Why Is It So Hard to Change Your Habits?

Most of us have at least one bad habit we’d love to break and it’s often one of the big resolutions we make to kick off each year.

Whether you have decided this is the year you’ll stop smoking, overeating or biting your nails, bad habits can be overcome but it may take more than sheer willpower alone.

I’m going to talk about how bad habits develop and how they can be broken, including the role that hypnotherapy can play in this.

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All About Mindful Eating

I’m a big fan of mindful eating, especially when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.

Lots of my clients have tried many diets over the years and have found them all to be unsuccessful - mostly because they haven’t been addressing the reasons why certain eating habits develop, particularly with regards to overeating.

We often eat to satisfy something our mind wants, rather than through actual hunger, and this is dictated by our emotions. If you can change your emotional connection to food, it gives you much more control over how you eat and is a lot easier to sustain compared to a diet. It can help you to choose your response to a ‘hunger’ trigger rather than the default choice being to eat (and often the wrong type of foods too!).

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What Exactly is Self Care and Why Is It So Important?

When was the last time you really took some time for yourself and indulged in something that helped you to stay on track emotionally?

If you’re anything like most people, a busy life means that self care slips to the bottom of your priority list and you neglect to take care of yourself.

The end result can be emotional burnout, which can sometimes lead to physical problems too as a knock on effect.

Self care needs to be built into your life and practiced on a regular basis to help you to function at your best, both mentally and physically.

When you’re not on top of your game, you’re a lot more likely to be affected by stress and your resilience is more fragile.

So, what is self care? It’s often thought of as pampering but self care is about more than the occasional bubble bath or indulgent glass of wine when you fancy a bit of “me” time.

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How to Beat Insomnia

Most of us have a bad night’s sleep every now and again but if you suffer from insomnia, this is the norm rather than a one off.

Sleep is really important for helping your body to restore energy levels, repair itself and regulate metabolism. If you’re struggling to get a good sleep most nights, it can have a really detrimental effect on you day-to-day life and affect your ability to concentrate and perform well.

A lot of people with insomnia start to believe that they will never get a proper night’s life again and this can make you scared to go to bed at night for fear that you won’t get to sleep. This creates anxiety that makes it even harder to sleep so it’s all too easy to get caught up in a vicious cycle with your sleeping patterns.

Many of my clients have found themselves stuck in this cycle and have successfully overcome it so I wanted to write this post to give you hope that you can break out of it too!

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Sam Luxford DHP HPD GQHP SFBT Sup (Hyp) MNCH(Reg) CNHC

Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapy Supervisor Solution Focused SFBT

15 Airyhall Road, Aberdeen AB15 7TQ
(Formerly The Rubslaw Den North Practice)

07867 936505
01224 966854

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