Research conducted at Baylor University, Texas (1) has shown how a combination of mindfulness and hypnotherapy can decrease the effects of stress, and is even quicker than using mindfulness on its own. I often use a combination of mindfulness, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other techniques to help clients who are feeling stressed, as I find this works quicker and more effectively than … Read More Mindful hypnotherapy – how to decrease your stress
This is part of the Healthy Weight Management Series of articles, tips, blogs and videos which is available on the Sunset Coast Hypnotherapy Facebook page . Why do some people find weight loss so easy? We all probably know someone who can lose weight fairly easily if they gain a few kilos over the party season. They just put their mind to eating healthier foods, restrict … Read More Sneaky ways to be successful at losing weight
Introduction We live in an increasingly connected world. We have 24-hour news from multiple sources – country-specific (e.g. Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC in Australia), and international (e.g. CNN). We can obtain the latest news on any situation from multiple viewpoints at any time we wish. Many people have been following the progress – rise and fall – of COVID-19 cases across the world … Read More Do media reports make you stressed and anxious?
For most people, the world has changed since the end of 2019. We all stayed at home (except for essential trips to the supermarket, and for healthcare). Those with vulnerable health conditions, and the elderly, may have remained in their homes and not ventured out at all. All of this was to keep ourselves safe, but also to safeguard the community in general. A … Read More How to look after your mental health post-lockdown
Some habits masquerade as our friends, but they are in fact our enemies! It is sometimes hard to recognise these ‘so-called friends’, as they are so clever at appearing to be useful and attractive in our lives. Just suppose that you had a friend who offered to:- console you when you are depressed keep you company when you are bored calm you when you … Read More Ditch your smoking habit
This is the fourth post about how to beat procrastination. If you would like to read the other blogposts on this topic, the first one is available here, the second here and the third here. Something we haven’t talked about yet is that little voice in our head that either encourages us to go do something else – thus procrastinating, or the other one… … Read More Change how you talk to yourself – beating procrastination – 4
Ready to stop procrastinating and make progress towards your goals? If you’re one of the many who are now spending much more time at home, these tips could make life easier (and more productive) for you. This is the second post about how to beat procrastination. If you would like to read the first blogpost on this topic, it is available here. 7 ways … Read More How to motivate yourself, and avoid distractions – part 2
Introduction Self-isolation at home may be required to minimise our chance of getting COVID-19, or to prevent others in the community from catching COVID-19 from us. This blogpost contains some ideas on how you can look after your mental health during this period of self-isolation. Reasons for self-isolation You may choose to self-isolate if you have chronic health conditions, are in a high … Read More 11 ways you can thrive during self-isolation
Well done! So you have decided to become a non-smoker again! (Remember: you were born a non-smoker…). You can look forward to some great health benefits – not to mention the benefits to your bank account. Your health starts improving very soon after your last cigarette:- (1) 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure return to a normal range. 8 hours: Your body’s … Read More A great time to stop smoking the easy way, and boost your health
Introduction This week I am updating a post I first wrote in August 2019, a date when no-one had yet heard of COVID-19. I first started using Zoom and Skype (types of online video-conferencing software) to run hypnotherapy sessions for clients who were fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in Western Australia. They had sessions with me in the clinic while on leave in Perth, and … Read More Online hypnosis – effective, and the way of the future!
Have you ever felt like your success was a fluke? Have you been worried about being discovered as an ‘impostor’, when other people find out that you don’t have the skills or talents that they think you have? What is Impostor Syndrome? Impostor Syndrome was identified in 1978 by two psychologists, Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes. Their paper (1) stated that it “appears … Read More Do you feel like an impostor when you succeed at something?
What does the word ‘trigger’ mean to you? According to the Macquarie Dictionary, the word “trigger” has six definitions. Three of these are:- a stimulus or cause: the trigger for a general election. to start or precipitate (something), as a chain of events or a scientific reaction: takes only one person writing a letter to trigger (off) a chain reaction by people who have an … Read More An easy way to trigger your success