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Christmas this year seems to be suffering with a greater burden of stress than ever before. Not only are we juggling the usual round of shopping, carol services, nativity plays etc there is the added strain of rising prices and fuel costs.
The news and social media are full of doom and gloom, the cost of heating our homes is rising and the weather is colder than it has been for a long time.
This year self care is more important than ever before. Self hypnosis can help you relax and perhaps if you can use your subconscious mind to imagine your lying on a tropical beach you can forget the cold for a short time.
Self hypnosis can be as easy as relaxing all the muscles in your face, starting with muscles in your forehead and between your eyes. Relaxing the muscles in your face helps your body to relax quickly and easily, after the forehead try relaxing the muscles around your nose and mouth, then your cheeks. Once you have relaxed your face so completely that it is expressionless, take a deep breath and allow the relaxation to flow through your body. With practice it can be as easy as that.
In between all the rush and clammer of Christmas take five minutes to do this and you will be amazed at how refreshed you feel. If when you are relaxed you can conjure up that tropical beach in your mind that is a bonus.
I hope everyone is able to enjoy a good Christmas and avoid the flu and colds that are going around. Turn on the radio and belt out those Christmas songs however old fashioned and corny they are. When we think of Christmas past it’s not the value of the presents under the tree but the love that comes from the people who share Christmas with us.
I have worked as a hypnotherapist in Leatherhead and London and I also teach hypnotherapy and train new hypnotherapists. I offer a full range of services including anxiety coping mechanisms, stress relief, weight loss, stop smoking and treatment for phobias online. Please get in touch to find out more.
Everyone is fearful of another lockdown at Christmas, another year in which we can’t see family and friends. There may be some empty seats at the dinner table this year and more than the usual number of toasts to absent friends.
It is more important than ever before that we take time to sit back and relax this year and to enjoy being reunited with our family. Many people spent last Christmas alone, only speaking to loved ones on the phone or via zoom.
In 2021 it is important that we don’t get overwhelmed by the desire to make a perfect Christmas. Christmas isn’t about the perfectly wrapped present or the beautiful table centre. Christmas is about making memories and having fun.
Whoever is doing the cooking you make sure they don’t miss out by being in the kitchen all morning. If the pigs in blankets are from the supermarket and not home-made does it really matter? (And if someone says these are the best you have ever made, smile and keep your secret).
If you are feeling overwhelmed don’t mutter to yourself in the kitchen, ask for help. Plan your day in advance thinking who will be present and allocate tasks like laying the table or peeling the potatoes. Don’t ask or wait for them to offer, explain what needs to be done. They might not realise you’re overwhelmed.
Christmas is for having fun not being a martyr. So what if the custard is lumpy – it can become part of Christmas folklore. The best Christmas memories are made up of conversations that go “remember the Christmas when…”.
If you need a break – five minutes alone away from the noise and the chatter -then take it even if it means locking yourself in the bathroom for a while.
Christmas is all about friends, family and the festivities, but self care is still important. This doesn’t have to mean another glass of sherry or too much wine, it can mean a much needed cup of tea and peace and quiet. If the weather permits, five minutes outside in the fresh air can restore tattered nerves.
We don’t have to try even harder to make up for last year. Enjoying this year is what is important.
Whatever your plans are for Christmas I hope this year they go ahead for all of us and that you have a Very Merry Christmas!
I have worked as a hypnotherapist in Leatherhead and London and I also teach hypnotherapy and train new hypnotherapists. I offer a full range of services including anxiety coping mechanisms, stress relief, weight loss, stop smoking and treatment for phobias online via Zoom. Please get in touch to find out more.
Here in Leatherhead it is the start of the exam season. When the exams arrive does your child suffer from panic attacks, either at home or before entering the exam room?
Are they frozen with panic when they look at the questions and can’t read the words? Their thoughts are scrambled and even though they have revised for hours they feel is if they can no longer remember a word.
Perhaps they feel sick before the exams and are unable to eat or perhaps they suffer from mood swings and headaches. Sometimes it can even be all of the above. All of these symptoms are part of the flight or fight response. When we sense danger we react in the same way as when our ancestors were faced with a threat. We want to fight or run away neither of these are an option when faced with GCSE or A level exams.
There is little point in telling your children to calm down and that if they fail it’s not the end of the world. When we are stressed because of our fears we are beyond logical thought.
Here at my Leatherhead Hypnotherapy practice I would use hypnosis and mindfulness to help someone facing exams or any stressful situation to calm their nerves. By teaching them simple breathing techniques to help control their panic you also help them calm their minds.
I would teach short easy self hypnosis techniques that can be used quickly and easily to release the tension. A session of hypnosis can put you into a state of relaxation so your subconscious becomes open to positive suggestions. These suggestions can help boost the memory and build confidence needed to tackle exam situations.
One session of hypnotherapy may be all that is needed to help your son or daughter to calm their nerves and cope with their exams in the coming weeks
Get in touch to find out how hypnotherapy can help with the stress of exams.