Hello Sunshine!

What a difference it makes to our mood when the sun comes out!

Why is that?

Nothing has really changed – our job is the same, the car still needs servicing, and yet, the sun somehow changes the way we see the world.

According to an article written by Rachel Nall, RN, BSN, CCRN in Healthline , sunlight triggers the neurotransmitters that create serotonin in our brain, which makes us feel happier, calmer, more focused and optimistic. On the other hand, darkness triggers the production of melatonin, which makes us feel sleepy.

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Along with exercise, sleep and good nutrition, and adequate amount of sunlight (with caution in high UV areas) can give us the natural boost that we need to keep our mood buoyant and help manage seasonal and other types of depression and anxiety.

What a wonderful thing! Walk with your head up, spend time outdoors. Notice the dust that shows up in the house, and then leave it and take a walk in the sun – your brain will thank you for it ūüôā

 

 

 

Confidence

‚ÄėCan I increase my confidence with Hypnotherapy?‚Äô

Confidence is something we all need a bit of every now and then, and for some it seems to disappear at the most important times! Often it has been hidden by turmoil or stress, and in this case, it can be frustrating to find that where you used to be confident, you now worry about the smallest things.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is all about helping you to find the solutions to your problems. Beginning by switching off the stress and with skilful questioning, your hypnotherapist enables you to find hidden strengths and to allow those strengths to become fully yours again, so that you can use them to your highest potential. Bit by bit, you will find that you can do more, as you work with your hypnotherapist towards reaching your goals. Often on the way, clients discover new things about themselves that open up previously un-thought of opportunities for growth and development. It’s an exciting journey!

Here is a recent email I received from a client –

“Hello Sally,
Just to let you know, the tender presentation went really well…worried about talking for 15 minutes ‚Äď ended up doing 45…thanks so much!‚ÄĚ

Whether you need your confidence for you job, your exams, your social life, or just to allow you to get through the day, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can give you the tools to get back on track.

Call to arrange a FREE initial consultation on 01752 894160. Emergency appointments for exam students are available!

Best Wishes

Sally x

The importance of small steps

This week, Sam Trigg, who is almost part of our family (can I say that, Sam?) achieved a lifetime goal when he jumped over 16m in the triple jump. Incredible – that’s further than the length of the longest double decker bus in the UK! But Sam didn’t just achieve that distance overnight.

There was once a time when jumping 16m seemed impossible – a distant dream – and even 14m was something to strive towards, but by paying attention to his coaches, by accepting every extra centimetre as a step towards the ultimate goal, he steadily put in place all the necessary building blocks which allowed him to jump that huge distance.

And this is a great way to look at all of our goals, however near or however distant. ¬†Breaking them down into small steps which move us slowly but surely in the right direction, we can take pride in every little achievement, and it’s that sense of achievement, those feelings of self-fulfilment and congratulation which allow us to take the next small step.

For Sam, the steps are literally huge, with the reward being perhaps an extra centimetre, but one day, even 16m is going to seem insignificant! Go Sam!

Sam Trigg breaking the 16m barrier

 

 

I conquered the Monster!

You may have read my blog post about training for the #etapelochness, a 66 mile closed road cycle ride around Loch Ness in the highlands of Scotland. Well the ride happened last weekend and it was amazing! It took us 15 hours to drive from Devon to Drumnadrochit, arriving eventually at midnight to be met with an amazing  warm welcome from our host Fiona at the Glenkirk B&B , despite the lateness of the hour!

A comfortable night and an incredible full Scottish breakfast later, we spent the next day registering for the event with 5200 other riders, eating plenty of pasta (!) and doing a recce of the route. The views and breathtaking splendour of the Loch and Glens were just what we had come for, and by now I was really looking forward to the ride.

6.35am on Sunday, and here we were, amongst thousands of riders in the deep chill of a spring Highland morning. Setting off in our group of 260, there was a thrill of anticipation and excitement, and a little bit of trepidation, mostly centred on ‘the climb’ , a 5 mile monster with gradients up to 17%, 34 miles into the ride.

I’d been practising this climb in my head over and over for days (maybe weeks) , seeing myself at the top of the hill, triumphantly fresh and smug.

The reality? I made it around ¬ĺ of the way up the steep first mile and a half, and then stayed on my bike for the rest, really pleased with myself having passed hundreds of riders walking their bikes up the hill. At the top was a piper, and on the way up the very last part of the climb, I was distracted by the magnificent sight of 5 stags running down across the glen. To be honest, I didn’t even notice I was going up a hill as I watched these beautiful animals in full flight, a reminder that it wasn’t my legs giving up, it was my head!

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Finish of the Etape Loch Ness

Finishing the ride was a great moment! I’d done it! 66 miles is a long way…….

Now when’s the next ride?

Loosening up with Nessie

This little phrase has become quite relevant to me this week, for several reasons. One is that on Sunday I’m going to cycle the ‘Etape Loch Ness‘ with my husband. We’ve been training for a few months, and it will be the furthest that I have ever cycled, and certainly the biggest event I’ve ever taken part in. 5200 riders and 66 miles around the Loch! I have to admit, I’m a little anxious, as well as very excited!

I’ve discovered, through trial and error, that ‘loosening up’ is the best way to make it up our Devon hills, and indeed down the other side again, with the least amount of pain. When I overthink the hills, I become tense, lose confidence, and breathe shallowly, which doesn’t help at all. Relaxing, taking things one pedal stroke at a time, and just looking at the tarmac in front of me, instead of at the top of the hill, and before I know it, I’m there.

One of my lovely clients asked me this week, if there was one thing I might suggest that would help them in the next few days, and I said ‘let go – loosen your hold’. Sometimes we need to allow ourselves to loosen up a little and hold on to things a little less tightly, in order to allow an easy flow. With the loosening of the grip comes a realisation of what really is important, and sometimes this can be a surprise! Hypnosis is a wonderful way to allow this to happen, and a few sessions of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can set you on the road to learning how to properly let go for yourself.

Give it a go – relax a little, loosen your hold, and see what happens!

 

 

Downtime?

How do you relax? I fact, DO you relax? In our busy world where information is instant , food is fast and decisions can be made within minutes even when your colleagues are on the other side of the world, downtime can seem like an impossible dream.

And yet it is crucial to our health and wellbeing that we rest and recuperate well. Every part of our being benefits from deep relaxation and sleep, and we know that many modern diseases including diabetes and chronic fatigue and pain result from an increase in inflammation brought on in part by stress.

When we sleep or rest deeply, we allow the process of healing to take place, decreasing the amount of damaging chemicals in our bodies such as adrenaline and cortisol, and also reducing anxiety, emptying our ‘stress bucket’ and giving ourselves space for creativity, enabling more productivity, motivation and positivity.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can provide not only an instant way to deeply relax and allow these healing processes to take place, but also helps you find strategies for incorporating good sleep and rest into your everyday routines for the rest of your life.

 

 

Neuroscience

As part of our continued professional development (CPD) we are required  to attend at least two CPD courses a year in order to retain membership of the Association of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH). These courses also form part of the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma for which I am studying.

This courneuroscience-certificatese was held on Sunday 26th February at the Clifton Practice in Bristol and led by Dr Naeem Iqbal and was very well attended by fellow hypnotherapists from across the UK.

It was a fascinating insight into the incredible workings of the brain at a level not covered on the Hypnotherapy course, and I feel inspired to learn more – in particular about plasticity and the changes that can be made using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.

Plasticity is the brains ability to strengthen and grow new pathways through the repetition of positive thought and behaviour, and that can happen throughout our lives.

 

Whilst we are in trance, our brains are optimally primed for plasticity, enabling new connections to form and create change in our thoughts and behaviours.

I look forward to helping you to bring about the changes you look for in your own life.