Are you a chocolate addict?
Do you salivate when you walk through the chocolate aisle at the supermarket? Do you eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner and nothing else? Does your diet consist of just chocolate and you drive out in the middle of the night to buy some if you have run out? .
Odds are probably no, you may call yourself a chocolate addict but have not reached these scary heights. Yet! Chocolate addiction can get very serious though and is very common too. You may not be making runs out in the middle of the night for chocolate yet, but like with any addiction it starts out very subtly then spreads into all facets of your life so should be taken seriously.
Damaging effects of too much chocolate
Unfortunately some people do become addicted to chocolate and this can affect their health and well being immensely. Not only does a diet high in chocolate lead to obesity, heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. But chocolate also contains a lot of caffeine, and too much caffeine in your system can lead to rapid heartbeat, anxiety, depression, restlessness, sleep problems, tremors and nausea too.
Now I’m not saying you have to stop eating chocolate completely, if you rely on the occasional piece of chocolate to alleviate stress or because you fancy it, that’s absolutely fine, but consuming too much can have adverse health effects, therefore it’s best to keep chocolate to an occasional treat.
What happens if you are addicted to chocolate, how do you break free of this addiction?
Chocolate addiction is common, and in my hypnotherapy practise, I encounter this regularly. Using this example, perhaps a person has always used chocolate as an emotional crutch, so rather than deal with emotion at hand in a healthy way, .e.g stress or sadness, they have tried to remove that emotion by eating chocolate. When you do something over and over again, it becomes a habit which is then stored in your subconscious mind.
Therefore in order to break this habit, changes need to be made in the subconscious mind, which is where hypnosis can help. During a session of hypnosis we can communicate with a person’s subconscious mind and lay down more positive ways of thinking, feeling and behaving where chocolate is concerned. When the chocoholic emerges from one session of hypnosis, they instantly feel differently about eating chocolate and the habit no longer controls them. I also teach a brilliant tapping technique which can curb any cravings if you happen to get any in the future.
So if you feel like you are turning into a chocoholic, and you are losing control of how much you consume, then please get in touch with me, to hear how hypnosis can help you break free of this unhealthy addiction once and for all.
Do you long for the pleasures of a good night's sleep? Need help now!? Please read below for my advice -
Firstly You Are Not Alone -
I see client's for a variety of issues but trouble sleeping is the main problem I help people overcome. Having suffered from insomnia myself I know first hand how soul destroying it can be! Insomnia affects more than 1/3 of our population so that is huge. There was a time when it used to be a sign of success to get by on four hours sleep and still be able to work, people even boasted about it. But now thankfully everyone has dropped that silly competition after realising the negative effect lack of sleep has on your health, wellbeing and yes your ability to perform well in the work place.
Sleeping is the Cornerstone of Life
The negative effects of insomnia on your health are staggering. Surviving on limited sleep leads to anxiety, stress, weakened immune system, heart disease and even obesity. Mentally, not getting enough sleep can lead to anxiety, increased negative thoughts, depression and can make it difficult for you to concentrate and eventually burnout at work. Sleeping is key!! So if you are not getting enough or are having broken sleep please see below for just some of my tips.
1. Make sure you have a relaxing bedtime routine in place, mine involves a long leisurely bath soaking in lavender bath salts for along as possible before I get into bed.
2. The bedroom is for sleeping, cuddling and reading. Remove the TV, phone, laptop, bills and any work please!
3. If worries keep you up at night, practice gratitude in bed instead. So buy a lovely journal and write down at least 3 things you are grateful for that happened during the day. This will take your mindset away from worries and onto more rewarding and pleasurable things to think about.
4. Remove the clock from your room or anything else you use to read the time. Set your alarm by all means but do not have your clock/phone anywhere near you in your bedroom otherwise you will be too tempted to check the time if you have trouble sleeping. Remember you don't care about the time, you are too busy thinking about all the great things that are going on in your life to care!
5. Say affirmations to yourself if you start panicking about not being asleep, e.g. "Time is unimportant I'm just resting, resting puts my mind at ease and resting is the first top to sleep" say this over and over again in a calm steady voice in your head until you drift off.
6. This is obvious but do not look at your phone for at least an hour or two before bed, this will only keep your mind active which is not good for going into sleep mode.
7. Invest in a white noise machine, I have a fabulous air purifier which pumps fresh clean air in the room, and gives off a relaxing hum just like an air conditioner. White noise has been proven to get babies to sleep and works for grown ups too!
8. If you have a wriggly partner, well I'm sorry they have to go. Otherwise invest in one of those fancy beds that has two separate mattress joined together. You wont notice the seam in-between the mattresses and you won't be bothered as much by your partners annoying movements.
9. If you have problems quietening your mind and getting to sleep, then I recommend listening to hypnotherapy recordings. These are amazing at helping switch your mind off, relaxing you completely and the suggestions in the recording will lead you to sleep very quickly. There are many varieties of these on offer from different sellers so shop around and find the voice you prefer. If you would like to purchase my sleep inducing hypnotherapy recordings please get in touch.
Don't Give Up
It takes a while to get your sleeping back on a track. So don't get dishearneted if it's taking a while. Once your nervous system gets upset by a bad patch of sleeping or a stressful period, it takes a while to settle down again, so just keep using the above techniques and with time your sleeping will get back to normal. If you still have problems sleeping then please get in touch with me and I will be happy to help get your sleeping back on track with a course of hypnosis and some other great sleep inducing techniques I have up my sleeve. Good luck xx
Alex Saxton Hypnotherapy
Tel: 01202 809 510
Mob: 07815 318 455
Location: My clinic covers the Wimborne, Poole & Bournemouth area in Dorset and I provide Skype sessions for client's living further a field.
Can't stop obsessing about an Ex? - Please read to find out how hypnotherapy can help you break away from an unhealthy attachment and finally be free!
Love hurts. But it doesn't have to hurt forever as long as you are able to heal, move on and let go of any unhealthy obsessive thinking about an ex. Unfortunately this can be very hard and people get caught up in an obsessive loop of thoughts about an ex partner. This unhealthy thinking puts our body into fight or flight and causes unnecessary pain and stress.
Not only does this obsessive thinking prevent you from moving on it also prevents you from making space in your mind and life to meet your perfect partner. There comes a point where you have to say enough is enough Mr/Mrs Ex, you have taken up enough time in life and now I want to be free!
This is where hypnotherapy can help. I have helped countless client's with breaking their unhealthy attachments once and for all. I have even used hypnotherapy on myself to finally be free of an attachment that was not only causing me pain but preventing me from healing. How can we make room in our life for our perfect partner when our mindset is totally fixated on Mr/Mrs Wrong? We simply can't.
Luckily during a session of hypnotherapy I can help you sever those unhealthy cords that connect you to your ex and instead create a happy future without them. How does it work? Well in hypnosis you are communicating with your subconscious mind, so through visualisations and suggestion work I help you to sever those unhelpful cords at a deeper level, letting your subconscious mind know that the mental attachments for your ex are no longer helpful and you wish to be free of them. Following this I help you to visualise your preferred future - living carefree and liberated - allowing this goal to sink deep down into your subconscious mind making a deep and lasting impression. Job done.
It only takes one or two hypnotherapy sessions to achieve this freedom, so please don't waste anymore of your life and suffer in silence, as help is at hand. So if you are still mentally wrapped up in an ex and long to be liberated, please get in touch with me and I will be very happy to help you sever this unhealthy attachment.
Don't give up!
I love the beginning of a New Year - it all feels so fresh and exciting whilst all over the world people are composing a list of inspiring New Year’s resolutions brimming with motivation to succeed.
But sadly not many people manage to stick to them. The motivation to succeed felt so strongly in January tends to lessen then disappear completely by February so unfortunately the old unwanted habits or lack of motivation creeps back in again and the goals fail.
Luckily this is where hypnotherapy can be your secret weapon in achieving your New Years Resolutions once and for all.
The most commonly failed New Year’s resolutions:
What is hypnotherapy?
For those that don’t already know hypnotherapy is a relaxing form of therapy which involves making changes at the subconscious level in the mind. This is where all of your bad habits (e.g. over eating, smoking, biting your nails), phobias (fear of flying, fear of public speaking) beliefs and attitudes are stored.
When you are in in hypnosis the hypnotherapist can communicate with your subconscious mind more easily and make permanent long lasting changes. The hypnotherapist does this by laying down new positive suggestions and more positive ways to think, feel and behave. Using a computer analogy, imagine that your mind is a hard drive and that during hypnosis it is updated with new and helpful software, replacing the old redundant programs that are holding you back or not working properly anymore.
How long does it take to see results?
A course of hypnotherapy doesn’t take too long to begin to see positive results. In just a few hypnosis sessions you can start to lose weight, feel more motivated to go the gym, overcome a phobia or stop an unwanted habit like biting your nails. And you can easily stop smoking after only just one session!
If you would like to find out more information on how hypnotherapy can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions, or to book in for your first hypnotherapy session with a qualified Wimborne Hypnotherapist such as myself, then please get in touch via telephone or email and take advantage of my great January offer below. My clinic is based in Wimborne, Dorset:
Tel: 01202 809 510
Mobile: 07815 318 344
Clinic Location: Wimborne, Dorset BH21
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All the best,
The Suggestive Voice of Success
Alex Saxton Hypnotherapy
BSc (Hons) Psychology MCH DHP DCH
Whether you have difficulty getting to sleep, remaining asleep or waking up really early and not being able to get back to sleep, all three are variations of insomnia. Some people have bad patches of insomnia and some people suffer from it constantly. The negative effects of insomnia on your health are staggering. Surviving on limited sleep leads to anxiety, stress, weakened immune system, heart disease and weight gain. Mentally, not getting enough sleep can lead to increased negative thoughts, depression and can make it difficult for you to concentrate.
When functioning on limited sleep you are running on adrenalin and are in “fight or flight” mode. Not only do you suffer physically and mentally you can also lose motivation to do things you once used to enjoy. It can be hard to break the cycle of insomnia as each night you worry about not sleeping and as a result you don’t sleep. But you don’t have to suffer in silence!
How Hypnosis can Help
A course of hypnotherapy can be extremely effective in helping you to function better on limited sleep during the day and get your sleeping back on track. When you go into hypnosis during a session you go into a deeply relaxing state which is close to sleep. When you are in this relaxed hypnotic state your body and mind relaxes, adrenalin levels decrease, anxious negative thoughts are reduced and positive suggestions are laid down at the subconscious level to help improve sleep.
After just 30 minutes of hypnosis you emerge feeling refreshed and revitalized in both body and mind as if you have had a power nap. It is estimated that 30 minutes of hypnosis is equivalent to 4 hours sleep! Furthermore after a hypnosis session you are given a personalized sleep hypnosis recording which you can use at home to help lead you to blissful sleep.
If you are currently suffering from sleepless nights or know someone who is then please get in touch with Anxiety and Sleep Specialist Alexandra Rickard who can help you relax and release worries so that you can once again enjoy the pleasures of a good night’s sleep using hypnosis and other successful techniques.
*SUMMER OFFER: SESSIONS BOOKED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 31st GET A 15% DISCOUNT*
ALEX SAXTON HYPNOTHERAPY
Tel: 01202 809 510
Mobile: 07815 318 344
Clinic Location: Wimborne, Dorset BH21
Having a baby can be amazing yet exhausting – read to find out how hypnotherapy can help you along the journey
Hypnotherapy Brings Relaxation and Relief to Mums!
Becoming a mother is a very exciting time but it can change every single aspect of your existence. It can affect you physically, emotionally, and mentally. Sleep deprivation, colicky baby, high levels of anxiety, baby blues & more can affect every mum to some degree.
Therefore it is very important to have the right support available to enable a smooth transition through early parenting and this is where a few sessions of hypnotherapy can help immensely.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a relaxing form of therapy which works by making positive changes at the subconscious level when the client is in a relaxed state. It is used regularly by people to help with all kinds of issues e.g. insomnia, phobias and weight loss.
Although you are not asleep when in a hypnotic trance it can lead to sleep which is why mothers who have difficulty switching off can listen to hypnotherapy recordings at night or during the day when their babies are napping to help guide them into blissful sleep.
Furthermore, hypnotherapy can help a mother cope with the stresses of having a colicky/crying baby. Mother Nature has designed the sound of a baby's cry to be particularly agonising to their own mother so that they quickly see to their needs. However if a baby still continues to cry even though all their needs have been met, the sound of their constant cries can generate feelings of anxiety and at times anger. A few sessions of hypnotherapy help the mother to feel more calm and relaxed during bouts of constant crying.
So if you’re a new mother struggling and interested in finding out more on how hypnotherapy can help, please contact Alexandra for more information. After successfully using hypnotherapy to help her cope with new motherhood she created hypnotherapy sessions to address: exhaustion, anxiety, baby blues, dealing with colicky baby and more. Using a combination of hypnosis and other techniques one can expect to see positive changes within just a few sessions.
Alexandra Rickard BSc (Hons) Psychology MCH DHP DCH
Tel: 020 3612 8321
Mobile: 07815 318 455
Do you have a phobia?
Are you afraid of enclosed spaces, injections or spiders? Then you are not alone. About 10% of us suffer from a phobic reaction to certain things, with agoraphobia and social phobia being the most common. Where as some phobias, such a a fear of snakes, are less serious in the sense that they have less impact on the freedom of the individual, other phobias can have a truly devastating effect on the quality of life. People literally live in fear and lead a very restricted housebound existence. There will usually be strong avoidance behaviour connected with the phobia, and feelings of anxiety, loss of control and panic. Sufferers usually know their fear is irrational, but they cannot control it. If you do have a phobia, it is wise to take action rather than to ‘grin and bear it’ as it tends to get worse over time, especially if you avoid situations that trigger your fear.
What is the difference between a real fear and a phobia?
Fear is a natural response caused by real danger. For example, we are all scared of coming face to face with a wild hungry tiger, and fear is a survival instinct which warns us against certain things or situations. A phobia, on the other hand, is an irrational fear of an object or situation that causes little or no danger.
Causes of a phobia
You’re not born with phobias, and they tend to begin in childhood and may occur for a number of reasons. Generally a specific traumatic event may trigger it, or it can be learned behaviour from family members with phobias. However random phobias can also sometimes sprout up later on in life for no apparent reason due to someone going through a troubling episode and suffering from high levels of anxiety at that time.
How hypnotherapy can help
Hypnotherapy is a relaxing form of therapy, which involves putting a person into a natural trance state in order to create positive changes to their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. When you are in this natural trance state a hypnotherapist can communicate with your subconscious mind, which is where your phobias are stored. Using various tools and techniques the hypnotherapist can find the root cause of the phobia if unknown, remove the emotion from the memory, then make positive changes by laying down new calmer and confident ways of thinking and behaving in relation to a particular fear, ensuring lasting results.
After a course of hypnotherapy for a phobia, e.g. arachnophobia a person may still not feel comfortable actually picking up a spider but it will empower them enough to feel comfortable to put a glass over it and remove it safely instead of their old phobic response of running away screaming in terror!
You are always in control during hypnosis and never have to do anything against your will. Hypnotherapists always go at a pace you are comfortable with which is reassuring to someone whose phobia is very extreme.
So don’t let your fear of flying prevent you from going abroad for a summer holiday or your fear of dogs prevent you from enjoying the many beautiful parks on offer here in London. Instead, discover how hypnotherapy can help you to overcome these fears – enabling you live a more happy and empowered life.
Further InformationFor more information on how hypnotherapy can help or for a free consultation please contact clinical hypnotherapist Alexandra Rickard BSc (Hons) Psychology MCH DHP DCH who will be happy to answer your questions on either:
Tel: 07815 318 455