Thank you to Paula Teakle of Genesis Hypnotherapy for the following article:

I would like to invite you to click on and have a read of this:

http://wellbeingmagazine.co.uk/article/how-stress-making-you-fat

I read the above article with interest, as I see many clients all seeking to shed some unwanted extra weight and for many there is usually a stress trigger to their desire for unhealthy ‘comfort’ food or to overeat or drink. Most are already aware of what their triggers are, but for those who are blissfully unaware, something as simple as keeping a mood and food diary for a couple of weeks can be all it takes for them to identify their times of weakness. Knowledge is power and with this knowledge they can then begin to address those triggers and make the necessary changes to their lifestyle to reduce their stress levels. I teach all of my clients self hypnosis techniques and for many of them self hypnosis can be a useful tool. If practiced regularly it can become the key to achieving that sense of balance that sometimes alludes us.

You may be surprised to learn that we all experience a state of hypnosis everyday. Every time we go to sleep and every time we wake up, our brain wave patterns change from Beta (fully awake) through Alpha (day dreaming) then Theta (hypnotic trance state) and finally into Delta (asleep). By learning how to travel through these brainwave patterns at will we can benefit from a deeper relaxation than we would normally experience when trying to rest. This can reduce our adrenalin levels as well as our cortisol, providing our body with some respite from these hormones which, if allowed to continue for prolonged periods of time, can have a negative impact on our general health, as well as weight gain.

So, how does self hypnosis feel and what should you expect?

Feedback from my clients has been:

  • Feeling very heavy, or very light.
  • Sinking or floating sensations.
  • Feel smaller, warmer, cooler, numb or tingly.
  • Feeling nothing!
  • Still aware of where they are, aware of my voice, the music, noises outside, etc. but ‘drifting off’ from time to time.
  • Feeling slightly detached from reality.
  • Unaware of the passing of time.
  • Emotional.
  • Peaceful.
  • VERY relaxed!

After having a go on their own at home many worry that they are ‘not doing it right’, especially if they do not feel any of the above. But self hypnosis is something that we all experience in our own unique way so there is no wrong or right. It also gets easier the more you practice and eventually can become second nature. As well as using it to reduce stress hormones it can also be used to access the subconscious mind and make beneficial changes through positive visualisations and affirmations.

If you have ever taken part in a meditation class or the relaxation at the end of a yoga class you will already have some idea of what to expect but may not have realised what a valuable tool this can be and how it can help you to improve your life in so many ways. Your mind is amazing, why not put it to the test? You never know, you may lose a few pounds too!

This article was written by Paula Teakle, if you would like to find out more about Genesis Hypnotherapy click here www.genesis-hypnotherapy.com

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