Heidi Hardy Hypnotherapist North Devon & Somerset

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Exercise is on my Mind!

Posted on 9 January, 2015 at 10:35

Exercise {definition: noun 1. activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness. "exercise improves your heart and lung power"}

Exercise…

… helps to increase and balance the levels of the three most powerful influencers of mood:

Serotonin - enabling us to cope better

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Neuroplasticity - The Brain is Adaptable, like Plastic ...

Posted on 28 October, 2014 at 9:50

Not so long ago many scientists believed that the brain did not change after childhood; that it was hardwired and fixed by the time we became adults. But recent advances, in only the last decade, now tell us that this is simply not true. The brain can and does change throughout our lives. It is adaptable, like plastic.

Every time we think in a certain way, practise a particular task or experience a specific emotion we strengthen our br...

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Quite Simply, Visualisation can Change Our Brain...

Posted on 28 October, 2014 at 9:50

Research is constantly finding more and more evidence to support the fact that visualising or imagining an action creates the same changes in the brain that occur when we actually perform the action. Knowing this gives us the amazing power to improve our skills and change our responses to situations by using our imagination.

The power of visualisation can allow us to predetermine our reactions and responses...

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Always Look on the Bright Side! Try it and Notice the Difference

Posted on 28 October, 2014 at 9:50

We have a natural bias to look for things that could go wrong in life. This can be a good thing when we then look at ways to overcome potential problems or plan for the future. However, when we churn these potential problems over and over in our minds we find ourselves worrying, which can make us more and more negative. We become quick to notice even the smallest of problems, rarely spending any time at all appreciating the good things. Things that make us smile or feel good ar...

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National Motivation Day - Tuesday July 1st 2014

Posted on 28 October, 2014 at 9:30

How many of us had the good intentions to lose weight, take up exercise, stop smoking, or change our lives in one way or another only to find that the motivation has gone out the window?

The aim of National Motivation Day is to motivate and inspire individuals to reach their potential. It's right in the middle of the year, where we're all in need of a little motivation.

So, what’s ...

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Smile and the World Smiles with You!

Posted on 28 October, 2014 at 9:30

I was chatting with a fellow therapist recently about how the body affects the mind. Want a quick illustration of this? Sit down on a chair with elbows on your knees, your head drooping down, your shoulders slumped and hands holding the sides of your head. How do you feel – happy? No. Probably a little low. You can try it another way round. Stand or sit up straight with your shoulders back, opening out your chest, lift your chin up and put a smile on your face. Now how do...

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Stress Hormones can Seriously Damage your Health

Posted on 28 October, 2014 at 9:25

Prolonged stress effects our psychological and physical well-being.

 

Our early ancestors faced very real hazards on a daily basis resulting in the development of stress responses to enable our survival against predators and aggressors. We are hard-wired to respond to perceived threats by secreting the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.

 

In reality, we rarely face life-threatening situations, but we still have the i...

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Not feeling so Sociable?

Posted on 28 October, 2014 at 9:20

Social Anxiety was first recognised as a mental health condition in 1980. Some professionals believe it is one of the most under-recognised and under-treated mental health problems. Statistically, only 5% to 10% of people with social anxiety in the UK currently get treatment for it.

Situations where people can often experience this type of anxiety range from answering the phone to speaking in public, such as in the classroom environment, or a busines...

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Can't Sleep, Won't Sleep?

Posted on 28 October, 2014 at 9:20

The nights are drawing in and, as nights get longer, those of us who find it hard to sleep can feel more desperate than ever at this time of year, tossing and turning or just not getting enough of the restful sleep we need to be healthy and alert. Sleep is increasingly linked to many aspects of overall health and well-being, and it seems that more and more of us are finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep.

Factors includin...

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Suffering with Depression and Anxiety at Christmas time? Hypnotherapy can help?

Posted on 28 October, 2014 at 9:20

As the winter holiday season approaches some people may be anticipating a less than happy Christmas.

When everyone else seems to be getting ready for a merry time with their loved ones, for some people this time of year only worsens their feelings of isolation, depression and loneliness, and for others the struggle to cope with the pressures associated with ‘having a great time’, managing finances, family and all of the ...

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