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Lesser known uses of hypnotherapy.

Most people know that hypnotherapy can be used for weight loss but far fewer know that it can also be used for alcohol moderation or, if you are brave enough, to banish alcohol from your life!

The end of the summer is often the time where people start to reflect on their alcohol intake. I’m not sure if it is the impact of the warmer weather going, a holiday abroad or a cupboard still half full of temptations to take the edge off Autumn!

So how does it work? In general terms, hypnotherapy alcohol moderation gently changes a client’s thinking about alcohol. If desired, the client can learn to think of drinking alcohol as poison!!

For many of us, we have specific drinks that we can slip into craving-wine being a common one!

NLP is quick and effective for reducing a client’s visual image of a specific drink. This leads to elimination of cravings. Hypnotherapy is able to support this process by using suggestion, chosen by the client as to how the alcohol will taste if it tasted. There’s nothing like the taste of whiskey being substituted for the taste of petrol to get someone to cut down what they are drinking…

Back to school.

September can be a nerve wracking time for both parents and young people. Change and transitions are often tricky for most of us to manage, particularly when we are young. The move to primary or secondary school or even college can feel daunting and sometimes totally overwhelming.
However, there are several things which can be done to make this time of year easier and calmer. Mental rehearsal, the process where by a person mentally practices an event in a positive way can actually help ensure an event does go well. It has been described as “getting an experience in the muscle” and is often used by athletes prior to big races.
Being mindful of your child’s thinking about school is also important. Watch for “black or white” thinking or catastrophising. It can be useful to simply point out to your child that they don’t know what school will be like and so the best course of action is to think realistically, rather than negatively about what it will be like during the first week back.
If your child does have additional needs that concern you then communication is essential. If key people in the school know then often proactive strategies can be put in place and everyone will be happy! For more information about how to stay calm and happy at school this September, please email me at info@hypnotherapyandnlpsheffield.co.uk or call me on 07954338480 for a no-obligation chat about how hypnotherapy and NLP can combat back to school nerves!

Ten tips for effective revision.

1) Make sure that you have somewhere suitable to work. Keep it tidy and organized so that you don’t have to spend ages tidying up before you start your revision!
2) Make sure that you have a list of what to do before you start revising.
3) Remind yourself of the benefits of revision before you start!
4) Use your best time of the day to revise.
5) Make a list of what you don’t understand and ask your teacher to explain it to you before revising.
6) Always have a purpose for revision.
7) At the start of your revision session think about what you already know.
8) Skim through your notes to get your subconscious working before you start your revision.
9) Make sure you know where your gaps in knowledge are and focus on this during revision sessions.
10) Do as many past papers and questions as possible. It isn’t always about what you know but how you tackle the exam paper too!

Revision,revision.

Many students feel genuinely confused about how to revise specific subjects and feel totally overwhelmed by what can feel like an enormous task.The saying, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, is useful to remember if you are feeling a little overwhelmed.
It’s all about breaking your revision down into manageable chunks and rewarding yourself for your progress. However, there are a few things that you can do to help simplify your revision. I’m a big fan of making revision as easy and effortless as possible. Make use of “dead time”. Go over key facts when waiting for the bus or the kettle to boil!
Similarly, make use of displaying condensed revision notes, memory aids and mnemonics in key places around your house;your mirror, above the toilet, near the kettle and on the fridge are all ideal!Obviously, check that everyone that you live with is happy to learn about the functions of the heart or how to write persuasively, while making a cup of tea!
Remember that singing key facts to yourself can really help your memory. Other students have found transforming material into key images can be really useful too.
Above all else, remember to keep calm as high levels of stress impact on the brain’s ability to remember and retain information. Help yourself by going back over your revision to strengthen your neural pathways and so build up your memory.
Good luck with your revision.

Revision,revision.

Often it is “the getting started” part of revising that young people find most difficult. The excellent book, “Manage Your Mind” suggests spending three minutes at the start of your revision session thinking about what you already know. This will help you feel more positive about what you’ve already achieved. Follow this with skimming through your notes to get your subconscious mind working about what you know and still need to learn. Remember that even if you haven’t started actual revision you will have remembered something from your lessons.
At the start of your revision sessions make sure that you are clear about what you already know, where your strong points are and where your “knowledge gaps” are. Ask yourself how you can make use of what you already know. Make sure that you plan a revision timetable where your revision topics have been broken down into manageable chunks. It is crucial that you build in time to apply what you’ve learned as well as learn facts or concepts. Make sure that you do as many past papers and past questions as possible as this will really test your ability to apply your knowledge.
Brains love repetition!Make sure that you build in time to revise your revision so keep going over what you’ve learned. However, be mindful of what you already know and spend your time going back over the topics that you aren’t retaining as effectively.
Condensing your revision notes can be a useful aid for revising your revision. Gadsby advocates condensing your revision notes into a tiny book or on to a post-it note.
Above all else, remember to keep checking your thinking. Is it balanced? Are you straying into all or nothing thinking? Remember that stress can throw out balanced thinking so if you find that your self talk is becoming overly critical or negative, ask yourself if you’d talk to your best friend like this. Adopting a confident mantra about how well you are revising, like “I am revising calmly and effectively” can also soothe the brain, even if initially you aren’t feeling calm and confident about revision! For more information on revision techniques and exam stress please contact me via my website.

Revision, revision…

Many young people will now be fully into the swing of GCSE and A level revision.However, there will also be a large proportion of young people who are totally baffled by how to revise or where to start.
For many, it’s the agony of getting started with revision. If you fall into this “camp” then tell yourself that you are just going to see what you can do in five minutes. This “simple trick” is generally enough to kick start your brain into activity.
It’s really important to have an appropriate space to study in. Ideally, not your bedroom as it can interfere with sleep. You should aim to leave your work space fit for the next revision session-who wants to tidy up a mass of papers or hunt for a pen for half an hour before you start?
Ideally, have a list of what to do before you start. Break down each of your revision topics into small, manageable chunks. Make sure that you build in time to go back over each topic a number of times because brains love repetition when it comes to revision!
Work out your most productive time of the day and make good use of it! If you are a morning person aim to do the bulk of your revision in the morning and save easier tasks for periods in the day when you know your concentration will dip.
Aim to give yourself a variety of revision tasks too. If you have a friend who can motivate you or that you can learn from, build in time to study together.
Finally, remember to reward yourself. I like the idea of listening to a favorite song after 45 minutes of revision as well as planning in bigger treats for when a significant topic has been well revised.
For more revision tips, check back next week or contact me directly through this website. Good luck if you have exams this year!

Exam Stress.

We are now entering the season of exam stress! Is it any wonder that so many young people feel frozen with fear at the thought of doing so many exams in quick succession? For many, their GCSEs will be less an assessment of ability but more of a measure of how well they perform under pressure.
Teachers are under so much pressure to deliver the content of their subjects that there is generally little time left to deal with the basics of dealing with exam stress effectively.
Calm breathing is an excellent starting point. The simple technique of breathing out more slowly than breathing in can help a young person feel instantly calmer. The NLP technique of installing an anchor is again an excellent way of ensuring that a young person has a means to keep calm under pressure.
Mental rehearsal, a technique often used by athletes to help them win races can also be highly effective in facilitating a young person’s success.
Hypnotherapy and NLP can also be useful in helping the young person pin point exactly what they need to do to prepare effectively for their exams. For more information on how hypnotherapy and NLP can support you or your child effectively manage the stress of exams, please call 07954338480 or email info@hypnotherapyandnlpsheffield.co.uk

National No Smoking Day.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. National No Smoking Day is fast approaching! Most smokers are aware of the multitude of health implications attributed to smoking-heart attacks, pneumonia, strokes, dementia to name a few. However, do smokers know about some of the immediate and shorter term benefits of stopping?
Did you know that within twenty minutes of stopping the person’s blood pressure returns to its normal level? Interestingly, the person’s body is also nicotine free after only 48 hours. It can be as little as two weeks before daily exercise starts to feel easier too.
It has been demonstrated time and time again that support with quitting is much more likely to lead to successful smoking cessation.
Hypnotherapy provides you with the support of a trained therapist as well as techniques to change your thinking about the need to smoke for good.
For more information about how hypnotherapy can help you become a smoker for good, visit the hypnotherapy page of my website.

Have you cracked that New Year’s Resolution?

It is often said that it takes between 21 and 28 days to establish a habit. So does that mean that for those of us who have kept up our resolutions throughout January that we’ve now cracked it?
For many, the adoption of “Dry January” has provided time to reflect as well as a cheap night out in February! Many people will now be more aware of the changes they’d like to make but will find it easier with support and the company of like-minded people.
Hypnotherapy is a brief and effective way of maintaining weight loss, alcohol reduction, an exercise regime or continuing with being a non-smoker for good!
It is gentle, relaxing and you are fully in control at all times. However, if you desire a change in your thinking to support you with a new healthy regime, hypnotherapy is able to provide this.
In just a few sessions your mind can work with you to achieve your 2015 goals.For more information, please have a look at how some of my clients have achieved their goals.

Christmas Chaos?!

The run-up to Christmas is often characterised by a mixture of emotions. Some of us love the excitement of the festive build up but others dread the stress and underlying tensions and cost that Christmas can bring.

Hypnotherapy can help you change the way you view any big event and Christmas is no exception. Although it can’t cut the cost for you it can help you to reframe the big day and help you view it more positively. This change in perception is what can alter our response to stress and so enable us to deal with things more effectively and calmly.

For more information on pre-Christmas stress busting sessions or personalised stress busting downloads, please email info@hypnotherapyandnlpsheffield.co.uk or contact me through my website.