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Hypnosis vs. Meditation

Hypnosis and meditation are both powerful ways to make your life amazing and, both have their place.

I love Meditation, it has been around for thousands of years and it really changed my life! Popular fitness and wellness practices include meditation more and more particulary practices such as Yoga. Even famous company’s suach as Google have places for staff to meditate and even neuroscientists are promoting meditation now.

Millions of people benefit from meditation in its many forms, that includes me and and I believe that is an amazing tool and I know it will continue to help people.

Thousands of people around the world are also using hypnosis to change their lives in dramatic ways. They stop smoking, lose weigh, reduce and get rid of stress and improve their health. It is incredible how powerful hypnosis is and can can help you change your life today.

Hypnosis Can Change Your Life

I hve found that hypnosis is a powerful tool to change your life, this is becasue it is so easy and changes can happen instantly. Seeing that happen has been amazing – as one of mentor’s says – It is not Magic but it can be Magical.

I am a qualified Hypnotherapist and Meditation Teracher and practice both hypnosis and meditation daily myself and I truly believe that there is a place in this world for both hypnosis and meditation. They don’t need to be at odds at all, we need all the #selfcare we can get.

Meditation andHypnosis are different tools for different purposes for different people and like all useful tools, you should pick the tool that works for you and use it when you need it, even if that is now.

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Meditation is about looking inside and discovering our inner strengths, it helps us to transform our day-to-day life into a better, more meaningful and more fulfilling existence.

Meditation enhances focus, creativity and relaxation, and daily mediation will supercharge your mind, which means you will be able to accomplish more in less time and you will have the ability to focus on a task and block out any distractions making you more effective and efficient.

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How Stressed Are you?

Some amount of stress is healthy, but excessive stress, left untreated, can lead to anxiety and illness.  Too much stress makes you at best ineffective, and at worst physically ill.

Stress affects everyone but it is all about how we deal with the stress and how prepared we are.  Acute (sudden or short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems go on high alert and these stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation.  However, most of us face repeated stressful situations that if not dealt with put a strain on the body that contributes to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences.  90% of all ill health has a stress/ emotional component to it.

WHAT STRESS DOES TO YOUR BODY

HEAD: mood swings, anger, depression, irritability, anxiety, lack of energy, swings in appetite, concentration problems, sleep issues, headaches, mental health issues, anxiety disorders and panic attacks

SKIN: Skin problems such as acne, hives, rosacea

JOINTS AND MUSCLES: Aches and pains, tension, lowered bone density

HEART: Increased blood pressure, higher cholesterol, increased heart beat

STOMACH: stomach cramps, acid reflux, nausea, bloating, digestive issues, diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM: lower sperm count (men), increased pain during periods (women)

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Reduced ability to fight and recover from illness

 

Stress is immensely harmful to your health because your body reacts to it in the same way that it would react if you came upon a lion in the wild.  The reaction is not always to the same degree but there is no question that your sympathetic nervous system increases its output whenever you feel anxious, tense, frustrated, or angry (In other words, whenever you feel stressed).

The process of learning to control stress is life-long. Overcoming stress will not only contribute to better health, but it will also increase your resilience and your ability to succeed.  It is important to consider that no single method is always successful and that a combination of approaches is generally most effective

Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes are essential : enhance your overall health and stress resistance by getting regular exercise, eating a diet rich in a variety of organic vegetables particularly leafy greens, and avoiding alcohol and  caffeine.   Cut out sugar : Stressed spelled backwards is desserts and take a plant based natural magnesium supplement – remember that all supplements are not created equal!  Find out more about my go to magnesium supplement : Bodyprime.  This is the only magnesium supplement I use and recommend to all my clients and of all the supplements they use this is the one they order month in and month out.  It’s known in my clinic as the miracle mineral.  The benefits of magnesium for anxiety and stress are substantial, yet up to 75% of us are deficient.  You can read more about magnesium here and here

The best way to manage your stress in the short and long term is to learn coping strategies that you can use daily. Download my FREE 5 Simple and Easy Ways to Reduce Stress and you can start practicing these tips right away. Try one or two until you find a few that work for you. I recommend you practice these techniques until they become habits you can turn to when you feel stress.  Follow the link to get access to the FREE 5 Simple and Easy Ways to Reduce Stress : http://bit.ly/2Cr4ZW9

Mindfulness

 

Recently I have been very privileged and had an amazing time, going into 3 schools to show them hwo to meditate and pratcice mindfulness to help with stress and anxiety ……..

Three groups of students at Strood Academy, Longfield Academy and The Leigh UTC are participating in a six-week mindfulness trial designed to help with potential stresses leading up to examination season.

Facilitated by industry experts, Kerry Magdwick and Julie Murray, the first of three sessions took place on the 14th March.

Students were given an overview of how the brain works and the science behind stress before being taught a number of different techniques including meditation, deeper breathing and relaxation.

Students agreed to keep a daily log of their feelings and will meet up again three weeks after their initial session to cover other topics such as mindful eating.  Read more ………

I really enjoyed meeting all the students and staff and hope that everyone enjoyed attending the workshops as much as we enjoyed delivering them.  It is exciting to share such simple techniques that can make a massive difference and that students can take away and use for the rest of their lives to help them feel calm and confident in any situation.  Looking forward to the next workshops and hearing about everyone’s experiences with meditation and mindfulness.”

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WHY FEELING GRATEFUL WILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Feeling grateful

When we focus on what we have in our lives and what we are grateful it leads to an increased sense of well-being.   Having an attitude of gratitude helps you feel more positive and it helps to sustain that positivity in the long term.  Gratitude is about expressing thanks and appreciation for what we already have, rather than focusing on what we want or don’t have.  Studies show that by cultivating and attitude of gratitude we can increase our well-being and happiness; it is associated with increased energy, optimism.

Gratitude will change and improve your life; it has done for me and for my clients.  I get clients to start off by making a list of three things they are grateful for each day and then slowly increasing that to a list of 10 things.

I like to list at least five new and different things everyday that I am grateful for and use a gratitude journal for this.  If you need help to get started use these simple questions:

  1. What am I happy about in my life right now?
  2. What am I excited about in my life right now?
  3. What am I proud of in my life?

Spend 5 minutes every day and keep a note of what is going well in your life, this will become a constant reminder of what is good in your life and soon you will notice the more that you are grateful for, the more you have to be grateful for and if you struggle to list three things at first soon you will have a list of 10 or more things everyday that you are grateful for

Don’t feel grateful?

Don’t worry, when I first started, some days all I wrote down were that I was grateful my kettle worked and that I was grateful to have a roof over my head – we often tend to forget about the little things and life gets out of perspective.

If you still can’t think of any to be grateful for consider this

“If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.
 If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.
 If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.
 If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.”

Benefits of Gratitude

  • an improved sense of well-being
  • increases positive emotions
  • long-term happiness
  • decreased anxiety and depression
  • leads to better relationships
  • helps you feel more connected
  • can improve sleep quality as you have happy thoughts before you go to bed and to sleep
  • Gratitude make you stronger
  • It makes you a better person, you become more helpful and kind to other

Gratitude quite simply makes the world a better place, when you express your gratitude and are kind to others, they will pass this on.

There are a number of ways to develop and attitude of gratitude, keeping a gratitude journal as mentioned is one of my favourite ways but you can write a letter of gratitude to one person or to the people who have had a positive influence in your life.  You could also do a 21 Day Challenge – 21 days with no complaining, criticising, gossiping or negativity.  I do also have a charm bracelet with charms that represents things I am grateful for in life and things I love and I am reminded of these things whenever I wear my charm bracelet.

Once you start looking for things to be grateful for you will find more and more things to be grateful for and you start to appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasure s that life brings.  I have stopped taking things for granted, I am grateful for everything and everyone in my life, I am living and learning everyday and now mostly see the good in every situation or can at least see a positive outcome.  This is not always easy and it does take commitment and practice, so my challenge to you is start today.  Start bringing in an attitude of gratitude; don’t wait for things to happen in order to be grateful, be grateful for what you already have and start to look for the positive in every situation, it becomes easier over time with practice.

Let me know how having a attitude of gratitude works out for you, please share your experience with me by clicking here, and let me know if you want a copy of a FREE Gratitude Diary to get you started on one of the steps on your journey to Life-Long Health, Happiness and Abundance.

 

SUBCONSCIOUS MIND ASSUMPTIONS

Subconscious Mind

HOW MUCH WE ARE AFFECTED FROM OUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND ASSUMPTIONS?

by Kerry Madgwick as published on Watchfit

What you believe and perceive you will create – “As a man thinks so is he” this will be your experience whether it is good or bad.  Earl Nightingale said “You become what you think of most of the time”.  It may not be the truth but it will be you reality.

If your thoughts are negative you will always focus on the negative, finding problems instead of looking for solutions and the negative thoughts affect how you see the world and your assumptions about what is happening to you.  This creates a “victim” mentality as you always think things are happening to you.  When your thoughts are positive, you will always focus on what is going right, you take control of your thoughts which is empowering.  You create how you think and feel.  This is very simple, it may not be easy and it may require some work and commitment but I promise you it is worth it.  Try this quick and simple experiment : say “I am sad” out loud 5 times and then say “I am happy” out loud 5 times, just trust me and try this out and see how you feel, do you understand why what you say and think matters?

The most important decision you will ever make if whether or not we believe this universe is friendly or hostile – Albert Einstein

The thoughts you have about your life, your world, become your reality – physical changes happen due to what is happening in your mind – I am not saying that you can sit back and just think about it and not take action, but your thoughts and your beliefs create the environment to enable you to take inspired action to achieve your dreams.  Your sub-conscious affects your assumptions about the world and what you can and cannot do and this has been “programmed” throughout your life.

For example: if you keep telling yourself that you are sick and tired, you will always be sick and tired.   One of the most exciting things I discovered is that a belief is just a thought that you think over and over and over again – it is not necessarily true; it is just something that is formed via repetition and we can simply change our beliefs which I think is very exciting!!  Our brains are very efficient computers and they assess and filter information, and then either accept or reject this information based on our previous experiences.  Once the information is accepted it becomes a belief and then once it becomes a belief it is stored the same way a computer stores a programme.

Did you ever believe something as a child and then grew up to find it wasn’t true.  We were told things like if you pulled a funny face and the wind changed your face would stay that way ……now I know this is a funny belief and possibly something you may of questioned, but when we are told things repeatedly by people who are older than us, people we see as being in a position of authority who we think know better than us and when we don’t have anything to compare this to, we believe what we are told.  Most of us are “given” beliefs about relationships, health, ageing, money, careers etc that we never question and yet they have no basis in truth.

Take a close look at the beliefs you hold in all areas of your life, things like you have to work hard to get anywhere, Dr’s are always right, rich people aren’t happy, money is evil, we get sicker as we get older.  When I sat down and went through all the things I believed, I was amazed at how many beliefs I had that were not serving me and when I really questioned and explored these beliefs I was able to let them go and felt a sense of relief and freedom that I had not had before.

Think about the beliefs you have about your health, do you believe it is possible to have optimal health?  As Henry Ford said “if you think you can, or you think you can’t you are right”.  I like to get people to take action, you can read and read and read, learn everything there is to know but unless you take action nothing will ever change.  So here we go:

Write down at least 5 beliefs that you have right now.  If you have more than 5 keep you can do this in stages, the more you can work on and change the better but I don’t want this to be overwhelming so lets’ start with five.  As you write them down they may seem very solid or they may start to seem slightly silly when you write them down or say them out loud that’s OK, just write them down.

  1. Next read each belief out loud and ask yourself these questions:
  2. Is this really true?
  3. How do I know it is true?
  4. Is this belief serving me?
  5. Do I have proof that this is true?

If not, let it go.  Feel the sense of relief and the opening for you to form a new belief, a healthier belief that serves you?

Remember beliefs are your choice, are they serving you?  Are they stopping you form achieving your goals or dreams?   We do not need to change beliefs that serve us, for example if you believe you can heal yourself you can, this is a positive belief, it gives you the power and responsibility and will serve you when you are ill, if you believe that money is good, this is a great belief to have money is good it enables you to live the life you want, enables you go on holiday to relax and recharge and enables you to give back and help others when you have more money.

I know that you may have some beliefs that are not serving you and don’t seem as easy to change and this is where I use techniques such as Theta Healing® to change these to make sure they are serving us positively rather than negatively.

What would your life be like , without self limiting beliefs?   To change your life you need to change your mind!

Your personality, how you THINK,  ACT and FEEL  = Your Personal Reality!

What would your life be like without these thoughts

  • I need more money
  • Life is hard
  • I’m Not Good Enough
  • I’m not Open To Receiving 
  • I am not loveable
  • I have to suffer

These are just a sample of thoughts and beliefs that are running through your mind over and over again as long as they persist it is hard to change the way you THINK, ACT and FEEL!

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MEDITATION TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY

Meditation to Boost Productivty

as published on Watchfit

Meditation won’t necessarily make your work and life demands less demanding but it will give you the ability to see clearly so you can focus your attention on the most important tasks in any moment and this can make a huge difference to your productivity.  Rather than have an anxious brain moving from one task to another and let’s be totally honest, not doing any of the tasks effectively or efficiently,  it will help you to focus on one task at a time, complete this and move on to the next task which will boost your productivity.

If you do several tasks at one time, you can’t possibly do any of them to the best of your ability.

Researchers at the University of London have discovered that workers involved in multi-tasking experienced a sharper drop in IQ than if they had been smoking marijuana or had stayed up all night, and the more we multi-task the more we reinforce this habit of distraction.  You may do more but the quality is compromised and therefore, you are not as productive as you think you are.

The solution for this is meditation – meditation enhances focus, creativity and relaxation, daily mediation will supercharge your mind, which means you will be able to accomplish more in less time and you will have the ability to focus on a task and block out any distractions making you more effective and efficient.  The other benefits are:

  • Creativity: you can become more effective at problem-solving
  • Clears your mind to focus on one task at a time
  • Increases your energy and reduces fatigue
  • Reduces stress and procrastination
  • Let go of non-essential tasks that drain your time and energy
  • Promotes well-being which can increase motivation with everyday tasks
  • Mindfulness and awareness (being present in the moment) can help you enjoy what you are doing and when you enjoy what you are doing your productivity increases
  • New and fresh perspectives on day to day life and tasks that need to be completed

 

Studies show that advanced meditators have a high “mind brain development trait”. People with this trait show an eagerness to learn, are open-minded, calm and playful.  Their logical thinking and planning is enhanced and their brain resources are utilised more economically.  In simple terms people who meditate are able to focus easily and remain “in the zone” for longer periods of time.

So meditation can improve your productivity as well as your efficiency, it also reduces stress and increases focus, do you need more convincing?  By practicing mediation daily you can say goodbye to multi tasking, get everything done and be more relaxed about everything.

Personally, meditation has been life changing for me and I practice it daily, the benefits are not truly seen and understood until your start a daily meditation practice and there are many techniques you can use.  The two I use are Transcendental Meditation and The ThetaHealing® technique which is a meditation technique and spiritual philosophy to create a positive lifestyle.

 TWO SIMPLE TECHNIQUES TO TRY

Finding a meditation style that works for you is essential as the more regularly you can practice the more benefits you will see.  These are two simple technique that you can try, they can be used daily and can be used anywhere.

Scanning: Sit or lie comfortably and starting with you head working down through your neck to your arms, torso, legs and feet, notice if you feel any tension and release this, relax all these areas as you work through them, relax and focus on your breath for a few minutes, before opening your eyes and becoming more aware of what is going on around you.

Focus on the Breath:  Sit comfortably and focus on our breath, notice your inhalation and exhalation, let your tension go with each breath.  When you find your mind wandering just gently bring it back to your breath.

There are a number of apps and free guided meditations; you just need to find the right way for you.  So give it a try it and see how it works for you. It can take time to build up your meditation practice but you can just start with 5 minutes a day

If you need help with finding the right way to meditate for you then I would love to hear from you.  Connect with me by clicking here and find out how I can help you with your daily meditation practice. #happyandhealthy

WHY MEDITATION IS THE NEW “IN” THING

WHY MEDITITATION IS THE NEW _IN_ THING-1As published on Watchfit – Expert Contributor

Meditation is about purposefully practicing mindfulness in a way that flexes your mindfulness muscle making you more in tune and mindful. It is a means of transforming the mind.

Meditation is gaining popularity but in fact has been around for 1000’s and 1000’s of years and its health benefits have been known for centuries by those who practised it. It is now entering what I call the “main stream” as people’s lives get busier and busier and people are more and more stressed and looking for ways of stress relief and to find some area of calm in their lives, to be able to switch off from the pressure and find inner peace.

Many scientists conducted studies to understand the benefits of mediation and initially most experiments were conducted to find out the benefits of meditation on stress. However, they discovered that meditation helps to lower blood pressure, improves heart rate, breathing and most areas of the brain. Some studies have shown that meditation produces long lasting changes in the brain and helps with attention, memory, learning and conscious perception

If you are like me and tried to meditate and found it difficult, if you had the same experience I initially had thinking that I had to clear my mind of all thought, sitting in silence with no thoughts and what in fact happened was I felt more stressed and thought about all the things I could and should be doing and got very uncomfortable and I gave up – then I encourage you to keep reading.

I was fortunate enough to come across a FREE 21 day guided mediation that was 10 – 15 minutes a day and I learnt that contrary to what I thought, I could allow my thoughts to flow, the aim was to bring them back to a central point, this particular meditation used a mantra, but you use a candle and focus on the flame, or simply focus on your breath. Meditation can be simple and easy if you allow it to be and benefits can be seen in as little as 5 to 10 minutes a day.

I practice meditation daily and used two different techniques:

  • Transcendental Meditation and
  • The ThetaHealing® technique which is a meditation technique and spiritual philosophy – that creates a positive lifestyle.

7 BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

These are just some of the scientifically proven benefits, although sometimes it is not all about science and more about how you feel, connecting mind, body and spirit.

  1. Increased Immunity: relaxation and mediation appear to boost immunity giving you greater resistance to viruses and even tumours
  2. Emotional Balance
  3. Lowers Blood pressure
  4. Boosts fertility
  5. Anti-inflammatory : stress leads to inflammation which is linked to ill health, mediation can switch off the stress response
  6. Reduces anxiety and social anxiety
  7. Improved concentration and memory

Whilst meditation is not the solution on its own, it is one of the tools we can use. There is a lot of evidence that it may do some good for those who practice it regularly and from personal experience I can say that my meditation practice has been life changing. There are many large corporations, actors and schools that are now including meditation into their schedules and finding significant increases in productivity, and reduction of anxiety and anti-social behaviour.

I certainly think is worth a short ad everyone has a few minutes in the morning and in the evening, if you say you don’t have enough time then think of all the time you spend on facebook or in front of the TV and I am sure you can find 5 – 10 minutes a day to start your mediation practice. Give it a try and see what happens when you can start to quieten the mind, pay attention to your thoughts, observe them and let them go rather than reacting to them

TECHNIQUES TO TRY

Try some or all of the techniques below, find one that resonates and works for you. The more regularly you can practise them the more benefits you will see.

Scanning: Sit or lie comfortably and starting with you head working down through your neck to your arms, torso, legs and feet, notice if you feel any tension and release this, relax all these areas as you work through them

Focus on the Breath: Sit comfortably and focus on our breath, notice your inhalation and exhalation, let your tension go with each breath. When you find your mind wandering just gently bring it back to your breath.

Mantra: sit or lie in a comfortable position and repeat a simple mantra, allow your thoughts to come and go and just gently bring your focus back to the mantra,

Visualization: Imagine being somewhere that has happy memories for you and imagine any tension being released and feel those happy thoughts washing away the tension. Make your images as vivid and colorful as possible, remember any smells – you might find this challenging at fist but it does get easier every time you practice.

If you would like any help with your meditation practice and to find out more about mediation and improving your health connect with me by clicking here, I will share a free guided mediation with you and you can also find out how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, and get you started straightaway.