Making Your Resolutions Work This Year!
Posted on 31st December 2022 at 22:48
You may have over-indulged during the festive season, or you may have been gradually slipping into unhealthy habits all year. New Year is traditionally a time to re-set, to make some changes, and this year, with gentle but effective hypnotherapy, you can make those changes stick. Listen to this free recording to re-set your habits for your healthiest year yet!
Habits such as overeating, smoking, drinking too much and even nail-biting are rooted in the subconscious mind. Although they once served a purpose (such as comforting you or making you feel grown-up), they are patterns that have stuck and because they are so entrenched, it usually takes communication with the subconscious mind to help you move past them and develop lasting healthier habits. This is where hypnosis comes in as it opens up the communication channel to your subconscious mind.
Often habits develop as ‘comfort blankets’ and ways to deal with stress, so the first thing you need to do is reduce the stress in your environment as far as possible and, most importantly, change your response to stress. Popular ways to do this include self-hypnosis, distraction, counting to ten, taking a few minutes away from the cause of the stress, utilising the 7-11 breathing technique (breathe in for a count of 7 and out for a count of 11). This will make you feel stronger and more in control of your environment, making it much easier to tackle those New Year’s resolutions and get to where you want to be.
Rather than just cutting out bad habits, it is important to replace them with good habits that make you feel comforted, give you a bit of a break during the day, help you relax etc. Everybody is different, but on average, it takes about 3 weeks for new habits to become deeply engrained in the subconscious mind, so keep up the good habits for three weeks and you will see lasting results.
Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1.Find at least one emotional reason to stop smoking / get into shape / cut out or cut down on alcohol / stop biting your nails etc. Logic (‘it’s bad for me’) tends not to work, so choose a vision of the future in which you feel fantastic (visualise this in perfect detail) as you reach and maintain your goal.
2. Preparation is important – plan for the changes you are making. Make sure your environment is cleared of things that may trigger a relapse.
3. Tell people your goal (so that it would be embarrassing to admit failure and quit, but also so that you have as much support as possible).
4. Make a contract with a friend, particularly a friend who won’t accept ‘not today, I’ll do it tomorrow.’
5. Make sub-goals and rewards that really motivate you. Treat yourself when you have reached milestones.
6. Remember that cravings generally last around 10 seconds only. Distract yourself and they will go away.
7. Be strategic – don’t berate yourself or give up if you backslide a little. Look at the big picture and get back on track (immediately).
8. Use websites as support: (for example weightloss resources).
9. Practise self-hypnosis - this free 'Re-Set' recording here is designed to help you make healthy changes to your eating habits (adapted from experthypnosis.com).
10. Consider hypnotherapy with an experienced therapist – if you would like some help to make some changes, contact me.
Good luck and keep at it.
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