Making Room for your potential
Kim Wilson RVN, DipHyp, DNLP
During the month of October, smoking and alcohol cessation are becoming a well-known and advertised campaign.
Do you smoke or have someone close to you in your life that does?
I’m sure you are well aware of the negative health, personal and financial effects that this ‘habit’ brings. I hope by reading this blog you are curious or even convinced you want to quit. Even if the health benefits (which I know you've had rammed down your throat) aren't convincing enough, if you smoke 20 a day, giving up this month could mean you have £500 extra by Christmas!
I am a smoking cessation specialist in hypnotherapy and aim to help you quit in one session. For most people (80%), this is enough although some may need a second ‘boost’ to help them with that final push to quit which is also included in the price I charge.
Hypnotherapy can also be a powerful tool alongside other methods such as ‘e’ cigarettes or gum/patches.
The process is very simple and last approximately 2 hours. We start with a slow, progressive relaxation allowing you to enter a wonderful trance state which most people find hugely enjoyable. Following on from this I would then work on the thoughts, patterns and beliefs you have surrounding smoking such as “it helps me de stress” or “I will get fat if I stop”. I would then make suggestions which alter your perception of the process of inhaling smoke such as “it may make you feel nauseous” and ultimately, the most powerful suggestion of all, “I do not want a cigarette”.
It is important to remember; this process will only be effective if you are 100% committed to quitting. It will not work if it is a family member or friend putting pressure on you to quit.
Now just imagine that extra money at Christmas to treat yourself or spend on your family and also think how fabulous and glowing you will look as well as smelling gorgeous too.
Please follow the link from the Hypnotherapy directory for the science stuff and more information about the health benefits.
Contact me for an informal free chat to discuss whether you feel this process could help you quit this October.
During recent months, I have been approached by an increasing number of people seeking help for confidence in the workplace.
Issues vary from lack of confidence and intimidation around colleagues, to a need to find direction and develop skills they feel they have lost.
Most of us who have been through the school education system and even onto further education, have a wealth of knowledge and information that we have accrued and ultimately, stored away in our memory. We may not access or need it every day, but it’s there, safely stored in our subconscious.
Our subconscious consists of 80% (put simply) of our brain function. Most of it, taking care of our bodily functions that we are completely unaware of such as our heart beating or our digestive system processing our food. we are not telling our bodies to do it, our subconscious controls it so we can go about our business consciously i.e. complete our work, travel to and from our place of employment etc. 20% of our brains work on a conscious level allowing us to hold conversations, create new learnings and function on a day to day basis.
When we become stressed or over worked, it can become increasingly difficult to find the confidence or content to write and deliver that perfect presentation for example, or tackle that difficult meeting with a colleague and find the right words to articulate, or even just to achieve that important deadline.
You know you have the ability because when you rehearse things privately and take the pressure off, it can all seem so natural! So why does it seem impossible when you are in the limelight?
Imagine the scenario where you walk into a room and forget why you’re there. Trying desperately to remember a name that you are very familiar with but eludes you! When you stop trying, bang! It’s right there!
When your conscious tries too hard to ask your subconscious for help, there is just too much information to filter through making it almost impossible when under pressure, to find the answer.
All our learnings and experiences are within us, not always at the forefront of our mind (conscious) but all there subconsciously.
During hypnosis, we gently turn down our conscious minds and thoughts to allow access to our wealth of knowledge and information stored in our mental ‘hard drive’.
Decisions can be made easier, plans can be put in place and confidence can be built, all by turning off our (sometimes) argumentative and distracting conscious thinking allowing you to think more clearly and rationally when you are out of hypnosis and back to consciousness.
So, if you have a business or workplace issue, something holding you back, preventing you from achieving your true potential, hypnotherapy could be the answer. In my experience 3 sessions are usually adequate to get you on track and help make those all important changes!
Mindfulness is a means of relaxation for stress reduction. The practice is becoming
increasingly popular as our lives become ever more busy and hectic.
Taking time out each day to practice can reduce our ‘normal’ stress levels by some
We spend so much of our time thinking about the past and worrying about the future that
we overlook the present and fail to appreciate what is going on in this very moment.
Mindfulness teaches you to live in the moment, focusing on the here and now. The aim is to
switch off our ‘brain chatter’ for a period of time to enable us to just relax, breathe and
appreciate being peaceful and calm.
This may seem very idealistic and it's quite difficult for many people to switch off, however,
with practice (like anything), it can become relatively easy to do.
Over time, you can learn to practice mindfulness in as little as a couple of minutes! Maybe
while sitting in the car at traffic lights or whilst brushing your teeth! For it to be most
effective though, spending 20 minutes each day can make a huge difference to our stress
If getting to sleep or remaining asleep is a difficulty for you then learning some exercises to
use before falling asleep can be incredibly helpful.
If mindfulness is a subject you would like to learn more about, have a look at
www.mindfulnet.org a website that tells you everything you need to know about the
As we start heading into the winter months now and the clocks go back at the weekend, I thought it would be worth bringing your attention to a very common mental health issue we have in the UK.
SAD or, seasonal affective disorder is a condition suffered as a result of shorter daylight hours. Seratonin (our mood hormone) is reduced and also melatonin (our sleep hormone) is increased meaning that our sleep patterns are disturbed and our mood drops. Symptoms include lethargy, depressive mood, lack of energy, over eating and susceptibility to illness.
This is a well recognised condition where people are often so low that they feel the need to
visit their GP.
For some people, seasonal symptoms are fairly mild and usually concentrated in the middle of the winter – December, January and February. These symptoms are often known as the
‘winter blues’, or sub-syndromal SAD. This is very common, and many people see it as a natural part of living somewhere with large variations between seasons.
Treatments available include talking therapies (including hypnotherapy), light box exposure, herbal/natural supplements and antidepressants.
A superb resource for anyone seeking further advice or information about SAD is mind.org.uk, please follow the link below.