Recently, I’ve had many clients coming to me asking how to overcome negative thought patterns and create new and healthier ways of thinking and acting.
Earlier this year, a friend of mine recommended the 5-Minute Journal to me. (In fact, she raved about it.) She noticed she was in a much better frame of mind after she started using it. I’ve been using it for a couple months now, and I agree wholeheartedly.
I found journaling incredibly valuable in the past, but was reluctant (ok, actually quite resistant) to getting back to it. I love how the simple format of the 5-Minute Journal helps me stick to journaling, as well as how it anchors my mornings and evenings.
The journal is based on the principles of positive psychology—it’s been proven over and over again that the more you shift your focus on the positive, the happier you’ll feel. (And yes, hypnosis helps you do this, too!)
The journal helps you cultivate gratitude and promotes inner growth and self reflection and overcome negative thought patterns in 5 minutes a day. It also helps you get specific and set small, achievable daily goals. And it includes inspiring quotes and weekly challenges.
The best part is that it only takes 5 minutes a day! (This was the huge selling point for me.) You can order it here.
Here’s to focusing on the good in your life. Let me know what you think and how it helps you. We can compare notes!
P.S. Yes, I took my journal on a morning photo shoot—I love sitting outside in the early morning sun and taking a few minutes to do my daily entry.
P.S.S. Want more books I recommend (these are actually books to read). Read this previous post on 3 Books That Will Change Your Life.
Almost a year ago I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Hawaii. This photo is a nice contrast to the cold, wintery weather we’ve been experiencing in NYC.
Ah, for the warm weather, the crash of waves, and the fresh air of Hawaii!
As I reminisce, here are the 3 most popular posts from the past year. I loved seeing what everyone responded to and found most interesting.
Enjoy, and feel free to let me know which was was your favorite.
I often hear 2 main concerns after a client’s first hypnosis session. Interestingly enough, these concerns are completely opposite from one another.
Sometimes a client will say, “I feel really relaxed and peaceful, but I’m not sure the hypnosis worked because I could hear everything you said during the trance.”
Other times a client will say, “I feel really relaxed and peaceful, but I’m not sure the hypnosis worked because I don’t remember anything you said during the trance.”
Curious, right? So which client was hypnotized?
Read on to find out, and to discover what kinds of things hypnosis can help you with.
First, what is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of focus, and quieting or softening, of the analytical or conscious mind. (You can read more about how it works here.)
So which client was hypnotized?
When you’re in a state of hypnosis and you hear every word the practitioner says, it means your conscious mind is paying close attention.
Alternately, when you don’t remember anything the practitioner said during the trance, it means your conscious mind drifted off.
Either way is best because with hypnosis I’m not speaking to the conscious mind anyway, I’m speaking to your unconscious mind.
The unconscious mind is 95% of the brain, and it’s where your deeply held beliefs, patterns, and behaviors are stored. Hypnosis helps you access this part of the mind to connect to your intuition and make positive changes.
What are some issues hypnosis can help with? Just this past week, I used hypnosis to help clients with confidence, sleep issues, chronic procrastination, anxiety, and public speaking.
Have something you want to change or work through, and you’re not sure if hypnosis can help? Let me know and we can discuss it. I’m here to help! Or go ahead and book a session here.
I just finished a great class this past weekend with the amazing trainer John Overdurf.
We talked a lot about how the brain works when we’re trying to make a decision, and ways to optimize this process so we can make better ones.
Read on to discover how to make better decisions. I’ll show you an easy question you can ask yourself when you’re in the process of making a decision, as well as how hypnosis can put you in the right state of mind to have an Ah-ha moment.
Decision-Making Gone Wrong
We often forget a couple of key things when we make decisions.
1. We think that we can accurately predict the future, when actually variables are always changing (including us!).
2. We often try to make important decisions when we’re stressed. When we’re in a negative state, such as feeling stressed, we’re only using half our brain (the dominant hemisphere). This severely limits our options.
So how to make better decisions?
Hypnosis helps us use both parts of our brain, activating the sub-dominant hemisphere. This helps us access our intuition and creativity, feeling relaxed and connected to ourselves.
Hypnosis also helps us reinterpret problems, noticing what is new and different. This is when the Ah-ha moments happen, and we can come up with solutions we never even considered before.
One Simple Question
Here’s a simple question you can ask yourself when you’re getting ready to make a decision. Hypnosis greatly facilitates this process, but you can do this on your own as well. Before you ask this question, do something to get yourself in a relaxed state of mind.
Then ask yourself:
What’s the smallest next step I need to take involving this decision?
So often we think too big picture, and we become overwhelmed and stressed. Asking yourself this simple question makes it more manageable, and will give you more information to go on once you’ve completed this next smallest step as you engage in the process of making decisions.
Then you can repeat the question, step by step, working toward figuring out what you want to do and making better decisions throughout.
Need some additional help? Schedule a hypnosis session and we’ll work through the process together.