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Create Successful New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

Create Successful New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. My guide for making resolutions you can stick to!Create a new mindset

‘Our actions are all that separate our daydreams from our goals’ –Roy H. Williams

It is easy to get caught up in the ‘Someday I’ll’ or ‘When I have time I’m going to’.  Now is the time to put your plan into action. The easiest way to start is by making realistic, very specific, and measurable goals. If your goal is just to lose some weight how will you know when you’ve achieved that? When you get really specific such as “I’m going to lose 25 lbs by April 1st” you will have a much greater chance for success because your mind has something it is constantly working on and a deadline to keep on task.

‘Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out’Robert Collier

Have you ever gone out and paid for that gym membership or even gotten a personal trainer with all the best intentions to turn up Every Single Day. New year new you right? We start with good intentions but its hard turning up every day. Your body is sore, maybe you don’t want to miss a night out. Before you know it it’s been two months, maybe three since you’ve been. If you aren’t in the habit of doing something on a regular basis it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and give up. Try starting with smaller goals that are easier to reach – like taking a 20 minute walk 3 days a week – and work your way up. Research suggests it takes at least 21 days, sometimes longer to form a new habit. Start small with something that will stick!

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’Albert Einstein

Visualization is one of the most powerful things you can do to help achieve goals and resolutions. Think about what you really want. If it is quitting smoking, take a moment to see yourself as a non-smoker, whatever that means to you. Imagine just how good it would feel to wake up every day with clear, healthy lungs. Use your imagination to visualize your goals. It has a powerful effect on subconscious. Send that message to yourself to motivate and help you reach your goals

Wishing you peace, love, health, and abundance in 2016 – Michelle Butler | Butler Hypnotherapy

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3 Easy Steps for Surviving the Holidays

Its Christmas - relaxThe holidays are a time for peace, joy and love. For relaxing with your family. Creating wonderful memories of magical gifts and delicious meals. Everything perfect right??! Maybe not exactly.

It is easy to fall into the trap of expectations and the desire to have the ‘perfect’ Christmas. The reality of shopping, crazy relatives, running around, the extra cookies and cocktails, expectations from your family, not to mention the cost can create a lot of stress and anxiety.

Here are three important things to keep in mind this holiday season to help you feel more calm, relaxed, and able to cope with all the added stress that comes with this time of year.

Let It Go

No, I’m not encouraging you to go buy every blue Disney princess thing you can get your hands on. Trying to create the most magical holiday ever can really stress you out. It is important to acknowledge these feelings when they come up. When you start feeling overwhelmed or anxious, take a deep breath in. Christmas can be an emotional roller coaster, so try to let go of your desire for everything to be perfect.

Take it Easy

There is always so much that needs to get done. All the shopping, decorating, parties and travel. This time of year we are often so focused on buying just the right gifts and making it perfect for the people we love, it is easy to lose sight of ourselves. Often the more you try to do the worse your anxiety becomes. The best way to deal with this is to make some time for yourself. Go for a walk, take some time to stretch, have an early night and curl up with a good book or watch your favorite film. Or you could even work out. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and you don’t have to wait until the 1st to get started on your resolutions! By taking time for yourself you will be able to be more calm and happy for yourself and others.

Ask for help

You may feel like there is an expectation to be happy and keep a smile on your face. The truth is when you are feeling stressed or experiencing a lot of anxiety, this expectation can make your feelings even worse. Take the time to talk to someone about how you are feeling and what you are going through. Don’t feel like hitting every party? That’s perfectly fine, just remember to take it easy and relax.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Only One  More Month To Go!New Year's resolutions

The holiday season is just beginning, but with 2016 right around the corner it’s not too early to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.

Think about how good it would feel to be calm and relaxed even if someone mentions politics and the mashed potatoes start to fly between Grandma and Uncle Ron. Or to fit in that awesome outfit that has been at the back of your closet for the last five years in time for the ball to drop on Times Square.

You don’t have to wait until January 1st to get started.

Call Butler Hypnotherapy at 727.488.8546 to see how you can easily reach your goals starting today.


Having gratitude

Gratitude Thanksgiving TurkeyThe Gratitude List

With all of the stress and pressure that comes with the holiday season it is easy to lose sight of what this time of year is all about. Family, loved ones, most of all the things we have, big and small to be thankful for. Having gratitude isn’t something that is easy for everyone. It can require effort, but it is well worth the challenge.

So, between the turkey (or Veggieducken) and the inevitable food coma, take a little time and see what would make your gratitude list. Even if it takes some time and effort, don’t let that stop you from giving thanks. There is always a lot to be thankful for, if we take the time to look for it.

And in case you were wondering, here are my top 5 reasons to give thanks today:

  1. I am grateful for my husband. He is truly my better half and I’m lucky that he thinks the same about me.
  2. I am grateful for my community, to live in beautiful, vibrant, funky place full of creative people and amazing opportunities especially at studio b mind body hair
  3. I am thankful for my friends. You know who you are! I’m honored that you allow me to share in all of life’s ups and downs. I love you all more than you will ever know.
  4. I am grateful for the gift of travel. Seeing the world opens the heart and mind in ways that nothing else can.
  5. I am grateful beyond words for doing work that matters each and every day. Helping people transform their lives allows me to live in gratitude.

Giving back

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Creating self-compassion

Simple techniques for creating self-compassion

We’ve aSelf-compassionll experienced it. That terrible nagging voice that can fill your mind without warning or provocation. It’s that voice that loves to tell you all about everything you’ve screwed up, what you’ve forgotten to do, about that doughnut you shouldn’t have eaten, you don’t have enough money, the kids don’t listen… Why can’t you just put on your big kid panties and pull yourself together??!

How often do you find yourself in this space, beating yourself up?

Many people find it easier to be compassionate towards other people than towards themselves. You would never go over to your friend’s house and tell them they are a terrible human being because they didn’t have the time or energy to vacuum. So, why do we do it to ourselves?

There are many false beliefs that block people from self-compassion. Some feel that it might be selfish or that you need to just ‘tough it out’. I liken it to the oxygen mask on an airplane. In the case of an emergency you have to put the mask on yourself first. If you don’t take care of yourself first, you can’t help others. Giving yourself the love and compassion you deserve allows you to be fully present for others. Leading expert Kristin Neff, Ph.D. identified three key steps to cultivating greater self-compassion:

Be kind to yourself. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself! In times of stress, you can place your hands over your heart and really speak to yourself in a loving way. When you acknowledge the hurt and speak to yourself in a soothing tone, you are giving yourself compassion.

Embrace your common humanity. The negative internal voice can really make you feel alone and separate from others. It is important to remember that you are a divine being having a human experience. It is not perfect, but we are all part of this big, beautiful, flawed experience. You are not alone.

Be mindful. By focusing your awareness on the present moment and all that surrounds you without reacting to it, you can allow the negative feelings to pass through or burn away.

Hypnosis can also help you free your mind of negative thoughts, reduce stress and cultivate greater self-compassion. Want to know more? Call 722.488.8546 to schedule a no-obligation chat.

Now is the time

Now is time to remember your beauty

Rediscover the true beauty you have inside yourself.  Hypnotherapy can help you see yourself without judgement, with empathy, and self compassion.  When the negative self-talk and doubt fall away, you have the ability to transform yourself.

Tapping into the power of intention


Achieve your goals by tapping into the power of intention

We all know that person, don’t we? That person that everything falls into place for. That person who always seems to get what they want. It looks effortless, and we often put it down to luck. But is there more going on than just luck, and we can all tap into that apparent effortlessness?

The power of intention means that whatever we focus our intention on is what we bring into our lives. Evidence suggests that what we expect is what is most likely to happen. The power of intention has become a pretty hot topic lately. There are some who believe that there is a force of attraction in nature; that like attracts like; perhaps most famously written about in The Secret. For example if you think negative thoughts, negative things will happen, or if you only focus on the positive, only the good will follow.

I have a slightly different perspective. I think of it in terms of the conscious and subconscious mind. If your goal is only rooted in your conscious mind, that means you will only be working on it when you think about your goal.

If your goal is rooted in your subconscious, however, that means you will always be working towards that goal, because your subconscious is always active.

There are three ways in which you can visualize your goals, and then by seeing them or thinking about them on a daily basis, fix them in your subconscious:

  1. Vision Board – a collage of images directly related to your goals. It is best to keep your vision board in a place where you can look at it regularly.
  2. Visualization – create a vivid mental picture of what it will look like when you achieve your goals. The subconscious doesn’t know fact from fantasy so be as creative and imaginative as you can; really see yourself in your new reality.
  3. SMART goals – a way of defining our goals so that they are Specific, Meaningful, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based. Having clear goals that are specific and measurable is a perfect way to set intentions.

Through hypnotherapy, we can clarify goals, and use a wide variety of techniques to create the subconscious programming needed to keep those goals in mind 24/7. Contact Michelle at 727.488.8546 to learn more today.

3 Reasons To Try Hypnosis

Living better through hypnosisLivinh better through hypnosis

What is the first thing you think of when someone says hypnosis? Chances are for some people, their only idea of hypnosis is a Vegas style show where people are clucking like chickens or forget their name. Others might know hypnotherapy is amazing; that it has helped friends or family to stop smoking, or overcome phobias. Rest assured, as entertaining as it is, stage hypnosis isn’t similar at all to a clinical hypnotherapy setting.

You may wonder who can benefit from hypnotherapy, and can I even be hypnotized?

Each and every one of us goes in and out of altered states multiple times every day. An example is when we are completely focused on just one thing or when we allow our minds to daydream. If you’ve ever found yourself zoning out, it’s a similar state of mind you will achieve in a hypnotherapy session.

Hypnosis is about relaxing the conscious mind off to the side so that the subconscious is free to take on positive suggestions. If you can physically hear my voice and are willing, you can be hypnotized if you want to be. Because the conscious mind remains present, you are aware of everything that is said. You are never under or out of it.

Here are my top 3 reasons why you should try hypnosis:

  1. Relaxation and Stress Reduction – Most of my clients say that hypnosis is so relaxing they don’t want the session to end. Being able to reduce anxiety and sleep more peacefully are additional benefits.
  2. Make Peace – Tired of that nagging voice in your head telling you that you aren’t good enough, smart enough, sexy, rich, worthy…? Wouldn’t it be nice to be nice to yourself? Hypnotherapy can help you love and accept yourself and find peace within.
  3. Future Pacing – In hypnosis you will see yourself accomplishing goals. Whether you are imagining it or actually doing it, the same part of the brain is firing. This technique is used to see events going well; being your best, most confident self. Perfect for overcoming phobias, increasing performance or just being your best you.

Hypnotherapy is not a magical cure, it still takes work and effort, but it is amazing how quickly changes can happen when your subconscious mind is on-board.

Misconceptions about Hypnotherapy

Misconceptions in the news

As a professional hypnotherapist reading people’s comments on the school board’s settlement, it is shocking to see just how many misconceptions still surround hypnotherapy.

I’ve read everything from “hypnosis lets in the devil” (um no, hypnosis was approved by the Vatican in the late 1800s) to “hypnosis unleashes traumatic memories” (again false – the hypnotic state does not by default bring repressed memories to the surface).

Worst of all is the idea that hypnotherapy is a medical procedure that somehow alters the brain.  Hypnotherapy is NOT a medical procedure and is not intended to take the place of professional medical care. Hypnotherapists require written consent from a doctor before offering hypnosis support for any medical condition.


Hypnosis is a natural state we all go in and out of multiple times every day.  It’s a state of hyper focus that allows us to be in the zone whether we are watching a movie, driving, or just relaxing.  A well-trained hypnotherapist facilitates this natural state to help you achieve your best self.  They don’t have power over you, can’t put you ‘under’, and certainly can’t force you to do anything against your will.  If we had that kind of power, Dan Brown would be writing novels about us!
It is easy to be scared by the sensationalized headlines; there are many in the article below, but it is important to understand what hypnotherapy can and cannot do.  Misconceptions about Hypnotherapy happen all the time, and it misleads the general public. If you have you have any questions about the safety or effectiveness of Hypnosis, please feel to contact me.

Board OKs settlement over principal who hypnotized students