gives people the strength to tackle problems head-on; to face extreme hardship and keep going on with their lives.
Now, if you’re reading this and thinking, “Oh, well, those people are innately stronger than I am” let us be clear: that’s not true.
Resilience is not a trait that you either have or don’t have. It’s not something static or set in stone at birth. This capacity can be developed, much like a...
As someone who has worked in both the corporate world and in the design world with my fine jewellery brand and then back to my roots of psychology (and clinical hypnotherapy)… the idea of creativity is something I have seen in all my roles.
Recently, my son and I started watching the Netflix series – ‘Blown’ and we have been blown away (sorry for the lack of creativity in my pun). The reality series brings together an eclectic mix of glass blowing talent, and each week one is sadly eliminated. To say their skills are incredible is an understatement - and while you do notice the individuals with more experience - what’s equally impressive is every single person's imagination and interpretation of the brief they are given. Every single glass blower creates something so different - yet creative and unique.
Which got me thinking - is creativity something we are just born with and you either have it or you don’t. When you dig deeper into creative and...