Bill Noon Healing Freedom

Relaxation Helps to Improve Work & Personal Life

Relaxation: a group of 12 people helped to improve their Work & Personal Life by spending just 1 hour each week with me.

Between March and April 2013 a voluntary Relaxation session was held for one hour on a Wednesday evenings over a 6 week period. Local residents of Healds Green and Heights Lane, Chadderton were invited to attend to explore relaxation for the mind and body.

Relaxation using Mindfulness Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Laughter Therapy and How to manage Stress were the main topics of our sessions.

My approach to the ‘Relaxation group’ was open making it clear that if anyone felt this wasn’t for them they were free to leave at anytime and I would not be disappointed. A guided meditation was used to introduce the physical aspect of relaxation. The conditions for relaxation were not ideal, upright chairs without arms, a mixture of strangers and friends in close proximity to each other. Despite the situation it was obvious that the majority of people were following my guidance and they were ‘relaxing’ deeply.relaxing sea scene with lounger

Sleep deprivation, stress from work and stress from everyday life issues, were just some of the conditions affecting the members. We also had some attendees with particular issues including pain and recovery from serious illness. Mindfulness was used to aid relaxation in the group at the sessions and for use in everyday life situations.

Stress management was introduced to the group providing ways of how to cope with stress. Ways in which to manage the effects of stress and to recognise stressful situations were shared with the group. Having a clear understanding of the possible detriment to long term general health helped to promote deeper interest in self relaxation. Most members found it difficult to find time at home to indulge in self relaxation and preferred to attend the relaxation group evenings. Some nice results were fed back to the group throughout the weeks and overall each group member has found great benefit from attending. As a result of the benefits gained by the group we are now holding a monthly meeting to allow group members to enjoy relaxing in a neutral environment.

Typical improvements fed back were: increased confidence in general and specifically at work, enjoying a good nights sleep the first time for many years, arm and neck pain now less painful and has provided space to sleep, being prepared and in control at work when confrontational issues arise, being able to control breathing so panicky feelings don’t surface anymore, the ability to see situations at work for what they are without worrying about them.

My services were donated free of charge to assist in the promotion and use of The Old School by local residents. The hall over recent years has been carefully and tastefully restored by a group of local residents and is for the benefit of residents in the immediate area.

Christmas – is the Goose getting fat?

Control the calories before and during Christmas so January doesn’t see you FAT

It is the old rhyme that features the Goose being fattened ready for the Christmas feast. Don’t follow in the steps of the Goose getting fat from eating too much in a short period of time. Extra weight is often put on during the Christmas celebrations when large amounts of food in the home somehow signifies wealth and happiness. At festive times there is always a list of highly calorific foods available. If you are going to eat any of these high calorie rich food goodies e.g. mince pies, rich fruit cake, hand made chocolates then take control and limit what you eat. Check out the calorie count before you buy or eat any of these seasonal celebratory foods. The same goes for alcoholic drinks, moderation is always a valid path to take.

Try swapping something out of your normal meal when you have one of these treats. For example cut out bread and butter for the base of a sandwich and have a wrap instead or use large lettuce leaves stuffed with your choice of filling. There are plenty of ideas for healthy lower calorie foods and meals on the internet – having a balance is the aim of any good meal and diet.

Some people get caught up eating or even gorging on these high calorie foods at Christmastime due to stress or upset, so try relaxing quietly on your own for 5 or 10 minutes. Just have a quiet day dream imagine somewhere special for example a favourite holiday place.

So don’t wait for January until you see the FAT problem.  Christmas is coming and so is January, New Year resolutions can start now and get you ready to avoid extra FAT and weight gain.

Good Luck.

Sales – Be the best sales person with self-hypnosis

Who is a sales person? We all have a role as a sales person, believe me it’s true.

Whatever we do in life somewhere along the road we have to become a salesperson. Whether we know it or not, like it or not. Whether it’s for financial reward or just to improve our life the art of selling is a part of our existence. Remember your first girlfriend / boyfriend, you had to sell yourself to them whether it was done consciously or not. We go on through life using our in built ability to promote ourselves in a job, a relationship, a family, a sports team to name just a few. Where we need to persuade, coerce or win over others then our selling ability needs to shines through.

Not everyone is good at sales. There are lots of people who are not at all good and this often includes people who have been trained to sell some obviously are better than others. Some will have to work at it, rehearse and polish their performance to a level that looks natural and convincing. Everyone providing a service or doing a job of work has to accept that they have a part to play in ‘selling’ themselves and the benefits of their organisation internally as well as externally.

‘He’s a natural born salesman’ and ‘he could charm the birds out of the trees’  are couple of sayings and descriptions that when examined relate to a person’s ‘natural’ ability to communicate, to talk and ultimately to ‘sell’ themselves to their intended target.

Often the good sales people have an abundance of ‘in built skills’ that they have subconsciously gathered during their formative years. Communication skills in particular give the good sales person an edge.  I’m not just talking about talking, instead I mean listening to the words used,  looking at the facial clues, the body language, eye movement and micro expressions.

When someone is telling you a story, you may have a ‘gut feeling’ that you are perhaps not getting the truth. This instinctive reaction is based on detailed evidence that you have stored in your subconscious during your formative years and your subconscious is now sending you a warning. Facial expressions, body movements and tone of voice are just a few. I know that is a very simplistic explanation yet that is how we evolve and move forward in life. Benefit from discovering some new ways of getting in tune with your customers, colleagues, family and friends.

So could you become a better salesperson using self-hypnosis? Of course it’s possible. Recognise your natural intuitive abilities and harness them in a more effective manner and see your performance improve. Hypnosis and self-hypnosis allow you to find a way to access deep relaxation which better prepares you to handle pressure. The challenge of meeting targets, closing the deal and managing stress in your workplace becomes easier to control.

Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis can make a difference to your life. A good place to start to learn is from a trained Hypnotherapist, open up a new way of enjoying and improving your life. You can drop me an email and start the ball rolling today!

London Olympics 2012 the showcase for top performers

The Olympics – The Olympic Games will be the showcase for sports men and women in 2012. What will be the key to their success?

Great physical ability and talent in a chosen sport will go a long way to ensuring success at the Olympics, couple this with natural and learned skills,  and a top performer will be made. Sometimes in the Olympics the physical aspects of the Olympic athlete, Olympic cyclist, Olympic footballer, Olympic tennis player, Olympic boxer or Olympic marksman to name just a few is not enough to make them an Olympic Gold medal winner. What about their mind fitness; their doubts, fear of the competition, fear of not performing to their normal level on the day how do they beat that?

Being and staying positive is not easy. No matter how well things are going for the Olympic athlete the slightest diversion or unexpected occurrence can derail their focus.This is why many athletes  have a personal coach who is trained either in psychology or mind coaching. The coach might use hypnotherapy as a natural resource to keep the athlete focused or regular meditation to clear the mind of outside distractions. The Olympics will generate its own stresses and distractions in one of the busiest City’s in the world

One aspect of  success at The London Olympics will come from the occasion, visualisation of taking an Olympic Gold Medal or breaking a world and Olympic record often produces performance way above the normal level of achievement. So is it the mind or the focus of the individual at the Olympics, have they trained more rigorously, followed a different diet or is it down to the stars above or position of the moon on the day? The answer is probably a number of these activities combined to make an improvement.  If you improve 5 aspects of your performance by just 1% then combined you have a 5% improvement overall to help you to become a winner at the Olympics 2012.

Keeping a cool head when the heat is on is not easy, imagine staying calm and controlled just as you are about to run in the Olympic 100 mts final and you are up against the worlds best. Do you wonder if you are good enough, fast enough, will you finish last – the winner will not have allowed these thoughts into their mind only positive thoughts, their routine, their techniques and the winning celebration will be allowed. So focus and a positive mind set will be vital tools to have a belief in themselves and their ability will be paramount.

Davy Jones

The Monkees –  end of a lifetime

Years ago when I was a teenager I was bemused by my mother always referring to a recent passing of a film star or singer as being a sad loss as they meant so much. I couldn’t understand how someone who you had never met could have an effect on your life like that. Now I’m at that age where the same thing is happening to me, people who I have never met pass away and I feel emotionally connected to that sad event.

The latest sadness is the passing of Davy Jones from the Monkees  it seemed like he had been in and out of my life since I was a young teenager. Many of their songs would always  be heard every year on different radio shows and were great to listen to at any time which of course would instantly get you singing along, the words were always there in the back of your mind from years gone by.

Only recently Davy Jones was talking in an interview on BBC TV he looked really great and didn’t (in my opinion) look his real age and still retained that sparkle of his youth. His daughter recently stated that her father tried to please everyone and considered that stress would have been a major contributor to his death as he was constantly on the road keeping up with the demands of the music industry. Would he have had it any other way? Often people become so famous due to there real personality and not a ‘mask’ to comply with expectations. I think for all those years we got a lot of the real person someone driven to be the star that so many loved and admired. Thankfully he will live on for many of us through his music and in our memory bringing back carefree times of formative years. Thank you for being that Daydream Believer.

High blood pressure

Hypertension – Hypnotension practical help.

Modern life here in the west gives us many things to be grateful for – clean water, sanitation, good housing, good & plentiful food, the latest technology and cutting edge medical treatments, to name just a few.

Yet with all of our good fortune many people suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure (among many other illnesses). Often this condition ‘sneaks’ up on you and around 90% of people with the condition have no clear reason as to why it occurs – there are many causes the difficulty is attributing what causes your particular situation.

Is it hereditary, genetic, a diet rich in ‘the wrong type’ of fats, a high intake of processed food and sugars,  a lack of exercise, smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, exposure to uncontrollable high levels of stress, fear, guilt and anxiety these are just some of the most recognised causes.

Then how do we cope with this condition a trip to your local Doctor will establish your blood pressure and determine if it is within a ‘normal’ range. The Doctor will if required prescribe medication and advise you on life style changes that are required. There are plenty of things you as an individual can do to help yourself – reduce the intake of alcohol, avoid the wrong type of fatty food, monitor the type of diet you are eating, reduce and manage stress where possible and exercise (check with your Doctor first) on a regular basis 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes is suggested (no need to run a marathon).

In addition to the above you could consider Hypnotension™ (therapy combined with hypnosis aimed purely at tackling high blood pressure) from a certified practitioner. This method helps you to find ways of improving areas that perhaps medication alone cannot overcome. For further information visit http://www.hypnotension.com and take a look at what’s on offer.

 

Hypnosis – Valentines Day

Adv Dip H – Advance Diploma Hypnotherapy

I ended January on a high with the achievement of gaining the Advance diploma in hypnotherapy. After completing many hours of research, study and a few late nights I put it all together and passed with a high standard of work. Hypnotherapy is really about helping people help themselves, whilst studying is good for me it is done with the belief that it will be more beneficial for the client now and in the future. We live in a changing world and keeping up sometimes takes away our energy and motivation, the key is to make it work for you and not to become a slave to trends and fashions just to keep up.

I’m sure there are plenty of people around the Manchester area that are under stress from trying to keep up with:- work, the needs of family, money and possibly illness or caring for someone. Relaxation through hypnotherapy is just one way of winding down. There are many people throughout the world using self-hypnosis everyday to realise a state of  calmness and improve control over their lives. Hypnosis is not only for the individual, group sessions are often held to enable a group of friends to discover how hypnosis and relaxation therapy can work for them. Other groups use hypnotherapy for weight loss control or smoking, of course hypnotherapy in a group means that it is ‘generalised’ and not a specific tailored treatment for each individual. Having said that, group hypnosis and hypnotherapy does appeal to many.

A new month February – ‘Valentines day’ and ‘Pancake Tuesday’ (or Shrove Tuesday) just two days that generate a number of passions and commercial stimulation.  Cards, flowers, chocolate hearts, flour eggs and ‘squeezy’ lemon juice just a few items that will be on many of our shopping lists in the coming days. Whatever you are buying for your loved ones attach a special thought to the gift, think about what it means, what message do you want it to give and it will make it that little bit more special, go on give it a try!

 

 

Happy New Year – Goodbye to Christmas

The Festive Season 2011 is now over and done with bring on 2012!!

This time of year is when the pressure for many people becomes overwhelming. Thinking of the people who are no longer here to share the joy of life, thinking of the good times gone by and worrying about what the future holds. All of these thoughts and emotions can have an affect on us.  Some people cope well with this time and absorb the celebrations, enjoying the lifting of their spirits! Others are overcome with grief of a time or situation gone by and they become unsettled possibly suffering from stress or depression and wanting this time to pass quickly. Some may well turn to the relief of over drinking or even overeating. Help may be close at hand, just by simply listening and giving time to the person who is encountering this difficult period the gloom may be lifted and they too can enjoy the ‘time of goodwill’ and look forward to a New Year of valuable life.

It is also a great time to get in touch with those long standing friends and relatives who you meant to contact during the year and for the normal reasons of everyday life you failed to complete the excercise. Making ‘resolutions’ often seems to be a quick fix statement then the rest of the year kicks in and the resolutions are but a distant memory! Planning is not everyones’ cup of tea, I find that it helps me and I have helped clients through hypnosis to make planning work (see hypnotic coaching).

There is a saying attributed to John Lennon that says “Life is what happens to you while  you’re busy making plans” which is a good way to make us think about how we use plans in our life.  Making an effort to get in touch and see old friends can provide a welcome boost to your life whether or not you use a plan. Put a deadline date on when you will make that contact and just do it!! You do have to start somewhere and at some time, now or in the future, using New Year wishes is as good a place as any to start, good luck.

Thank you for reading this blog please accept my sincere wishes for a Happy New Year 2012, and make life work for you while you are here to enjoy.

 

Stress how do I beat it?

Stress  how do I beat it and is it killing me? was a question put to me recently by a long standing friend  who feels he is running a marathon everyday just to stand still. Modern life appears to create greater stresses on us all in one form or another.

We have work and careers, all driven by targets and the threat of the outcome if you fail, the modern day whip! Irrespective of your profession or job the pressure of targets exist, many people have a need to achieve, others a desire to achieve and this is an area that helps to generate good and bad stresses.

Back to my friend who really believes that the stress in his life will eventually kill him, may be not directly, it could be the cause of an illness leading to his demise, who knows. He has worked hard in his job carving a way up the ladder and has in the main enjoyed his work coping with the ups and downs of management and life changes. Now factors outside of his control impinge on his performance, frustration creeps in he is no longer in control and thus stress changes his normally mild, easy going ‘can do’ manner to one of  ‘don’t bother me I’ve got things on my mind’.

Not only do people have their own issues to contemplate, there are the cutbacks to jobs, a longer working life, price rises, inflation and institutions you can no longer trust (dare we mention banks!) that muddy the already cloudy water. Yes there are people out there who take this stuff in their stride and what is stress to them? For every one person able to cope and manage their difficulties there is another who cannot. Maybe they like my friend have now turned a corner into an unknown street full of perceived threats that they have not experienced before, what do they do? What do we do?

Ever felt like that? Ever felt like you don’t want to go to work and stayed in bed? Do you struggle to smile or even laugh? Is every small issue likely to become a major problem? You have to eat something even though you have just had a meal? Drink has become a welcome friend? These are all indicators that stress could be knocking on your personal door.

Don’t think you have to grin and bare it! Some might say “keep your chin up and show some fighting spirit” which is a great attitude and normally imparted by the person who is sitting on top of the world where all of their ducks are in a row and life is a breeze (possibly a banker!).

Professional help is out there for you or at least talk to friend or someone close to you (wife, partner etc).  Getting things out in the open will help you to identify the issues that lead to a stressful existence, talk about how you could overcome some of the issues, one piece at a time and make a plan.  For example if you are going to improve your diet or start a fitness regime, write it down with a start date and put the note somewhere to remind you of your decision and then think about you and identify the great qualities you have!

Good luck

 

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