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Blog Archive for Butler Hypnotherapy. Help, Resources, and Articles to help you feel Calmer, Happier and More In Control.  Sessions available in person and online. Current topics include  Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed This Thanksgiving … Visualization- Your Own Superpower … Joy and Happiness as a Way of Life … Let Go of Shame … Easy Steps to Turn Down Anxiety …  Gratitude – How It Affects You and Why It is So Important … 30 Minute Mini Lunch Reset …  Start Overcoming Social Anxiety With These Handy Tips … Add This to Your Playlist … How To Enjoy a Happy and Healthy Holiday … Quick Tips to Boost Your Mood Instantly … Three Ways to Create Greater Self-Esteem … How to Improve Your Self-Control … Fast and Effective Trick to Beat Stress and Anxiety … How to Handle Stress With Self- Hypnosis … Find Your Calm … Quick Relaxation Tool … Meditation Made Easy … Busting Hypnosis Myths … Get Healthy Get a Refund … Create Successful New Years Resolutions for 2016 … Three Easy Steps for Surviving the Holidays… And more

Add this to your playlist

Looking for something to add to your playlist that can help you feel more calm and relaxed?

Neuroscientists from Mindlab International found listening to Marconi Union’s song Weightless reduced anxiety levels by as much as 65%.   Those who participated in the research experience a slowing of their heart rate, lowered blood pressure and  reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

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How to Enjoy a Happy & Healthy Holiday

 

Who hasn’t overstuffed themselves during the Holidays?

No matter how good you are at eating sensibly it can feel downright impossible this time of year with all of the parties and social gatherings.  Add an irritating relative and giant bottle of wine, and all of a sudden that cheese platter or mountain of cookies has your name written all over it. Continue reading How to Enjoy a Happy & Healthy Holiday

Quick tips to boost your mood instantly

guilty-dogHow to turn a crappy day around.

Have you ever had a day when it felt like the entire universe was conspiring against you? The “everything goes wrong from dumping coffee in your lap to stepping in dog poop and smearing it all over the interior of your car while you drive down the road and almost have an accident because you’re desperately trying to  figure out where the hell the smell is coming from” kind of day…and it’s only 8:15. Yeah. We’ve all been there.  Some days can be pretty rough, but you have the power to turn it around.  Here are my favorite quick tips to boost your mood instantly. Continue reading Quick tips to boost your mood instantly

3 ways to create greater self-esteem

self-esteemCould your self-esteem be even higher?

You might be the person who most of the time feels pretty good about yourself.  You’re making it into the office on time, drinking your cold-pressed juices from Squeeze, even finding time to do a bit of yoga, yet you still have days where you feel down on yourself.  Maybe today you experienced a situation where you know you were completely capable of doing something,
but then that old self-doubt crept in.  Maybe it was a feeling or that negative voice in the back of your mind.  Rationally, you know this shouldn’t be a big deal, but your confidence is shaken, maybe even shot. Continue reading 3 ways to create greater self-esteem

How to improve your self-control

self-controlHow good is your self-control?

Yesterday evening, I attended an event on mindful eating given by the very inspiring health coach Rebecca Friedman, at The Urban Canning Company’s fabulous location on 4th St. (If you live in St Pete and haven’t been there already, you seriously need to check them out)

Rebecca spoke about the difference between emotional and mindful eating.  She also spoke about the importance of listening to your body.  This really got me thinking about why so many people feel that they have so little control. Continue reading How to improve your self-control

Fast and effective trick to beat stress and anxiety

anxiousFeeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety is a very personal experience.

In the past, when I had a lot of stress and anxiety in my day-to-day life, my stomach was always a mess.  Occasionally I would even have mini panic attacks. I’ll never forget the first time it happened.  I was on a business trip and had to pick up a rental car, something I had done countless times before.  There I was sitting in the parking garage when all of a sudden I felt completely overwhelmed. I couldn’t catch my breath and I had a tight feeling in my chest.  It was really frightening, but I was also embarrassed by my lack of control. Continue reading Fast and effective trick to beat stress and anxiety

How to handle stress with self-hypnosis

meditation made easyHow many times when you’ve been stressed has someone told you to ‘just calm down’ or ‘be more positive’?  Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram knows I love my inspirational quotes, but when you are truly feeling stressed out, it’s important to recognize it and take action.

Stress has a way of clouding your brain.  When you relax, it becomes easier to think more clearly, which can lead to better decision making. The more relaxed you feel, the more normalized other physical processes like sleep and digestion become.  Reducing stress can even increase your libido! Continue reading How to handle stress with self-hypnosis

Find Your Calm

calmWhen clients come to see me it can be for just about any reason.  Sometimes I think I’ve heard everything – that is until the next person walks in the door.  But there is one thing my clients have in common.  No matter what the issue, ultimately every person wants to feel calmer and more centered.

When we are calm it is easier to clear our mind, bring in peace, feel more connected and be happier.  It can even lead to greater health.

We are all guilty of checking out to unwind (Facebook anyone…?) If you are looking for a way to truly calm your mind, here are some of my favorite tips to help you find some inner peace.
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Meditation Made Easy

I wonder if there was one thing you could do to improve your memory, brain function, immunity, overall health, and happiness, would you do it?

What if it were free and only took 5 minutes?  Sounds too good to be true, right???meditation made easyWell it isn’t.  Meditation is scientifically proven to have all of these benefits and more.  So, with all of these amazing benefits with so little commitment, why aren’t we all doing it?

Before I started practicing meditation, I was convinced it was something I couldn’t do.  My mind constantly went in a million different directions. If I sat still for more than five minutes, I was either uncomfortable or asleep.  It was something I wanted to do, but I just didn’t think I could do.  And this is something I have heard time and time again from new clients. So, here is a very simple easy way to get started:

 1. Get Comfortable:  Begin by sitting with your back straight, either in a chair or on the floor.  You want to be comfortable, but not so comfortable that you fall asleep. There is no ‘right way’ to hold your hands or tuck your legs.  Just do what feels right for you.

2. Look Up:  When you are comfortable, you can close your eyes and internally look up at that spot on your forehead just between your eyebrows. If it feels more natural for you to leave your eyes open and focus on an object, that’s fine too.  Like I said –do what feels right for you.

3. Breathe:  Begin to focus in on your breath. Notice how you can allow yourself to breathe deeply, naturally and easily.  While you are doing this, thoughts may come up and that is perfectly natural and okay.  When this happens, just gently return your focus to your breath.

It really is that simple.

Doing this for 5 minutes a day is all you need to get started.  Many people will experience different sensations or even emotions at some point while meditating.  This can take some practice, but the best way to deal with emotions is not by reacting, but by paying attention to where the feeling is in your body and breathing through it. This technique works really well if you are antsy and are having a hard time settling in. And, if you are having a hard time settling in because you are truly uncomfortable, then try other positions.

Do you have any tips you can share for helping someone get started with meditation?  I would love to hear them!