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Tips For Kicking Those Bad Habits That Are Damaging Your Health

getting rid of bad habits and choosing a healthy lifestyle

Most people go through life eating, working, socialising, without thinking much certain about how their actions affect their bodies. We may notice the effects our bad habits are having when we feel under the weather or have problems sleeping; but while we can make some connections between physical symptoms and our habits we are unaware of the real damage to our health and what to do about it.

Read on to see whether you recognise any of the problems and symptoms of these common things that can result in bad habits.

  1. Diet

By eating a healthy diet, you can have a good effect on your body, brain and keep your weight under control. If you are eating a diet low in nutrients or foods that are bad for your body this can have long-term effects on your brain.

When you actively eat foods that damage your health, long-term your brain becomes exposed to cellular inflammation and this damages some cells that can cause development of diseases like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Also food containing sugars and saturated fats like burgers, cakes and french fries can have detrimental effects on your brain. To stop this, you can start eating healthy foods: fruits, whole grains, fish and vegetables which are rich in antioxidants and these will fight damaging effects of inflammation.

  1. Stress

Stress and anxiety such as relationship issues, work commitments, family problems and financial issues can cause you to develop habits that can damage your health. Some stress is good when working hard towards your goals, but excess stress can lead you to eat too much of the bad foods. Stress can trigger a sympathetic nervous response that makes your breathing quicken and heart breath faster releasing cortisol.

After you calm down your parasympathetic nervous response kicks in which leads to you to relax. Chronic stress can make you forget things and be more anxious and perform badly at work. You may revert to bad habits like smoking, overeating or drinking too much. When you feel tense and anxious there are deep relaxation techniques, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and visualisation techniques that can help you get in control of the overwhelm.

  1. Exercise

An active lifestyle can help you not only stay physically fit but also keeping organs like your heart and lungs functioning better and maintaining your optimal weight. Exercise can also help keep you mentally acute and helps your cognitive health too. Movement improves physical and mental health, releases endorphins and keeps you looking young and healthy.

Even just walking for about 20 minutes a day is positive for your brain and can improve your cognitive brain functioning. It will mean making better decisions with your food habits, help you keep focused despite the many distractions around and help with conflicts that may arise.

  1. Sleep

Sleep can also enhance your health and well being. If you struggle with your sleep patterns, you will wake up irritable, tired and not able to concentrate on your work or at your studies. Lack of sleep can interfere with your brain function and you may resort to bad habits, such as eating junk foods to give you energy to work.

If you know that you struggle with sleep then aim to eat healthy foods in the evening – not chocolate or biscuits at night – also avoid caffeine or drinking alcohol before you go to bed.

  1. Willpower

Define the goals and set a time limit that is realistic with what you want to achieve by kicking the bad habits. It can be hard and emotional, but persistence will make you succeed.

If you can acknowledge your bad habits, take active steps with commitment and tailor your attitudes to match them, you will make positive changes to the bad habits that can damage your health.

If you would like help removing bad habits from your life, book a free 30 minute consultation with me to see how clinical hypnosis and cognitive behaviour therapy can help.

Kick Those Bad Habits With These Techniques!

Try a few of these techniques:

  • Recognise what your bad habits are and the reasons for doing the things that you regret later. Are they stress related or are you bored? Do they occur when you are doing a routine or do they occur in certain situations? Understand what your rewards for your vices are, what your triggers are and why your bad habits show up.
  • Replace the habit with a positive habit like replacing junk foods with starting a new exercise class. This will take up less of your mental energy rather than cutting the bad habit out of your life. Willpower is a finite resource, so make it easy by distracting yourself with healthier habits.
  • Don’t try to stop or contain your thoughts. If you are saying in your mind that you should eat that cake then all you will think of is that cake. So take away the temptations and surround yourself with healthy snacks.
  • Change your environment or routines that are related to the bad habits. If you stop to buy a chocolate bar on the way to work, go a different way to avoid passing the shop. If you want a cigarette when you go out with friends, cut down on socialising for a short time to give yourself the best chance of quitting.

Kicking bad habits takes a certain amount of willpower and a good understanding of how your mind works. You need to work with these mental patterns rather than fighting against them.

If you find it hard to make long-term changes to your bad habits, attitudes or behaviours clinical hypnosis with cognitive behaviour therapy can help. It can identify the issues and triggers that cause your bad habits, and make healthier suggestions that will help you improve your health and wellbeing.

Contact me for a chat about your individual situation – click here.

Never give up on your dreams

Never give up on your dreams

Most people don’t believe in themselves and find it difficult to think big. When things get tough they often give up on their dreams and don’t achieve the things they are capable of.

But I want people never to give up on themselves. I want them to be positive and resilient, live a full life and be able to achieve success with their goals.

To illustrate, I will tell you a story about Puddles, the frog.

Puddles was a handsome prince that had been turned into a frog by a wicked witch. A lesser frog would have given up but Puddles always believed in himself.

A princess came around. She saw the handsome “prince” in him and agreed to his request to kiss him…mmmuaaaaahh!

Puddles thought that he would live happily ever after!

But real life is not always as simple and easy as a fairy tale. And sometime later, one afternoon while he was swimming in the Royal lake, Puddles had a rather scary encounter with a hungry stork.

Other frogs would have lost out in that encounter but not our Puddles. Despite facing what seemed like an impossible situation, Puddles focussed on what he could do, took action and saved the day for himself.

 

And therein lies a lesson for the rest of us.

After his escape from the stork, Puddles got back to his palace and began to think about how he could make himself helpful to others.

He thought about the many people he knew who did not like the way they looked and felt about themselves. Ugly frogs in themselves they were looking at rather than the handsome princes/princesses they really were.

In a flash of enlightenment he knew what he had to do.

To reach out and help people see themselves as they really were, he decided to become a Therapist.

He did that…and he hasn’t looked back since!

I am Andrea and I am not a frog…or a prince!….but in some ways my story is similar.

I faced really difficult times in my life when I almost felt like giving up. But I was able to persevere and overcome challenges…even when circumstances seemed really bad.

And these difficult times provided deep motivation for me to become a clinical hypnotherapist and to help other people. I now help my clients through difficult times so they never give up and can continue to pursue their dreams.
“Tell me about it! I’m listening!”

I know that sometimes unpleasant things in life happen that are quite beyond your control. Other people can treat you badly. People around you may be disregarding you or taking you for granted. Your relationships can turn bitter, sometimes through no fault of your own. Situations at home or at work can be oppressive and even scary.

How do we deal with these issues?
We have to start by looking after ourselves and sometimes that means getting help from a professional. Its only when we are happy with ourselves that we are able to help others.
We can then go about helping relatives, friends and maybe even strangers see and bring out the really beautiful part of themselves.
Sometimes we try to cope through hard times by ourselves but often its much more powerful and effective to reach out for help.

A professional clinical hypnotherapist can provide empathy and support but, more importantly, the tools to help you see life’s challenges differently and to change bad habits and overcome fears that may have been holding you back.

If you want any information on how Clinical Hypnosis can help you be more confident, reach your goals believe in yourself and never give up, call me now or book your 15 minute free phone consultation http://bit.ly/1GG130U

Hypnotherapy can help you not just dream big but give you the confidence to pursue those dreams actively and achieve greater success in your life.

Your guide to stop smoking for good, with Hypnotherapy in surrey

stop smoking guide

Anti-smoking campaign design: cigarette butt

 The very first few weeks without a cigarette are the hardest without hypnotherapy.

Your body is fighting your addiction to cigarettes.

You can get through the physical cravings for a cigarette.

Find the right method that works for you.

Talking to the right professional makes a huge difference to your chances to quit for Good and stay that way.

Quitting for good works if you Believe that you can do it.

Clinical Hypnotherapy has been successfully used to quit smoking because it gets right to the source of your smoking habit. Hypnotherapy is all about helping you make the changes in your habits and behaviours, but it does not make you do what you do not want to do.

“Change takes place when people take action. Real change takes place when people persist in taking action over a period of time”.

 

 Why would you go to a hypnotherapist to stop smoking?

  • To stop smoking.
  • To experience guided relaxation.
  • To learn how to tap away the cravings to smoke.
  • To be in control of your smoking habit.
  • To effectively use mental and emotional strategies to become a confident non-smoker.
  • To participate in a skilful blend of information exchange, guidance and therapeutic techniques to create a permanent behavioural exchange.
  • To become aware of the real drivers of your smoking habit and to develop alternative coping strategies.

Most smokers will say that they are addicted to nicotine but they misuse the
 term addicted. People who are truly addicted to a substance need to have
 that substance to stop going into withdrawal. I am speaking of dealing with
 those symptoms to an addiction that can be life-threatening in some cases. I have worked with quit smoking
 as well as other addictions and the difference between them is huge.

When one stops smoking cigarettes or other nicotine based substances, they may become irritable, feel as if something is missing, feel uncomfortable or feel a desperate urge to light a 
cigarette because that is what they do after a meal, or when they go to the toilet or have a coffee.

How can Hypnotherapy help you to stop smoking? 

  • Hypnotherapy in surrey can help your motivation and to gain serious willpower to quit smoking.
  • Clinical hypnotherapy techniques are much more likely to help you quit smoking rather than by using willpower alone.
  • It also provides an opportunity for you to see yourself as feeling great and a confident non-smoker.
  • The hypnotherapist will teach you ways to relaxation techniques that help with stress/anxiety that makes you reach out for a cigarette in the first place.
  • Self- hypnosis is also taught that can use to feel calm and in control and not giving your control to a cigarette stick.

You will also keep a record of your progress as you go through the stages of stop smoking (writing in a journal):

  1. Think about the reasons why you started to smoke in the first place, why you keep doing so and further where are you likely to smoke.
  2. Managing your triggers like going to the gym, keep busy, take deep slow breaths, get your family and friends to support you and finally keep the reasons why you quit in the first place in a note in your wallet to remind yourself your motivation.
  3. On the day you have quit avoiding temptation get support and handling the stress will make this an easier process.
  4. Relax and get plenty of sleep.

Once you have stop smoking, you will look back at the money, energy, time and life you have wasted on this habit.

Call me, Andrea Smith to find out more about how Clinical Hypnotherapy can help, so that you can finally being able to breath easier because you have Quit Smoking.