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Eliminating Stress

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Last weekend I presented a workshop at a conference for early learning, child development educators.  The topic was Eliminating Stress.  Here are some highlights.

Our world is a stressful place these days.  Everywhere we turn there’s a new disaster.   The rise in human tragedies, environmental disasters and financial crisis has made stress, fear and anxiety the new norm.

Add to that the stress in rising gas and food prices, increased cancer risks, rises in unemployment, increased cost for medical care and the list goes on and on, doesn’t it?

Then combine all this with stress from our jobs, bosses, relationships, neighbors, commuting, dieting, exercising, raising kids, school and the pressures and expectations we place on ourselves…

Ever feel like you are not doing as much as you should, or perhaps like you’ll never be good enough?  If yes is your answer, that’s because we have collectively allowed ourselves to be spoon-fed these messages.  For example, most commercials on TV and magazine ads are geared toward making us feel we are only good enough if…. we buy this, look like that, or think like them…

So we go to the gym to feel good about ourselves, and even there we begin to compare ourselves to others, and we find ourselves feeling less than good enough.  For some this makes us want to work harder, accumulate more, climb higher thinking it will make us feel better.   Sometimes we think, “if only I had this, or looked like that or got a lucky break like so and so.  And our stress continues to rise.

The truth is no amount of outside “stuff” will fill that void.  It must be filled from the inside through recognizing, acknowledging and appreciating who we were created to be.  It comes from truly supporting ourselves.

We cannot control the disasters in the world, but we can control our reaction and response to it.  We can begin to build a strong inner environment.  We can begin to support ourselves at a deeper level.  We can build a safe inner refuge…

We can make ourselves a priority by setting aside 10-15 minutes each day to de-stress, relax, and to be with ourselves, meditating or engaging in some activity that relaxes and nourishes our soul.

There are many tips and tools we can engage in when we feel ourselves experiencing stress like, Deep Breathing, Consciously Relaxing Key Muscles, Shake It Out, Yawn & Stretch, firing our anchor and more presented in the workshop.

Even though we cannot control the many stressful events in the world, we can turn inward to create a peaceful inner refuge of self-support.  By engaging in healthy activities and utilizing the many tools available, we can transform and eliminate stressful reactions to external events.

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Lose Weight Through Guided Meditations

Monday, September 6th, 2010

WomanArmsRaisediStock_000009974965Small[1]How would you like a quick, easy and efficient way to lose excess weight? Guided meditation or light hypnotic trance is a very powerful tool to help you create the changes you want to make in your life, more quickly and easily than you ever thought possible. Guided meditation-hypnosis is used very effectively for weight loss as well as for other challenging and destructive beliefs and behaviors. 

 While in a trance, your mind is open and receptive to suggestions that will support you in changing your behavior.  For example after receiving positive suggestions about healthy eating and exercise you may find yourself looking forward to these new habits and enjoying them very much while losing excess weight in the process.

 Sounds great you may be thinking, but does it really work? There are well documented studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of using hypnosis for weight loss.

One such study was conducted by David N. Bolocofsky; Dwayne Spinler; and Linda Coulthard-Morris in 1985 titled, “Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management.” The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41 (1), 35-41.

This was a 9-week study conducted on two groups of around 54 people.  The first group was treated with changes in their diet and exercise habits only.  The second group received the same treatment while also receiving hypnosis for reinforcement. After the 9 week trial both groups lost weight while in the program.  However, after the 8 month and 2 year follow up the first group did not lose any more weight and most of the participants gained back the weight they had lost. 

The second group however, continued to lose weight during both follow ups, and most of the people in this group met their long term weight loss goals. Not only that, they continued to practice the new diet and exercise habits they learned in the study.

Findings from other studies like this (including hypnosis in weight loss efforts) showed the average short-term weight loss for those not using hypnosis was 6 pounds, while those who were also treated with hypnosis lost on average 11.83 pounds.  Over the long-term the average weight loss without hypnosis was 6 pounds, however with hypnosis the average weight loss increased to 14.88 pounds

It is clear from these and other well documented studies that over time, those using hypnosis with other weight loss efforts are able to successfully achieve their weight loss goals and change their diet and exercise habits in the process. 

What would your life be like if this part of your life was easy?

If you are ready to find out and begin your journey, join us for two sessions,

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Membership is not required. 

Call (206) 246-9000 to register.

In addition to weight loss, I offer individual and group hypnosis and guided meditations for phobias/fears, stress, stop smoking, confidence, insomnia, healthy eating, public speaking, sports performance, habit control, motivation, procrastination, self esteem, nail biting, bed wetting, anxiety, memory and concentration, and many others.  Visit my website and contact me for more information.

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