The summer holidays are over, my daughter goes back to school on Wednesday and life returns to normal. I have had the best summer that included a holiday to Crete, visit to family in Scotland, days out, family time and lots of fun. For the first time since I started my business, it wasn’t stressful. Normally summer holidays are about juggling childcare, work, quality time with my family, guilt and gin. This year I did it differently (still had the gin), I cut back on the hours I was working, went on holiday and put the out of office on, switched my phone off and finally got the balance right. I didn’t make as much money as normal, but I did make some wonderful memories.
The first 6 months of this year were the busiest months I have had yet, juggling everything was incredibly hard, feeling like I needed to be superwomen and be everything my clients and family needed me to be. I was tired from working long hours and not enough me time. Taking a step back has allowed me to re-evaluate my life and give me the head space I have been needing. I’m ready to return to work, full of energy, new ideas and a determination to make sure that from now on, I remember to look after myself and that it is ok to say no sometimes.
We forget that life is for living, it’s not about how much money you have in the bank, or how successful your business is, family, laughter and love is what is important. So if you are reading this now and are feeling stressed or rundown, why not remember what it was you used to love doing? That long forgotten hobby or interest, dancing with your children, going for a run or having a bath with your favourite book. You deserve some me time.
My favourite memory of the summer was lying on a sun bed in Crete, lazily watching my daughter jump into the pool shouting cannonball and laughing loudly as she did so. The look of happiness on her face and the twinkle in her eyes, is something that will stay with me. You miss these moments, when you have to work, or are doing the mundane tasks that are part of life. I find myself often saying I’m too busy, even when resting I always feel like I should be doing something. I think we should give ourselves permission sometimes to do nothing and just be present and most of all stop letting life pass us by.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy isn't standing on a stage having your mind controlled by a hypnotist and it's not being made to walk around a stage pretending to be something you are not. Whilst this may be amusing and if I am being honest I have laughed myself, Stage Hypnosis has no real relation to Hypnotherapy.
When I first started to tell people I was interested in becoming a Hypnotherapist, I was surprised by the amount of people who said they would not do it as they don't want to cluck like a chicken. I find it strange after seeing all the bizarre things Stage Hypnotists make people do, that it is the chicken act that people remember. Stage Hypnosis is fun to watch and if you are like me you feel relieved you aren't the one chosen, however the key thing to remember is that the person on the stage wanted to be chosen and is happy to behave in this manner.
The biggest misconception surrounding Hypnotherapy is that it is a form of mind control. Trust me, if that was the case my husband's life would involve all the housework and less playing on his phone. The truth is, under hypnosis you are still fully in control, I can't make you tell me your secrets or make you do anything you do not wish to do.
There are many different interpretations of what a hypnotic trance is and whether it really can be described as a trance. It is a topic that has been debated for century's by many of the worlds lead Psychiatrists and medical professionals. I believe Hypnosis is a natural state of focused concentration where your conscious mind is relaxed and your subconscious is engaged.
Many people tell me they don't believe they can be hypnotised, yet hypnosis is a natural state that we all experience every single day. For example, how often do you find yourself day dreaming, or driving your car somewhere and realising that you can't remember parts of the journey? How often do you get engrossed in a TV show or a book so that when someone talks to you, you don't hear them?
These are examples of a light hypnotic state and if you do this, you can certainly be hypnotised. The depth of hypnosis a person can achieve varies however most therapy can be completed in a light state.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful therapy that can truly help people to change their lives in a short space of time, however it isn't magic and requires the client to be motivated and willing to work hard.
Welcome to my brand new website, just launched and this is my very first blog post. As a Hypnotherapist, I work with clients on a variety of issues and its very difficult to condense it down to one page. If you have any issue that you would like help resolving, even if it isn't on the list of things I do, please contact me to discuss.
I love my job, I enjoy seeing the changes in my client at the end of our sessions and hearing from them later on when they come back to tell me how their lives have changed. I am passionate about the benefits of Hypnotherapy and I will use this blog as a way of reaching out to people and showing them that there is a way forward and they can overcome those issues that are holding them back in life.