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Hypnosis Weight Loss Program

Hypnosis Weight Loss Program

Hypnosis Weight Loss Program is an effective way to enhance the success rate of your weight loss program. Hypnosis has been used to help with many different issues related to weight loss, including, binge eating, snacking, anxiety disorders, stress, panic attacks, procrastination and lack of self-confidence.

Essentially hypnosis is effective for most issues identified as stress or anxiety related, including alleviating the discomfort of skin disorders, such as eczema and other disorders often resulting from stress or anxiety.

The following excerpt is from an article on Oprah Winfrey’s site …

by Harvard Medical School psychotherapist Jean Fain

  • Many don’t realize that adding trance to your weight loss efforts can help you lose more weight and keep it off longer.
  • Hypnosis predates carb and calorie counting by a few centuries, but this age-old attention-focusing technique has yet to be embraced wholeheartedly as an effective weight loss strategy.
  • Until recently, there has been scant scientific evidence to support the legitimate claims of respected hypnotherapists, and a glut of pie-in-the-sky promises from their problem cousins, stage hypnotists, hasn’t helped.
  • Even after a persuasive mid-nineties reanalysis of 18 hypnotic studies showed that psychotherapy clients who learned self-hypnosis lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t (and, in one study, kept it off two years after treatment ended), hypnotherapy has remained a well-kept weight loss secret.
  • Unless hypnosis has happily compelled you or someone you know to buy a new, smaller wardrobe, it may be hard to believe that this mind-over-body approach could help you get a handle on eating.
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Combining hypnosis with a common-sense diet and quality exercise program greatly increases the likelihood of achieving and maintaining the weight loss desired.

Hypnosis helps a person become more focused, while in a calm, relaxed state.

Guided visualization with verbal patterns, soft music, and repetition are often used by hypnotherapist’s to induce a hypnotic state. The mind calms down and goes into a peaceful, calm and relaxed state. Worries disappear and the conscious mind idles, as the subconscious mind comes active.

The subject becomes open to positive suggestions to follow to achieve their desired outcome. Using hypnosis to supplement other weight loss techniques, allow the person to be more at ease and more likely to stay on their dietary and exercise plan.

A suggestion, for example, might recommend “eat food more slowly and enjoy every bite thoroughly”. This slows down the eating process and improves digestion, increases the pleasure of eating and reduces food intake, as the feeling of being hungry will be satisfied sooner.

Hypnosis is not a “magic pill”, which will suddenly make you lose weight, no matter what you eat and what you drink.  It is essential that the therapy is combined with a change in your eating habits and choice of food. Exercise is also essential to burn off the calories you do consume.

As mentioned earlier, hypnosis is an effective weight loss technique, provided it is used as part of an overall diet plan which involves smart eating and moderate exercise.  Hypnosis alone will not help you achieve the weight loss you desire.

Hypnosis will make you calmer and more willing to do the things necessary to achieve the weight loss you want, but only if you are willing to put in the effort to make the necessary changes and keep up the good habits of sound eating and quality exercise.

You cannot expect to lose weight by eating tons of sweets and fast food every day, even if you are seeing a hypnotherapist.

Common sense, eating the right foods consistently, getting in quality exercise regularly, and using hypnosis to help relieve the stress you may be feeling and to reinforce the positive emotions and desires of wanting to lose weight in order for weight-loss hypnosis to work for you.

Hypnosis alone will not enable you to lose the weight you desire, but as part of a proper lifestyle program of healthy eating and quality exercising, hypnosis can help to increase your success at losing weight and keeping it off long term.


Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

The fasted way to relax is by using simple Breathing Exercises for Relaxation.

Try this the next time you are relaxed, consciously notice how your body feels. This state can be achieved through simple breathing exercises as noted below.

Deep breathing is the best way to reduce body stress. As you breathe deeply, a message is sent to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then relays this message to your body which calms down.

The stress-related effects, such as increased heart rate, uncontrolled breathing, and high blood pressure all return to normal as you achieve your state of relaxation.

  • Breathing exercises for relaxation, are a good way to enter a state of relaxation, reduce tension, and relieve stress on both the mind and body.
  • Breathing exercises for relaxation are very easy to learn and can be used anywhere at anytime.
  • Experiment to see which exercises for relaxation work best for you.
  • You may find that one works best in a situation and another works best in a different situation.

What are Breathing Exercises for Relaxation?

Given their positive effects on body and mind, many different breathing exercises for relaxation have been developed. The breathing exercises below will help you relax however you may find modifying them for your own use is more effective. It is often a very personal thing, as we all breathe differently depending on our body and our level of stress or anxiety.

Breathing Exercise for Relaxation #1 – Belly breathing

Belly breathing the easiest exercise and yet is very relaxing.

Use this basic exercise anytime you find yourself needing to relax or relieve stress quickly. You can do this anywhere without attracting unwanted attention or concern.

  1. Sit (or lie flat) in a comfortable position.
  2. Put one hand on your belly, just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest, just above your breast.
  3. Breath in slowly, through your nose, and allow your belly to expand. Your chest should not move.
  4. Breathe out slowly, through barely open lips, as if you were whistling. Your hand on your belly can be used to push all the air out.
  5. Repeat this 3 to 5 times, in a calm and rhythmic way, taking your time with each breath.
  6. Take note of how you feel, at the end of the exercise. Did you achieve your “Relaxed State”

More Advanced Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

Once you have mastered belly breathing, try one of the three more advanced breathing exercises.

  • 4-7-8 breathing
  • Roll breathing
  • Morning breathing

4-7-8 breathing

This exercise also uses belly breathing to help you relax. You can do this exercise either sitting or lying down.

  1. Put one hand on your belly, and the other on your chest, as in the belly breathing exercise.
  2. Take a deep, slow breath from your belly, and silently count to 4 as you breathe in.
  3. Hold your breath, and silently count from 1 to 7.
  4. Breathe out completely as you silently count from 1 to 8. Time it so all of the air out of your lungs by the time you reach a count of 8.
  5. Repeat 3 to 7 times, or until you feel calm.
  6. Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.

Roll breathing

Roll breathing, helps you learn how to use your full lung capacity and to focus on the rhythm of your breathing.

You can do it in any position.

  1. Again, put your left hand on your belly and your right hand on your chest.
  2. Practice filling your lower lungs by breathing so that your “belly” (left) hand goes up when you inhale and your “chest” (right) hand remains still. Always breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Do this 8 to 10 times.
  3. When you have filled and emptied your lower lungs 8 to 10 times, add the second step to your breathing: inhale first into your lower lungs as before, and then continue inhaling into your upper chest. Breathe slowly and regularly. As you do so, your right hand will rise and your left hand will fall a little as your belly falls.
  4. As you exhale slowly through your mouth, make a quiet, whooshing sound as first your left hand and then your right-hand fall. As you exhale, feel the tension leaving your body as you become more and more relaxed.
  5. Practice breathing in and out in this way for 3 to 5 minutes. Notice that the movement of your belly and chest rises and falls like the motion of rolling waves.
  6. Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.

Practice roll breathing daily for several weeks until you can do it anywhere at anytime you need to relax.

Caution: Some people get dizzy the first few times they try roll breathing, as breathing too fast may result in a feeling of lightheadedness, slow your breathing, in this case, and always get up slowly.

Start Your Day With Morning breathing

When you first get up in the morning use this exercise to relieve muscle stiffness and clear clogged breathing passages.

Then use it throughout the day to relieve back and muscle tension.

  1. From a standing position, bend forward from the waist with your knees slightly bent, letting your arms dangle close to the floor.
  2. While you slowly and deeply inhale, return to a standing position, by rolling up slowing, lifting your head last.
  3. Hold your breath for a count of three, in this standing position.
  4. Exhale slowly, as you roll down to the original position, bending forward from the waist.
  5. Your lungs should be empty as you reach the original position, then repeat 3 or 4 times
  6. Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.


Stress Reduction Techniques

Stress Reduction Techniques – Easy Things You Can Do

Implementing stress reduction techniques are critical to our happiness and creating a peaceful and enjoyable lifestyle in this stressful hi-tech, demanding world we live in.  There are many ways to combat stress, some of which we have highlighted to help guide you to a state where you can get past the limiting, destructive forces of stress and anxiety.

Take Action on Stress:

  • Ask yourself “Am I stressed, or am I in denial?”
  • Make a mindful decision to act upon your situation
  • Knowing an unpleasant situation is going to change, will immediately make you feel better
  • Stress reduction techniques allow the body to regenerate balance in your cells, body, and mind

Learn to Use Your Body’s Feedback:

  • Think of a secret experience or place that you can visualize, whenever you wish to relax.
  • Find a vision that will allow you to shed all stress from your body
  • Generate positive thoughts in your mind
  • Initiate a physical action such as deep breathing that brings you peace and calm.

Make Exercise Fun:

  • Don’t overlook the emotional and psychological benefits of regular exercise.
  • Giving yourself a break to do something enjoyable will make you feel great.
  • If you’re unsure whether to work out or not, just remind yourself of how you will feel, after your exercise routine.

Deep Breathing:

  • Practice deep breathing to re-energize and rejuvenate your mind and body.
  • These simple stress-reduction techniques release hormones which influence your mood and produce an extra relaxed and favorable mindset while releasing physical tension from the muscles.

Begin the Day Prepared

  • Prepare for the coming day, the evening before
  • Start the day early in an unhurried organized way
  • Start the day with confidence and stick to your agenda

Take a Step Back

  • Walk away from stressful situations, and find a peaceful place, to sit and take stock of the situation.
  • Do a deep breathing routine and envision yourself far away from the stress, in a special place
  • You may choose a deserted beach or a forest trail, whatever is serenity to you.

Modify Your Own Issues

  • Change those stressful variables, which you can
  • Strengthen your ability to deal with the issues you can not transform
  • Be innovative, find concessions, examine and reframe problems to create win-win outcomes

Adopt An Exercise Routine

  • Physical workout enhances both the physical and mental health
  • It will make you feel much better about yourself
  • Feeling healthy generates increased self-confidence and self-image
  • When self-confidence and esteem are raised we feel far more positive about ourselves

Hypnosis and Guided Meditation

  • Guided Meditation utilizes the same induction methods as hypnosis
  • In fact, many of our life experiences are done in trance-like states that we put ourselves in throughout the day.
  • Daydreaming, becoming engrossed in a movie or book, driving a car and not remembering where or how you got to where you are … all of these are examples of hypnotic trance.
  • Hypnotherapy or guided meditation are excellent ways to obtain release from tension and stress.
  • These are perfectly natural stress reduction techniques, without using chemicals or drugs of any kind
  • Your body already contains the natural hormones and chemicals which it needs to create calm
  • Your body is flooded with a pure, cleansing and relaxing state of calm, peace and joy

Have a Positive Outlook

  • Expect things to go right
  • Expect individuals to be great
  • You will likely discover that’s exactly what takes place!

Place Emphasis on Quality

  • Focus on your tasks and do them well
  • Concentrate on the work at hand
  • Forget whatever else you have to do.

Do Not Depend on Your Memory

  • Record visits
  • Create to-do lists
  • Write down instructions
  • Produce order from mayhem

Tension Affects the Whole Person

  • Body
  • Mind
  • Feelings
  • Habits

All aspects of our lives are impacted by stress and tension.

Simple, repetitive activities can alleviate these feelings and generate overall calm and peacefulness.

Seek Professional Assistance

  • A professional hypnotherapist can provide specific services focused on your personal stress-triggers, often they are not what you think, but the result of a learned “truth” from childhood
  • Hypnosis is by far the most effective stress reduction technique
  • Hypnotherapy has been proven, in controlled studies, to be more effective than medications and other counseling services
  • Past events can influence your current thinking and cause uncontrolled anxiety and tension in our day to day lives
  • Hypnotherapy can eliminate those influences and replace them with positive feelings
  • Most professional hypnotherapists will offer you an opportunity to learn self-hypnosis, so you can reinforce and strengthen your resolve

Do Something Exciting

  • Get away from it all, even if it’s just for one day
  • Go to a concert or event that you will enjoy
  • Take regular weekend breaks where you can leave your work behind
  • Force yourself to book a vacation annually
  • Engage in activities away from computer and mobile phones, to recharge your own batteries
  • Local day trips can be very therapeutic, you do not have to travel around the world to exotic destinations

Write it Down.

  • Do a “brain dump” in writing, about your feelings and issues
  • Don’t worry about format, grammar or structure just get your thoughts on paper without filtering or overthinking them (or computer)
  • Ask yourself WHY you feel or react or see things that way
  • Keep asking WHY, until you discover the root issue or problem
  • Begin to look at your true thoughts, feelings, and sensations objectively
  • Look at these problems, without emotion, and identify what needs to change
  • Create a master plan, timeline, and goals
  • Put them into action and settle all of your issues

Speak With Someone You Can Trust

  • Talking it over with a friend, spouse or partner who is willing to listen, can help to de-clutter the mind and allow you to clarify your feelings
  • Talking about an issue will allow you to see it more objectively, and help you to plan suitable action to soothe tension
  • If you don’t have anyone you can trust completely, create a recording of yourself on your mobile phone while out walking or sitting at the beach or park
  • Play it back and analyze your comments objectively
  • Listen to it more than once to ensure you do not miss any subtle comments which might be a clue to the root issue

Discover How to be Forgiving

  • Most people are functioning at the most effective level they can
  • Discover a way to be forgiving and understanding
  • People make mistakes, and like you, need understanding and acceptance of their imperfections
  • Forgiveness will generate good feelings within you as you release that negative influence from your mind

Quit Procrastinating

  • Remove procrastination from your life
  • It is a significant contributor to stress
  • Do not put tasks off until tomorrow
  • Do things today
  • Adopt a”DO IT NOW” attitude

Learn to Say “NO”

  • Change your dynamics
  • Enable yourself to express your feelings
  • Act the way you want to
  • Learn to be assertive in difficult situations
  • Imagine how liberating that will make you feel

Manage Your Time – Be Organized

  • Plan and record your time
  • Plan and arrange your life
  • Offer yourself more space and opportunity
  • Take time to Prepare
  • Trust the process
  • Establish an agenda
  • Don’t waste time stressing about things over which you have no control

Don’t be Late

  • Give yourself more time to do tasks
  • Do not put yourself in a situation where you are pressed to perform
  • Wake up a little earlier
  • Leave a little earlier for appointments
  • Never leave tasks to the last moment.

Break tasks into smaller pieces.

  • Separate tasks into smaller pieces
  • Determine exactly what is causing trouble
  • Separate problems causing you stress and anxiety into smaller more manageable components

Permit Yourself Some Personal Time

Each day, ensure you set aside an exclusive time for YOU to experience tranquility, quiet as well as contemplation.

  • Guided Meditation – recorded or live sessions with a professional will create an amazing state of relaxation
  • Visualization – the imagination is a calming and peaceful refuge
  • Meditation – generate tranquility in your life from within
  • Muscle Relaxation – generate deep relaxation, loosening up those muscles
  • Massage therapy – muscle relaxation through physical massage by a professional, friend or life partner
  • Aromatherapy – pamper yourself with the aromas of essential oils
  • Positive Affirmations – repeat phrases regularly, multiple times a day, to embed positive affirmations in your mind
  • Yoga – participate in a blend of reflection as well as gentle activity and stretching
  • Shiatsu – harmonizing as well as deeply relaxing
  • Hot Water – enjoy a hot shower or take a bath, relax and let your mind wander
  • Daydream – allow your mind to imagine and dream, accessing the subconscious, enjoying the peace and serenity
  • Romance or Intimacy – enjoy a close intimate moment, before going to sleep, even a hug or prayer will help
  • Eat Healthily – take time to eat healthy foods and enjoy your meals
  • Digest Properly – consuming food gradually to promote digestion, and rest after your meal
  • Sufficient Sleep – make sure you get enough sleep.
  • Awaken Refreshed – proper sleep should result in waking with energy to function throughout the day
  • Reduce Caffeine – cut down on the amount of coffee and tea consumed during the day
  • Eat Breakfast – a morning meal to kick-start your day is essential
  • Nourishment – good nourishment will improve your resistance to illness and reduce tension
  • Live in the Moment- take pleasure in the events that occur throughout your day
  • Laugh – find something that makes you grin or laugh out loud
  • Laughter – a great stress-buster because it’s hard to be distressed while you’re having a good time!

Do your study, and try some of these stress reduction techniques … find the activity/therapy which is ideal for you.

Keep in mind,

Enjoy life to its fullest, take time EVERY DAY to do something that YOU take pleasure in!

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