WHAT YOU CAN DO
Envisage future possibilities and take positive action
I can’t help but smile when I hear Timbuk 3’s pop song ‘The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades’. I don’t know if I would go that far but I am really enjoying longer daylight hours.
These past few days I have been spring cleaning my mind, letting go of old ways of thinking and making space for the new. I want to get excited about the future! The next step would ideally be proactive; taking steps to make new things happen, apart from just putting on my ‘shades’!
Get motivated and create opportunities
So what do you do if you are really struggling right now and taking those initial steps is proving difficult?
Thursday 4th March is University Mental Health Day:
As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is good to raise awareness about the impact this might be having on students’ mental health and wellbeing. For those close to graduating, worry about the changing nature of future employment could be taking its toll. Social interaction with fellow students is an incredibly enriching and important aspect of University life, making lockdowns and tier restrictions especially challenging.
Loneliness can lead to depression, disrupted sleep and even impact on our immune system. Not helpful if we are looking to feel more optimistic about the future and ready to embrace or create opportunities. Milton Berle states this in his well-known quote:
‘If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.’
So when the going gets tough, creating, or making the most of what opportunities there are, is crucial. Hope can then ignite and motivate us to take action. Being innovative in our approach can gives us a satisfying sense of ownership as we move towards our goals.
In his internationally acclaimed TED talk, Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson talks about the value of creativity within education. He also reminds us that unpredictability is inherent in the future.
We have all been living with uncertainty this past year or so. This can alert our primitive, emotional brain and put us on edge; ready to fight, flee or freeze if necessary. Ken Robinson talks about getting in touch with our authentic selves and being resourceful and creative in the way we approach life. A client recently said to me:
‘I finally feel like I am in touch with my real self!’.
She was so excited by this revelation.
Positively change the way you think
Solution focused hypnotherapy encourages us to focus more on flexible ways of thinking, building self-belief and confidence as we take steps to feel happier. This moves us out of our primitive mind where the fight/flight amygdala region of our thinking can take over and into the intellectual, sensible pre-frontal cortex region of the brain. When this becomes more our usual way of thinking it can help us to feel confident in our ability to make good judgements and respond well in all situations, including the unexpected.
Yes, of course we will run away if a polar bear is coming towards us. But being on red alert, just in case danger is lurking, is unhelpful. Anxiety, depression and anger are created by negative thinking where we are more likely to focus on the worst case scenarios. So thinking more positively and tanking up on resilience is really worthwhile during times of increased change and unpredictability.
Focus on what you can do now
Using hypnotherapy, I have supported many people as they find ways to overcome stress and anxiety related issues. They are then able to feel calmer, tap into their inner resources and find solutions to challenges.
Maintaining positive interactions with others can help significantly towards generating the feel good hormone serotonin and motivate us to do more of what we know is good for us. I have seen even the most technologically averse get outside their comfort zone and now regularly interact through video calls, experimenting with different backgrounds and having fun with it! Other clients are feeling more connected to people in their communities by greeting them on their daily walk, getting involved with local charities or joining online groups. The focus is on what we can do and reaping the benefits in the present, which puts us in a better position to handle the future.
‘The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.’ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Believe in yourself and aim high
As a species, humans have had to learn how to adapt to survive and evolve. Where hypnotherapy can help is, not just on the surviving and getting by, but also with the idea we can thrive. Stimulating motivation, thinking creatively and actively taking steps to make things happen are powerful catalysts for beneficial change. Hypnotherapy can help you stay calm, focused and on the right track as you move towards your truly authentic and best self, so that you can grow into a happier you with a brighter future.
If you would like to learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you feel confident and enjoy life, give me a call or drop me an email. Take that first positive step and have your shades to hand, just in case it gets so bright! After all:
‘Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.’ Roy T. Bennett
A little bit about Emma
Emma Victoria Tranmer MA (Hons) PGCE HPD DSFH Member of the AfSFH, is an experienced and fully accredited Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapist.
I specialise in helping people overcome anxiety and stress related issues. Having undergone hypnotherapy myself for anxiety and seeing the amazing benefits it has brought for me, I enjoy helping others do the same. Working as a hypnotherapist is incredibly rewarding and my love of learning and personal growth means I am always looking at ways to further my own professional development and skills in what I do. Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues and I see clients with varied challenges like addictions, phobias, disturbed sleep, panic attacks and depression.
Book an Appointment with Emma
You can take positive steps to help you attain a hopeful perspective so you can move forward. Hypnotherapy can help you find the tools and inner resources to do this; step by step. Become the confident, healthier, happier you!
At Emma Victoria Hypnotherapy I offer a FREE Initial Consultation where you can meet me and find out more about what I do. This will also give me the opportunity to understand where you are in your life right now and what you would like to achieve.
There may be something else that you, or someone you might know, is struggling with at the moment. Give me a call on 07550 098029 to discuss in strictest confidence.
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Take positive steps, now, to feel calmer, happier and more in control.