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By Sally Thomson, Jul 7 2016 05:34PM

If you suffer from anxiety you may recognise that it is possibly rooted in the fear of losing control. If you have struggled with anxiety attacks in the past, you may know that they can come on at any time which in turn may instigate a vicious cycle whereby the fear of one can actually then trigger the real thing.

In almost all cases of generalised anxiety the driving factor is therefore anxious thinking. It is important to recognise that you need not always react with fear to anxious thoughts just because you have always done so in the past. Continuous anxious thinking is merely a behavioural habit and just like any habit it can be unlearned. Using a variety effective methods within a hypnotherapy session, including aspects of CBT and NLP, years of anxious thinking and general anxiety can be reduced enabling you to experience a different emotional reaction to your thoughts.

Tips on Dealing with Anxiety.

1 Breathe well

Correct breathing has a profound effect on the nervous system and clarity of mind.

There are essentially four types of breathing.

The complete breath. This way of breathing is the most desirable as it utilises all of the components needed for breathing. You will notice lots of movement in the whole of the chest and all of the breathing muscles, including the muscles between the ribs are used. By expanding the diaphragm the ribs are pushed out and the lungs have room to inflate.

Low abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing. This is not quite as good as the previous method but the lungs are still given plenty of space for air to be inhaled.

Rib or mid breathing. This type of breathing fills the middle of the lungs and again is less desirable than the previous method.

Collar bone or shoulder breathing (hyperventilation). This type of breathing means that only the upper portion of the lungs are filled and therefore this breathing pattern produces changes in carbon dioxide levels in the blood, disrupting the function of the nervous system. This can lead to feelings of anxiety, panic attacks and palpitations.

2 Reduce your caffeine intake.

Caffeine has been shown to aggravate symptoms of stress. It is defined as a drug as it stimulates the central nervous system, increasing alertness. High doses of caffeine can cause anxiety, headaches and dizziness. It can also disrupt sleep patterns.

3 Delegate

Don’t feel that you have to do everything alone. Offload some tasks on other people or break a job down into more manageable chunks to give to other people with the skills to help.

4 Take exercise

Regular physical activity in something that you enjoy is a superb way to relieve stress and aid relaxation. Whether it’s a walk in the countryside, swimming or gardening, there are many different ways to stimulate the natural endorphins within our bodies and promote inner calm.

5 Learn to relax your mind and body

Practice ways to relax your mind and body through guided visualisations using self-hypnosis or other forms of meditation. Imagine yourself in your desired state and use affirmations to reinforce the process.

You can become a calmer and healthier person by using these techniques, taking time out to nurture yourself and relieve the stress in your life.

By Sally Thomson, Jun 29 2016 02:11PM

One of my many passions is shopping for clothes, or retail therapy, as us ladies like to call it. Not only does it de-stress our minds, it’s also possible to cover several miles during a really good session, suggesting perhaps that is a full mind/body experience. During one of my recent expeditions I noticed that far from the slim woman with fat friend myth that we are all familiar with, the majority of overweight people were either with overweight friends or tubby partners.This made me reflect on my work as a hypnotherapist with my weight loss clients.At their initial consultation a large proportion of my clients present as despondent without any real belief that they can lose weight and keep it off. They point an accusing finger at ‘feeder’ partners, they worry that they will be unable to socialise with friends with similar food/drink interests or that they will be enticed by the contents of the kitchen treat cupboard (stacked to the top for their children of course).In their mind temptation is everywhere and they are just a pawn in someone else’s game.It is true to say that social links such as friendships or family behaviour seem to have some bearing on whether a person gains weight initially. After all, children do learn from their parents and are likely to develop the same eating habits, for better or for worse.Close friendships and sharing life’s highs and lows together and having common interests can mean that it’s more socially acceptable to gain weight as norms within the relationship change.

But as I explain to my clients, they need to STOP BLAMING AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. A firm motivational coaching style, combined with hypnotherapy for weight loss ensures that:

1 Old accepted patterns of behaviour are SMASHED THROUGH AND OBLITERATED in order to empower and excite the client about their potential to be amazing.

2 The client is operating from a position of STRENGTH and SELF BELIEF, so that social occasions can still be enjoyed within moderation and without the old mentality of ‘OMG I’ve blown it’.3 They can IDENTIFY THEIR GOAL and see the world anew and all the exciting possibilities within it.

4 Their CONFIDENCE in their ability to change and get results is STRATOSPHERIC!

5 They adopt a firm commitment to NEW EATING PATTERNS and DAILY EXERCISE.This inspiring Authoritarian and Motivational approach to weight management reinforced with weight loss hypnosis, is the way forward for those believing their weight problems are insurmountable.

Whatever starting point a person is at with their weight issue, it just takes a change in mind-set to achieve the ‘unachievable’.

By Sally Thomson, Jun 29 2016 02:05PM


We all know someone who has struggled with their weight and we may have witnessed their highs and lows not only of their physical weight but also of their emotions as they become entangled in the maze of deprivation and powerlessness that most diets bring. Their perceived success - or failure - dependant on the reading on their bathroom or slimming club scales . This bears a particular reference to myself having until relatively recently endured a thirty year battle of the bulge. As I rotated from the ‘Atkins’ to the ‘Dukan’ to the ‘Lose 10 pounds in ten days’ – and to the ‘This is the last diet you will ever try’ diet, I would still find myself 6 months down the line with the extra baggage not only on my thighs but the weight of defeat hanging heavily around my shoulders once again. This is because diets only tell you WHAT and WHEN to eat and don’t address the fundamental reasons WHY you eat.


After doing some research online it was then that I had my lightbulb moment. Hypnotherapy for weight loss seemed to tick all the boxes for me. Instead of surrendering all my choices to someone else’s idea of a diet plan, I discovered that weight loss hypnosis would empower me with the tools to manage my own weight effectively and without any feelings of deprivation and being controlled.

Weight loss hypnotherapy has completely rewritten my feelings and behaviour around food. Food has now become secondary in my life, and, at the risk of sounding clichéd , I now eat to live and not live to eat. Hypnosis for weight loss helped me get back in touch with the natural hunger and satiety signals in my body and taught me to listen to them and act on them accordingly. I now eat healthy meals or snacks when I feel genuine physical hunger and I stop when I am satisfied. As a result of this genuine reprogramming of my mind I seem to have freed up so much extra time to enjoy doing the things that I never really seemed to have time for before - whether this is a result of a new found confidence in myself or because I’ve now got ten times the energy as before, is debateable but nevertheless feels amazing!

Hypnotherapy for weight loss has made me feel totally empowered, knowing now that my healthy body is the result of the natural abilities and focus that I had within me all along and not due to the short term results of someone else’s diet diktat. As a result of personally experiencing its transformational power, I took the decision to train as a Clinical Hypnotherapist myself, and have since then, witnessed several life changing transformations not only physical but on many other levels too.

If you are interested in Hypnotherapy for weight loss and want to find out how it could empower you to become the size and shape you were meant to be then why not join my 6 week motivational mindset hypnosis programme?

Hypnotherapy for weight loss can help you to mentally take back the control over your portion size so that you eat less.

Address any issues that you may be substituting food for.

Boost your self- esteem so that you rely less on food for comfort.

Empower you with the tools to meet your weight loss goals

Elevate your motivation so that failure is no longer an option.

Ditch the diets for good and gain a long term strategy for a slim and healthy body!



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