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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

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.
Continue reading Find Your Calm

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!

Busting Myths

relaxThe word ‘Hypnosis’ can bring up some pretty crazy images

People on stage clucking like chickens, swinging watches, and who could forget Derek Zoolander being brainwashed.

It’s amazing how many myths surround hypnosis. TV and movies have given some people unrealistic, sometimes ridiculous images about what it can and can’t do. So, you may be wondering what hypnosis is really like. Rest easy, I’m here to bust some of the common myths!

  1. ‘In hypnosis I’ll be out of it.’

In my experience this is the biggest concern most people have about hypnosis and it couldn’t be further from the truth. I help clients relax the conscious, or thinking part of their mind. This lets you directly access your subconscious so you can take in new positive thoughts and more easily change old ideas and behaviors.

You’re not out of it or asleep. In fact you hear and remember everything that happens. Most people say it feels like they are just very relaxed.

  1. ‘I don’t want to lose control.’

The truth is you have control over the whole process. You can move around, choose to not talk about something, even lie if you want to. Most people are so relaxed they don’t want their session to end, but you can bring yourself out of the experience at any time just by opening your eyes.

  1. ‘I can’t be hypnotized!’

Hypnosis is a natural yet altered state of awareness. It is something you already do whether you realize it or not. It’s very similar to that state you go into when you are completely focused, daydreaming, or that feeling you get when you are on autopilot.

The truth is, if you want to be hypnotized then you can be hypnotized. It’s really that easy.

  1. ‘I’m not going to remember anything.’

Remember #1 when I said you aren’t out of it? Your conscious remains aware so you will remember your session. In fact in most hypnotherapy sessions you are talking and actively engaging in the process while in hypnosis.

  1. ‘Hypnosis is just for smoking and weight loss.’

Hypnosis is incredibly effective at helping people quit smoking and achieving weight goals, but these days it is more often used to help people reduce anxiety, increase their confidence and self-esteem, and improve their relationships.

  1. ‘I don’t want anyone controlling my mind’

I hate to admit this, but Hypnotherapists have no mystical powers so mind control is completely off the table. The truth is hypnosis is about getting back in control of your life, letting go of negative feelings, behaviors, and symptoms.

Would you like to find out more about Hypnosis? Call 727.488.8546 to schedule your free consultation today.

Get Healthy Get a Refund

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It is called the Health Coverage Tax Credit.  It’s like getting your smoking cessation and weight loss hypnosis for free!

The IRS currently offers a tax credit for the full cost of my hypnosis smoking cessation program. You also qualify for the same 100% tax credit if you see me for weight loss as long as your doctor has decided you need to lose weight.  Hypnosis makes change easy and the IRS will pay you back for it!

What the IRS says:

Stop-Smoking Programs | You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay for a program to stop smoking. However, you cannot include in medical expenses amounts you pay for drugs that do not require a prescription, such as nicotine gum or patches that are designed to help stop smoking.

Weight-Loss Programs | You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay to lose weight if it is a treatment for a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes or heart disease). This includes fees you pay for membership in a weight reduction group and attendance at periodic meetings. You cannot include membership dues in a gym, health club, or spa as medical expenses, but you can include separate fees charged there for weight loss activities.

 Need to download your IRS form? CLICK HERE  And remember always keep your receipts!

*Please note I’m a hypnotherapist not a tax adviser. Tax laws change, so always consult with your tax adviser for the latest rules and regulations.