Put Your Mask on First: A Simple Self-Care Plan

Today, I want to talk about making a self-care plan in three simple steps:

  1. Talk to Someone
  2. Take Time for You
  3. Try Deep Relaxation

Many people who come into my office have been so busy taking care of other people and other things that they have completely neglected caring for themselves—often for years on end.

In many cases, it can feel like we don’t have a choice. We have family to look after, children to care for, and so many other things that we allow to take priority over caring for ourselves.

But what happens when we neglect self-care? We can’t keep going forever. Eventually, we break down and become unable to help anyone. It’s sort of like ignoring the oil-light that goes on in your car. If you ignore it for too long, then your car breaks down and it won’t work any longer.

If you can’t help yourself, how can you help anyone else? When I talk to clients with this problem, I remind them of airplane safety: always put your oxygen mask on first.

So here are three simple steps you can take toward prioritizing self-care.

1. Talk to Someone

Do you have someone who will hear you out when you just need to talk?

Perhaps there is a close family member or best friend you can call who will take time to hear your thoughts when you need a place to air them. Or maybe you need to talk to someone who is disconnected from your day-to-day life, such as a long-distant friend or even a therapist.

Don’t underestimate how important this is. Make sure you have someone to talk to every now and then, so that you don’t have to feel like you’re carrying all of your burdens alone.

2. Take Time for You

Take a look at your calendar.

How many people own your time?

There’s your boss, your family, friends, coworkers. Once all of their needs are scheduled in, I bet there isn’t much time left just for you.

You need to make that time. Schedule it in and keep it sacred.

Perhaps “me-time” for you, is doing things like taking a long walk every morning, sitting in the park and reading a book during your noon break, or listening to your favorite music while relaxing in the tub after dinner.

How you take time for yourself is completely up to you, but two things are important.

First, make sure everyone knows you’re unavailable. Switch off your phone. Tell the kids you’re going to be out of reach for an hour. Ask your partner to give you some time alone.

Second, do something that relaxes and rejuvenates you. Don’t think about work, and don’t do anything that makes you tense. Give your mind and body a break. Let your thoughts wander and find inspiration.

3. Try Deep Relaxation

Do you struggle, even when you have found time for yourself, to quiet your mind and find relaxation? Let’s face it: this isn’t easy.

In such a high-paced, inter-connected world, thoughts buzz around our head at a rate equivalent to activity levels on Twitter during the Oscars. It’s no wonder we struggle to disconnect!

But it’s at times like this where a tried-and-proven tool such as hypnosis can come in.

Hypnosis puts you in a state of deep relaxation, so you can finally let go of all the stress that is muddling your mind and interfering with your progression.

Hypnosis is a scientifically tried-and-proven tool that can help you re-program your mind through a state of deep relaxation.

At my office, I offer a free screening to see if hypnosis is right for you. So, when you’re ready to take the next step in your self-care plan, give us a call at (647) 210-8842.

Can You Be Hypnotized to Quit Smoking?

In earlier posts, we’ve been discussing how hypnosis works and how it can be applied in areas such as procrastination, weight loss, and new year’s resolutions.

In this article, I’d like to talk specifically about how I help people quit smoking with hypnosis.

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is not a magic pill, but it can be a powerful tool for self-improvement and positive change.

We’ve explored how hypnosis works by rephrasing your internal dialogue, creating a positive mindset that can help you achieve your goals. Another way to understand the process, is that hypnosis taps into the power of your subconscious mind, planting positive and empowering messages, which in-turn instill self-confidence. Ultimately, this can help you control your conscious thoughts and choices.

I’ve had clients tell me that hypnosis helped them “rewire” their brain and process things differently. For example, situations that used to be processed negatively and caused stress, could now be handled in a positive way with hypnosis.

Hypnosis works by:

  • Tapping into the power of your subconscious mind
  • Rephrasing your internal dialogue
  • Rewiring the brain
  • Inspiring change from the inside out

In this way, hypnosis can help people overcome all kinds of problems, from obesity to chain-smoking, in a way that is safe, natural, pain-free, and relaxing.

An Example of Quitting Smoking With Hypnosis

One of our clients at the Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre, is an elderly woman who had been smoking since the age of 12. She was finally able to kick the habit with hypnosis, but after quitting, she still had cravings. Every smoker knows what that’s like, and how impossible it can be to say no to them—no matter how resolved you are to quit.

Here is what hypnosis did for her:  For the first time in her life, it made the cravings manageable. They didn’t disappear, but hypnosis gave her to power she needed to control them. What an incredible difference it made in her life!

Of course, hypnosis impacts everyone differently. Other clients who have come to see me to stop smoking have said that their cravings disappeared after their first hypnosis session.

Read more inspiring Greater Toronto Hypnosis testimonials here or check out some of the videos on our stop smoking page to learn more.

If you have questions or would like to book a free screening to see if hypnosis is right for you, you can call us at (647) 210-8842 or send an email.

5 Steps to Take Control of Your Life

The new year has begun, and you found the motivation to make some big changes and build good habits in the new year.

But now with February in full swing, you may have already started losing momentum on achieving your goals. Maybe you promised yourself you’d stop late-night snacking, or you would quit smoking. Perhaps you decided to start that ambitious project you’d been putting off for ages…But no matter how hard you’ve tried, you give in to the urges even though you know how bad they are for you, and you stop making the effort because you’re afraid you’ll end up failing.

If these scenarios sound familiar and you’ve been struggling to take control of your life, hypnosis could be just the thing to help you accomplish your goals. Let this simple guide help you get back in the driver’s seat:

1. Embrace Your Self

The key to succeeding at anything, is that you need to accept and believe in yourself. Check out these 5 positive affirmations in one of our previous articles, that can help you do just that.

By thinking positively about yourself, you’ll be in just the right position to start on the road to success.

2. Stop Self-Sabotage

Self-destructive habits such as smoking, excessive drinking, or eating poorly, can often seem almost impossible to overcome. You know it’s wrong, you know how it affects your long-term health and wellbeing, yet you can’t say “no” to it.

Once you have started to love and accept yourself and your body, you need to start taking better care of it.

Stop the self-sabotage! If you need help to quit smoking, explore how hypnosis can help. You can also benefit from hypnosis for overeating.

3. Look Ahead

Stop for a moment and think about what you would like your life to look like five years from now. Pull out a piece of paper and start writing down who you want to be, how you want to be living your life, and what you want to be surrounded by.

Use this picture to understand what really matters to you, and what doesn’t, so you can rethink your current routine.

4. Rethink Your Routines

Think about all the things that eat up your time during the day. How many of them are helping you achieve the picture you’ve just painted for your future? How are all the big and little things that you spend time on, helping you achieve what really matters to you?

Perhaps you spend a lot of time staying tidy and organized, when in the long run this isn’t something you value as much as, for instance, having good relationships with your family and friends. Maybe you should start spending less time tidying up, and more time investing in the people who matter to you.

Regardless of your choices, taking control of how you spend your time now, can help you regain control of your life and future.

5. Hold On To Your Gains With Hypnosis

Simply taking these initial steps won’t be enough. You have to hold on to the progress you have made by maintaining the right attitudes and habits.

When clients come to see me for various issues, I am able to show them how effective hypnosis can be to help you reinforce positive ideas and attain your goals. Hypnosis is painless, natural and relaxing, and can be an effective way to reinforce positive ideas.

At Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre, we can guide you through this process. Give us a call today at (647) 210-8842 for your free screening.

You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain!

5 Positive Affirmations to Achieve Goals

As we begin the second month of 2019, you may be struggling to hold on to your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to U.S. News & World Report, 80% of the people who set New Year’s resolutions, give up by February.

In the last article, we learned how to stop procrastinating. Today, let’s talk about another way to succeed at achieving your goals–by using the power of positive thinking.

First, how can positive affirmations help you achieve your goals, and do they even work?

How Positive Affirmations Work

If there’s one thing successful people have in common, it is the ability to be positive regardless of their circumstances. There are countless scientific studies to show how being positive affects us both physically and mentally. The truth is that the power of positive thinking is simply incredible!

Positive affirmations help you overcome self-sabotage, and can also counter the negative effects of stress. Research has shown that taking a moment to be positive will calm your nerves, increase confidence, and improve your chances of success.

5 Goal-Setting Affirmations

Here is a simple formula to succeed at achieving your goals, and by following goal-setting affirmations, you can succeed at each of these steps, ultimately reaching your goals:

Step 1: Accept yourself
Step 2: Be grateful
Step 3: Put in the effort
Step 4: Stay focused
Step 5: Believe and succeed

1. I love and accept myself exactly as I am

The first step to success is accepting yourself. How can you make any progress or change if you haven’t acknowledged and accepted who you are now? Begin with this simple affirmation of self-acceptance before setting goals for how you would like to change.

2. I am grateful

After acceptance comes gratitude. By being grateful for what you already have, you will put your body and mind in the perfect position to obtain more. Trust this true and timeless principle, and remember to practice gratitude daily.

3. Today is a new day. I will get out of it just what I put into it.

With this affirmation, you can remind yourself every morning that you are beginning an entirely new day. More importantly, remember that you must put in the effort if you want to reap the rewards.

4. I am committed to being focused on my goal. I am worth it.

In modern life, we are surrounded by distractions. Staying focused on a single goal or task can sometimes seem unattainable. When you find yourself getting distracted, use this goal-setting affirmation to refocus. Remember why you are pursuing this goal in the first place, by calling attention to your commitment and, last but not least, remember that you are worth it.

5. When I believe in myself, so do others

And when others believe in you, you start to succeed! It is amazing how people treat you differently when you are confident.

Don’t forget that it’s not too late to succeed at your New Year’s resolutions! All of these steps actually help to “remap” your brain and thought patterns, making changes from the inside out. If you need help changing the way you think and achieve your goals, I’d like to invite you to try hypnosis.

When you become relaxed and enter the state of hypnosis, your subconscious mind is more open to positive suggestions, and it becomes easier to help you deal with issues and things that are bothering you, as well as teaching you how to let go of issues and become more positive.

At Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre, we are experts in the effective use of hypnosis to provide positive ideas in your subconscious, helping you harness the power of positive thinking from within.

Give us a call today at (416) 210-8842 for your free screening, and let’s find out how hypnosis can work for you!

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