How to Stop Overeating This Holiday Season

As a child, the holidays probably made you think of presents and Santa Claus. Now that you are an adult, the first two things that come to mind are most likely to be ‘food’ and ‘stress’. Though the holidays are meant to be a joyous time, this particular combination of stress and food can, unfortunately, be quite disastrous for your mental and physical health.

During this Holiday Season, you might be wondering how to prevent Stress Eating. Today, let me walk you through some straightforward tips that will help you gain control over this destructive habit.

Know Your Signs of Stress

By first understanding how stress causes us to overeat, we can protect ourselves from binge eating during this demanding time of year. This understanding begins with knowing your signs of stress.

When things get hectic at work, do you start making more frequent trips to the coffeemaker or vending machine for some junk food or a fix of caffeine? If the answer is “yes”, then try to become aware of these signs that stress is beginning to take its toll on you.

Next, understand where such habits and cravings are coming from. Having low energy is a physical sign of stress, which explains why it’s so common to crave sugar when we are anxious. The good news is that by becoming aware of such stress habits, you are already on your way to overcoming them!

Learn Effective Stress Management

Once you have identified your stress habits, you can create an effective stress management plan. If your goal is to reduce stress eating (or drinking), think of a way to replace this bad habit with a good one.

One option is to plan ahead by having healthy, stress-relieving snacks on hand. That way, when you catch yourself reaching for a sugary snack to calm your frazzled nerves, you can go for something healthier instead. Snacking on a handful of nuts or a cup of yogurt will have a far better effect on your body and your mental state.

However, if you want to focus on cutting calories, you will need to decrease the overall amount you consume—something that takes quite a lot of willpower. Simply replacing an unhealthy snack with a healthy one isn’t going to stop you from overeating when anxiety kicks in.

Can you imagine yourself going for a run during the mid-day slump, instead of walking to the coffee shop for a Frappuccino to boost your energy levels? Perhaps this doesn’t seem possible now, but I’d like to tell you that you can actually achieve these goals. In fact, hypnosis is a wonderful way to help!

Are you ready for something new? With hypnosis, you can tap into your subconscious and rewire the way you think from the inside out. If you were never able to picture yourself as the type of person who stayed fit and active, well you can change that, and hypnosis might be your answer.

We offer a free screening to every client to ensure that hypnosis can work for them. Give us a call at (647) 210-8842 to find out what hypnosis can do for you!

Face Your Fears this Halloween

Halloween is more than just a day for costume parties: it heralds the start of what can be a very demanding holiday season. This time of year can be quite challenging for those who suffer from anxiety, particularly in social situations.

The good news is that fears of any kind can be faced and they don’t have to limit how you live your life. Having said that, the journey to overcoming fear begins with understanding.

What is anxiety?

This general term refers to several disorders, such as social anxiety, phobias, OCD, and PTSD. When you have anxiety, you feel nervous, afraid, or apprehensive and this constant feeling of worry affects how you behave.

Besides disturbing your emotional wellbeing, anxiety can manifest itself in significant ways through physical symptoms. Moreover, statistics have shown that one in four Canadians will have an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Clearly, this is not a matter to be overlooked.

Phobias are among the most common forms of anxiety. It may be a crippling fear of heights, flying, public speaking, going to the doctor, or even daily tasks such as driving or using bathrooms, that makes it seem impossible to face these situations.

If you have such a disorder, you may have learned to live with it. However, the truth is that there is no reason to let fear control your life, no matter how powerful it may seem.

How Can you Start Overcoming Fear?

On Halloween, fear becomes entertainment: we make scary costumes and watch horror movies on tv. In a way, we are facing our fears and making light of them. When we watch a scary movie we may jump in our seats but, at the end of the night, we can sleep peacefully because we know that it would be irrational to fear such things as gremlins and zombies.

Part of overcoming your anxiety is understanding, not only that there is often nothing to be afraid of, but also that worrying won’t help. For example, it may be helpful to know that the chance of dying in a plane crash is one in eleven million. Car crashes, on the other hand, are much more likely. However, fear will not protect you from danger.

Instead, when it comes to safety while driving, you can make sure to be mindful of the road, never drink and drive, always wear a seatbelt, and follow the speed limit. Being aware of the actual risk and taking practical steps to protect yourself will prepare you to face these situations with confidence.

Hypnosis for Anxiety

Unfortunately, for those with anxiety disorders, it is not always as simple as knowing the facts and being properly prepared.

If you are ready to try a new approach to get over your fears, then hypnosis might be a good method to try. We offer a free 40-minute screening to assess your situation and provide thorough and forthright information on how hypnosis works, and whether or not it can work for you. Please call (647) 210-8842 and see if hypnosis is right for you!

Our 5th Anniversary: A Reflection

This Month We Celebrate Our 5th Business Anniversary!

I’ve always enjoyed inspiring and empowering others to make changes, and becoming a hypnotist has allowed me to help people even more.

Whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, improve your confidence, or get over performance anxiety, it all starts with a desire to help yourself. Once you realize that it starts with YOU, and you make the decision that you want to start the change, your chances for success increase dramatically—no matter which modality of help you utilize.

Over these first 5 years, I’ve had some very interesting clients (with issues beyond the more common ones named above):

  1. A woman came to see me last year that had a frustrating habit of picking her skin. In just a few short weeks, she found a new way to deal with her stress and was able to eliminate her habit.
  2. There was a man who was an avid sailor for most of his life, and suddenly without any apparent reason, became fearful to get on his boat. When he was aboard, the stress and anxiety cut short every journey. By using hypnosis, he found new ways to deal with his fear, and once again found himself enjoying his passion and loving being out on the water again.
  3. I recently finished helping a man in his late 20’s who suffered from erectile dysfunction. He found that this performance anxiety had also caused so many problems in other areas of his life. Hypnosis helped him to regain his self-confidence to the point that he rekindled love with his partner, got engaged, and also has now begun the journey of finding a new job!
  4. The last story I wanted to share is about a pre-teen who is a gifted competitive hockey player, who started losing his edge after a coach dealt harshly with him. As his parent told me, “He can skate like the wind, and outplay and out-maneuver most on the ice, but he’s now lost his confidence.” Within a very short time with hypnosis, he was able to get back to his former-self while in the game. In addition, his parent commented on his increased focus on responsibilities at home, and also how his grades started to improve!

The common thread with these examples is that the clients all wanted to get help for themselves, and took the steps to do the same. Fantastic!

Our Clients Are #1

Even though I have just a few instances, of course, ALL of my clients are valuable and special to me. May 28th will be my 5th year anniversary, and my business is growing more each year. I’m happy to say that I actually learn more about life and hypnosis from each client that comes to work on their issues. The experience with each gives me even more tools to add to my resources that I can in turn use to help the next person.

From the very first person who came to me for help, to my most recent clients, I am grateful for their business and proud of all of them for taking the steps and having the courage and persistence to seek help for their issues.

I offer a free hypnosis screening to every client to assess whether hypnosis is going to work for them, and also if they are ready for hypnosis.

In addition, we have an incredible Anniversary Sale on right now! You can get $100.00 off any hypnosis program you sign up for. Just be sure to mention the code:  “HAPPY5TH” when booking to take advantage of the offer.

Hypnosis can help you take control of your own life and help you achieve your goals! Call now for your free 30-40 minute screening, and see if hypnosis is right for you:  (647) 210-8842.

Here’s to many more anniversaries!

Hypnosis For Relationship Issues

 

“Investing in your own growth and self-development isn’t selfish, it’s self-care.”

Inner Selves vs Outer Appearance

It amazes me how so many people will spend so much time and money investing in their outer appearance, but won’t spend a lot working on their inner selves, and their relationships. Almost all of us would find benefit in investing in our emotional well-being, and therefore, in turn, our relationships would most certainly improve. If you take care of yourself first, you are then in a better place to be a better partner.

With hypnosis, I help people work on themselves for a variety of issues. We often have things in our lives that get in the way. Smoking or excessive weight gain, for instance, can be a major problem that can affect your relationship, as many complain that their partners are not happy with the smell/look of them, etc.  More to the point, when we are not satisfied with ourselves and have stress, it can affect our relationships.

How Hypnosis Helps

Using hypnosis to help with your relationships is not like what you see in the movies or on television. I’m not going to put you in a “trance” and you can suddenly be the next Romeo or anything like that. Rather, many of my clients who come to see me for relationship issues, do so because they are stuck in a bad relationship, or are having trouble building a new one. It’s often easier to find faults in others, then to be introspective. While their partner may be part of the issue, some clients don’t often realize that a large part of the problem is within them. We become stuck.

Why suffer from the stress and anxiety associated with a bad relationship?

Invest in yourself. Learn to let go, develop techniques to help establish boundaries, and improve your overall health of relating. A healthy relationship starts with you. Hypnosis can be an incredible way to improve in so many areas of your life and help you to learn to take any negative thoughts and reframe them into positive ones.

I offer a free screening to every client to determine whether hypnosis is going to work for them, and also if they are ready for hypnosis. Plus I have an amazing sale on right now! You can get $100.00 off any hypnosis program you sign up for. Just be sure to mention the code:  “ITSPOSSIBLE2018” when booking to take advantage of the offer.

Hypnosis can help you take control of your own life, and help you to improve your relationships! Call now for your free 30-40 minute screening, and see if hypnosis is right for you:  (647) 210-8842

Hypnosis For Public Speaking

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” – Jerry Seinfeld

Public Speaking Is Very Common

The above is a very funny quote, but unfortunately the fear of speaking in public is more common that you may think. It is estimated that around 75% of people experience some form of anxiety when they speak in public. Often the real trouble starts hours, days and even weeks before the actual event. This leads to a feeling of fear that can become so strong, that one may even withdraw from doing the actual speech.

How Hypnosis Can Help

Fear of public speaking can be a very big problem if your job is dependent on your presenting and speaking in front of clients or staff. But what if you were so scared to talk in front of a crowd at a family function, that you were nervous to show up for the party?

I had one such instance with a client who came to me because her mother’s 70th birthday was approaching in a few weeks, and she knew that she was going to have to say something in front of the estimated 75 guests. She was so upset and terrified, and wasn’t sure how she was going to pull it off. Results of course do vary with individuals, but in her case, through her work with hypnosis, she was able to deliver the speech without a problem. She told me afterwards that she felt so good that she just wanted to keep speaking. She was overjoyed that her mother received a “heartwarming, clear sweet speech”.

Many have various amounts of stress, anxiety, and fear and also a lack of self-confidence when it comes to public speaking. Hypnosis can be a very effective way to help overcome the fear of public speaking, and get you on the road to rebuilding your confidence. Instead of being afraid, you can learn to take those negative thoughts and reframe them into positive ones. The hypnosis works by helping to remove your undesirable subconscious messages that cause your fears, so you feel more relaxed and in the moment.

Free Screening

At Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre, we offer a free screening to every client to determine whether hypnosis is going to work for them, and also if they are ready for hypnosis. Plus we have an amazing sale on right now! Receive $100.00 off any hypnosis program you sign up for. Just be sure to mention the code:  “ITSPOSSIBLE2018” when booking to take advantage of the offer.

Hypnosis can help you take control of your own life, and help you to let go of your fears! Call now for your free 30-40 minute screening, and see if hypnosis is right for you:  (647) 210-8842.

Positive Mindset

I am in charge of how I feel and today I choose happiness.” ~ Likainen Parketti

I really love this quote for many reasons; there is so much truth to it. One topic that I talk about in my speaking engagements is centered on the idea of “attitude”. Do you realize that only thing we truly have control over in our lives, is our attitude? We often get so stressed and feel anxiety over things that we have no influence over. While we cannot control how someone else acts towards us, we can control what we do when that energy gets to us. Will we absorb it? Deflect it? Step out of the way and let it go past us?…Simply put, we have the choice of what to do, how to handle it, and how we want our attitude to be.

It’s been said that when things are going really poorly, or you’re in a bad state, you should take a moment and be grateful for something. I know that can be challenging when things are bad, but finding gratitude in something (it can be as simple as that the sun is shining, or that you got up this morning breathing and alive) can be very beneficial in setting a positive mindset.

Hypnosis can be a very effective way to help get into a positive mindset. Many clients come to see me for stress, confidence and anxiety issues. One of the things I teach them is to change their way of thinking, and to be more mindful of their thoughts so that they approach situations and ideas in a more positive way.

But the one thing that is evident in all cases, is that you have to CHOOSE to have a positive mindset…or at least in the case of a new hypnosis client—choose to be OPEN to the idea of learning how to change your mindset.

Hypnosis can help you change your mindset, so that you can go through life with a more positive attitude. Call now for your free 30-40 minute screening, and see if hypnosis is right for you:  (647) 210-8842.

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